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How To Curl Hair With A Nylon Sock

Easy No Heat Curls Using Nylons

I was a little hesitant about posting this curling tutorial, as it is sort of a no-brainer. I'm sure most of you have heard of, or used this technique in the past. But, we have a fancy holiday updo we will be posting soon and curls are required! I wanted to make sure we had a curling tutorial available that everyone could do.

This "no heat" curling method is very similar to the technique used in creating "rag curls." We prefer nylons (or tights) for creating these curls (as opposed to other material) as nylon socks are stretchy and soft. We tried using nylons a few years ago and noticed the knots are so much easier to take out when you are done, are easier to tie, and seem to stay in better while the curls are drying as well. The elasticity in the socks seem to be made for making curls! We haven't used any other type of rag since.

When we get snags or holes in our nylons (pretty much every time we wear them) ;) we cut them up into strips and add them to our curling stash! We love that this method is easy, cheap, and non damaging to the hair.

As a side note: I am not completely opposed to using heat for styling and will use curling irons, flat irons and other heat sources to create curls occasionally.... especially when we don't have time to wait for curlers to dry. I think if you use heat protectant and don't go crazy, a little heat shouldn't cause too much damage. But, of course we like to avoid heat whenever possible to promote healthy hair.

I'm hoping to have time to upload the fancy schmancy updo soon. It would be great for holiday parties and other occasions you may be planning. Keep an eye out!

Whould you like to comment?

  1. Thank you for posting the tutorial. I have never heard of this technique. I'm of the old school mindset... Curlers or curling iron. Thank you for showing me a new way!

  2. I also want to thank you! I've been following your blog for almost two year now. I found your blog when I finally admitted I needed to learn to do more with my daughter's (and my) hair than make a pony tail and pig tails. We love your blog, but coming from a background of brushing your hair is all you need to know.... even basic tips like this are a gem!

    Thank you for all you do!


  3. I Looove this curling technique, thank you so much for posting it! My 4 year old daughter was born with astroasophogil reflex disease, and her medication causes her hair to fall out, so I cant use any heat on her hair. We're definitely trying this tOmorrow....thank you, thank you, thank you!

  4. Thank u for this easy technique. this eliminates the need for curling irons and the hazard of my 4yr old moving her head and getting her ears burnt :)

  5. Love your site! We've been doing these for about a month or so. We love the nylon trouser socks for the curls. It makes fantastic curls with so much less effort and snagging than sponge rollers. It's perfect for my 4 yo who hasn't much or very long hair. With only 3 socks, she's plenty curly :) Beautiful loose curls on my 8yo, too, and no complaints like I'd get from her sleeping on the sponge rollers. Great video.

  6. I love this hair curling idea! I've been looking for a good one to use for my sister-in-law's wedding and I'm excited to try this one to see if it works with my hair. I have very thin and very fine hair so I think i'll take smaller sections, but I can't wait to see how it turns out. Thanks so much for posting!! I absolutely love your blog :)

  7. I absolutly love this ����������

  8. I love it. When I was very young I saw this technique used in the movie little women and have since then wondered how it was done and my curiosity is completely Satisfied thank you I love you're hair videos so much.

  9. I love it. When I was very young I saw this technique used in the movie little women and have since then wondered how it was done and my curiosity is completely Satisfied thank you I love you're hair videos so much.

  10. It's beautiful!!!! It's amazing how you can get those results for such little to no cost!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!��

  11. My daughter is two and I do not want to be using heat on her hair. I love this technique and will try it tonight for tomorrow. I love this website and have learned so much from it. Thank you for sharing this with the rest of us.!!!!

  12. Thank you so much for all you've done with helping mothers learn how to create beautiful hairstyles for their little princesses. This biography is great and I love all the helpful tips and video tutorials. Again, thanks for all yours help!


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