WE love having curly, tousled hair, too. However, heated curling tools can be incredibly damaging for your hair (especially if you don’t use a heat protectant spray, you rebel.)
Luckily for ladies with a penchant for bouncy hairstyles, there are a number of clever ways to curl your hair without any heat at all.
“There are so many interesting ways of creating wavy hair without heat, giving curls a modern edge,” says Luke Hersheson, John Frieda UK Creative Director. “People are spending more and more time adding texture back into the hair – creating the kinks – and less time straightening it out.”
So how can we achieve these trendy loose curls at home? It’s surprisingly simple, according to Luke.
The air dry hack
“If your hair already has some texture to it, you can create more pronounced, soft-touch waves and curls by doing as little as air drying it. Just use a good product, like the John Frieda Frizz Ease Air Dry Waves Styling Foam, applying through the lengths to encourage gentle, tousled waves that last.”
If you have dead straight hair, the easiest way to create curls is via braiding. It can be a simple French braid, or amp it up a bit by creating several braids throughout your hair.
“Start by adding a serum to damp hair to prevent frizz,” suggests Luke. “Then braid each side of your hair to your neck, adding more hair as you work your way down, then combine the two into a single braid. The curls will take a while to set, so either sleep in this style or simply wear it out. Release the braids after at least five to six hours for maximum impact.” Voila!
The headband hack
Another easy route to waves is using a headband or head scarf to wrap around your head. “Just twist the hair around the headband repeatedly, throughout the lengths. The smaller you make your sections, the tighter your ringlets will be,” says Luke. Once all the hair has been wrapped around the band or scarf, keep it in place with grips. Wait a minimum of six hours and then release.
The tissue trick
Ken O’Rourke, Charles Worthington ambassador, says one of his favourite ways of curling hair without heat is using tissues. “The perfect time to do this is on freshly washed hair, when it has air dried and no longer feels damp but still feels cold,” says Ken.
So how can you do it? Fold each tissue into diagonal corners and roll, then take one small section of the hair, place the tissue half way up and start to wind the hair around the tissue (make sure you don’t buckle the ends). Then secure the tissue in place by tying it in a loose knot, leave it for 2-3 hours and gently take the tissues out, using a large tooth comb, section by section.