Summer is here--which means it’s time for barbecues, outdoor shopping days, taking the kids to the park, and enjoying sunshine on the patio. It’s also a great time to give your hair a break from machine heat, since nature is providing plenty of the natural kind.
The experts at Madison Reed are always searching for more ways for you to treat your hair with love, so skip the blowdryer, the straightener, and the curling iron, and let summer give you straight, wavy, or curly hair naturally. These tips are a great guide to styling without heat.
How to Style Hair without Heat
Go from Straight to Wavy or Curly Hair: If you have straight hair and want to create some beach-ready boho waves, here are some ways you can achieve the look without using heat.
- Step 1: Wash your hair with a shampoo & conditioner to protect your locks from UVA/UVB rays. This will ensure that your hair won’t get too damaged in the sun.
- Step 2: When you come out of the shower, squeeze your hair until it isn't dripping anymore. Wrap your hair in a towel and let it dry for 15-20 minutes.
- If you have straight hair, use a wide-tooth comb and start gently untangling from the bottom toward the top of your head. Use a detangling spray on strands that need extra love.
- If you have wavy hair, you can use either a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to gently untangle your waves. Just make sure not to over-comb so that your waves still keep their shape.
- If you have curly hair, finger comb your curls by starting gently from the bottom of your strands toward your scalp. You can individually curl the strands with your fingers to get an extra bouncy curl. Use a leave-in conditioner to keep it extra-moisturized. If you have coily hair, use a detangling spray and gently comb through the ends of your hair. Use a leave-in conditioner for extra-moisturized curls.
- Step 3: Over the next hour or two, let your hair air dry. Try not to tie it back or use any hair ties at all--they create extra dents in the hair.
Go from Straight to Wavy or Curly Hair
- Braids: Right out of the shower, towel dry your hair and detangle it with a wide-tooth comb. Use just a tiny bit of leave-in conditioner from the ends to the mid-shafts of your hair. Separate your hair into three sections, and braid every section from the mid-shaft to the ends of the hair.
- Mousse: Another way to make waves in straight hair is to use a palm-sized amount of mousse and gently massage it into the ends and mid shaft of your hair. You can use the rest of the mousse on the top of your hair. When you’re ready to make it wavy, just flip your hair upside down and scrunch it with your hands going upward toward your scalp. Keep in mind that these waves will be created once your hair is all dry.
- Twists: To get your naturally straight hair to curl, wait until your hair is 60% dry, then add a palm-sized amount of mousse to your hair. While it’s still damp, start from the top of your head and twist each strand until it starts curling up toward your scalp. Once it’s pressed against the scalp, pin the strand. Repeat steps until all of your hair is twirled and pinned. Let your hair air dry for about an hour and take out the pins.
How to Straighten Hair without Heat
- Hair Mask. Mix one cup of milk with one tablespoon of honey, and apply it to your hair all over. Let the mixture sit for about an hour, then rinse it away. Then, let your hair air-dry at 60% and use the cool setting of your blowdryer to dry the rest of your hair. The mixture makes your hair follicles smoother, and therefore easier to dry straight.
- Bobby Pins. Right out of the shower, towel-dry your hair and detangle it with a wide-tooth comb. Then, separate your hair into two sections with a side part. Clip the smaller section back, and start bobby-pinning small strands of your hair until it lays flat on your head. Keep pinning in a circular motion around your head until all of your hair is pinned. You can either wait a few hours for it to dry, or sleep with it in a satin scarf overnight. Then release your hair by taking out all the bobby pins, and your hair will come out straight and silky.
- Use large rollers (size of soda cans) on 50% dry hair. Make sure to roll big pieces and secure them at the end with a bobby pin or a clip. For extra body, roll the hair at the front and at the crown of your head. Wait a couple of hours until your hair is fully dry, then release your hair until it’s wavy.
- Braids. Just before bedtime, wash your hair, detangle it with a leave-in conditioner, and finger comb it. Next, blowdry your hair on the coolest setting with a straightening balm or serum. If you want extra volume, blow-dry upside down until your hair is 70% dry. Next, separate your hair into two sections and braid tightly on both ends. Sleep with a satin scarf on your head and wake up to naturally wavy, gorgeous hair!
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