1.18.2012

How To: Waves Without Heat



When most people are decompressing from a stressful weekend, they probably have a glass of wine or go work out. Me? I play with my hair. I wanted something that would be quick to do, since I knew I'd be very tired in the morning heading to work. I decided on some waves without heat. I liked it so much I've done it twice this week--once with medium rollers and once with large rollers. Enjoy.

You'll Need: 
  • 1 pack of Spiral Rollers (I used medium one night and large the next)
  • Comb
  • Frizz-Free Serum
  • Holding Product (hairspray, mousse, spray gel, styling putty, etc)
  • Almost Damp Hair (like 85-90% dry)

Directions:
  • Start with damp/freshly-washed hair (Exciting right? I usually request day-old hair!).
  • Comb through hair and apply serum--I need something to fight frizz, but Moroccan Oil works fine for most people.
  • Allow hair to become almost dry.
  • Divide hair in half and part as usual. Lay out your spiral rollers. I got mine from Target for about $9. Try these  or these (or Google "spiral foam rollers" if you can't find them at the store).
  • Pick a side and choose a 1 inch section of hair. Take a medium/large spiral roller and place under the section. Start about 2 inches from the root and wrap around the roller, away from your face. Bend up the ends.
  • I start at the root instead of rolling ends to top because I'm going for waves, not a ringlet curl. You can tuck in the ends or not--not tucked in will produce beachy waves. Continue all over hair. 
  • Let hair air dry or dry overnight. You *can* use a hair dryer BUT this is a no-heat look and you'd need heat protectant as well.
  • Undo the rollers and apply more serum, if needed, and a holding product. That's it!
 {Medium and Large}
{Large and Medium}

Notes:
  • Note how I have roller space (you can see the roller). This produces a looser wave. Wrap closer together for a tighter wave. I don't suggest the small foam rollers because they produce more of a ringlet curl than a wave (I've tried!)
  • For each section you wrap, drop down in your hair where you start the roller until you are done with the first section of your parted hair. Then repeat the process on the other side, starting about 2 inches, and then the next roller, maybe 2.5 inches and so on. Your hair in rollers will look like a "v" formation and will look more natural once this is over, instead of having each roller lined up.
  • I parted my hair in half so I could be able to sleep on my back in the rollers, to make it a little more comfortable.
  • This took 5 minutes to wrap and about 5 minutes to style.
  • Don't do this on wet hair. Hair is most fragile when wet & it just won't dry when wrapped in the roller.
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81 comments:

  1. Ooh, this is so pretty. It would look mental with my rubbish layers but it is v lovely. x

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  2. looks great lovey - I have tried years back when I had longer hair was a mediocre result ... don't think I had the right product - does yours last all day ... le

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  3. That looks amazing... I'm starting to regreat I cut my hair, it's too short for this now!

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  4. I used to do that sometimes when my hair was longer but it never, ever came out that well!

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  5. Too cool! My hair has the hardest time staying curly so maybe this is something I'll have to try!

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  6. Totally awesome! So digging it! xoxo
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  7. see? these are the things that i miss now about my old-long-hair :( i can still do it in my short hair, but it will not look the same! your results are beautiful!!!

    xx
    teresa
    www.trend-ish.com

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  8. Wow! Your hair looks amazing! I've gotta try that!

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  9. Love the waves...I'll have to try this! Thank you for the comment..want to follow each other?

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  10. Great hair, they're awesome ! I love this kind of tutorial =)
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  11. That looks fantastic! I need to try this out!

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  12. I have naturally curly hair. I work sooo hard on getting it straight. Then sometimes I curl it b/c it's never the same curl.

    I would deff try this. It looks natural and pretty. Plus, my hair my thank you from saving it from further heat damage. lol

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  13. Ok, I am all for waves without heat! I have such a hard time getting my hair wavy though. I will have to try this method!

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  14. oooh it looks beautiful. i want to try this!

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  15. pretty sure the hub would make so much of me coming to bed in rollers! haha.

    the outcome is gorge!

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  16. Look beautiful..I really should try this with my hair!! Can't believe you've seen Crazy Horse, I wanna go!! Would be weird, but so much fun!! Hope your having a great day doll x

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  17. SO gorgeous!! I'm definitely getting those. thanks xo

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  18. i love the medium look! and i love that you play with your hair to relax! (:

    thank you for your sweet words on my hair and first outfit post! i really appreciate your input (: i'm SO HAPPY your Sugar is doing better! praise the Lord for answering mine and many others prayers.

    xoxo

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  19. I think I need to try this! Looks like curls that might actually work with my straight straight hair! Can you get these rollers at CVS?

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  20. i also use rollers when i have time.. i love your hair!!!
    i kinda miss my long hair... xoxo, Haus of Gala

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  21. Wow they came out great! And it's way easier than I would have assumed! I might need to try this method out :)

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  22. Wow it looks beautiful and natural.

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  23. Great look! I wish I had more patience to experiment with different hair styles!

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  24. That looks amazing!! I think my hair needs to grow a little more, then I'm definitely trying this!

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  25. Lovely post! I love the last wavy hairstyle.

