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7 Easy Ways to Curl Hair Without Heat In 5 Minutes

We all want beautiful curls and usually, don’t have enough time to make them. At the same time, using curling irons and wands can be damaging to your tresses. Is there a worry and a heat-free way to make amazing curls in just 5 minutes?

There is. In fact, there are a few of them. If you are ready to spend some time to learn how to curl your hair without heat in 5 minutes, you can substantially minimize your time in front of the mirror every morning.

Do you need a way to curl your locks on vacation when you forgot to bring a curling iron? Or perhaps you want to save your damaged tresses from the extra heat? These smart options can help you do both while saving you time for other beauty sessions.

These methods can be used on both long and short hair. Even though they work the best when you have tresses, which are at least should-length. Let’s take a look.

1. The Magic Headband

Magic Headband

Did you know that a headband is much more than a hair accessory? It can help you create beautiful curls in no time. This method works the best when you leave the hair up overnight, however, it’s good for a quick fix curling session as well. There are special styling headbands available for sale. But in reality, you can use a regular thick headband. Here is how:

  • Wash your hair and allow it to dry a little. You can also run wet hands through your locks to make them slightly damp. You might have to do it 3 – 4 times to reach the needed level of dampness
  • Put the headband on your head so the front part is in the middle of your forehead.
  • Separate your hair into as many sections as you wish and wrap each one of them around the headband.
  • Leave the hair alone for at least 5 minutes (the longer the better). You have to make sure the hair is completely dry before removing the headband.
  • Unwrap the hair from the headband.
  • Use your fingers to comb slightly through the hair. If you use a comb or a brush, you might end up straightening the curls.
  • Use a hairspray or hair gel to keep the curls intact for as long as possible. Try not to touch your hair throughout the day in order not to ruin the hairstyle.

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2. Just the Fingers

If you have slightly wavy hair, you can make wonderful curls in a matter of minutes without any heat. All you need is your fingers. Sounds easy, doesn’t it?

  • Wash your hair and let it dry until it feels slightly damp. You can reach the same results by wetting your hand and running it through your locks several times.
  • Separate your hair into several sections. Don’t make them too small. About 6 – 8 sections are more than enough.
  • Wrap the end of the section around your finger and twist it counterclockwise
  • Take the next section and do the same by twisting clockwise.
  • Once your twisted strand is done, use some hair spray to shape it.
  • Repeat the above steps for all of the sections
  • Leave them twisted for 5 minutes (or the time it takes you to get to a party, meeting, or school).
  • Use your fingers to carefully untwist your hair and comb it through
  • Don’t use combs or brushes as they can straighten out your curls.

Smart tip: Instead of untwisting the hair with your fingers, you can flip the mane up and down several times. This way you won’t disturb the curls and get a great slightly messy hairstyle.

3. Smart Pin Curl Clips

Rollers might be a great way to make curls, but they take too long of a time to work. If you need a quick fix idea, pin curl clips can become your best friends. Here is how.

  • Wash your hair and allow it to dry until it feels damp. Or you can run your wet hand through the dry hair 3 – 4 times to achieve the same level of dampness.
  • Use a leave-in conditioner or a curl shaping foam to make the curl shaping faster. Regular hair gel can do the trick as well.
  • Divide your hair into 8 – 10 sections, depending on how big you want your curls to be (more sections= smaller curls).
  • Start with the front strands. Take one and wrap it around your finger away from your face to make a loop. Use the pin curl clip to attach the loop to rest of your hair.
  • Repeat the process with all of the strands. You don’t have to worry about the loops looking perfect or being the same size. In the end, the hairstyle will look fantastic anyway.
  • Wait for your hair to dry and take off the pin curl clips.
  • Toss your hair back and forth and the beautiful curls are ready!

4. French Braids

French Braids

This is a timeless hair curling method that our great grandmothers used. It works the best when you use it overnight but can offer you wonderfully looking curls in just several minutes.

  • Dampen your hair using the techniques described in the above methods.
  • Apply curl shaping conditioner or hair gel created specifically for making curls.
  • Separate your hair into several sections. Most of the time just a couple will do. If you want smaller curls, make more sections.
  • Once you created your French braid, tie the ends with an elastic and use a hair spray to keep them intact. Don’t overdo the hairspray part since you might have trouble unraveling the braids in the ends.
  • Wait as long as you can and unbraid the sections.
  • Voila! Your curls are ready to shine!

