In our never ending quest for beauty, it’s no secret that we spend a lot of time, thoughts, money and effort on our hair. Our hair, after all, is a very visible part of us and the style and look of our hair says a lot about us as people. But to get beautiful hair, we often times use damaging tools and treatments that leave us with unhealthy and unattractive manes. This is why the heatless curls that everyone has been talking about lately is of such great appeal.
The 411 on Heatless Curls
Hot styling tools can be one of the harshest things that you can use on your hair. Hair grows out of your scalp at a rate of about half an inch a month, and aside from the hair sack, where the hear is made, it’s all dead. This means that your hair cannot repair itself after being mistreated. The only thing you can do is grow it out, which can take forever!
The latest trend in hair has been big waves and lose curls. It’s a look that everyone is trying to emulate. In order to get the look, we have relied on hot rollers, curling irons, and curling wands to get the look. A Kickstarter campaign, however, changed all of that!
Back in 2016, the Sleep Styler campaign on kickstarter launched. It introduced microfiber and memory foam heatless curlers that you could comfortably sleep in and wake up with beautifully styled curls.
Since then, beauty bloggers the world over have been trying out these curlers and other heatless curl methods to bring us the best ideas for our best hair ever!
The Benefits of Heatless Curls
It’s a great irony that the more we try to make our hair beautiful, the more tools and products that we use, the more our hair ends up looking terrible. We pull and burn and chemically alter our hair to the point that the damage makes it impossible for it to look good. Using a method for heatless curls, however, has many great benefits.
Heatless Curl Method does all of the following:
- Protects hair from damage – Since you don’t use heat, you are avoiding the greatest damage that we can do to our hair.
- Saves time – Heatless styles take 5 to 10 minutes to set up and if you sleep on it or leave it on for a few hours of the day while you do other things, it will just take 5 minutes to remove.
- Save Space and Money – You can replace a lot of styling tools, thus saving yourself money and space in your bathroom and while traveling.
- Prevent burns and rashes – Using heat styling tools is not only unhealthy for your hair, but it can cause accidents and reactions in your skin. Trust me, a curling iron burn is no laughing matter!
5 Ways How to Get Heatless Curls
There are many techniques for getting heatless curls and waves. Some of them are less time consuming than others, but most importantly, they are all damage free. You can try them all, but you will find that depending on your hair texture, length and curl pattern, some will simply work better than other.
- Braiding your HairThis method is pretty straight forward. You simply braid your hair while it’s damp and when it dries, voila, waves! Now, the size of the waves will depend on how many braids you do. The more and smaller braids, the tighter and smaller the wave. Doing a French braid will get you medium sized waves starting at the top of your head.
Tip for Braid Waves: This method works really well for people with medium thickness hair who don’t have a lot of curl or frizz to contend with. Use a salt spray or texturizing balm to give your hair some volume.
- Straw CurlsStraw curls involve wrapping your hair around small straws and then “tying” the straw into a not to put into place. This will result in small, tight corkscrew curls all over your head. It’s a really cute look, however, it can be extremely time consuming.
Tip for Straw Curls: Use very small pieces of hair in order for it to wrap around the straw. Use a light smoothing balm prior to starting and make sure your hair is not too wet, or the curl won’t hold.
- The Sock Bun MethodThis method is super easy and can be worn out and about. Some people can even sleep with the sock bun in, if they don’t mind the discomfort and aren’t tender headed. All you have to do is take a sock and cut off the foot, then roll it up until it looks like a donut. You then pick up your hair on the top of your head and put it through the sock. Then you can divide your hair into 3 or 4 pieces and wrap the pieces around the sock. After a few hours, just take it out.
Tip for Sock Bun: Use a sock that closely matches your hair color, so that it won’t be visible under your hair.
- Pin CurlsThis method has been popular for many decades. It involves wrapping sections of hair around your finger and then using bobby pins to hold them in place. These can be made as big or as small as desired. Pin curls can work well, but they cannot be slept on, since they are very delicate.
Tip for Pin Curls: Use a curling gel or some kind of holding spray before curling the hair. It will help hold the curl without needing heat.
- Sleep Styler CurlsThis is my favorite method of curling my hair, because they are comfortable enough to sleep in and the microfiber absorbs excess water and leaves my hair smooth and frizz free. They were on shark tank and started off on Kickstarter like I mentioned before and I totally see why they started the heatless curl trend.I simply take my damp hair and wrap it around the curlers, then take the Velcro strap and wrap the curler in the opposite direction in which I wrapped my hair. Go to sleep, and then wake up to styled and frizz-free curls. These are extremely effective, comfortable and affordable, so if you’re interested, just check them out by clicking here: http://www.ijoobi.com/beauty-tips/sleep-styler/
Tip for Sleep Styler Curls: Make sure your hair is damp, but not too wet. About 85 to 90% dry will help you achieve the most long-lasting curls.
Heatless curls are a great way to turn up the heat on your hair. Experiment with the different methods and find what works best for your hair type and texture. No matter what style you choose, here are a few things to remember: Cleanse your hair thoroughly, moisturize according to your hair needs (too much and you end up with limp hair and too little you can turn into a frizz ball), style your hair when damp (not wet and not dry), and remember that heatless curls need to be left in for a long time!
With a little experimenting and some effort, you can create a hair styling routine that is healthy and protective. Heatless curls are the best answer! There’s no reason why you can’t have both polished and styled hair that is also healthy and strong.