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Guide To Heatless Curls

Frequent heat styling can lead to brittle, damaged hair. So try out these no-heat tricks to add volume and texture to your hair, damage free!

If you want to use these methods for overnight styling, make sure you start with damp hair, not wet, otherwise your hair will not dry by morning.

Pin Curls

Start by wrapping small sections of damp hair around your fingers and then pin them into place. Keep going until all of your hair is pinned. You can either blow-dry your hair, let it air dry, or leave the pins in overnight. Once your hair is completely dry, carefully remove all of the pins and smooth out the curls with your fingers.

Soft Rollers

Rollers are available in a variety of sizes to help you achieve different curl sizes and shapes. If you want tight, bouncy curls, you should choose a small roller. Large ones work best for loose, soft curls. Starting with damp hair divide your hair into sections, then starting with a small section of hair, begin to wrap your hair around the rollers, clipping them into place. Continue until all of your hair has been set. You can sleep on the rollers – try a bonnet or silk scarf to keep them in place – or use a blow-dryer until your hair is completely dry. Un-clip the rollers and smooth out the curls with your fingers.

Flexi Rods

Flexi rods are available in a range of sizes to achieve different levels of curls from soft waves to curly ringlets. You can use damp hair, or spray each section individually as you go. Wrap your ends around the flexi rod and roll it upwards towards your head. Bend the ends of the flexi rod to secure the hair in place. Repeat this process until you have wrapped all of your hair. You can wrap your hair in a scarf or bonnet to sleep on overnight, or you can use blow-dryer to speed up the process. Your hair must be completely dry before unwrapping the rods or the curl will not be as defined. Smooth out the curls with your fingers after removing the flexi rods.


Braid damp hair to create volume and waves. Braiding can help you create a variety of different curl patterns and textures ranging from beachy waves to full curls. The more braids you put in your hair, the curlier it will be. You can either choose to wear the style for the day then take them out for second day curls, or let them dry before brushing them out with your fingers.

Paper Towel Method

You can use either strips of paper towel or fabric for this method. Starting with damp hair, clip or tie most of your hair up and out of the way, leaving the bottom layers free. Starting with a two-inch section, wrap the ends around the paper towel and continue wrapping upwards until you reach your roots – or wherever you would like the curl to begin. Tie the strip of paper towel, to secure the hair in place. Repeat this process until you have wrapped all of your hair. This method works well as an overnight hairstyle, so when you wake up, gently remove the paper towels, or fabric, from your hair, and smooth the curls with your fingers.

Headband Method

Starting with damp hair, place a headband on your head, you can bobby pin it into place to keep from moving. Starting near your face, take a small section of hair and wrap it around the headband, and keep going until you reach the back of your head. Repeat this on the other side and tuck your ends into the headband. This method works really well as an overnight style – when your hair is dry, untwist your hair and smooth out the curls with your fingers. Try using different width headbands for different results.

Twist Buns

Starting with damp hair twist hair into buns and bobby pin in place. Untwist the buns once your hair is dry to reveal wavy locks. The more buns you do, the curlier your hair will be. Try experimenting with different placement and partings for different curl patterns.

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