How to Curl Your Hair Without Heat

By now, we all know how bad heat is for our hair. While there are certainly a lot of products out there aimed at reducing heat damage to hair, one simple way to avoid damaging your hair with heat is to avoid using it entirely. The problem with avoiding heat, of course, is the desire to have curls every now and again. Don’t fret, though. We’ve got you covered. Want to know how to curl your hair without heat? Read on.

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How to Curl Your Hair Without Heat Using Rollers

Rollers are probably the most common way to curl your hair without heat because they’re easy to use and they produce fantastic curls. Because rollers are so easy to use I’ve decided to skip the step by step guide for this one and focus instead on the different types of rollers you can use. This is just a quick guide for now. We’ll talk about the advantages and disadvantages of each different kind of roller in an upcoming article. So basically, you have a few different roller options. Those options are:

  • Brush Rollers
  • Flexi Rods
  • Foam Rollers
  • Hair Twirlers
  • Magnetic Rollers
  • Plastic Mesh Rollers
  • Snap On Rollers
  • Velcro Rollers

Out of all these options, magnetic rollers are by far my favorite while snap on rollers and brush rollers are my least favorite. You can use magnetic rollers and plastic mesh rollers to set wet hair which is great for long lasting curls while foam rollers might be the right option for you if you have fragile hair. I avoid snap on and brush rollers because while they’re easy and quick they’re also terrible for your hair.

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How to Curl Hair Without Heat Using Drinking Straws

If you’re looking for ways to curl your hair without heat, drinking straws may well offer you exactly what you’re looking for. The small, delicate curls you’ll get will make your ‘do the envy of everyone at any party or event you attend. The best part, you really only need basic hair care products and a few standard drinking straws. If you don’t have any lying around the house, look at your local discount store. I bought a package of 200 straws for $1. Not a bad deal, especially considering the fabulous look I got using them. To curl your hair with drinking straws, you’ll need:

  • Styling gel
  • Shine serum
  • Hair clip
  • Bobby pins
  • Comb
  • Scissors (to cut straws)
  • Drinking staws

Step One: Wash your hair as you normally would using shampoo and conditioner. Pat your hair with a towel until it is completely dry.
Step Two: Cut the straws so they are roughly two inches longer than your hair.
Step Three: Part your hair to the side, leaving one section loose. Secure the other section with your hair clip.
Step Four: Separate a small section of the loose hair and apply styling gel to that small section. Continue adding styling gel until that section feels damp.
Step Five: Take the end of the section of hair you’ve applied gel to and begin wrapping it around the straw. Make sure you wrap it tightly to ensure you get a nice curl when the straw is removed. Continue wrapping your hair around the straw until the entire section of gelled hair has been used.
Step Six: Allowing the straw to hang vertically, use one of your bobby pins to secure the hair to the straw. To do this, you really just have to stick the bobby pin onto the straw. Half of the pin will secure the straw in place from the inside while the other half holds to hair to the outside of the straw.
Step Seven: Repeat steps four through six until you’ve done your whole head.
Step Eight: Let your hair dry. You can use a blow dryer if you like but it sort of defeats the purpose of going heat free. It will take a bit longer to dry naturally but you also won’t risk damaging your hair.
Step Nine: When your hair is completely dry, take out the bobby pins and remove the straws.
Step Ten: Finish up by carefully applying a little shine serum for added hold and shine. Now you’re all set.
Just a quick note about this one before we move on. This method really works best when left overnight. If possible, put the straws in your hair before bed and put a bonnet over your hair. Do steps nine and ten in the morning. If you have trouble getting the curls to set, opt for strong hold mousse in place of the styling gel.

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How to Curl Your Hair Without Heat Using Pins

I love pin curls. I love everything about them. They’re classic, beautiful and while they’re a bit of a time investment, nothing else out there quite looks like them. Despite how long they take to do, they are actually pretty simple. Most of the process is waiting for the curls to set once you have them in place. If you want to know how to curl your hair without heat, you only really need to know how to do pin curls. You’ll need:

  • Your fingers
  • Bobby pins
  • A bonnet (if you’re leaving your pins in over night)

Step One: Straighten your hair if it needs to be straightened and then wash it as you normally would, making sure your hair has dried before you move on to step two.
Step Two: Separate a small to medium sized section of hair and wrap it around your finger in a tight circle. Be careful not to wrap too tight though or it will be unnecessarily difficult to get the curl off your finger in step three.
Step Three: Hold your finger against your head and carefully pull the curl off of your finger, making sure hair stays in that circle you made in step two. Secure the hair with a bobby pin.
Step Four: Repeat steps two and three until all of your hair has been pinned.
Step Five: Cover your hair with a bonnet and head to bed. If you’re not leaving the pins in over night, there is no need to use a bonnet but you need to allow several hours to pass before you can move on to step six.
Step Six: Remove the pins and enjoy your curls.

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How to Curl Hair Without Heat Using a Rag

There is nothing complicated about rag curls. You can get these beautiful curls using old clean rags you have lying around the house – and come on, we all have a few of those. Old t-shirts are great for making rag curls as well so if you have an old t-shirt you don’t wear, grab a pair of scissors and get started! You’ll need:

  • An old rag (or two)
  • Scissors
  • Your hair!

Step One: Cut an old rag up into strips. Each strip should be at least 12 inches long.
Step Two: Separate a section of hair (small section or medium section depending on how large you want the curls to be) and lay one strip of rag at the end of that section. The rag should lay horizontally along the end of the hair so it makes a ‘t’. Roll the rag up until it is against your scalp. Wrap the section of hair around the rag as you roll the rag up.
Step Three: Tie the rag in place at your scalp.
Step Four: Repeat steps two and three until your entire head has been finished.
Step Five: Let your curls set for several hours. You can put a bonnet over your head an sleep with the rags in if you prefer.
Step Six: After several hours have passed (or when you wake up in the morning) remove the rags and love your curls. Pretty simple stuff.
You can also just get curls at the end of your hair using rags. If you just want to curl the ends of your hair, don’t take the rag all the way to your scalp in stop two. Instead, stop rolling about halfway down the length of your hair and tie the rag in place there. Voila! Easy end curls!

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