heatless curls

i have an inner hippie that loves all things green, non-chemicalish and non-damaging. i also have hair that refuses to do anything but be itself. one time i used an ENTIRE bottle of hairspray to keep my curls in for a wedding. guess how long that lasted? about 4 hours. THANKS, hair gods! >:/ i tried the “rag curl” method…. let’s just say my wavy curls fell out within a half hour. dang it!! (i’ll post about that escapade later)

well, i finally found a way to make my hair stay curly or wavy…without heat and without product!! naturally, i LOVE this method and absolutely have to share it with everyone!! and guess what? it only takes about two hours to set OR you can sleep with this overnight. WOO!

(after you read this post, i have a video showing the technique HERE)

heatless curls (using flexi-rods)

here’s what i started out with:

i bought these orange and blue “Diane Long Twist Flex Rods” off amazon.com for about $9 for both packages, no shipping! i bought two colors for the two sizes and went about mid-size of everything they have and i love it! i also use the 10” flexi rods because my hair is so long. each package has 6 flexi rods, and for the big, beautiful loose curls i want, i usually use about 7 total cuz my hair is ridiculously thick. for more curls, use more flexi rods!

i also used a water spray bottle with a few drops of leave-conditioner mixed in it, a brush and a clip to hold sections of my hair back.

1. brush and lightly spray hair. then divide into sections where you want your curls.

2. take a flexi rod and wrap each section of your hair around each flexi rod.
i usually only go up to my chin so my hair isn’t extremely curly. the higher up you go, the more curls. it’s also really pretty to curl the ends of your hair. i have a natural wave to my hair so it helps 🙂 here’s how ridiculous you’ll look when you’re done rolling your hair up:

3. for this next step, you can either wait about two hours (make sure your hair is COMPLETELY dry before you take the flexi rods out) OR you can sleep with them in overnight.
(i found that sleeping with them in makes for an easier, faster morning and the curls last way longer. but then again, i refuse to use any hair products that will leave build up on my hair or damage it. i can imagine with some mousse or hairspray you can stick to the two hour rule!)
Take each flexi rod out, and BAM!!
HELLO, heatless curls!!

this picture was taken after leaving the flexi rods in for two hours.

matt wanted in a pic too. gotta love him 🙂

have you guys tried this? are you going to? tell me all about it!! can’t wait to hear!
don’t forget to see the video for the technique 🙂



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86 thoughts on “heatless curls”

  1. Vivian Vo-Farmer’s youtube tutorial called “My Everyday Hair: Heatless Wavy Hair”. She calls them twisted braid buns. They’re not really braids b/c there’s only two strands. Key point for the helpless braiders like me 🙂
    Love love love your blog! So glad I’ve found you. Thank you for your hard work. Can’t wait to keep reading and learning more.

  2. I am having troubles getting my curls to stay. Is there something I could use in my hair to help it hold?? I have pin straight hair.

  3. I SERIOUSLY need your HELP! I’ve been using a natural “shampoo” bar for the past 3 weeks. I’ve washed my hair 3 times. I’ve always washed my hair once a week. But my hair feels waxy and stiff and Dirty! I didn’t use a cleansing shampoo first and I’m hoping to just use the water only rinse method after transition..and now I’m lost as to what I should do now since I’ve screwed my hair up. Bow my hair has been highlighted A LOT and it’s THICK and wavy curly with split ends! HELP!

    1. Hey jessica! it sounds like you have hard water. try rinsing your hair in half apple cider vinegar and half water. let the mix sit on your hair and rub around a bit, then rinse out with cool water. try that 2 or 3 times in a row. it should get rid of the waxy feeling completely. 🙂

    1. i have 9/16″ and 5/8″. you can buy slightly bigger flexi rods and twist your hair around them looser. i can get looser curls with the sizes i have just by using bigger chunks of hair and twisting around the rod more loosely than normal. i think the thinner your hair, the bigger the rod you’ll need for looser curls 🙂 the one you linked looks perfect!

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