You guys have been asking me to share my no heat curls hack and that day is here! I’ve been styling my hair in this curly style for years and finally feel like I perfected it enough to share this flawless, super easy way to curl your hair WITHOUT any heat. Seriously! I get these Disney Brave-like curls without any hot tools what so ever.
These are overnight curls that are EASY but do have a few key steps that you can’t miss.
I walked you guys through step by step on my YouTube video and I’ve also listed the steps out below if you’re a reader vs watcher! I hope you enjoy my favorite way to curl hair without heat!
As I mentioned in the video, these are overnight curls (but not your average overnight curls!) No rollers are needed here, this all happens with braids!
STEP ONE – WASH YOUR HAIR
Obviously, to do overnight curls you need to start by washing your hair. When I want to do this no heat curls look I shower at night because it works best when you sleep on it! I find it’s best to skip washing your hair with any heavy conditioners or masks. The goal is to keep your hair light and full of volume so your curls are bouncy, not weighted down! If you have a volume shampoo, use that for sure! Some of my current favorite products are below.
STEP TWO – PRODUCT + DRY YOUR HAIR
Right after you get out of the shower, use spray your crown and roots with Volition Beauty volume mist. This stuff is MAGIC. It does a really good job of keeping my long hair lifting up. I also love using a tad of leave in conditioner to keep it from drying out (in a bad way.) Currently using this 10-1 primer. After you put products in, it’s time to wait 30-45 minutes for your hair to dry. It has to be damp, not soaking wet, but also not dry.
STEP THREE – BRAID!
After your hair is at the ideal dryness, it’s time to braid. I can’t do a proper french braid – I think that I’m actually doing is an inverse french braid (what people who are much better at hair tell me.) Basically, don’t worry, you DON’T have to be amazing at braiding to make beautiful curls without heat. Remember – you aren’t trying to make an amazing french braid to wear out to dinner, you’re just sleeping in them! They can be sloppy.
Make sure to braid starting from your crown. Keep it tight and braid all the way down to the end (or as close as you can!) The key to AMAZING curls is by braiding ALL your hair, not just the bottom parts.
STEP FOUR – SLEEP ON IT
And then sleep on it! The goal is to wake up with your hair dry, which will take some time as you have tightly braided your hair.
I personally love doing this the night before we go on trips. I then wear my braids all day – through the airport, on the plane, etc and don’t take them out until we check into the hotel. That way, my hair is out of my face when we’re traveling and then it’s all ready to go for happy hour!
STEP FIVE – UNCURL + PRODUCT
Alright, this is the fun part: taking out your curls!! I love this part and watching my hair transform into my “Brave curls”. Now begins the post product process!
- Hair spray: Give your hair a good hair spray shakedown. I love Nexxus at the moment as it does a great job at holding the curls without being crunch. Don’t forget to spray your crown and roots to preserve the volume!
- Dry Shampoo: Dry shampoo works best as a preventative product (are you surprised?) For years I was using it to bring back greasy hair but now I add it to my freshly washed, dry hair and it really helps prevent your hair from getting greasy. Magic. My favorite is Battise.
- Frizz Control: Now it’s time to add in your favorite frizz control serum! Sometimes my hair gets frizzy in these curls and this helps control that!
- More Hair Spray: Top it off with a tad more hair spray!
And that’s it – that’s how you do these easy overnight curls without heat! I hope this helps you try a new hairstyle that puts a smile on your face! If you have any questions, leave a comment below or DM me on Instagram @thewhimsysoul.