Heatless curls to protect your hair

Yep, you can create dreamy curls without having to worry about damaging your hair

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by Hannah Mellin |

These days, we're all getting a lot more conscious of the damage heat does to our hair.

Even though we love to treat ourselves to a bouncy blow dry and often use straighteners and curling tongs to transform our limp hair before a night out - reducing the amount of heat that we use does wonders for the condition of our locks.

Plus, we're actually quite lazy. Sorry not sorry.


Luckily, heatless curl hacks have grown in popularity, especially as the viral hair hack of curling your hair with a dressing gown (yes really) entered our lives during lockdown. Here's everything you need to know about heatless curls and why you should ditch the heat for these techniques...

What are heatless curls?

Well, essentially they are curls that you can create without heat and are far more imaginative than just plaiting your wet hair before you go to bed.

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How to create heatless curls?

These days, there's so many ways to achieve heatless curls, from fabric scraps and bathrobe belts too the old school velcro rollers. There's so many heatless curls tutorials on Tik Tok and YouTube, so buckle up and be patient, because you'll be needing these skills for the rest of your life.

Heatless curls using rags

Creating curls using rags have been around for AGES, and is the preferred technique for those with shorter hair. You simply make some rags with an old t-shirt, pillowcase or towel, and use your fingers to curl you hair around the rag and roll it up to the top of your head.

Heatless curls using dressing gown hack

In 2020, our lives changed forever when a TikTok user shared a video of herself using her dressing gown tie to french braid her hair into it.

After using a hairband to tie her hair and the robe tie together, she went to sleep with her hair wrapped over night. The following day, after removing the robe tie from her hair, and her locks are completely curled.

Genius? Since then, many Tik Tok users have found other inventive ways of using the dressing gown to create heatless curls.

Heatless curls using a silk band

Another way of curling your hair without heat is the trusted silk band, that are now available to buy on the high-street for under a tenner.

The silk bands have been seen all over Tik Tok, with many giving the tool five star reviews. You basically wrap your long hair around the silk band (which is made of silk as it's famously gentle on the hair), clip it up at the top, sleep in it and then get up in the morning and shake out beyond-perfect waves.

Many Tik Tok users have raved about the results, with many admitting they are "never using heat ever again!".

As well as a silk band, there's also a genius blow band that We Are Tala founder Grace Beverly has been raving about all over Instagram. The bouncy blow band helps create classic curls or beachy waves and works in a similar way.


Do heatless curls damage your hair?

Even if you are doing the heatless curl methods, it's important to remember that curling your hair when damp can really damage the structure of the cuticle, leaving your hair looking brittle, coarse and broken.

Do heatless curls work better when you leave them overnight?

Unfortunately you don't have time on your hands when it comes to creating heatless curls. Heat is used to speed up the process of curling hair, so be prepared to wait at least 24 hours for the methods to work their magic.

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