Let’s just say it out loud—curls look gorgeous! There’s something incredibly sexy about the wavy, unkempt strands that can glam up your look on any given day. And, it flatters all hair lengths and colours. Don’t you just love how amazing your highlights and Ombré hair colour look on curls! Well, straight hair has its perks too, nevertheless, every girl with straight mane relies on her curling iron to change her usual look too dreamy curls, be it then messy beach waves or Hollywood curls.

If you happen to have poker straight hair, then we are sure curly hair look all the more attractive to you, as it gives you a fresh look. But you can’t deny the fact that using heat tools on a daily basis can damage your hair big time. It can make your hair dry, dull and well, there’s hair fall that comes with it. Then what do you do? What if we told you, there are other (creative and sneaky) ways to get perfect waves without using any heat? Yes, that’s right! No tongs, no curling irons, not even your blow dryers. There are some quick hacks to get curls of your dream (and choice) with just simple tools like bobby pins or headbands.

Here we have 7 ways you can get gorgeous curls without using heat. Tune in!


1. The good ol’ braiding method

The good ol’ braiding method of heatless curls

This is a very old technique that’s been tried and tested by generations of women now! If you’re unaware of this one, you’re in for some treat! Using this simple trick you can sleep your way to curly hair and no one would know it took you five minutes of efforts to get curly hair look.

Step 1: Wash your hair and towel dry it.

Step 2: Start by parting your hair. We suggest dividing your hair into two sections if you have fine hair and four sections if you have thick hair.

Step 3: Braid each section until the end and secure with a hair tie.

Step 4: Get your beauty sleep and wake up next morning to tight waves.


2. Use T-shirt stripes for amazing curls

Use T-shirt stripes for amazing curls

You could use your old t-shirt to get new curls. This method is a fairly new concept but it works wonders. Next time you want to throw an old T-shirt away, don’t and keep it for your curling session to get beautiful curls. This technique can also be done using paper towels, but the results are better with a cotton t-shirt.

Step 1: Cut an old, cotton T-shirt into thin strips from neck to hemline. Thinner the strips, more defined and tighter the curls.

Step 2: Start with clean, damp hair. Take a section of your hair and keep it between a strip.

Step 3: Roll the stripe inward with hair strand in it. Tie a knot when you reach till the hairline.

Step 4: Repeat with all the sections and sleep.

Step 5: Untie the knots in the morning and untangle with fingers.


3. Roll and clutch trick

Roll and clutch trick of heatless curls

To get the big and beautiful retro waves, you need no dryer or rollers, believe us. Just get hold of some small clutches or prong clips and get the 1950s popular vintages waves without heat coming into the picture.

Step 1: Start with damp or air dried hair and divide it into 4-5 sections.

Step 2: With the help of around hairbrush, roll the section inwards.

Step 3: Slip the rolled hair and clutch it together using prong clips.

Step 4: Repeat with all the sections.

Step 5: Remove the clutches one your hair is completely dry.

Step 6: Brush your hair gently and spray hair spray to keep the curls intact.


4. Overnight curls with a twist

Overnight curls with a twist of heatless curls

If you love beachy waves, this is an insanely easy way to get ‘em. You’d be surprised that you could get perfect beach curls in 20 minutes, without any heat or humidity in your hair. Sounds great, right? Follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Create a mid parting and section your hair into two equal parts.

Step 2:  Spray some Toni&Guy Casual: Sea Salt Texturising Spray.

Step 3: Twist a section to the end. Bring the twisted section to the opposite side from behind the ear and secure it with bobby pins.

Step 4: Repeat with the other section. Secure both nicely.

Step 5: Remove the pins after 20 minutes and don’t brush your hair.  


5. Headband roll

Headband roll of heatless curls

You can put your big girl headband to use and get soft heatless curls in no time. All you gotta do is tuck and roll. Follow these simple steps to get loose curls just using your hairband and some skills, of course!

Step 1: Throw in an elastic headband on your head, the boho style.

Step 2: Take a small section and tuck and wrap it around the headband as tightly as possible.

Step 3: Wrap all hair into the headband working towards the back until you get all your hair tucked in. 

Step 4: Leave it overnight and unwrap in the morning. And, congrats, you got stunning soft curls overnight.


6. Bantu knot curls

Bantu knot curls of heatless

Bantu knots is a type of bun hairstyle popular among African women. These small knotted buns are a quick and easy way to getting ringlet curls without using a curling iron. Leave the knots overnight to turn your hair into beautiful tight curls in the morning. Here’s how. 

Step 1: Section your hair in small parts. 5-6 would be enough for short or thin hair. Make more if you have thick or long hair.

Step 2: Take each section and twist it into a knot.

Step 3: Secure the knots with hair ties.

Step 4: Leave it overnight and untie the knots in the morning to get defined curls.


7. Pinned up Hollywood curls

Pinned up Hollywood curls

Getting red carpet curls is easier than you think. And you most certainly do not need a curling iron or your blow dryer to get the look. You can do it the way women in older times used to do it. No heat, no damage, only dramatic waves.

Step 1: Roll a section of your hair on your finger till you reach hairline.

Step 2: Slide the coiled hair and place it and secure with a two bobby pins.

Step 3: Coil and pin each section of your hair till you’re done with all your hair.

Step 4: Take off all the pins and run your fingers to loosen the curls.

Step 5: Spray Toni&Guy Finishing Shine Spray for glamorous curls.

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8. Paper towel waves

Paper towel waves

Who would’ve thought that the good old paper towels could be so much fun when it comes to curling hair! Well, it is. All you need is a few paper towels, your good old hair spray, hairbrush, and a few elastics.

Step 1: Cut out paper towels in a way that it is twice the size of your hair.

Step 2: Fasten your hair sections separately with the towels by creating braids, and then secure it with a hair-tie.

Step 3: Finish off with hair spray and wait for hair to dry.

Step 4: Once your hair is dry, unfasten. Easy and beautiful curly waves.

Image courtesy: @Luxyhair


9. Mermaid waves

Mermaid waves

Everyone loves long hair with gorgeous mermaid waves. Turn to the ocean with these bouncy waves, sans the heat effect. All you need are a few hair products and you are sorted. Let us tell you how.

Step 1: Create a middle parting thus dividing your hair into two halves.

Step 2: Dampen your hair using just water.

Step 3: Simply braid the two sides separately, as tightly or loosely depending on the kinds of waves you want.

Step 4: Put on some hair spray to set the braids.

Step 5: Once dry, undo the braids. You have gorgeous S-shaped waves to flaunt.

Image courtesy: @Luxyhair


FAQ on curls without heat

FAQ on curls without heat

Q. Why does my hair not hold curl anymore?

A. There may be many reasons for your hair not holding curls. One of them may be that you might be using the wrong tools. It’s important to know which sized barrel is good for your hair length and texture. Another reason may be lack of prepping and not securing hair.

Q. How do you heatless curl short hair?

A. You can use the headband technique for short hair too. Instead of fastening the band at the nape, you can repeat the steps at the crown. Another way to get curls for short hair is the pin-curl method, wherein you hold damp here using pins and hair spray and then get the curls when hair is dry.

Q. How do you get beachy waves?

A. The best way to get beachy waves is by using a curling iron. However, we have other solutions too, the ones without heat. Try the braid wave method. Depending on whether you want intense waves or loose ones, tie your braids and set with hair spray. Open when hair is dry and voila, you have the most gorgeous beachy waves.

Image courtesy: @Hairdressers Journal