Somewhere in between Miranda’s acceptance of her grey strands in the SATC reboot, And Just Like That, and the showcasing of natural hair texture in dramas such as Euphoria and Insecure came a new reckoning within the beauty realm. That is, the embracing of one’s God-given mane; a refusal to contribute to the narrative that deems straight, fine locks as the beauty standard. These days, individuals are looking to, instead, enhance the hair texture they possess all while minimising the damage caused through styling. This has translated to groundbreaking new innovations that achieve just that through products utilising new tech as well as everyday items repurposed out of sheer ingenuity. The bevy of hacks for heatless curls is living proof, with social media platforms such as TikTok and Instagram brimming with tutorials that have garnered up to millions of views.
Intrigued, but not sure where to start? Lucky for you, Vogue Singapore has done the necessary legwork and curated the 5 most nifty tricks to achieve heatless curls overnight. We’ve chronicled them all for your perusal, below.
Heatless Hair Curling Ribbon Kit
@kayli.boyle honestly never using heat again #foryou #foryoupage #fypシ #heatlesscurls ♬ original sound – Sickickmusic
Scrunchies, ribbons, and hair ties come together to provide a seamless hair curling experience—with no heat required whatsoever. The brainchild of new label, Heatless Hair, users simply have to twist their hair carefully around the ribbon rod portion and secure it with ties. For optimal effect, leave it on overnight and unravel them the next day to witness full, cascading heatless curls. Its headband-like design means you won’t experience any discomfort while lying down, while its silk-material minimises the likelihood of frizziness or tangles.
Heatless Hair Curling Ribbon Kit, $71, available at Heatless Hair.
Heatless Spiral Rollers
@laurenwolfe Reply to @dametokillfor trying these heatless curlers from amazon! They’re super easy once you get the hang of them #heatlesscurls #heatlesshair ♬ original sound – Lauren Wolfe
Intimidating as these might appear, the plethora of reviews on Amazon and TikTok promises effective results. To use it, simply slide the provided styling hook through the cotton spiral before slipping a section of hair within. Be sure to take note of the shape of each ‘roller’ to ensure your strands will be curling out in the direction you desire. For obvious reasons, it’s probably best you, uh, don’t sleep on these—keeping them on for several hours should suffice.
Heatless Spiral Rollers, $16, available at Amazon.
@curlsbykeish #ad OKAY WHY HAVE I NEVER TRIED THIS TECHNIQUE BEFORE????😭👀 @lusbrands #loveurcurls #lusbrands #hairplopping #curlyhair #ploppingmycurls #ad ♬ SUN GOES DOWN – Andreas Roehrig
This technique is commonly referred to as plopping, and is optimal for those who already have curly-textured locks. Do note that its overall effect on straight hair is more subtle, so perhaps give this is a miss if you’re looking to get distinguished spirals. All you’ll need is an old T-shirt—preferably silk—and some styling products to get started, with results being discernable in just thirty minutes. For those who can see themselves doing this long-term, consider investing in a microfibre hair towel to speed up the hair-drying process, too, as its instrumental to attempt plopping with damp tresses.
Coco & Eve Microfibre Hair Towel Wrap, $34.90, available at Coco & Eve.
@mypawfectfamily Will post the results once I hit 460k:) #heatlessblowout #mypawfectfamily #noheatblowout #heatlesscurls #hairdonut ♬ Monkeys Spinning Monkeys – Kevin MacLeod & Kevin The Monkey
This makeshift hair donut of sorts can be made using an old T-shirt. Once it’s been secured in your mane, simply loop sections of your hair through it and keep in place using hair or claw clips. Users have attempted this and reported that there’s no issue sleeping with this style in place—which makes it a DIY-friendly approach for anyone looking to attempt overnight heatless curls.
Shashi Flirt and Flutter Hair Claw, $48.72, available at Revolve.
@222bev Reply to @brooke.simondsx has made my hair so healthy too! #hairtutorial #heatlesscurls #sockcurls ♬ original sound – Bev
Some technical skill is required for this where users will have to carefully wrap and twist sections of hair around a sock before inverting it and tucking all strands into the fabric. It does, however, seem comfortable and delivers on soft, beachy waves the next morning. TikTok user Brooke Simons recommends opting for fuzzy socks as it ensures that curls don’t emerge looking too tight or frizzy.
ASOS Design Super Fuzzy Ankle Lounge Socks, $9.99, available at ASOS.