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No Heat Wavy Hair How To

Create beautiful and effortless heatless waves (or loose curls) overnight using "Bandana Wraps."

heatless waves

Today's tutorial is a quick and easy method showing how to get wavy hair or "bandana waves."  No curling irons, flat irons, curling wands, or other damaging heat tools are required to achieve these "beachy waves."  ;)

No Heat Waves Close Up

Supplies needed:
  • 2-6 bandanas or similar sized pieces of fabric (depending on the thickness/texture of your hair and how tight you want the waves, you can use more or less.)  We found our bandanas at Walmart for $1 each.
  • Several cloth covered elastics or rubber bands to secure the ends of the "wraps."
  • Damp hair seems to work best for us. If the hair is too wet, it will not dry completely and the waves will fall out quickly in the morning. You may also want to add some pomade, gel, or mousse to your hair before you wrap it up (if you hair does not hold curl well.) If you do not have time for your hair to dry over night, you could try a blow dryer to speed things up. (Although, if you are trying to avoid heat.... using a blow dryer isn't completely heat free.)

The half up hairstyle shown at the end of the video was created by simply pulling the sides back into a twist and adding a cute headband. I'm thinking.... casual beach wedding flower girl hairstyle?  ;)

beach waves hair
beachy waves tutorial

How To: No Heat Wavy Hair Video Tutorial:

As shown in our video tutorial above, this "wavy beach hair" was created by making a figure eight braid (or infinity braid) with the strands of hair wrapping around the bandana. I came across this no heat waving method a few years ago on a site called "Rapunzels Resource" (which unfortunately doesn't seem to be active anymore.) But, we wanted to say thank you to that website! We have been using this technique quite often ever since. We both love how quick, simple, and comfortable to sleep in these wraps are.

P.S. If you love "no heat styling" but are looking for more of a tight curl instead of a wave... check out our nylon curls tutorial.

FTC The adorable dress the Princess is wearing was gifted to her by and can be found here: LightInTheBox (opinions expressed are always our own.)

Whould you like to comment?

  1. This is how they do it in the Little House series! :-P An 1800s throw-back! :)

  2. here's the link for rapunzel's resource :

  3. Wow, that is a nice trick! I'm going to try it out with my own hair :)))

  4. That looks great! Can't wait to try it with my daughter.

  5. I tried this on myself and it worked great! I love how I got big, loose waves. Some of the other no-heat curl methods are too tight and small for my liking. ;)

  6. that looks amazing, but we have a ball in the evening, and have a meeting to attend in the morning, so how many hours would you say I have to be able to leave the bandanas in (as wouldn't be overnight) probably only have around 5-6hours in the afternoon?

  7. I might do this for school on Monday after I finish the 20 hrs of straoghtening my hair


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