How-To: Heatless Curls

With searches for heatless curls skyrocketing, learn how to create this look as well as get some top tips for maintaining curls.
With searches for heatless curls skyrocketing, learn how to create this look as well as get some top tips for maintaining curls.

TikTok has revolutionized the hair and beauty industry. 

With a constant flow of new trends, undiscovered hacks, and tips for achieving the hottest looks, TikTok is the go-to place for uncovering what’s happening in beauty and wellness. 

One of the most popular hair styling methods this year is heatless curls. Unlike their hot tool-created counterparts, heatless curls cause less damage and are a lot easier to create. 

According to experts at the beauty and wellness marketplace Fresha, searches for 'heatless curls tutorial' on Pinterest have risen 212% in the past three months and ‘how to do heatless curls’ have almost doubled over the past year, with an increase of 118% worldwide. Searches have also increased for a ‘heatless curl kit’ by 525% over the past three months as brands create their own methods for people to achieve the look.  

Many videos circulating on TikTok show methods of achieving heatless curls and, ultimately, revealing the effortless results. The hashtag #heatlesscurls has racked up an incredible 5.4 billion views on the app, with #heatlesscurlsresults totaling 52.9 million and #heatlesscurlsresults surpassing 435.8 million views. 

Heatless curls are a great way to eliminate unnecessary damage from hot tools, and the stress on the hair strands is minimal. There are multiple ways to produce curls with no heat:

  • Wrap your hair around a pair of socks when almost dry – leave in for a few hours (or overnight) and spray with hairspray to set your curls. Just remember: the smaller the sock, the tighter the curl. 
  • Braid your hair when it's wet. Depending on the tightness of the braid, you’ll get anything from tight ringlets to loose waves.
  • Rollers are classic and effective. After putting your rollers in, cover your head with a silk scarf to reduce static and keep them neat.
  • Robe tie curls are incredibly easy and super comfortable to sleep in. Loop your hair around any robe tie (the thickness and how tight you wrap your hair will determine how your curls will come out) and tie with a hair tie. Keep in for a few hours or overnight.

Top Tips: 

  • Try using a silk scrunchie instead of regular bands to hold your heatless curling method and keep loose strands at bay. 
  • If you've been to the salon and want to prolong your bouncy blow dry, use rollers to keep the shape of the style for longer, even overnight, and you’ll have salon-fresh locks until your next hair wash. 
  • Use dry shampoo and hairspray to hold your curls. Both are great options and are available in hundreds of scents and strengths. 
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