Easy Ways To Get Loose Curls With Heat and Without Heat

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Easy Ways To Get Loose Curls With Heat and Without Heat


Are you tired of watching the same loose curls hair tutorial over and over but still can't get the perfect everyday loose curls hairdo? If this is you, you've come to the right place.

The beach wave loose curls hairstyle is popular right now. Getting perfect loose curls takes a lot of effort and time, especially when using heat tools. The easiest way to get the look is by using a curling wand or flat iron but there are times when you simply want to ditch the heat. But we got good news. Heat isn't the only way to achieve loose curls. There are a few simple techniques to achieve a similar result without any heat.

You can also attempt our loose curly hair look with a heat tool if you find this approach too challenging. Let's get started.


Heat-Free Loose Curls

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Do you have problems with breakage and dryness? It's possible that the heat tools you're using are at blame. Do you believe that using a heat protectant makes you immune to heat damage? Not at all. While using a heat protectant before style might help lessen the damage caused by hot tools, your hair is still vulnerable.

When you style your hair with heat tools every time you wash it, it causes it to become brittle and dry. Fortunately, we've compiled a few ways of achieving ideal beach waves or loose curls without using heat on your hair.


1) Overnight Braids

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This is one of the simplest methods for achieving loose curls. Wash your hair and air dry it for a while. This can be done right before bedtime. Once you are left with damp hair and not dripping wet hair, braid it loosely. You can brush your hair out of the braids when you wake up, then separate the curls with a wide-toothed comb. Braid as close to the bottom to avoid any uncurled hair.


2) Hair Rollers

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You've probably seen hair rollers in tv shows and movies that you watched as a kid. Back in the day, these rollers were used to generate heatless curls, and they're still useful today.



To create loose curls with this technique, first, wash your hair and wait until it is mostly dry before rolling it up with hair rollers in sections. Wrap your hair with a scarf or any sort of cover like a shower cap to keep it in place while sleeping. Undo all the curls the next morning and brush through them with your fingertips.


3) Headband Curls

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This technique is ideal if you want something simple that doesn't require several clips and pins.

To use this technique, you can begin by splitting your hair into two portions with the headband on your head and your hair damp. Twist and wrap each component around the headband till you cover your entire head. Let it dry after spraying it with hairspray. This will keep it secure. Make sure it is completely dry before letting your hair down.


4) French Braids

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A french braid makes it simple to achieve even curls from the top to the bottom of your head. For the best results, make sure you have two french braids on either side of your, or you'll wind up with an asymmetrical curl that only follows your head's midline. The best part about this method is that it can be done on either wet or dry hair.


5) Paper Towel Curls

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Want to spice things up and have some fun while you wait for your hair to dry? This technique only requires paper towels, a can of hairspray, hair ties, and a spray bottle filled with water.

Begin by pulling off a large amount of paper towel (approximately twice the length of your hair) and folding it horizontally into a one-inch thick strip. Then divide your hair into four even sections or more and braid it along with a paper towel, tying it at the bottom with a hair tie. Before letting your hair down, spray it with hairspray or texturizing spray and let it dry completely. This technique will help you in achieving tight curls.


Loose Curls With Heat


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It can be tough to get long-lasting curls without using heat, especially if you have silky and pin-straight hair. So, what's the best instrument for creating beach waves or loose curls? A curling iron.

When selecting a curling wand, keep in mind that the smaller the barrel of the wand, the tighter the curl. If you want a tight curl, purchase a 3/4-inch barrel, a 1-inch barrel for a beachy look, and a 1 1/4-inch barrel for loose waves and fine hair. Here's how you use a curling iron to make beach waves or loose curls.




  • To achieve loose curls, start by spraying a heat protectant spray all over your hair to protect it from any heat damage.
  • Section hair into the top and bottom.
  • Place a small section of hair in the clamp, leaving an inch or so out, and twist the curling iron away from your face.
  • Once the wand reaches the crown of your head, hold for a couple of seconds before opening the clamp and dragging it straight down to release it.
  • Repeat the process till you've covered all of your hair. Allow your curls to cool completely before touching them.
  • Spray a brush with hairspray and gently brush out your waves. If necessary, use a finishing cream to tame any flyaways at the ends of your hair.



Loose curls are ideal for any occasion, whether you're heading out on a date or having brunch with your girlfriends. They instantly elevate your look and make you look like a million bucks. The techniques above can be used on either short or medium-length hair.

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