Do you have fine hair, flat hair, straight hair, blah hair? Or maybe you don’t like the idea of heat-styling and the damage it causes to your hair. These are tricks for putting deep waves or big soft curls into your hair without the damage associated with heat styling. All these techniques are very quick and easy, and give you long lasting curls that stay bouncy. Use one of these techniques before trying a HTHG DIY hairstyle for beautiful results, or just wear your hair in waves for the day.
If you don’t already know, when it comes to my own hair I am a lazy-girl hair stylist to the max. I’ve got 2 young kids, a business to run, other people’s hair to do, things to make, cookin, cleaning, errands, art, and a social life. I don’t have a lot of extra time to spend on my own hair……This is one of the reasons that I love being shampoo-free! It has cut down on my hair fussing time so much, and made me appreciate my natural hair.
There is almost nothing than I love more than going to sleep and waking up to a good hair day. Sound impossible? Think again. No-heat curls and waves are the perfect solution. Last month we talked a lot about rag curls. Before that it was pin curls.
Today, I bring you an easy to do twisted hairstyle that works great on hair that is anywhere from jaw length to butt length, looks lovely, and leaves you with wonderful beachy waves for days. You can wear this style overnight to wake up to a great hair day, or you can wear them during the day for sultry nighttime waves.
Long time coming on this post, considering that I have been giving rag curls to anyone who will let me all Summer long. Now It is time for me to impart my tried and true DIY rag curl technique to you all, in the simplest terms possible.
The thing that I really love about rag curls is that people have been doing them for centuries as a way to set straight hair in curls without curlers or heat or really anything but a comb and an old rag. They are easy to do and depending on how you do them, you can achieve anything from Greta Garbo to Veronica Lake to Lucille Ball looking curls without frying your hair.
They are also excellent for lazy-hair people and kids because all you have to do is throw em in your damp hair, sleep comfortably (Without big rollers or poke-y pins) and brush them out in the morning for curls that will literally last weeks if you want them to.
A couple years back I made a video tutorial of rag curlson my daughter Marley, before I had experimented much with them. Marley has that kind of fine hair that ‘won’t hold a curl’ but by golly her hair will hold a rag curl. Here is more on why no-heat curls are so great for that slippery fine ‘won’t hold a curl’ hair. ( Here is a hint…..It is science!)
The other day, I went to the river with Nikki and my daughters for a day of swimming and a sleepover in her mountain cabin. That night, we drank wine and put curls in our river-damp hair. I rag curled mine, and she twist-bun curled hers (twist-bun tutorial coming soon!)
In the morning, I woke up with purple teeth and a head full of springy wild curls that I wore all day the next day. I even jumped in the river again, head fully under water. My hair dried and the curls were still in full effect. Not sure how that is possible but apparently in is.
Rag Curl Tutorial
Get an old rag or towel and cut or tear it into strips length wise. They should be at least 3 inches wide and 9 inches long. You will need 6 of them.
Start by dampening your hair with a spray bottle, or let it dry half-way after wetting it fully. I recommend using a sea salt setting spray the give the hair some extra texture if you have curl-resistant hair…It will help you keep the curl even longer!
Part your hair down the center, all the way back. Take your comb and make a parting from the top of the head, straight down to behind one ear.
Comb all the hair in that first section straight down, and grip the ends tightly.
Take a rag and center it right over the ends of the hair. Begin rolling the ends around the rag, making sure to secure them down. The trick is to roll them around once, then roll right over them again so that they are rolled in tightly.
Keep rolling the hair around the rag until you can’t roll any farther. Now, take the ends of the rag and tie them together once to secure the curl. If you are having a hard time visualizing this, please check out this video. It shows you how to do the roll itself, but with a different sectioning pattern that will give you a different looking curl. So watch it just for the technique, but use the hair sectioning pattern from this tutorial;)
Now it is time to make your second curl. You will make another parting that is parallel to the first one, and it will bisect the rest of that half of the head. Basically, it will run from the top of the back of the head, straight down the side to the side of the nape of the neck. Repeat the curl in that section.
The leftover hair from the same side of the head in the back will make your third curl.
Repeat these sections and curls on the other side of the head.
Now, wrap your head gently in a silk head scarf to sleep in. This part is optional, but will help you sleep more comfortably and will help keep your curls smoother.
Now sleep soundly! I often read before bed to help slow down my monkey mind. Occasionally I take a Melatonin for bright and colorful dreams and a deep dark sleep. Mugwort peppermint tea is also great for good sleep and cool dreaming.
When you wake up, brush out your curls with a boar bristle brush ( Mason Pearson is my favorite, it is my # 1 styling tool that I wouldn’t go anywhere without…..Completely worth the price for your brush BFF for life;)
You rag curls are likely to be really big and fuzzy……So go in their with a light smoothing oil like Shiny Dancer, and work it into your curls, gently twisting random ones to define them a bit.
I love to do a deep side part with these curls, because it gives them a very vintage look and makes me feel less clown-hair-ish, initially.
The clown hair will subside quickly, and your curls will relax into themselves throughout the day so REMEMBER……..If you feel way too curly at first, just be patient. Everything will work itself out.
