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. 🙂 )
10 Quick and Easy No-Heat Curl Methods
1. Foam Rollers
Classic! 🙂 These are great. Inexpensive, easy, and soft on your head. You can use large foam rollers like these for mega-volume, or smaller ones like these 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 rods 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, 🙂 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. 🙂 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. 😉
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. 🙂
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! 😉
Much heat-free love,
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