Heatless Hairstyling Tips

by Anjelina Tongco

Going heatless every once in a while is a great way to give your hair a break from the daily styling that it goes through. Consider it a “breather” for your hair: a day where it doesn’t have to be slathered in product or damaged with the heat. Short breaks like this can help your hair recover so it doesn’t end up looking dry and damaged. 

Don’t worry, going heatless doesn’t mean you have to wear boring hair for a whole day. There are plenty of ways to style your hair without heat and with minimal products. Here are some heatless hairstyling tips you’re going to need if you decide to ditch the hot stuff for a day (or more). 

  1. It takes time - heat is the main thing that makes the whole hairstyling process faster and easier so you should know that going heatless means you won’t be getting the results you want as quickly as you would if you were to use a heat styling tool. Most heatless hairstyles require at least 2 hours before the style sticks. For best results, sleep on it! 
  2. Avoid frizz with a silk scarf - planning on sleeping with a heatless hairstyle in place? Wrap your hair in a silk scarf before you go to bed to avoid getting frizzy hair in the morning! 
  3. Start with damp hair - want to lock in your heatless hairstyle better? Style your hair while it’s still damp so it holds its shape as it dries. This applies to braids, twists, twirls, and other heatless hairstyling methods. Blow dry your hair on cool until it’s about 70% to 85% dry. If you have time, let it air dry instead for even better results. 
  4. Use the right products - using the right kind of product when creating heatless hairstyles is a game-changer. Start with a bit of styling mousse all over your hair before doing your hair. Leave it on as the hairstyle sets and then, just before letting your hair loose, spray a good amount of hair spray all over as well. 
  5. Make sure it’s tight - doing overnight braids? Or maybe you’re more of a twisty curls kind of gal? Whatever your preferred method is, remember to do it tightly so the shape sticks when the time comes to set your locks free. 
  6. Freshly washed hair works best - you know how people say it’s always better to style second-day hair when you’re using tools like a flat iron or a curling wand? Well, if you’re going heatless, that won’t be the case. Second-day hair tends to have more grease which can make it difficult for your hair to hold the shape/style you want it to have. Always start with freshly washed, damp hair for longer-lasting results.