Hair Tutorial Tried: Get Curls without Heat

hair roll - get curls with no heat

I found a little hair tutorial the other day by an adorable girl with a fabulous accent named Maria at thelipstickdiaries via craftgawker that I had never seen before. So I thought I’d try it …and because I did it a bit differently in the front than Maria demonstrated, I thought I’d share my results with you. But do click here for her tutorial or it won’t make much sense.

You do this with damp or almost dry hair. I didn’t brush mine before hand, as I never brush it when it’s wet. The difference: I parted my hair in the middle, used a 2″ stretchy cotton headband folded in half and around the crown of my head instead of at the base of my hairline.

hair roll for curls

Honestly, it was really comfortable, especially to sleep on. And my hair stayed in all night.

hair roll + back of head + curls without heat

hair roll for curls without heat

When I removed it in the morning {and decided to take photos in my robe and without makeup on like an idiot} I had really great ringlet curls in the front…

curls with no heat

…but not so great curls in the back. {and maybe it has to do with how long my hair is?}

curls with a hair roll

But it definitely gave my hair a great base to work with. I did end up using the curling iron, but only for a few curls in the back/top layer {see below}, and to straighten out the front/part/top section and I never brushed it, only used my fingers to tousle it and separate it a bit.

So, all in all, I was happy with the results and will probably do it often to save time in the morning by just having to curl a few sections instead of all of it. The front of my hair always seems the most damaged as well so not having to use heat there is a bonus.

These two photos below were taken at the end of the day …for my outfit post, which I will most likely publish tomorrow. But as you can see, it lasted all day …and honestly, all of the following day as well {with no products, not even hair spray}.

back of curled waved hair  curls and waves without heat

* Thanks Maria 😉 for teaching me something new! …check out her tutorial here.



LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Neris / Fashion Fractions

    July 7, 2011 |

    Lve it, the result is so awesome… I need to try this ASAP! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Katie

    July 7, 2011 |

    Girl you are a natural beauty, not an idiot. Wishin I still had long hair so I could try this out!

  • Nadine

    July 7, 2011 |

    I tried this too, with similar results to yours, ie curls in the front but waves at the back. I have super-straight hair so parts of it did slide out overnight. I was feeling reasonable happy with it but I went outside and the wind blew all the curls out! 🙁

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  • Melody

    July 7, 2011 |

    Cute..I’m going to try it out! OOH and I looovveee those sunglasses!! I need a pair like that asap!

  • CessOviedo

    July 7, 2011 |

    Your hair tutorials are the best! I’ve tried them all, this one is amazing too, have to try it! Would you mind if I feature you on my blog on my Sunday’s lovelies of the week?

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

  • RocquelleIsLovely

    July 7, 2011 |

    That’s a great option for preventing hear damage! I actually think the curl/roll that is used to get the curls is very lovely as well. Your hair came out great, and I’m thinking you’re just as beautiful without the makeup.

  • Nicole Marie

    July 7, 2011 |

    i would wear my hair in that twist during the day!

  • Alysson

    July 7, 2011 |

    I have the hardest time keeping the curl in my hair! It’s soo straight. I love the result on you though. With a few touch up curls- I think it looks great! XO

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  • Anonymous

    July 7, 2011 |

    That hair style (with the head band) is actually my go-to party-do! I just tuck it all in, though, nothing thorough about it. Still, everyone asks if I’ve seen a stylist. I use an embellished head band and feel like a Greek goddess:)

    It might be too private but do you think you could do a post on hair removal?

  • fifi

    July 7, 2011 |

    thank you so much for this!!! i just had my hair colored and she fried it!! so i am trying to condition and not use any heat on it for awhile i literally was wondering how am i going to curl it!! you are a lifesaver!!!

  • Jackie Welling

    July 7, 2011 |

    This is so funny I just did a post about this same thing yesterday!

    What awesome timing, the same thing happens to me kind of with the back being a little funky, but i just touch up with a curling iron as well. I like your method with the headband better too, my husband kept telling me I was in the WNBA the way I wore mine 🙂

  • Lorena

    July 7, 2011 |

    I would have never guessed it !
    It looks great to hold your air up in the summer, maybe even with a hat, or just as it is. I am going out after work to get me a head band.

  • Lauren

    July 7, 2011 |

    Amazing tutorial–I am SO trying this tonight 🙂

  • Asia

    July 7, 2011 |

    I found that same tutorial a few weeks ago and love it! tip, I even wear my hair all rolled up out with some flowers stuck in it to cover the spot where the headband shows and people adore it! here’s another no-heat tutorial for a sock bun! the curling is ok, but mostly I just love the way the big perfect bun looks and think it would look super cute on you! (plus she’s got a cute accent too)

  • Monica Whitney

    July 7, 2011 |

    this is BRILLIANT! I cannot wait to try it tonight. Thanks for sharing.

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    July 7, 2011 |

    I would love to have you as my hairstylist! Your hairdo’s are amazing 🙂

  • Macy Young

    July 7, 2011 |

    It looks so pretty!! Can’t wait to try it!

