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6 Ways to Get Heatless Curls Using Socks, Chopsticks, and More

Heatless curls are going viral online: They're good for your hair, the planet, and your bank account. Here are six methods to try.

Written by
Josie Blakeslee
Many of us use tools like curling irons, blow dryers, and flat irons every time we
style our hair
. But what we forget is that even though these tools are small, their energy consumption adds up. Hairdryers, for example, require
600 watts of electricity
to run for 30 minutes. In comparison, a refrigerator requires 500 watts of electricity for the same time period.
While our use of hair styling tools doesn't have nearly as big of an impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions as, say,
cutting down on how much meat
we're eating, learning how to style your hair without heat can benefit the planet, your electricity bill, and your hair. And if you're looking for heatless curls methods to get the job done, you're in luck: there are a few simple ways to go about it.
A couple of techniques that have been trending on TikTok are
—heatless ways to curl your hair using a pair of socks or the rope from your bathrobe. There are also plenty of other tricks to get heatless curls, including using items like chopsticks and scarves.
Using these heatless curls techniques can do wonders for your hair: According to Dyson, temperatures over 300 degrees Fahrenheit can lead to
weaker hair that becomes more prone to damage
. So, the next time you’re wanting heat-free waves, check out these sustainable styling hacks that are totally worth trying. Your hair and the planet will thank you for it.

6 Simple Ways to Get Heatless Curls

heatless curls instructions

1. Bathrobe Tie Curls

To create exta-bouncy heatless curls, place the belt from your robe on top of your head and center it so it's even on both sides. Then, divide your hair into two sections and wrap each section of hair around the bathrobe tie in circles, gathering more hair as you go.
Repeat the process until you get to the end, then secure each side with a hair tie or a clip. For best results, leave it in overnight and wake up with gorgeous, curly locks.

2. Over-the-Knee Sock or Stockings Curls

If you want smaller, tighter curls, use an over-the-knee sock or stockings as your base. This method requires the same technique as robe curls and should be done with dry hair. You can prep your hair with texture spray or hairspray for extra hold and volume.

3. Heatless Waves Using Socks or Fabric

Socks and pieces of fabric make really great heatless curlers! First, add a leave-in conditioner for texture and moisture. Then, divide your hair into sections and take turns wrapping your hair around the sock or piece of fabric as you normally would while using a curling iron. When you're finished, sleep on it! You'll have perfect heatless curls in the morning.

4. Heatless Curls Using Satin Scarves

Similar to the previous tricks using socks or a bathrobe belt, you can create natural, heatless curls using two satin scarves. Use the same technique of gathering hair little by little and wrapping it tightly around the scarf. Then, wrap the scarves into two loose buns on either side of your head and leave them in overnight for the best results.

5. Heatless Waves Using Socks and Chopsticks

Instead of just using a sock, add the leftover chopsticks to the mix from your takeout order. Put the chopstick in the sock. With the bottom of the sock facing down, wrap a chunk of your hair around the sock just as you would around the barrel of your curling iron.
Open up the bottom of the sock, wrap your hand around it, and pull the sock over on itself. Then, pull the chopstick out. Leave them in overnight, then simply remove the sock. You'll be left with perfect beachy waves.

6. Heatless Waves With French Braids

This final hairstyle works best on 50-60% dry hair (if you have thick hair or have difficulty drying your hair fast, wait until it's 70-80% dry). Then, separate your hair into two sections and French braid each side.
Leave the braids in overnight or wait for them to be completely dry before taking the braids out. When it's time to style, your hair will have effortlessly tousled beach waves!