4 Ways to Curl Your Hair Without Heat

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4 Ways to Curl Your Hair Without Heat
4 Ways to Curl Your Hair Without Heat

The curly and wavy hair is full of charm and is super trendy! If your locks are straight and you want to join the curly team, don't go thinking you need to be a slave to the babyliss and all those things that damage the hair. Luckily for you, there are many other ways to curl your hair without having to resort to heat and that give great results. If you want to change your look, but don't give up on the health of your hair, read our article!


Method 1 of 4: Curling Hair with Barrettes

Step 1. Start with damp hair, no knots and a little mousse

First, wash the locks as usual and wipe off excess water with a towel. Then untangle them with a wide-toothed comb and use a styling mousse along the entire length.

  • If your hair is very fine and never holds a hairstyle, start with the strands well wet. If it is thick, the ideal is to leave it slightly damp, to reduce drying time.
  • If you don't have a styling mousse, you can use any other type, as long as it's lighter, so that the curls don't have an artificial effect.
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Step 2. Pick one-finger strands of thickness, starting near your face

For this technique to work, all the locks must be roughly the same size. We suggest that they have a wide finger to make it easier to roll them.

  • With a little practice, you'll know what roving thickness is right for you.
  • If you like, you can pinch the top of your hair, starting to curl it from underneath.

Step 3. Twist the end of the strand around your finger one or two times

Do not tighten too much, leaving the hair loose, and tuck the end under the strands. That way, you get a much more natural effect when you're done.

  • If you want more defined curls, wrap the locks from the bottom up around your finger. If you want more volume, start from the top down.
  • If you make the locks too tight, you won't be able to get them off your finger later.
  • You can also wrap the locks around two fingers, making it easier to release them.


To make the look more modern, do not curl the tip of your hair, leaving a stripped-down effect.

Step 4. Take the lock from your finger and wind it until you reach the scalp

Very carefully, remove your finger from inside the lock, always holding it so as not to undo the twist. Then, roll it until it gets very close to the root, forming a kind of ring with the hair.

  • Do not twist your hair so it does not frizz.
  • It may take a while for you to get the hang of it, so be patient!
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Step 5. Secure the lock with a clip

After you wrap it up to your scalp, secure it to your head using a clip. Ideally, it should be curved so as not to hurt or mark the hair.

If you don't have cleats, you can use two small staples together, fastening them in an “X” shape

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Step 6. Continue curling all the hair

This method is a little time-consuming, as it works with smaller locks, but it's best for making wide, full curls. If you don't want to use heat, you need to be patient!

Have you finished curling all the locks, but are there any shorter ones, like the fringe, for example? Attach them the same way as the others, but only form a loop with them

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Step 7. Allow curls to dry completely and remove clips

This method is usually done at night, so the hair has time to dry well. The next morning, just drop it and go! Your hairstyle will last all day.

  • If you want full, vintage waves, brush your hair. Brush until you get the result you want, but be aware that it can take a long time, so be patient.
  • But, if you want a more defined effect, just comb the strands with your fingers.

Method 2 of 4: Making Cokes

Step 1. Moisten your hair

If you like, you can wash it as usual and wait for it to dry a little bit. If not, just sprinkle it with water, leaving it slightly wet.

This method doesn't work so well on freshly washed hair, so it's nice to start with the slightly dirty strands

Step 2. Comb your hair well

In order for the waves to be flawless, he must be totally free of us. For this, count on the help of a wide-tooth comb, untangling the strands. If you want to make more than one bun, take this time to share the tresses, too.

If the idea is to make just a bun, comb all your hair back

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Step 3. Want some really big waves, à la Gisele Bündchen?

So make just a bun! Clip your hair into a high ponytail and tie it with a rubber band. Then, make a bun the length of the strands, winding it two or three times around the elastic and secure with staples or another elastic, even.

You can also make a hair donut using a sock. To do this, cut the fingers of an old sock and roll it into a doughnut. Then, pass the end of the ponytail through the opening created and wind the hair in the sock, until you reach the elastic. When you're done, just clip it in and you're done

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Step 4. If you want more closed waves, make two buns

To do this, part the entire hair in two parts and make a very high ponytail with each of them. Then roll them up tightly until they form a bun and secure with a rubber band or hairpins.

  • You can also clip the buns in a sash if you wish.
  • If you don't want the curls to start at the root, make the ponytails lower.
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Step 5. Sleep with the buns

The hair needs to be held back for six or eight hours for it to dry completely, forming curls. The best way to do this is to sleep with your hair up, as this method is more comfortable than others and doesn't hurt your head as much.

If you don't want to sleep with the buns, leave your hair up all day and loosen it at night, getting your locks ready for happy hour

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Step 6. The next morning, drop the buns

When you wake up, carefully remove the rubber bands or hairpins, and comb the strands with your fingers. Okay, now you can go out there, sporting your little waves!

