How to style naturally curly hair without heat

Learn how to style your natural curls without damaging them.

Naturally curly hair is beautiful, and if you’ve been blessed with it, you should definitely embrace it. Many people with straight hair use heated styling tools to achieve faux curls, but seeing as you don’t need to (because why damage your hair unnecessarily?), we’re going to show you how to style naturally curly hair without heat! Keep on reading to find out which styles you need to try now.

How to style naturally curly hair without heat:


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Simple half-up, half-down braid. Credit:

Simple half-up, half-down braid

An easy, yet effective way to style your natural curls it to opt for a half-up, half-down braid. This pretty and utterly feminine hairstyle is super easy to do, plus it will keep your hair off your face without requiring you to go for a full updo.

Start by taking a 3 inch-wide section of hair from either side of your temples, and plait each section until you reach the end. Secure with clear elastics, then bring each plait to the back of your head until they meet in the middle. Tie them both together with another clear elastic, mist a little VO5 Firm Hold Hairspray (£2.99*) over the top, and you’re good to go!

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Curly faux bob. Credit:

Curly faux bob

Got long hair but want to create the illusion of a short ‘do? Then you better get acquainted with the curly faux bob. To achieve this sophisticated, classy look, start by loosely braiding your hair into two standard plaits (these should start from around the same level as your chin). Then, working on one braid at a time, gently tuck it underneath your hair to form a faux bob. Pin each side in place with some bobby pins that match the colour of your hair – et voilà!

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Flat twist side braid. Credit:

One-sided flat twist

If you love wearing your curls down, here’s a super easy, yet stunning hairstyle for naturally curly hair. Start by applying some Toni&Guy Prep Curl Defining Oil (£6.99*) to your tresses to help define your coils. Then, on one side of your head, take a 2 inch-wide section of hair from near your temple and divide it into 2 smaller, equal-sized sections. Carefully twist the pieces around each other, grabbing more hair from each side of your twist as you go. Keep on twisting until you reach the back of your head, where you’ll need to secure your flat twist with some bobby pins. See? We told you it was easy!

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Curly messy updo. Credit:

Curly, messy updo

If you’re searching for the perfect, effortless off-duty ‘do, look no further than this quick hair-fix. A simple, curly updo is the perfect laid-back look that takes just minutes to do – and all without the use of heat! To achieve this casual-cool hairstyle, tie your hair into a high ponytail, and then pin strands of curls around the base of the ponytail to form a sort of messy bun! Fun, right?

Tip: To secure this messy updo in place for longer, spritz with TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Ultra Brushable Hairspray (£5.50*) when you finish styling.

So now that you know how to style naturally curly hair without heat, which of these looks will you be trying out first?

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

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