How to curl your hair without using heat

Arianna | 22 April 2016
30 min Style Easy

Get gorgeous curls without damaging your hair.

As gorgeous as curls are, the constant use of curling tongs and heat can cause some serious damage to your tresses. Would you believe us if we told you that there was a way to get pretty heatless curls? Well, there is! And beauty vlogger Nikki Phillippi is on hand to show you how to curl your hair without using heat. Watch the video to discover her simple method…

How to curl your hair without using heat


Dampen your hair.

Usually, heated curlers are the tools that help shape your hair into bouncy coils. As Nikki’s curls are achieved without using heat, you’ll need to dampen your hair slightly, so that it can retain shape. Using a water spray bottle, spritz enough clean water through your hair until it’s lightly misted.



Apply mousse.

To prep your damp hair, apply some TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Mousse (£5.50*). Rub the product between your palms, then distribute it evenly throughout your hair, focusing on the mid to end section, and scrunching as you go. Brush through your hair once the mousse has dried to ensure that your tresses are smooth and tangle-free.



Create the curls.

Working from the top section of your hair, take a small portion near the front and wrap it backwards around 2 of your fingers to form a curl shape. Once you’ve achieved this shape, remove your fingers to set the hair down, then clip it in place to secure it. Continue to do this simple technique with the rest of your hair. It’s super important to have all the curls facing back if you want to achieve glamorous volume. And don’t worry about getting your clipped curls perfect – this technique is all about creating loose, tousled, undone curls!



Set it with spray.

Once all of your curls are clipped into place, use the TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Ultra Brushable Hairspray (£5.50*) to help set them in place. Using a strong-holding hairspray that still gives your hair flexibility is key to creating soft-looking waves.



Let the curls set.

The amount of time that you need to let your curls set will depend on the style you want to achieve. If you’re after a loose S-shaped wave, let your hair down after around 10 minutes. If you’re after more volume and tighter curls, wait an hour before taking your hair out. Alternatively, if you’re after serious definition and a long-lasting style, you can sleep with your curls clipped up overnight. Ultimately, the longer you leave your hair pinned up, the tighter the curls will be.



Release the curls.

Gently unclip your hair and let your curls drop. When you release the curls, try to let them fall in the direction that they were pinned, as this will help them retain their shape and last longer. Once all of your hair is loose, you can run your fingers through the curls or play with your hair until you’re happy with the way it looks. It’s really that simple!



Final look.

We’re totally obsessed with the outcome of this simple technique. So go on, follow Nikki’s easy tutorial on how to curl your hair, and give your mane a break from heat styling!


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