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Give Yourself Wavy Hair Without Heat

Were you born with hair so straight it looks like you use a flattening iron on it daily? Or maybe you professionally straightened your hair and would like a little bit of a wave for a certain hairstyle. Whatever the case, getting wavy hair with conventional heat crimpers or curlers can be very damaging to the hair, like all heat treatments. Luckily, you can give yourself wavy hair without heat so that you don’t have to reach for a heat styling tool.

Wear Buns Before Bed

One of the easiest ways to alter the texture of hair without heat is to simply style it a certain way while it is still wet right before bed. Then sleep in that style. One such method to get wavy hair is to simply tie damp hair into two buns on either side of your head. The hair will set in that curled position overnight, and you’ll wake up without a mismatched part and instead with gorgeous wavy locks.

Braids For Waves

Simply braiding your hair and leaving it like that for a day or overnight will also lead to naturally curly hair. For the best results, start with damp hair. Simply French braid two braids on the back of your head. Once you reach the nape of your neck, braid all the hair together into a single braid. Once you let out the braid, you’ll be left with gorgeous natural-looking waves.

Baby Wipe Waves

If you’re looking for tighter waves that verge on curls, reach for the baby wipes. Yes, baby wipes. You should also be able to use small, damp pieces of fabric if you verge on the eco-friendly side. The idea is to have a piece of reusable or disposable fabric that is damp. That will mean you won’t have to wet your hair beforehand. Simply wrap sections of your hair around the damp cloth, roll your hair up to the base of your neck and tie in place with a hairpin. Let sit overnight for a more curly look, or for a couple hours for waves.

Headband Waves

This is a very popular option for getting wavy hair. After washing your hair, and while it is still damp, stick a headband around your head, leaving it on the top of your hair. Wrap your hair around the headband so that your hair is spiraling around it. Let your hair dry like that, either overnight or with a blow dryer. Lightly brush your hair, and you’ll be left with gorgeous waves.


When it doubt, remember the rollers. It seems like something your grandma would do for tight, short and curly hair, but it’s a good easy-to-use option. Again, start with freshly washed, damp hair. If you don’t want tightly curled hair, just leave in the curlers for half the time you normally would for curls. An average would be about an hour or so, though mileage may vary depending on your hair type. Brush your hair once you take out the curlers to achieve a light, wavy look.