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  26. i've always wanted to try these!!! in the past year, though, as my hair has been getting super long, i've been twisting it and putting it in a low bun (just to get it off my neck) and discovered that i'll get some nice waves that way, too!

    [oomph.]

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  27. i love this!!! but i have so much hair that i'd have to start early in the morning to have it dry at a descent time... haha!

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  28. Pretty! I miss my long hair. I need to get some of those rollers.

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  29. Pretty! I miss my long hair. I need to get some of those rollers.

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  31. I've always seen those rollers in stores but never thought they would actually produce such pretty waves. Thanks for the demo.

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  32. So pretty! I would definitely try this! :)

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  33. oh so cool!!!
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  34. I think I need to try this. I recently bought foam rollers, but they left my hair looking kinky (the foam was in squares). Maybe I'll have better luck with these. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  35. Ooh. I am gonna try it. I swear I learn everything hair on your blog.

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  36. Oooh, this is fun!! I've been doing the sock bun sleep lately. It looks fab in the morning when I take it down but doesn't seem to last through the day, I bet this would though!

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  37. Sooo pretty!!! I should try this, as hot rollers seem to dry my hair out and and your waves look great!

    So happy you stopped by PPT this week! Always happy to see a pretty new face!

    xo Elizabeth

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  38. Gosh...how pretty is your hair! And I love the air dry technique. My hair is uber parched, and using the hair dryer makes it even drier:(

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  39. LOVE IT! Your hair looks amazing! I don't think my hair would look that great with waves because it's too short, but you have definitely inspired me to try it out! :)

    Hope you have a great day! XOXO

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  40. LOVE THIS! I totally need to try it out, asap! Gorgeous!

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  41. amazing umm I so will be trying this lol thx!!

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  42. Omg, this looks amazing! I'll have to run out and purchase those rollers :)

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  43. PRETTY!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Great Blog you have!

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  44. Your waves look red carpet ready! Thanks for the great and easy tutorial, do you think it will work on straight hair as well?

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  45. This is a great style- I wish it worked on my stick straight hair :)

    XO
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  46. There was a time when I took my naturally curly hairs for granted...

    you have shared some good tips!
    stop by to visit sometime.

    ciao bella
    creative carmelina

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  47. Doesn't it hurt to sleep on the rollers?

    I love the way your hair turned out. It looks beautiful.

    *Erin

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  48. Looks wonderful!! And I bet it's a 1000x better for your hair than using heat to make it wavy.

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  49. That looks great! Styling without heat is always so much less harmful to your hair!

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  50. Your waves are lovely - mine never turn out looking like that and I always just end up putting it up in a ponytail

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  51. Gorgeous! I wish I could get my hair to look like this... it's just too thin unfortunately :(

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  52. This is awesome and I can't believe it doesn't require heat! I can actually get natural waves like this applying leave-in condition and sleeping a good 9 hrs letting my hair dry over night :)

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  53. Wow! The curls look so soft and pretty. Thank you for sharing this.

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  54. I want to try this... but I must wait until I grow my hair back! (chopped off 10 inches for locks of love recently.)

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  55. Oh my gosh I love this! I have loooong hair like yours so I am always trying to find ways to avoid heat-styling while still having an actual style. I've done the sock bun (and really like it!) but I'll definitely have to try this one as well. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  56. this is amazing

    i am SO trying this

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  57. looks very nice, but once again, not for my short hair.. grow hair, grow!

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  58. as always you have great tutorials Elle! i just wish i had the patience to follow them .-))).
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  59. oh my gosh, your hair is so long and gorgeous! My hair is too short to do this but I love this post!

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  60. i love this! I've never been able to successfully "scrunch" dry my hair for that wavey look but never thought about using spiral rollers <3 such a fantastic tip!!

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  61. That's really cool! Wavy hair is great. :)
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  62. the hair is amazing!! i heart waves, but don't like using a curler. this is now on my must try list :)

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  63. OMGosh...I remember those curler things ....blast from the past:)

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  64. Your hair looks awesome. Such pretty, beachy waves! Love it!

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  65. This is SUCH a fun tutorial! I love.
    xo Josie
    www.winksmilestyle.com

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  66. Wow, you have really beautiful long hair and the waves are so pretty! Sadly, my hair won't hold a curl without about 20 pounds of hairspray!

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  67. Your hair is so gorgeous! Love these rollers. I really want to buy some now. My hair gets to damages from the curling iron and flat iron, this is a great option.

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  68. I so much want my hair to do this! I'll have to try that out :)

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  69. Oh this is gorgeous! You have some beautiful hair!!

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  70. I hate curling my hair with a curling iron, so this is a perfect solution!

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  71. Hi! I love this look. Would you ever do a video tutorial?

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  72. Dear anon, I only have my cell phone camera, but if I had a fancy one I totally would.
    If you have questions on the how to, email me (elleseesyou@gmail.com).

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  73. I love this! Buying these online now

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  74. I'm excited to try this!! My hair is really frizzy though I hope the wave stays in my hair. By the way i'm a merchandiser for a jewelry company based out of new York please check it out. www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/victoria

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  75. I'm excited to try this!! My hair is really frizzy though I hope the wave stays in my hair. By the way i'm a merchandiser for a jewelry company based out of new York please check it out. www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/victoria

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