Greetings, fellow lazy girls! Voluminous curls have become a staple in SO many of our hairstyling routines. But these types of curls usually take a MAJOR amount of effort and sometimes we don’t have the time to do that.
If you love having beautiful curls but can't afford to spend time heating up your curling iron and styling it every day, then this article is for you.
Here are 7 simple and quick ways to curl your hair without damaging your hair with a hot curling iron.
7 Heatless Curl Techniques
#1 Silk Curl Ribbon
The first one on our list of achieving heatless curls is by using a silk curl ribbon! This method is all over Tiktok and Pinterest and we LOVE IT!
With the silk curling ribbon, you can get perfect curls in what potentially could be minutes! Though you can do this for 10 minutes, I would suggest doing this at night and leaving it on till morning. Since it’s made of silk, it won’t cause too much friction that can cause hair breakage.
All you have to do is put the U shape ribbon on top of your head (like a headband), lock with a claw clip and thread the ribbon through your hair by section. Finish by tying the ends with a silk scrunchie. Best used with damp hair!
Check out this TikTok from @lillyvanbrooklyn for inspiration:
@lillyvanbrooklyn THEY LITERALLY LOOK LIKE MY ROLLER CURLS i’m shook. #heatlesscurls ♬ Rihanna Umbrella - 𝙎𝙩𝙪𝙣𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙈𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙘
#2 Overnight Braid Twist
Overnight braid curl is a style that is easiest done on dry hair. You can get a similar look with slightly damp/wet hair, but leaving it overnight allows the curls to set nicely. It is important that you have clean and detangled hair before beginning this style.
Check our TikTok user @melanie_locke’s favorite no heat curl below.
@melanie_locke life saver let me tell u💁♀️ #noheatcurls ♬ original sound - Liang Lawrence
HERE’S OUR TAKE ON IT:
Step 1: Wash hair and dry with a towel. Brush hair through to remove any tangles.
Step 2: Divide hair into sections for braiding, then comb/brush each section again.
Step 3: Apply a holding product such as wax or gel, then use an elastic band to secure the end of the section.
Step 4: Braid each section, then secure with a bobby pin to the base of the braided section before continuing onto the next one.
Step 5: Continue until all sections are braided and pinned up, then leave overnight.
PRO-TIP: Sleep on a satin pillowcase, it will help to keep your hair smooth while you are sleeping!
#3 Sock Curling Hack
@rosespritz it’s not perfect but my hair takes < 5 min instead of 2 hrs 🤷🏼♀️🤍 #overnightcurls #hairtok #heatlesswaves #results ♬ Switch Disco Somebody Else x Midnight City - switchdisco
Wait, socks... the one we wear on our feet? Yup!
Sock curls are a great way to achieve glamorous, high-style waves fast. In under two minutes, you can curl your entire head of hair with just a little bit of product and a pair of socks!
HERE’S OUR TAKE ON IT:
1. Gather your hair into a high ponytail (for long hair, you should gatherall ofyour hair; for short- to medium-length hair, clip your first inch or two back with bobby pins), and secure the ponytail with an elastic band. If you want waves that are sleek and tight, curl the hair around a sock fitted to your head; for waves that are more relaxed and natural, wrap the hair around the toe of a cushiony tube sock.
2. Wrap a sock around the base of your ponytail to hold it in place while you create your wave. You should start with a clean, dry sock (damp socks will make the curl tighter).
3. Use your favorite heatless setting product to hold the wave in place. You can use sea salt spray or a light hairspray if you want a matte look or if you want a shiny finish, use a styling cream.
4. Unwrap your hair and remove the sock from the ponytail, then give it a shake or two to relax the curl.
#4 French Braid Wave
The French braid is a classic, pretty pattern that you can use on almost every occasion. What’s best about this hairstyle is that you can wear it in the morning and transform it into Serena Van der Woodsen’s lazy wave the next day.
Apply a leave in conditioner on damp hair and tie your hair into two French braids. Leave overnight and remove in the morning.
#5 Bedhead Bun
Our personal favorite and the easiest of all – the Bedhead Bun. When you want to get nice and voluminous wavy hair, a classic hair bun can be your best choice. All you need is a little bit of practice, and the following steps will help you achieve that perfect hairstyle in just a matter of minutes.
Apply hair oil or a texturizing spray then gather your hair and twist into a tight bun. Wrap using a silk scrunchie and leave it for a few hours. Remove and viola – instant beach wave!
#6 TikTok Famous Bathroom Curls
This one is almost identical to the “Silk Curl Ribbon” but instead of using silk, you’ll use your bath robe string.
Check out Tiktok user @rubyy.graham’s tutorial below:
@rubyy.graham #fyp #hairtutorial #hair #overnightcurls #foryoupage ♬ Wet Dreamz x Big Poppa Mashup - ty :)
#7 Hair Plopping (Using a T-Shirt for Curling Hair!)
This is an easy hair curling technique which you can do without even much heat, and the best part is it's free! Your old T-shirts are now good for something else.
1. Grab an old T-shirt and roll it from the bottom to the top then put a hair tie on the end so it won’t unwrap
2. Get a few section of your front hair and twist into the t-shirt tube
3. Tie the ends of the t-shirt tube to make it a circle sitting on top of your hair
4. Wrap sections of your hair around the t-shirt tube
5. Leave overnight
Now unravel the t-shirt from your hair and voila! You have perfectly wavy/curls hair! Just run your fingers through your hair to loosen up the curls and you’re ready to take on the day.
TikTok user @laineymariebeauty understood the assignment! Check her video below:
@laineymariebeauty Tried the t-shirt curls and I’m obsessed! #tshirtcurls #overnightcurls #heatlesscurls #heatlesshair #CandyCrushAllStars ♬ The Assignment - Tay Money
Try one of those 7 heatless curl techniques to achieve immaculate waves without any of the disadvantages that come with using a hot styling tool! Now go and pick one. Or better yet, try 'em all.
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