Headband curls: The easy (and heat-free) way to style your hair overnight

Find out why we heart headband curls and how to recreate this effortless technique...   
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Are you looking for runway-worthy curls that you can create at home? Tired of spending hours faffing in front of the mirror with an army of heated styling tools? Then you’re in luck, as headband curls may the answer to all your hair woes.

Not quite sure what headband curls are or how the use of a simple headband can help you create stunning curls? Fret not, as we have all the hair inspiration you will need, plus a handful of handy tips and tricks, just below…

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Get effortless boho waves without heat. Credit: indigitalimages.com

You can create boho waves with little fuss

If you’re a lover of bohemian waves, but can never quite master that carefree, easy-breezy finish (that we all know actually entails a lot more work than it looks), then headband curls are the easiest way to achieve them.

We regularly see loose curly hair on the likes of Vanessa Hudgens and the Olsen twins (AKA our fave boho babes), and with minimal effort, you can nail the look too.

model with long brown hair and tight wavy hair
Ditch the curling wand for simple heatless waves. Credit: indigitalimages.com

The style helps emphasise naturally wavy hair

If you have naturally wavy hair, but want to add more of an emphasis to your curls, headband curls are set to be your new BFF! They’ll help amp up your natural texture and give you that beautiful beachy vibe all year around.

Also, if you want to create a defined curl pattern, we suggest creating more smaller sections in your hair and twisting each of the sections before threading through the headband.

 

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Add texture to your tresses with headband curls. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Headband curls add tousled texture to limp hair

If your naturally fine hair is looking limp and flat, it’s easy to overload with sea salt spray and a wrap it around a curling wand (don’t worry, we’re guilty of it, too).

However, we say ditch those heated styling tools for headband curls and before you know it, you will have flawless-looking waves that will bring a new lease to your hair life.

Editor’s Tip: If you want to add soft waves, as opposed to medium to tight curls, you can do this in the morning before you start your makeup and just unwrap your hair just before leaving the house. Talk about multitasking!

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Start with damp hair.

Starting with damp or freshly washed hair, apply a small amount of the TONI&GUY Wave Memorising Balm to the mid-lengths and ends of your locks.

This will help lock in the shape of your curls. Comb through the hair if needed to remove any knots

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Add a headband.

Place a stretchy headband on top of your hair (almost like a crown) ensuring the hair lies flat at the crown.

As the hairband will stay on all night, make sure it’s not too loose. It needs to stay in place in order for the curls to form. 

3

Start weaving.

Divide your hair into manageable sections and, piece by piece, loop the hair over and under the hairband.

Repeat this looping process for each strand until all the hair is wrapped around the headband and the ends are tucked in. 

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Work front to back.

Once the top layer of your hair is securely wrapped around the headband, use the same technique for any remaining hair. 

5

Catch some beauty sleep.

The easiest part of this tutorial? Heading to bed! Make sure there are no loose strands and pin any shorter sections of hair up into the headband if you need to. 

Then, catch 40 winks and let your curls form overnight. 

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Unravel and comb through.

In the morning, your hair should be completely air dry. Gently remove the headband and let your curls fall loose.

Use your fingers to comb through the wave, this will give the hair a more relaxed finish. 

7

Spray to secure.

Happy with your loose curls? Lock the style in place by misting the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray all over the hair from front to back. 

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That's it!

Heaband curls = mastered. The perfect no-heat alternative to using a curling tong, this technique is easily one of our failsafe favourites.