Back to School Week: 2-In-1 No Heat Hairstyles

Today's hairstyle will save you a little time and save your hair from heat! Enjoy!

No Heat Loose Curls
To give the braided hairstyles below some volume, texture and curl, try this basic technique (first shared here).

T O O L S:
M E T H O D:
  • Take 90% dry hair (or completely dry) and divide into 4 sections. Use 2 if you have fine, thin hair.
  • Wrap into 4 loose, flat buns and secure with bobby pins. We want loose curls here.
  • Gently mist hair with water. You don't want wet hair because it will still be wet when you take it down. Plus, hair is most fragile when it's wet.
  • Sleep in the buns or let air dry. Make sure the buns are place in comfortable sleeping locations. That sounded fancy....let's say it again: comfortable sleeping locations.
  • You can try the sock bun method or a donut bun as well if you prefer.
  • Optional: To define the curls, spray and scrunch with beachy waves spray. Use a tshirt to scrunch to avoid The Frizzies.

2-In-1 Side Braids
I like this hairstyle best on me with loose curls/waves, so use the tutorial above or use heat if you'd like! Straight hair looks cute with this as well.

T O O L S:
  • small, clear hair elastic
  • brush if hair is straight
M E T H O D 1: The Side Braid
  • Take a section of hair near the ear on one side of your part. Bring it around the back to meet the ear on the other side. For me, this is my right side.
  • Take a section of hair from the other side near the ear & join with section one. For me, this is the left side.
  • Begin braiding the sections together. You can do this either by splitting these two sections into 3 equal pieces, or by adding a third section of hair.
  • Braid all the way down and add a clear elastic near the bottom.
    • You can "fatten" the braid by slightly pulling it apart.
    • You can make the braid tiny by using smaller sections of hair.

M E T H O D 2: The Side Fishtail
  • Follow the exact same steps as above except you'll fishtail the two sections. This means you'll take a small piece of hair from the outside of section one and cross it over to the inside of section two. Are you scratching your head? Check out my Easiest Fishtail Braid Tutorial.
  • Secure with elastic.
    • You can "fatten" the braid by slightly pulling it aprt.
    • You can make the fishtail smaller/larger depending on the sections used.
  • Bonus Advanced Method! Try a French braid. If you'd like a pic of this, let me know & I can add one here.

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  1. i love your loose curls elle! the fishtail with the curls is also sweet.

  2. These are super cute! I definitely will be trying the loose bun method soon. NO HEAT<3

  3. This is soo pretty :)I'm now missing my long hair.

  4. You have the best hair. It's so healthy and pretty. No heat is definitely a must because I don't want it all on the floor. LOL :)

  5. Such pretty hairstyles,
    the loose curl looks glam
    and the braid is equally lovely.

  6. Those looks curls look amazing. They look very natural. And the braid is lovely too.

  7. I think I'll start practicing on those side braids. :)


  8. I love the side braid! Must try this :)


  9. Having worked in the upper crust of Vidal Sasoon, I would love to get my hands on that hair.

  10. Two equally gorgeous looks and so great that it was a no-heat styling feature.

  11. The side fish tail braid is so pretty - can't believe I've never thought of doing that

  12. I love these ideas! I'm always looking for ways to make my hair look cute without damaging it! No wonder your hair is so gorgeous.

    love jenny xoxo

  13. Love all these looks and the blog's new look as well!

  14. During my time off, I'm going to be trying out lots of your different hair tutorials, including this side braid :) I'm debating getting my hair chopped off again...eeek!

    P.S. Loving that you're putting more pics of you on the blog!

  15. I see your blog is looking a little different!

    Love no-heat hair styling, so I think I'll start putting more braids in my hair this month, for sure!

    Also love your DIY teeth whitening in the previous post.

  16. Im gonna try out the beachy waves do. I hate blow drying my hair everyday.

  17. Those are all such cute hair styles!

  18. Your hair always looks gorgeous. I'm so jealous :) I'm totally going to try this bobby pin trick out!!

  19. My god you have the prettiest hair ever!!! definitely trying the bun curling method.

  20. I love the tutorial for loose waves! It's such a perfect back to school hair style.

  21. Love these! Even though I won't be going to school in the fall I will be definitely trying these out :P Thanks :)

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  23. Buns are definitely a great. easy way to build waves!

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  24. You seriously have the most gorgeous hair, love! Love both the braids and the gorgeous curls :) xoxo

  25. I've tried a bazillion little ways and tips to do no heat curls. I'll try the spray bottle tip here !

  26. i am loving these no-heat hairstyles because i'm super scared of using curling irons, haha! ;) i do a variation of method #1. braiding my hair the night before always always works for me! :D

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  27. Love all these! Here's a question, I'm absolutely horrible at braiding, I mean my 4year old girl is ready to renounce me as her mother because I cannot braid her hair. Would it be too crazy to request a step by step French braiding for dummies post? Or some other quick updo for girls thing? xoxo

  28. You should be in a hair commercial....for realz!

  29. ur curls look GREAT!


  30. Aw, so pretty! Love the loose curls with the braid!

  31. Oh I vote for the braid!


    Okay, I know there's no voting but I love that one!
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  32. the braids are sooo good!! i like that no heat is used (because my hair's totally dry)


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