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Good news: You can finally put your curling iron down—without forgoing curly hairstyles! That’s right, no-heat curls are definitely a thing. As much as you love curling your hair, consistently using heat can wreak havoc on your mane. From frizzy hair to dull strands and dryness, there is no need to put your locks through all the drama. So, if you’re ready to learn how to curl hair without heat, you’ve landed in the right place! It’s time to embrace the heat-free hairstyle trend, and we’re showing you how to do it. Keep reading to learn easy tips for curling your hair without heat.
It’s time for the reason you’re here—learning how to curl your hair sans heat! While the idea may seem a little farfetched, you’d be surprised by the numerous ways you can bring luscious curls to life without your beloved curling iron. Keep reading for a breakdown on how to achieve no-heat curls.
While you may think that hair rollers are outdated, this tool is more current than you might have thought, and rollers can create bouncy curls that you’ll love. Think movie star hair without a trip to the salon! Simply grab a set of rollers—not hot rollers—a hair mousse like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse, and bobby pins. Then, to get the look, part a section of your hair and clip the rest out of your way. Apply a small amount of mousse to your hair, comb through, and start rolling your hair around the roller from the bottom up. Secure with a pin. Repeat until you have a mane full of rollers. Let it sit for a few hours or overnight, unravel in the morning, and ta-da: curls.
This hairstyle works double duty to keep your strands off your face and create no-heat curls at the same time. First, you’ll need to make a sock donut (learn how in our article, How to Create a Sock Bun), then you can pull all of your hair through the donut’s hole. Next, bring the sock back up to the ends of your ponytail and begin to tuck the ends of your hair around the sock donut. Use your fingers inside the sock bun to flip it inside out and roll the bun down the ponytail, so your hair hides the sock. Once your hair is wrapped around the sock bun, let it sit overnight. Unravel in the morning and voila!
You’ll never look at pin curls the same. While this classic style screams old-Hollywood glam, you can actually use it to create no-heat curls. Starting on damp hair, you want to create sections that are about an inch in size. Take the end of one of the sections, tuck your hair around one of your fingers, and roll up until you reach the roots. Secure with a bobby pin. Continue this process until all of your hair is pinned up. Wrap your hair with a silk scarf and let your hair dry overnight. Once dry, pull out all of your pins, fluff up your strands, and you’re all set! Don’t forget to finish with a touch of hairspray, like the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold, to keep your curls intact.
Not only are Bantu knots a popular protective style, but they can also be used to curl hair without heat! We also dig that it creates no-heat curls that are defined, full, and frizz-free. To try the look, you want to start on freshly washed and conditioned hair. We’re fans of the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner, which deeply nourish and moisturize hair.
Once your hair is almost dry post-washing, create a one to two-inch part in your hair and start twisting from the root to the ends. Your hair will begin to twist into itself. Twist the section tightly around itself to form a bun and secure with a hair elastic. Repeat until you have a mane full of Bantu knots. Cover your hair with a silk scarf and leave your Bantu knots in place overnight. In the morning, undo each knot and gently finger-comb your hair. Top it off with hairspray, and you’re all set.
The headband method is another easy way to achieve healthy curls with no heat. Kick things off by putting a stretchy fabric headband on while your hair is damp. Section your hair into two parts and wrap your strands around the headband. Once the hair is in place, secure with pins. Repeat on your second section and pin again. Cover your hair with a silk scarf and let it sit overnight. Once your hair is dry, unpin it and use your fingers to comb through your new curls.
Pat yourself on the back, you’re officially an expert on no-heat curls. Ready to learn about other no-heat styles? Next, check out our article on How to Air-Dry Your Hair, which features five air-dried styles.
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