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5. Twists With Rollers

How to Curl Hair Without Heat - flexi rods

One way to get bouncy, voluminous curls is by twisting your hair and putting the twists onto rod rollers. This technique works on all hair lengths.

  • Dampen your hair and divide it into four sections.
  • Work through each section by twisting smaller portions of hair. The smaller the twists, the more curls you’ll have. Try to make them even in size.
  • Once you complete a twisted roll it onto a roller starting at the ends of the hair section. If you want a huge amount of volume, roll it all the way to the roots. Otherwise, only roll the twists halfway.
  • Wait until your hair is completely dry, then release the rollers and the twists.
  • Style with your fingers. This method creates lots of shine.

6. The Magic Donut

How to Curl Hair Without Heat - Hair donut

This method is a lot like the magic headband, but it’s ideal for shorter hair or when you want to sleep in it comfortably. It’s also suitable for shorter hair lengths. Instead of using a headband to wrap your hair, use a hair donut instead. Here’s how:

  • If you don’t have a hair donut, you can always use a sock. Just cut the tip off and roll it into a donut shape.
  • Dampen your hair.
  • Pull your hair up into a ponytail then slide the donut over the ponytail and down to the roots of your hair over the elastic.
  • Divide your hair from the center of the surrounding elastic. So you should have hair coming down around your head. from every angle.
  • Using small sections, roll your hair under with your fingers and tuck it gently under the donut.
  • Release your curls once dry or in the morning.

7. Scrunch Waves

How to Curl Hair Without Heat - Scrunch Waves

You can create decent beach waves without heat by applying the salt spray and then scrunching your hair.

  • Lightly mist your hair with a salt spray.
  • Starting from the ends of your hair, gather up a handful, accordion-style.
  • Hold for a few seconds to create the waves, then release.
  • Repeat the same motions all over your head.
  • If you wear bangs, smooth them into an adjoining section and pin them there. It’s easier to scrunch on longer hair sections than on short bangs.
  • For more defined curls, apply the salt spray, then accordion your hair into a t-shirt. Allow it to dry and release it.



How can I curl my hair fast without heat?

Try pin curls or braids for five minutes. Mist them lightly with hairspray. When it dries, release your new curls.

How can I curl my hair without heat for one hour?

Apply a curl definer to damp hair. Then turn your head upside down and accordion your hair into a t-shirt. Leave it for twenty minutes.

Then release your hair and allow it to dry fully without touching it. This is called plopping, and it produces incredible curls.

What is the easiest way to curl my hair?

The easiest way is to braid or twist your hair. It’s easy and produces luscious curls and waves.

How do I curl wet hair with a sock?

Use a clean sock as the third strand when braiding. It’s better for this look if your hair is slightly damp instead of wet. Release when it’s completely dry. This is a great overnight technique.

How can I curl my 4c hair without heat?

You can try flexi-rods, but simple braids or a twist-out can produce curls on 4C hair.

How can I curl my hair instantly?

Try pin-curls. Lightly mist them with hairspray and release them when they feel dry.

How can I make my hair wavy overnight without heat?

You can try braiding your hair or use a sock as the third strand while braiding for great waves in the morning.

How can I curl my hair comfortably overnight?

Try a sock as the third strand in a french braid. It’s very comfortable for creating overnight curls.

Does putting hair in a bun overnight make it curly?

No, but if you braid your strands after putting them in a ponytail, it will be wavy in the morning.

Do no heat curlers work?

Yes. No-heat curlers rely on a light mist of water to soften the hair protein and make it flexible. As the water dries, the hair temporarily takes on the form of a roller.

How do I get beach waves without heat?

Braid your hair overnight. Then in the morning, you can mist it with salt spray to get beachy waves.

What products should somebody use before they curl their hair?

If you’re not using heat, mist with water to soften the hair’s protein before rolling the hair or using braids to make it wavy.

For extra hold, try hairspray while the hair is still in the braid or rollers, or use a curl definer before rolling or braiding.

Women with straight hair are often dreaming about the curls but the lengthy curling process scares them. Using the above 4 methods you can create wonderful curls quickly and without using any of the damaging heat. Try them today and let us know what you think!

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Audrey Adams

Friday 7th of January 2022

Absolutely love the headband trick! 😱❤️😍

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