This is my first attempt at rodding my sisterlocks. I love it. I used small pink curl rods from Sally's. Before I rodded them, I sprayed my hair with water, peppermint, rosemary and lavender essential oils mixed with a little organic coconut oil. I use this daily when I need moisture. (But not on curls.) You can use mousse if you like. That's totally up to you. The curls held up well. They'll be really tight when you first wear them, but will loosen up after a couple of days. I only wore them for about a week, your curls start to flatten after you sleep on them. If you sleep in a satin cap, it will help the curls last longer.