By the end of the day, you will want your hair to stay this way forever.
To make it last, keep your curls dry, sleep with your silk scarf on, and then use some hair powder when your roots start feeling greasy after a couple’a days. That’s how ladies did it in the golden days.
How long can you make your rag curls last? I’d love to know! I challenge you to a whole week
Hey babes. Here is Alix and Brette (more on her later!) . Two foxy fine haired babes, both long hairs, both low-maintenance, both ShamPHree. I told them that I wanted to give them rag curls, and Brette insisted that nothing made her fine hair hold a curl.
I grabbed an old scarf and cut it into long 3 inch strips and challenged their hairs to a curl-off. Put the rags in their damp hair at sundown, scarfed em, and then brushed em out in the morning. Their hairs stayed curled all day, starting out like Veronica Lake and ending like a 1970’s wave-curl at the end of the day.
If you have fine hair, no-heat curls are the way to go. Curls set with water are chemically guaranteed to last. The hydrogen bonds inside the hair gets broken with water and rebuild when the hair is dry. These bonds will last until the hair gets wet again, therefore creating a lasting and damage-free curl on any hair type. It’s science! DO it!
By the way….There exists a Vintage Hairstyling Bible for which I find massive inspiration and here it is.
Hi my friends. It has been a minute since I have had a chance to put together a styling video for you all! Here is one from the vault, a little trick I like to call the Head Wrap. I learned this one in beauty school. It was used often as a protective way of keeping chemically relaxed hair straight and smooth without the use of heat.
In school,I got laughed at for wrapping my own white-girl hair. It was my first experience of ‘Hmmmmmm. I guess that our races are still divided by our lack of understanding of each other’s hair. I’m still working on trying to bridge that gap.
The Head-wrap is a great trick to use if you are wearing your curly hair straight or want just a general smoothing. You can see by my before and after, my hair is naturally pretty rough. It refuses to be straight. But the Head wrap calms my wild hair into smooth and shiny waves.
Here is how it works……By brushing the hair tightly around the head with a boar bristle brush, you use the round smoothness of your head as a large roller for your hair. Scarf it and go to bed, and you will wake up with beautifully straight-ish hair that behaves and falls perfectly.
In order to make it work, you need a bit of practice, a good brush, and 2nd or 3rd day hair. ShamPHree hair will do this beautifully.
Who doesn’t want to have great looking hair? After all, your hair is kind of like your crown, so-to-speak.
When it comes to creating hairstyles, tools that require heat are often used in order to create great look. If you are using those damaging tools, make sure you are at least use some type of heat protections spray or cream to help prevent further damage.
However, if you are super busy, or you just don’t want to subject your hair to the damaging effects of heat, you might be thinking that your hair will just have to look lackluster. Well, truth be told, you don’t have to use heat in order to create a fantastic looking hairstyle. Here are some simple styles that don’t require hair dryers, curling irons, flat irons or any other type of heating element to create – and the end results are pretty fabulous.
The salt water does wonders for creating a carefree, tousled look. Well, you don’t have to visit the beach in order to achieve those subtle, yet stylish waves, and you don’t need to use any heat to create them, either.
To create this look, simply fill a spray bottle with warm water, 2 tablespoons of table salt and about ¼ cup of conditioner. Spray the mixture over clean, dry hair and then scrunch it. The salt will create the same effect that the salt water creates, and the conditioner will prevent your hair from drying out.
A Sock Bun
Create a voluminous bun with yes, a sock. To achieve this look, you’ll need to cut off the toes of a clean sock. Roll the remainder of the sock so that it looks like a donut. Next, pull your hair up into a ponytail, it can be either high or low, depending on the look you wish to achieve. Position the sock donut around the ponytail and pull it down to the end. Next, roll the sock down along the ponytail, pulling your hair into it as you go. Tuck the hair into the sock. When you reach the base of the ponytail, position the sock so that it is sitting around the hair tie. Wrap another hair tie around the bun to secure it in place, and use bobby pins to tuck in any stray pieces. Voila! In minutes, you have a super sized, super stylish bun, and all it takes is a sock. Here is a video of the Sock Bun, and here are 5 ways to sass up your sock bun even more;)
A Pony Twist
Give this staple hairstyle an updated look by adding in some twists. Smooth your hair down and pull out a small section on either side of your head. Twist each section, starting at the top of your head and working your way down to the bottom of your head. Secure the twists using bobby pins. Pull your hair, including the ends of the twisted portions, into a low pony. That’s all it takes to create an updated look for this traditional, go-to style.
You can give your hair a crimped look without heat, and believe it or not, it’s easier to do it using this technique than it is using a crimping iron. All you have to do is wet your hair and then put it into a French braid. Allow your hair to dry completely (doing this before you go to bed is ideal, as your hair will have plenty of time to dry while you sleep). Once dry, undo the braid, loosen your hair and spray a little product in it.
You don’t have to use heat in order to achieve a fantastic look for your hair. These styles are super easy to achieve and they will save your hair from the damage heat can cause; a win-win situation.
Gwen Lewis is a freelance writer who lives in Southern California. She loves to write about beauty and fashion and is published on many sites. In her free time she loves staying active and baking with friends.