How to Curl Your Hair Without Using Heat
If there's one thing that straight-haired girls know all too well, it's that when it comes to achieving easy, breezy waves and curls, the struggle is real.
The standard methods usually requires a curling iron — and a heavy amount of product. But if you're looking to add some texture to your style without the potential damage from hot tools, we've got a couple of options for you.
Here, we reached out to celebrity hair stylist, Jeremy Tardo, to share how you can achieve effortless curls — without burning your delicate strands to the ground.
Braid and Secure
Braiding wet hair is one way to achieve loose curls, shares the stylist.
"While your hair is damp, part it into sections and create several braids," says Tardo. "Keep the braids secure by placing a hairband at the end of each braid."
But before we continue, full disclosure: you're going to have to have a little bit of patience.
"Keep with the braids overnight, and unbraid your hair in the morning to reveal loose curls," he continues. "Add volume to the curls by spraying a little hair spray at the roots to give an extra boost."
Wrap and Roll
Rollers of all types can create great curls, but remember, the larger the roller, the looser the curl. And the smaller the roller, the tighter the curl.
"After washing and conditioning your hair, dry it completely," says Tardo. "Take a small horizontal section of hair, no wider than the roller, and wrap it around the roller. If needed, secure the roller with a clip."
Repeat across your whole head. Once all your hair has been rolled up, spray with a little holding spray to help set the curls. After about 20 minutes, unwrap the rollers and rake through the curls using a wide toothed comb to add volume and create natural-looking movement.
Use a Towel — And a T-Shirt
This trick is great if you have natural curls.
"After washing your hair, use a bath towel to dry your hair about 40%, then finish off by drying it with a t-shirt or microfiber cloth," says Tardo, adding that you should slowly drop hair into the shirt and scrunch all the extra moisture out.
"This method really allows your natural curl shape to come through, as the rough texture of a towel can often cause frizzy curls," he explains.
Buns, Buns, and More Buns
Create fun, beachy waves by placing your hair in lots of small buns.
"After shampooing, grab a square section of hair and twist it until it's small enough to create a little bun," says Tardo. "Wrap a hairband around the hair, or use a bobby pin to keep the bun secure." R
epeat this throughout the head, and sleep with your buns overnight to set the curls. "Place a bath towel on your pillowcase to help absorb any excess water," recommends Tardo. When you wake up, simply unwrap your hair and enjoy a carefree wavy texture.