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How to Get Bouncy Curls Without Heat or Curlers

by Alexandra Corbella

Big bouncy curls are a sexy look that never goes out of style, but heat-curling can be punishing for your hair, and foam-roller curling sets are uncomfortable and expensive. If you are committed to rocking curls without heat or foam rollers, a rag-roll technique can give you the look you crave. Using the rag-curl method is quicker and easier than spending time in front of your bathroom mirror with a curling iron. With a little practice you can wake up each morning with the full, bouncy curls you were dreaming of.

Wash and towel dry your hair as you normally would. Rake a golf-ball-sized amount of mousse through your damp hair.

Scrunch and tousle your hair while you blast it with the blow dryer. Continue until your hair is 90 percent dry.

Take one piece of cloth in one hand, and a 1-inch section of hair in the other. Slide your fingers down to the tips of your hair, then wrap the hair around the cloth in a rolling motion working upward toward your scalp.

Once you have rolled all the way up to your scalp tie the cloth in a tight knot around the rolled hair. Continue working around your head until all of your hair is tied up in cloth strips.

Leave your hair in the rolls for at least 4 hours. For best results, leave them in over night.

Untie the strips of cloth, letting the curls down one at a time. Run your fingers through your hair to gently break up the curls

Mist all of your hair with a light coat of finishing spray.

Items you will need
  • Mousse
  • Hair dryer
  • 12 4-inch long cloth strips
  • Finishing spray

Tips

  • For tighter curls, wrap 1/2-inch sections of hair around each cloth strip.
  • To create loose waves, wrap 3-inch sections of hair around each cloth strip.

About the Author

Alexandra Corbella has been writing for more than 10 years. She has been published everywhere from the "The Collector" to popular blogs like Beauty Collection and Collective310. She holds a Political Science degree, and has worked for several politicians. She earned a M.A. in History in 2012.

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