What Is A Hair Sponge And How To Use It To Curl Your Hair

Styling Inspiration for Men’s Hair

This $8 Hair Tool Can Help You Get Perfect Twists Without Any Effort

27 July 2018
photo of man with naturally curly hair
Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Associate Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L'Oréal, Jelani brings her knowledge and passion for hair care to Hair.com. Before joining the Hair.com team, she spent time at Celebuzz, Seventeen, and Cosmo for Latinas.

Sometimes it feels like there are millions of products made to make it easier for women to style their hair—but what about men? From products meant to make their hair look and feel shiny to tools made to dry, curl, and straighten their strands, the options for women are endless. There aren’t as many hair products and tools on the market for men as their are for women, but that’s beginning to change thanks to the hair sponge.

Men—particularly men with textured hair—have taken a newfound interest in styling their hair. For a long time it seemed like men with textured hair only had three options: Cut your hair low and hope 360 waves appear, grow out your afro, or loc your long hair. Now, men with all different hair lengths are experimenting with new styles every day.

That’s where the hair sponge comes in.

What is a hair sponge for men?

A hair sponge, also known as a curl or twist sponge, is a foam hair tool that resembles an oversized dish sponge. What sets this sponge apart from your run-of-the-mill cleaning sponge are the rows of tiny suction holes. The suction cups grab the hair and spin it around to create perfectly defined curls and twists.

Any man with tightly coiled type three and four hair knows creating twists can sometimes take hours, making it an unrealistic style for day to day life. The hair sponge cuts that time in half by first defining your curls, then creating twists in just a matter of minutes.

If it sounds like a hair sponge would be perfect for you, you’re in luck. A hair sponge like RioRand Magic Twist Hair Brush Sponge will only run you about $7.99 MSRP. Before you take the plunge and buy the sponge, however, make sure the sponge will work with your hair type, texture, and length.

How do you use a hair sponge?

For this look, you’ll want to start with freshly washed and conditioned, damp hair. If you don’t have time to wash and condition your hair, simply wet your hair with a spray bottle of water. Then, apply a styling pomade like Mizani’s Twist and Coil Jelly throughout your hair.

Use the hair sponge on your hair, moving it around in circular motions until you achieve the curl definition or twists you desire. Finish your look with a few pumps of Mizani’s 25 Miracle Nourishing Oil.

Interested in trying out a new look and think twists are for you? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.

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