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DIY Hair: Perfect No-Heat Curls

Updated on January 23, 2017
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Finding the Solution to No-Heat Curls

I've tried everything. Curlformers, foam curlers, bendy foam stick rollers, rag rolls, pin curls... I am serious. And there's something wrong with each one for me.

Curlformers? They work, but they are NOT comfortable for me to sleep in... And I value my sleep more than my hairdo.

Foam curlers are not only uncomfortable, but they give me Shirley Temple hair, which is not exactly what I'm going for.

Bendy foam stick rollers usually don't get my ends curled - they fall out while I sleep and produce inconsistent curls.

I actually do like rag rolls, but I found that the best way to get results is to use a curling iron first to get the basic shape. While my hair was still warm, I would then roll it up on the strip of fabric and tie it off. Basically, I was defeating the whole purpose of "no-heat." Same with pin curls.

Then I found the best way EVER to curl my hair. It eliminates all of the previous issues with every other method. It doesn't hurt to sleep in, it doesn't fall out when I sleep, I can keep my ends curled, and I don't have to use a curling iron before rolling my hair up! It's seriously perfect, and it looks cute as-is - I mean you can go out with your hair rolled up and not look like a hot mess.

So let's talk about what you need first (which is very little) and then I'll go into how you can master this witchcraft.

Supplies

The best part about this tutorial - I think - is that you only need a bandana, two bobby pins, and hair. The other best part is that it really does give you perfect curls. Or maybe it's how quick and easy it is to do. Who am I kidding? The whole thing is the best part!

Prep Your Hair

Depending on the level of curl you want, you may need to add some water to your hair. If you're looking for just loose waves, don't bother with the water. Sleeping with your hair up in the bandana overnight is enough to get the look you are going for!

If you want more of a bouncy spiral curl that will last you for some time, then add water! Don't get your hair WET, just damp. I usually just dampen my hands with water and run my fingers through my hair. Be sure to get the ends, because you want those to set properly in a curl.

Sometimes, I'll add a bit of coconut oil to my ends. Be careful with this, because if you add too much it can hinder your curls from setting. Just a teaspoon spread evenly throughout your ends should be enough to give them the nourishment they need! Because you may be a little confused, I'll actually tell you how this all works next.

hair wrapped and curling!
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Get Started

The first step to this is really getting your banana tied off to fit your head. To do this, you're going to have to fold it properly. Lay the whole thing out flat as a square, and then fold it on a diagonal (from corner to corner). Once you've got that, it should be a big ol' triangle. Starting at the widest part of the triangle, begin rolling the bandana into a strip.

Once you've got the strip rolled up, wrap it around your head as a headband and tie it off at your forehead. Make sure you don't tie it too tightly - you'll get a headache. It should be loose enough that you can fit a few fingers between the band and your head.

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Wrap Your Hair

To begin, part and brush your hair. Place the bandana around your head with the tied-off end at your forehead. The back of the bandana should sit at the nape of your neck, at the bottom of your hairline.

This whole thing is kind of weird to explain in words, so bear with me. If you have any trouble, be sure to watch the video demonstration at the beginning of the article.

Starting on either side of your face, grab a small, 1-inch section of hair. Pull it away from your face, and then up and over the bandana. You're basically just spiraling your hair away from your face and around the bandana. At this point, it becomes kind of like a french braid. Starting with the section of hair you just wrapped around the bandana, add another small section and wrap it again. Do this until you reach the center of the back of your head.

When you've reached the center, right at the nape of your neck, stop adding more hair to the spiral. You'll want to finish off wrapping the ends of that side of your head. Continue to wrap the section of hair until you come to the very ends, and secure them with a bobby pin at the back of your head. Then, do the same thing - but on the other side!

Play the Waiting Game

The process of wrapping your hair is super easy once you have done it a few times - and only takes about 5 minutes. The wait is what gets you! Depending on how curly you want your hair, you can leave it in for anywhere from 4 hours to overnight.

I usually do this as an overnight process, so my curls will last longer the next day. There have been times where I will put my hair up in the bandana in the morning, so that I can go somewhere with curly hair that night. Definitely recommend just sleeping with your hair up though.

Like I said earlier, this is a cute look to go out in. Several times I've been at concert festivals where it is either hot or rainy - so I leave my hair up in the bandana, and once the weather has improved I will take it out and have a flawless hairstyle.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 months ago from Northern California, USA

      I have been wishing there was a way to curl my hair without using heat. Like with your experience, all the other methods, for some reason or other, don't work. But, this headband treatment looks like it is not only comfortable, but will produce excellent results. The bonus is that it is cool enough to run errands while curling my hair. It's perfect! Thank you for sharing this amazing hair styling technique.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 months ago from Northern California, USA

      I came back to say I tried this and it works! I had some doubts about it working on shoulder length hair, but it truly works. Now I know why you roll your bangs back the other direction. Good tip. I will do the same next time I curl my hair. Thank you for the best "no heat" hair curling solution.

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      Alex Rose 3 months ago from Virginia

      I'm happy it worked for you too! As you can see my hair is REALLY long but it works perfectly!

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