If you like, apply a finishing spray to keep the hairstyle in place

Method 3 of 4: Using Rollers

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Step 1. Bet on rollers for wet hair that are a little thinner than the curls you want

If you want very wide waves or just give more volume to your tresses, opt for the bigger ones, with a diameter of about 5 cm. But, if you want well-closed curls, the smaller ones, ranging from 0.5 to 1 cm are the best option.

  • Soft curlers are perfect for short hair, as they are usually thinner than rollers.
  • If you don't have either of them at home, you can wear an old T-shirt. To do this, just cut it into strips of the width you want, leaving them a little longer than your hair.
  • Foam rollers can spoil when used on damp hair, so it's always important to read the instructions. In addition, it is better to opt for products made of rubber, satin or silicone, if your idea is to put them on before bed.
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Step 2. Moisten your hair

Wash it as usual and wait for it to dry a little or just wet it with a spray bottle. This step is essential for the hairstyle to hold, but it is important that the hair is not soaked, as it will not dry properly.

Do not use any serum or leave-in, as these products affect the formation of curls

Step 3. Untangle the strands with a wide-tooth comb

Run it all over your damp hair so that the curls are perfect. Otherwise, it will be more difficult to separate the strands and the result will not be so nice.

Avoid brushing wet hair, as this ends up favoring hair breakage

Step 4. Separate a small part of the hair, close to the forehead

Take a lock of hair about the same width as the bobber or a little thinner than the bobber, which is usually a couple of fingers. Hold the lock vertically and place the bobbin over it, horizontally. Once that's done, roll it up and secure, always remembering to turn the curls that frame the face outward.

  • If you're wearing a t-shirt, do the same, tying the strip when you get to the roots.
  • If you only want to curl the ends of the hair, bring the curler halfway through the lock and secure it normally.
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Step 5. Continue working on top of hair

Following a pattern when placing the curlers helps to leave a more symmetrical effect, in addition to making it easier when separating the locks. Start by curling the top of your hair, like a mohawk, from your forehead to the top of your head. When finished, you should have a neat row of rollers.

That way you get more volume in the roots

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Step 6. To finish, curl the sides and back of the hair

Once you've done the entire front, grab another lock of hair, this time near your ears. Now, hold it horizontally and place the bobber vertically at the end of the lock, winding it until it reaches the root and securing to finish. Do this across the side of the hair.

  • If you want the curl to stay inside, place the bobber under the lock. If you want him to stay out, the dummy must be on top of her.
  • When doing the nape, you can leave the rollers horizontally or vertically, depending on the result you want. The first method creates more voluminous waves, while the second makes tighter curls.
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Step 7. Leave the rollers in the hair until it dries

Shaping the strands without heat takes much longer and you should calculate at least four hours until the hairstyle is done. The ideal is to do it before bed, leaving overnight. If you want to speed up the process without using heat, count on the cool air from the dryer.

Can't you style your hair at night and you have urgent appointments during the day? So, bet on a super stylish and functional look by covering the rollers with a turban

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Step 8. Release the curls

Once the hair is completely dry, loosen the clips and curlers, untie the strips or remove the hairpins. Do this very carefully, especially if you want curls tightly closed.

  • To make loose waves, run a wide-tooth comb or even your fingers gently through your hair. You just can't pass the brush, because it will end up undoing the waves that took you so long to make!
  • If you want, apply a fixative spray.

Method 4 of 4: Wrapping Your Hair in a Band

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Step 1. Start with damp strands

For best results, your hair should be slightly wet. For this, you can wash it and wait for it to dry a little or use a spray bottle to moisten it.

To remove the knots, use a wide-tooth comb

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Step 2. Put a headband

Put it on normally, but leave it above the hair when it reaches the nape of the neck. The waves will start from where the band is, so adjust their height as you like.

If you can't stay at home while you style your hair, this method is for you! When you're done curling your hair in the headband, you'll have a really nice and super-romantic hairstyle. To make it even better, wear a sash that matches your look

Did you know?

It's not easy to curl short hair without using heat. But if your strands are long enough to twirl the strip, this method is for you!

Step 3. Take locks of hair and wrap them in the band

Starting on the side of the head and always with the hair closest to the face, take a lock of the thickness you want (to make loose waves, take locks of about a finger). Once that's done, wrap the strand around the strip until you reach the end, which you should fasten with a staple.

If you don't have hairpins at home, you can clip the end of your hair into the band

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Step 4. Continue curling the strands

After securing the first lock to the strap, take another one, roughly the same size as the previous one, and do the same. Repeat this process until all hair is wrapped around the band.

To make the waves look even, part the hair in two halves and make one at a time

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Step 5. Let the hair dry in the band

This will take about five hours, maybe a little longer if your strands are too thick. If you like, you can do the hairdo at bedtime and take it off the next day, or do it during the day and wait. The important thing is to release the hair only when it is completely dry.

If you want to speed up the process, blow the dryer on cold air

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Step 6. Take off the band and shake the curls

Start by taking out all the hairpins and gently loosening lock by lock of hair. When you're done, take off the sash.

  • This method leaves the hair with some really nice vintage waves.
  • To make the hairstyle last longer, mash your hair with a little mousse.


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