15 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Curl Your Hair Without Heat

Clothespins, baby wipes, and even toilet paper are the stars here.

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A Mom's Take

Finally, you can put those curling irons away! When you blow dry, flat iron, or curl your hair, it can cause the outer layer (also known as the cuticle) to lift up and release valuable moisture. Thankfully, the bloggers and YouTubers ahead know how to get perfect curls with savvy things around the house. Enter the beach waves of your dreams.

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Halo Curls

YouTuber , inspired by the 2015 Grammys, created these unbelievably bouncy curls by making a "halo" out of an old shirt. Watch this video for the results, and for more hair tips.

What you’ll need: T-shirt ($16 for 2, ), bobby pins ($4,

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A Mom's Take
5-Minute Curls

See how this mom of three uses only a headband to curl her shoulder-length hair in just five minutes.


What you’ll need: headband ($10 for 5, )

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Twist Out Curls

Ranique John, who runs the account , has found the "ultimate" way to style 4B/4C natural hair. Her method involves tightly twisting her hair before separating the strands for a fuller, curlier look.

What you'll need: Camille Rose Almond Jai Twisting Butter ($15, ), Camille Rose Naturals Curl Love Moisture Milk ($14, t)

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Pixie Curls

Self-proclaimed "Curly Pixie Blogger" and hair stylist Esther Itterly curls her short hair with — wait for it — pieces of toilet paper. See her wrapping and tying technique, along with the camera-ready results, in this .

What you'll need: Evo Liquid Rollers Curl Balm ($18, ), Evo Root Canal Volumizing Spray ($17, ), DevaCurl Flexible-Hold Hairspray ($25, ), toilet paper ($28 for 24 rolls, )

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Uptown with Elly Brown
Beachy Waves

This summery look can last all year round, thanks to this tutorial from Elly Brown. In just a few steps (and with help from ), she has casually styled beachy waves.

What you'll need: Got 2B Mess-Merizing Putty ($9, ), Got 2B Mess-Merizing hairspray ($24 for 6, )

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Straight to Curly Short Hair

reminds us that you don't need mermaid hair to achieve beautiful curls. In this video, Tyler shows us how her French braid technique completely transforms her typically straight hair.

What you'll need: hair ties ($7 for 70, ), It's a 10 Miracle Super Hold Plus Keratin Spray ($14, )

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Curls With Spoolies

See how Michelle Jones, who runs the YouTube page , makes her red carpet-ready curls. Placing all over her head, Jones deserves plenty of head turns for this heat-free style.


What you'll need: Spoolies ($33 for 24, )

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Peg Curls

Rawaljeet Kaur, the brains behind , created mic-dropping curls with a unique product: clothespins. Watch how she wraps her long hair around colorful pegs to get the results we all want, without harmful heat.

What you'll need: plastic clothespins ($8 for 100, )

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Roller Curls

For the perfect tousled curls, partnered with to achieve this heatless style. The key to this method is her soft rollers, which give her curls that enviable bounce.

What you'll need: Ion Multi Benefit Styling Creme ($7, ), Salon Care Jumbo Soft Rollers ($9, ), bobby pins ($4,

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French Braid Curls

This tutorial, created by YouTube channel Cute Girls Hairstyles, gives you natural-looking curls that can be loosened out into large beachy waves after setting your hair in a French braid.

What you'll need: Suave Curl Defining Mousse Luxe Style Infusion ($6, )

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Headband Curls

All you need is a headband (or a long, unused sock) to wrap around your head, then twist the hair around it. After a few hours, release the headband to find beautiful, bouncy curls.

What you'll need: headband ($10 for 5, )

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Sock Bun

Get beautiful curls while you sleep! Put your hair into a ponytail, place a sock at the end of your hair, then roll it up and over the sock. Sleeping in the sock is easy because it's soft and you don't need any clips. Wake up to curly, voluminous hair.

What you'll need: sock ($10 for 6, )

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Pin Curls

Pin curls may scream '50s pinup girl, but they have a place in modern beauty, too. And YouTube natural hair vlogger Nathalie of FabulousNat shows you exactly how.


What you'll need: bobby pins ($4,

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Baby Wipes

If you're looking for tight, ultra-curly ringlets, this is the tutorial for you. Bonus to using baby wipes: They're reusable. Just spritz them with a little water!


What you'll need: baby wipes ($11, )

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Twist and Pin

This ultra simple tutorial creates lovely, defined curls with a wet-to-dry technique that you can customize depending on how tight you want your curls to be.

What you'll need: bobby pins ($4, , silk bonnet ($4, )

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