  • La Petite Olga

    July 7, 2011 |

    gorgeous!! even the updo looks great!

    xx Olga
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  • ashley

    July 7, 2011 |

    Very pretty!

  • bachman's sparrow

    July 7, 2011 |

    Is it weird that I actually like the way it looks up?! That’s pretty cool, what a great idea, I’ll have to try it out myself 🙂

    xoxo Maria

  • Mad For Fashion

    July 7, 2011 |

    All I have to say is my hair better grow quick enough so I can start practicing these little tricks!!!!!!!!!!! I love it up too, it sure look fabulous on you!

  • Anonymous

    July 8, 2011 |

    I love your diy’s and hair tutorials!!! yay!! So going to try this soon. You look great without makeup by the way!

  • Inês Seabra

    July 8, 2011 |

    Hi Maegan! Been following your blog for a while now since I came across it a few months ago, and I really love te way you share things. Just simple and sweet, kicking asses of all those full-of-themselves fashion stylists! Its really inspiring and helpful! Don’t think I’ve ever left a comment, but here I am now.
    I’m attending a friend’s wedding at the weekend and when I saw this it came to my mind that I could try to do something like that to my hair. Mine is not that long so I’m gessing it would get curlier. Anyway, I’m needing some kind of advice… because sometimes, even a designer and style adviser like me, gets blown away by all the stuff going in her head. Check out my post if you can
    by the way… love that statement necklace!

  • Anonymous

    July 8, 2011 |

    I tried it last night. Same rezults in the back. But I love it 🙂

  • drollgirl

    July 8, 2011 |

    pretty frakkin’ cute!!!! and yours turned out 4 million times better than mine, but i didn’t do mine right. typical! lol. i will have to try it again! 🙂

  • Ashley Sisk

    July 9, 2011 |

    I’ve got my hair in a roll right now. We’ll see how it turns out but I’m hopeful that this will give my crazy straight hair a bit of curl. Thanks for sharing.

  • Behind the Lashes

    July 9, 2011 |

    Amazing! Can’t wait to try this out today haha

  • Caitlin

    July 11, 2011 |

    I love this method, I use it all the time! Plus it looks super cute up like this with a jeweled headband to keep the hair off your neck during the day

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  • Catalina

    July 12, 2011 |

    I was just wondering if you put product in your hair before doing the roll? or after? and what you used.

  • Natalia Valerie

    July 12, 2011 |

    Totally tried it last night and I have curls like woah! It shortened my hair like 3 inches. My BF isn’t loving it. But I think it’s fun. Reminds me of your fro hair style (which I am dying to do but I am too chicken!)

    Maybe I’ll have to use bigger sections next time.

  • Anonymous

    July 14, 2011 |

    I have Asian hair (which means it’s straight as a board and wont hold a salon-created curl for more than an hour) and I live in humid Tampa. I tried this two nights ago after washing my hair and letting it mostly air-dry. I put mousse and some other hair product in my hair and then followed the video instructions…talk about amazing results! I wore my hair in a Shirley Temple-like style although my hair is very long on the first day. I re-rolled for the night and then wore my hair in a side-low ponytail with a flower ponytail holder and the long spiral curls still looked awesome. This is the first time I’ve EVER received flattering comments about curls in my hair! This is definitely a keeper!

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    July 22, 2011 |

    Ok so I did this and I thought that I would have the same problem so I split my hair in top and bottom parts! It didn’t look as cute but I used a thin one like the girl in the video on the top and a large one on the bottom like you did and I could cover the small one! It worked out really well and there were only 2 little spots I had to re-curl! I don’t know if that would be helpful for you or anyone else! You are such a doll!

  • JLaSoul

    August 3, 2011 |

    I tried this last night and it really worked!!! My hair is about the same length as yours so I had similar results. The front had perfect curly but the back was wavy. Plugged in my curling iron and I was good to go. By the way, I just found your blog yesterday and I can’t stop reading it!!!

  • Joeyinstyle

    September 6, 2011 |

    I do this look all the time for a Boho chic look, let a few strands around the face free and keep it all day/night and magically I have a new hairdo ready for the next day without doing anything ! That’s also a great way to keep your hair protected from the heat and from damaging them .
    Xo Joey.

  • Courtney

    September 11, 2011 |

    I do this to my stick straight, won’t hold a curl, hair… and it holds all day.

    One tip for all of you with “eh” back results. Wear the headband more like, well, Rambo? Mine lays across my forehead and the back goes across MUCH higher than you did it here Maegan. That gave me much more curl in the back.

    Also, you want your hair almost dry… like 85% dry. Otherwise it might not be fully dry by morning. You can do something like this as an all day hairstyle (I separate out a chunk of “bangs” and run the headband through the center of that chunk… then do a couple pin curls with a pretty clip) and THEN sleep on it, too. Makes for some awesome curls!

  • Loulou

    September 19, 2011 |

    Hiya Maegan! Thanks to you, I tried this and loved it! 🙂


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