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7 Viral Heatless Curl Techniques That Will Save Your Mane From Heat Damage

Want to achieve heatless curls? We’re rounding up seven of the best heat-free techniques that you can try now.

There are two main loves in my life—hilarious videos and my hair care routine. The beautiful thing about Tik Tok is that it combines my interests. I can watch all sorts of videos, but most importantly, I get to enjoy supreme hair content by my favorite creators. As someone who has lived their whole life with frizzy hair, I’m always looking for different ways to style it.

For years, I swore by my curling iron. I thought that it was the only way I could tame my already curly hair into perfectly styled ringlets. However, after using hot tools every day for nearly five years, my hair became damaged, dry, and frankly even frizzier

Luckily, I took a break from heat styling in college and started looking for alternative ways to get heatless curls. Keep scrolling to find out which ways you can curl your hair without using hot tools and risking heat damage! 

Good hair day by @blondegreed.

How can I curl my hair without heat?

There are so many ways to curl your hair without heat. You can use hair styling tools like, flexi rods, silk ribbons, or classic jumbo hair curlers. Allowing your hair to dry in braids can also create an amazingly curly look. Some great braids to use are Dutch braids, cornrows, and French braids

When creating your braids keep in mind if you put your hair in a looser style using big sections, you’ll be left with waves rather than curls. 

Good hair day by @lanninhabraga.

How do you get heatless curls overnight?

When you sleep in braids or utilize one of the heatless curl techniques overnight, this gives the hair more time to form ringlets. If your hair is slightly damp at the start of the night (and you get your recommended eight hours of sleep), enough time will pass for your hair to dry into the desired shape by morning. However, if you start with your hair completely dry, there’s a greater chance of waking up with frizz. 

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How can I curl my shoulder-length hair without heat?

No matter how long your hair may be, there are still plenty of options to achieve a heatless curled look. You can create smaller overnight braids or use rollers that are smaller in size.  

Keep scrolling for seven of the best techniques to try, from overnight braids to using your robes belt.

The Best Techniques For Achieving Heatless Curls

Good hair day by @milan_hairstylist.

Robe Curls

When this technique of using the belt from your robe (or long sock) to create curls blew up on TikTok, everyone saw incredible results. This heatless technique is easy to do, as well as super comfortable to sleep in! All you need is a semi-long piece of fabric to put over your head that hangs loose on both sides. Make sure your hair is slightly damp, so it dries into the desired shape.

Working with one side at a time, take a small section of hair and wrap it around the fabric, adding small pieces of hair each time you wrap it. When you reach the ends, secure your strands tightly with a rubber band. After both sides are finished, you can either leave it and go to bed or pin the sides up, so you feel more comfortable while you sleep! In the morning, you can add some hairspray, so your gorgeous curls stay intact. To keep your look in place throughout the day, you should use Matrix Total Results High Amplify Proforma Frizz Control Hairspray. This flexible, strong-hold hairspray provides continuous lift and keeps frizz under control. 

Good hair day by @hairstylist_isa.

Flexi Rod Curls

If you’re looking to achieve tighter ringlets, flexi rod curlers are a great heat-free alternative to thin barrel curling irons. With your hair slightly damp, and take a section and wrap it over and around the rod. When you reach the end, bend the rod, so the hair doesn’t come loose.  Keep in mind that prepping your hair with a quality shampoo and conditioner can help you get better results. We recommend Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner for its ultra-hydrating formula that nourishes your strands. 

Good hair day by @Blush__salon.


Made from soft woven plastic,  use the given applicator to pull your hair through and leave your hair in the waveformers for several hours. Waveformers are a great option for those who aren’t necessarily wanting a curly look but more so a fresh beach vibe look. 

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Overnight Braids

Now, let’s say you don’t have access to any of these items, even robes or socks: Starting with damp hair, apply a dime-size amount of mouse to the roots of your hair, and tightly braid your hair. This way, you can achieve heatless curls using overnight braids.

To increase your hair’s volume, we recommend Matrix Vavoom Height of Glam Volumizing Foam. Apply it as a finishing spray to the roots so it increases volume, stays in place, and keeps your hair looking shiny.

Good hair day by @rachel_redd.

Hair Rollers

That's right—hair rollers aren't just used hot for creating voluminous blowouts. You can put these on with slightly damp hair. After your strands dry, remove the rollers and use a wide-tooth comb to brush through your hair gently. Apply Matrix Total Results High Amplify Proforma Frizz Control Hairspray for a secure finish, so your hair shape stays intact all day.

Good hair day by @styledby_debbe.

Flower Curler

This flower curler technique is fantastic for three reasons: it's incredibly comfortable, requires no heat, and while your hair is forming the desired shape, you can go out and still look cute. 

Good hair day by @hairbyamybee.

Silk Ribbon Curler

A silk ribbon hair curler is a foam curling rod that’s wrapped in silk. Silk is great because it helps keep your hair hydrated and prevents breakage. This heatless hair curling technique is excellent because while you’re styling, your hair’s natural moisture is being locked in. The way you use it is by sectioning your hair and wrapping it over and around the silk, and securing the ends with silk scrunchies. 

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