If your hot rollers are out of commission, you need to see this list of things you can use to curl your hair. Imagine life before the wonders of heated beauty products! It’s tough to envision, I know, but back in the day, women had to achieve their beautiful curls from items that didn’t plug in. Luckily, that means you can get lustrous curls even if you don’t own a curling iron or set of hot rollers. I love curls when I wear my hair down and I think you’re going to feel the same way once you see this genius list of things you can use to curl your hair.
1. A Headband
One of the best things you can use to curl your hair is a headband. Sounds strange, I know, but stick with me here. Place the headband around your head so it sits on your forehead and comes down to the base of your neck in the back. It will look kind of like a hippie style. Then, separate your damp hair into sections, twist them and bring the ends up to secure under the headband. Use small sections for lots of curls and larger ones if you want looser, wider curls. Leave the headband on until morning, then loosen your twists and you’re all set.
2. Go with Buns
This works if you plan to sit around the house all day, but have evening events you’re going to. Dampen your hair, then create several buns all over your head with it. Secure each in place and go about your daily tasks. Just before you head out for the night, spritz the buns with hairspray and hit them each with a blast of hot air from your blow dryer. Undo the buns and go.
3. An Old T-shirt
Before you toss that old raggedy t-shirt you’re done with, use it curl your hair. Lay the shirt out on your table and cut it into strips with sharp scissors. Thinner strips will make smaller curls while wider ones will give you bigger ones. Dampen your hair. Working in sections, roll your hair up around a strip of the t-shirt, then fold the shirt and tie it to keep it from sliding out. Once your hair is dry, remove the t-shirt strips and you’re good to go.
If you’re more of a looser, wavy curls kind of girl, this is the method for you. This is the technique I use most often because it’s super easy and you can wake up to a full head of curls. Divide your hair into three or four sections and braid each, securing them at the ends. Tight braids result in smaller waves while looser braids mean looser curls.
5. A Tube Sock
Before you toss your partner’s tube sock with the hole it in, use it to curl your hair. Put your hair into a ponytail to start. Cut the toe off the sock. Thread your ponytail through the sock and roll your strands around the sock, securing them underneath to form a bun. Leave the contraption in place until your hair dries, then release your hair for lustrous curls you’re going to love.
6. Sock Braid
This is a variation on a couple of the techniques listed above, but could be the one you love best. Braid together three socks and wrap your hair, in sections, around the braid. Secure in place and allow to dry. Remove the sock braids and loosen the curls with your fingers to create a fabulous head of curls.
7. An Old Pillowcase
This is similar to the t-shirt method, but many people like the results better. Cut an old pillowcase into strips. Start the top of your head, working in sections. Leave a “tail” of material at the crown of your head and wrap your hair around the strip in a downward pattern. Secure your hair and let it dry.
Are you rushing off to curl your hair right now? It’s always nice to go to bed with damp hair and wake up to curls you love, am I right? Which method are you going to try first?