10 Quick & Easy No-Heat Curl Methods

10 Quick and Easy ways to curl your hair - without HEAT!

I was visiting with my remarkably lovely friend Sharon a while back, and we got onto the subject of curling hair without heat.

As it turns out, there are really so many ways to get curls without using any heat at all! I’ve been on a no-heat kick lately with my hair, because I’m trying to grow it out and I want it to be as healthy as possible. I also don’t want to use heat on my daughter’s hair. Her hair is very fine and I don’t want to damage it, plus, she is a very busy 2 year old – having any heat near her head would not be safe!

So I decided to do a quick roundup of my top ten favorite ways to get curls without heat. I do these with damp hair (you can spray your hair lightly with a spray bottle beforehand), and either no product or this all natural moisturizing gel.

Try these out and let me know which ones work best for you! Any favorites to add? I’d love to hear ’em!

Here they are, in no particular order. (Tip: when watching the videos, click on the settings icon and change the speed to 1.5x, that way the videos will run faster. πŸ™‚ )


10 Quick and Easy No-Heat Curl Methods

1. Foam Rollers

Classic! πŸ™‚ These are great. Inexpensive, easy, and soft on your head. You can use large foam rollers like theseir?t=itsaloloth 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00152TXAK for mega-volume, or smaller ones like theseir?t=itsaloloth 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B001KYS930 for more curl. I love this tutorial for how to keep your hair from getting dents in it when you sleep in foam curlers.

2. Flex Rods

These flex rodsir?t=itsaloloth 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00GMPYI8M make pretty tight, spiral curls. There is a bit of a learning curve, but once you get it down you can have your hair rolled pretty quickly.

3. Headband Curls

Her voice is a little high-pitched because she sped up the video, πŸ™‚ but these are pretty easy and make nice curls. Find a flat headband that won’t leave marks on your forehead.

4. Cocoon Curls

These are cute! But my hair is not quite long enough to get these to really work as well as the others. Maybe yours is?

5. Twist Curls

This girl’s hair is SO AMAZING! How do people grow hair like this?! Seriously. Anyway, this is my favorite no heat curl method because it’s super quick, easy, requires nothing but damp hair, and makes me look like I just got a perm, but without the damage and commitment. πŸ™‚ Fun!

6. Sock Bun Curls

This maneuver took a little while for me to master, but I love the volume and loose curls that come with sleeping in a sock bun!

7. Sock Curls

Not to be confused with sock bun curls, this tutorial just has you twist your hair around a sock, tie it, and sleep overnight. (mmm, sleep…)

8. French braids

Don’t overlook one of the quickest and most comfortable ways to get some nice waves in your hair! It took a while for me to learn how to french braid my own hair, but now it’s easy peasy. Try two french braids for smaller waves. Here’s a tutorial if you need one.

9. Twist Curls #2

This is another super fast, easy way to have nice waves. I use a bandana to help keep these from falling out overnight. πŸ˜‰

10. Beach Waves

This one gives some really nice beach waves, especially if you leave the bun in overnight. I also will use my moisturizing gel on this set. Be sure to twist it up really well before leaving it in a bun like she does. πŸ™‚

There you have it! Ten ways to try getting a nice, no-heat, non-damaging, long-lasting curl in your hair. Be sure to let me know which one is your favorite, and if you have one I haven’t listed, share it with us so we can be enlightened! πŸ˜‰

Much heat-free love,


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