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HOW TO: no-heat wavy hair

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By lesleykat · December 27, 2010



At one point I went almost two years without a hair cut. Yes kittens, you read that right. Two years is a LONG time to go without cutting your hair. During that time I only trimmed my bangs. What kept my hair from becoming extremely damaged was the fact that I barely used heat. I would flat iron my hair every so often but I almost never blew it dry.

I am a fan of air drying my hair but in the winter it gets too cold to go outside with a wet head. What I have been doing lately to combat that is to wash my hair at night. I use a towel over my pillow to keep it from getting wet. I just style my bangs in the morning.

For steps and more pictures

Achieving no-heat waves is SUPER simple:

1. After you shampoo and condition your hair use a towel to wring as much of the excess water as you can.

2. Apply a frizz serum or styling cream to seal the moisture into the hair. I like to use Neutrogena Triple Moisture Serum (available at most drug stores) but any styling product you like will do.

3. Comb it through with a medium-wide tooth comb.

4. Braid your hair and secure with an elastic hair band. If you can french braid, even better!

5. Slap a clean towel on your pillow and go to bed! Be sure to use a clean towel. You don't want your face to be all over a dirty towel as you sleep.

When you wake up:

6. Undo the braid and separate hair pieces with your fingers. DO NOT use a brush or comb.

7. Work a little pomade or texturizing styling product from about half way down the length through the ends. I like Devachan Set me up! (I think they've changed the formula and renamed it Set up & Above. Available at Ricky's/Ulta/Dechachan)

8. Spritz a little medium hold hair spray just to keep everything in place.

If you're prone to major frizz you can add a little bit of a smoothing product but I think a little frizz with waves looks natural. Unless you're going to a photoshoot, who cares about a touch of frizz?

Finished result:

 



Filed in: hair, Beauty
Tagged with: no heat styling, wavy, tips, Hair
posted by
12/28/10

This is great for second day hair too - mine is very curly, and if I wear it in braids at night, i wake up with perfect waves!


posted by TheBeautyPlace.com
12/30/10

Thanks for the tips. I write a lot about how to get curls and waves on my blog but heat styling tools are usually required in my how-tos.


posted by
12/31/10

Appreciate the tips for curly hair!


posted by
12/31/10

Also like the comments about frizz looking natural. Like the positive and realistic perspective!!


posted by
1/02/11

thanks all! glad you like the post!


posted by
1/02/11

I do this with a bunch of tiny braids, my hair is too thick and wouldn't dry in time. Works great!


posted by
1/03/11

Thanks, LesleyKat! This makes me wish I had long hair!!


posted by Anonymous
10/16/11

Hi! I'm INLOVE with this hair but i was just asking how many braids do you do? :D please be a doll and answer I love your hair!


posted by
11/13/11

Only one braid is needed to do this. If you do more than that you can get part lines that you may not want.


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