Heat-Free Curls: 5 Natural Ways To Curl Your Hair

By: | Last Updated: April 13, 2019

Many straight-haired girls long for beautiful waves and curls, but not all of them want to use heat styling to get it. Heat can cause a lot of damage to your hair, even if you use a protecting spray. In addition, not all hair types take to heat styling well.

Thankfully, there are ways that you can get beautiful curls without using heat. If you give these simple techniques a try, you’ll be able to get gorgeous curls — no heat required.

1. Bun Curls

Almost every woman has worn her hair in a bun at some point in her life. However, few women know that buns can help to give them gorgeous, beachy waves.


If you want to give yourself bun curls, make sure your hair is damp. You can either try this technique after washing your hair or spray it down with a bottle of water. Brush or comb through your hair and make sure it’s tangle free.

Part your hair as desired, and then split your hair into two sections. Take each section and twist it up into a bun. Secure it in place with bobby pins, and then leave it overnight.

When you take down your hair in the morning, you should have beautiful loose waves. If you want more curls in your hair, follow the same instructions, but split your hair into more sections. Experiment until you find a look that’s perfect for you.

2. Soft Rollers

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If you’ve ever used hot rollers in your hair, you know that they can give you beautiful curls. However, you might not know that you can get the exact same look without using any heat at all!

In the hair section of your local drugstore or beauty supply shop, you should be able to find soft rollers. These rollers typically consist of plastic and soft foam. Buy a set of rollers that suits your own unique needs.

After washing and towel drying your hair, comb it and wrap your hair up in the soft rollers. Leave the rollers in place for at least three hours. If you’re not too uncomfortable, you could even try sleeping with the rollers in.

Once the rollers have been in place long enough, you can take them out. You should have plenty of beautiful curls!


3. Rag Curls

Before curling irons and hot rollers were commonplace, women often used rags to give their hair a curly look.

Gather some scrap pieces of fabric. An old t-shirt will work beautifully — simply cut it up into thin strips.

Roll your damp hair up around the rag, and then tie it in place when it’s done. Make sure you roll your hair under the rag rather than upward.

Go to sleep with the rags in, and take them out in the morning. When you wake up, you should have plenty of beautiful, vintage style curls.

Check out these rag curls hair tutorials:

4. Pin Curls

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Rag curls were very popular in the past, but they weren’t the only way to get a curly look. Pin curls were also a big hit.

To get pin curls, wrap a section of hair around your finger in the direction of your hair. Once the section is wrapped tightly, pin it into place. Continue this until all your hair is pinned.

Once your hair has been pinned up, leave it in this position in place for at least one hour before taking it down. When you pull the pins out, you should see some beautiful curls.


5. Headband Curls

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Plenty of women wear headbands, but few know that a cloth headband can be used to achieve beautiful curls.

To achieve this style, place a cloth headband on your head. Split your hair into sections, and then wrap each section around and under the headband. The smaller you make the section, the tighter the curl will be.

Let your hair sit like this for at least three hours, and then carefully pull the curls out. You should have beautiful, bouncy locks. This style can be achieved with both damp and dry hair.

You don’t need to damage your hair with heat styling in order to get curls. You can get them in a more natural way instead.


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