Ah, curling irons. Believe it or not, they are one of the great frenemies that exist in life. Think about it, they can be used to make beautiful hairstyles on one hand and serve as a source of damage and stress to your hair on the other.
There’s been a change from using heat so heavily by a lot of people, especially in the natural hair movement. However, the absence of heat can make it difficult to achieve some of the more fun, sexy hairstyles that so many people love to rock. The truth about that is it doesn’t have to. You can still wear your bold, beautiful curls without the use of heat. As with most any new way of viewing things, it takes time, effort and a little creativity. You won’t believe all the ways people have come up with in the quest to find heatless curling options.
Don’t believe me? Regardless if your hair is relaxed or natural, here are some ideas to try the next time you want to curl your hair.
Most people may not realize it but when using rollers, you really don’t need heat. I know that curling your hair with an iron first and then rolling it seems to help hold your hair longer once styled, but it’s only a formality so to speak. Your hair will quickly curl on it’s own in rollers without the use of heat. To get the best results, do it when your hair is wet, and let it hair dry in the rollers. You can use your favorite setting product for added hold.
Yet another none curling iron way to achieve beautiful curls. This method is much like using rollers, only you’re not using rollers. You take a piece of your hair, wrap it like a pinwheel that lays flat on your scalp and secure it with a bobby pin or other type of hair clip. This method is best used when you want soft, flowy curls.
These are popular as they garner different results depending on your hair type. Typically, you take a piece of hair and twirl it around until a “knot” forms. From there, use a bobby pin to hold it in place. This will give you tighter curls than the previous method but not as tight as rollers. It all depends on what you want.
This is a tried and true method that works best for naturals because of the coarseness of hair. It can be done in a few different ways but the main thing to remember is the product. Yes, this is where having the right product comes into play more than ever. If you don’t have the right leave-in conditioner, oil or whatever it is you like to use, you run the risk of not getting the results you want. The key is to look for something that is a combination of hold, shine and moisturizer. You need all three to get a killer twist out.
If you are looking for spirals or what some people refer to as “Shirley Temple curls” then straws are the way to go. Wrapping your hair around them starting at the bottom in a spiral motion will give you bouncy, well-defined curls that last. Make sure to use a bobby pin to hold them in place as well. You can play with the size of the coils by using different size straws. It is also a good method to use in hairstyles for young girls.
When it comes to your hair, finding alternative ways to achieve the look you want is paramount to maintaining healthy manageable hair. These are just a few of the ways you can have all the curls without all the stress heat put on your tresses.