How to curl your hair without heating it
Curly hair can be fun and flirty, but if your hair is naturally straight, you might think you have to use damaging heat to get the curls you crave. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to get curls without using heat! Pin curls have been used for decades to get curly hair without heat, and they’ll work on any hair length. You can also try cold rollers to style your hair into curls as it dries. If you’d prefer voluminous waves, pull your hair into a bun before you go to bed, or wrap your hair around a headband for vintage curls that work on any length, according to Wikihow.
1. Putting Your Hair in a Bun
Wet your hair with water. If you want, you can wash and condition your hair. However, if your hair is already clean, you can just dampen it with water. If you’re starting with very wet hair, gently blot it with a towel to remove any excess water.
Create one bun for voluminous waves. Or separate your hair into 2 buns for tighter waves. Sleep in the buns. Since you’re wrapping your damp hair up tightly, you’ll need to let your hair dry for about 6-8 hours, or overnight. Luckily, this is a great way to get wavy hair while you sleep, and since your hair is pulled up, it’s more comfortable to lay on than some other styles might be.
Take the buns out in the morning. When you wake up, gently remove the hair elastics or pins that are holding your buns in place. Use your fingers to loosen your hair, and enjoy your light wave
2. Pin Curls
This classic style will never go out of fashion, and it is also super easy way to curl hair without heat. All you’d have to do is pin your hair before bed to wake up with gorgeous curls in the morning.
Wake up in the morning and undo your curls. Only remove the pins when your hair is completely dry. Do not use a blow dryer as it will frizz up your hair and undo curls.
Once you’ve removed all the pins, gently finger-comb your hair to remove the piecey appearance. Use some hairspray for extra hold, Stylecraze stated.
3. Grab An Old T-Shirt
It might sound a little strange, but it really does work. YouTuber Kayley Melissa designed this "halo" method to get heatless curls.
First, twist a t-shirt into a roller shape and tie the ends together to create a large DIY halo. Then, put the halo on top of your head, wrap pieces of hair around it, and pin the hair in place. Leave your hair in the halo overnight, and in the morning, you can remove all the pins to reveal soft, bouncy curls.
4. Heatless Headband Waves
Don't have time to wait for your curls to dry? That's okay! If you want a simple tutorial that doesn’t require multiple clips and pins, this technique is perfect for you since all it requires is a single headband.
With the headband around your head and your hair damp, begin by dividing your hair into two sections. Then, twist each section away from your face wrapping each twisted section over and under the headband until you reach the end of your hair. Use some hairspray to hold everything in place and let your style set. Be sure to let your hair dry completely before letting it down, Luxyhair suggested.
Finish off with some texturizing pomade for some added hold and definition and you’re done!
5. Paper Towel Waves
Want to switch it up and have a little bit of fun while waiting for your heatless waves to dry? Try out this paper towel waves tutorial! This funky method is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. To achieve the look, all you need is a roll of paper towels, some hair elastics, a hairbrush, hairspray, and a spray bottle filled with water.
Start off by ripping off a generous amount of paper towel (about twice the span of your hair length) and fold it horizontally so that it is about one-inch thick. Then, divide your hair into four sections, braiding it in with the paper towel and securing it with a hair elastic at the bottom. Repeat this with each section so that all of your hair is braided around the paper towel.
Finish off with some hairspray and allow to dry thoroughly before unraveling your hair.
6. Using Cold Rollers
Choose wet-set rollers that are a little smaller than the curls you want. If you want larger curls, or if you mostly just want to add volume, opt for large rollers, like a 1–2 in (2.5–5.1 cm) diameter. If you’d prefer tighter curls, use small or medium rollers, which typically range from 1⁄4–1⁄2 in (0.64–1.27 cm) in diameter.
Detangle your hair with a wide-toothed comb. Gently run a wide-toothed comb through your damp hair to make sure it’s perfectly tangle-free. If you have any tangles in your hair, your curls will look messy, and it will be harder to get the sections perfectly even.
Continue rolling the top section of your hair. Roll the sides and back of your hair to finish. Leave the rollers in place until your hair is dry. Remove the rollers and loosen your hair.
7. Braid Your Hair
"One of the easiest ways to get loose waves without heat is to braid your hair at night and sleep with it in," Fitzsimon says. That way, when you wake up in the morning, all you have to do is undo the braids and apply a smoothing hair oil to tame any frizz.
Fitzsimon recommends a versatile smoothing oil like Nature Lab's Perfect Smooth Hair Oil, according to Seventeen.
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