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How to Get Natural-Looking Hair Curls Without Using Heat

Updated on February 13, 2014
Natural looking curls
Natural looking curls | Source

Natural Curls

Learn how to get those big beautiful natural looking curls without all the damage and hassle of heat styling. Sometimes even after using fancy curling irons the curls still don't hold and fall flat in an hour or two. These methods will give you curls that will last all day long .

Rag curls
Rag curls | Source

Rag Curls

This is an old method that has been used for a long time. It works really well and you can sleep with the rags in because they are soft.

What you will need

  • Ten to twenty rag strips (any soft cloth really)
  • A brush
  • Ponytail holder

What to do next

  • Section your hair into a couple of sections.
  • Tie off one section off to the side.
  • Then take one strip of cloth and roll your hair around it until you get to the root.
  • Then tie the rag so it does not come loose
  • Repeat this process to the entire section.
  • When finished do this to the second section.
  • Now that you are finished you can sleep on them.
  • In the morning untie the rags and you will have beautiful curls.

The tighter you wrap your hair the tighter the curl. Try not to tie the knots to tight or you will have a really hard time untying them in the morning.

Sock bun
Sock bun | Source

Sock Bun

This is an old method. The sock bun is a hair style all in itself so if you decide to wear this for a day you can just leave it on overnight and have long lasting curls the next day. I like to do two sock buns like princess Laya off of Star Wars and the next day I love the curls I get.

What you need

  • One sock
  • Scissors
  • Hair tie

What to do

  • First you will need to make a doughnut out of your sock.
  • Take the sock and cut the tip off.
  • Roll the sock up until it looks like a doughnut.
  • Put your hair into a high pony tail
  • Then move the doughnut toward the end of the pony.
  • Loop your hair around the sock and tuck underneath.
  • Now roll the sock back towards your head.
  • Keep rolling until you can't roll it anymore.
  • Now you should have a perfect sock bun
  • Leave it in your hair over night.
  • Unravel the bun in the morning.
  • Go through curls with your hands.

To make the curls last even longer dampen your hair a little bit before putting your hair into the bun. To get maximum hold use some hairspray to make the curls last even longer and lock them into place.

The First One in This Video is the Best For Sock Bun Curls

Pin curls
Pin curls | Source

Pin Curls

Pin curls have been used since the forties to get those cute little spiral curls. You can also use this method to get bigger curls by winding bigger loops.

What you will need

  • A whole lot of bobby pins

What to do next

  • Grab a small section of your hair wined it into a loop.
  • Pin the loop down to your head using two bobby pins.
    It works best to use an X shape.
  • Repeat this until all of your hair is in pinned up loops.
  • Leave in overnight.
  • Remove pins in the morning.
  • Run your fingers through the curls to style them.

Try not to brush the curls this will make them fluff up into a frizzy mist.

I Thought This Video Was Really Helpful

Side braid
Side braid | Source


This is a very common technique. You can braid your hair into one big braid, a side braid or two pigtail braids, even french braids. It all depends on the kind of curl you are looking for. I think the best style for over night is the side braid. If your braid is on the side you wont have to sleep on it. To get your hair to really take on the curly shape braid your hair while it is damp. What ever style you choose this classic method will give you pretty curls in a few hours.

Curlers | Source

No Heat Curlers

These are pretty simple to use you need to go and purchase the plastic rollers either at a grocery store or a beauty supply store.

You will need
Hair curlers

What to do next

  • You open the clip part
  • Roll your hair around the sponge looking part.
  • When you are done clip it closed again.

Repeat this process until all of your hair is in rollers some packages even come with directions. It may help to separate your hair into sections first. This will keep you from missing any hair.

Curling Serums

For a little extra help try using curling serums. Dampen your hair with the serum before using any of the above techniques to help your hair really take on the shape of the curl. If you have a hard time getting your hair to curl or to hold a curl I would suggest using a serum for a little extra help.

Extra Tips

  • All of these methods work better when your hair is slightly damp.
  • Putting some curling serum in your hair before any kind of curling will help the curls hold.
  • Using hair spray will help lock the curls into place.
  • Go through the curls with your fingers instead of a brush. The brush will make your hair poofy and frizzy.
  • When ever you are rolling your hair around something how tight you roll it determines how tight the curl will be.

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      Epbooks 4 years ago

      Great hub! Voted up as useful, interesting and beautiful. Thank you for posting!

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      Ana Maria Orantes 4 years ago from Miami Florida

      I lke the natural curls and braids.

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      Ana Maria Orantes 4 years ago from Miami Florida

      Natural curls has the fashionable smart look. It has a little of glamour. I like it . For a formal dance or any occasion I would add a hair piece.

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      Brittanie Pervier 5 years ago from Seattle WA

      If your hair is still wet on the inside I would try curling your hair when it is dry and just adding a little curling serum.

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      Laura Prado-Ochoa 5 years ago from Edinburg, Texas

      every time i use hair curlers (no heat) and i sleep with them, my hair is always wet on the inside part. so the curls don't stay. I dare not go places with the rollers still on my hair just so that it dries.... lol

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      My sister and I were talking about some of these methods just earlier this week sadly, my hair won't hold curls, no matter how I make them. I love the idea of curls, though, and never stop trying.