We all know constant heat styling is damaging to hair. We knoooooow. But what else is there?!
We’ve searched high and low for our favorite no heat styling tricks, and here are two of our favorites for days we wanna try something new and be kind to our hair! One style we chose is a soft, refined result, and the other a textured, natural looking result. They’re easily modified for different lengths and densities, so with some slight tinkering, you can do them too!
For Becca’s hair (remember her from the Iron lessons? She rocks at styling), we left her hair dirty for next-day styling (or third, or fourth).
We lightly misted her hair with R+Co Rockaway Salt Spray, $25, to freshen the hair and give it a workable texture.
We then put a bandana on her head like so. You can use a scarf or whatever you have laying around!
For longer hair, put the bandana higher in the back, and for shorter hair keep it lower.
Wrap the hair around the bandana in vertical sections until there isn’t any length left to wrap. If the ends are being stubborn, add it into the next section of hair to wrap around for more control.
Continue wrapping, working from front to back and secure any loose feeling pieces with bobby pins.
Let it sit. You can sleep in it, or wear it around the house for a few hours. To tell when it’s dry, stick a finger in a looped piece of hair to feel for any dampness. If you’ve slept on it, it’s probably dry.
Take out the bobby pins and finger-comb through your curls and finish the style with spray, you’re done!
This style would also work for freshly clean, damp hair! We recommend using these products:
EIMI Flowing Form, $17.50 –only if you are prone to frizz!
For Alora’s style (you remember her from this post), we used her clean, damp hair with sea spray, sculpting foam, and Wella Luxe Oil, $48 on the ends.
We divided her hair in half, using a zig zag parting to prevent a crease in the finished result.
On each side, we took horizontal one inch slices from the top, split it down the middle, and twisted them individually, and then wrapped them around each other twice.
After the second knot twist, we picked up another one-inch section (horizontal, underneath the one previously twisted) and added half of it to each piece, and twisted them together again.
Continue doing this until you reach the nape.
For shorter lengths, divide the head into three or four panels, and play with the directions depending on how you want your hair to lay.
When we reached the nape, on one side we continued the knotting, and on the other we did a rope twist to play with different results.
After finishing, we twisted them into Princess Leia buns and secured with bobby pins. Be careful not to pin the ends too much, they’ll leave a weird kink if you do!
After it’s dry, spray with a flexible hold hairspray and scrunch the hair into the style you want, when you like what you see, hit it with a firm hold spray and you’re done!
-After setting the wet style, spray all over with a non-aerosol hairspray like Paul Mitchell Soft Spray, $10, or Davines This is an Invisible No Gas Spray, $28.
-When you shake out the style after it’s dry, flip your head upside down and wiggle your fingers through at your scalp to “wake up” the texture. Plus, it feels good after having it secured for so long!
-Drying time will depend on your hair’s texture and density. For more hair or if you have hair with a thicker diameter, you’ll need more time than a fine-haired head would.
-Both of these styles work with clean or dirty hair!