How to Curl My Hair Without an Iron or Rollers

by Audrey Pannell

Curls are beautiful, but curling irons damage the hair and rollers can be uncomfortable. You can curl your hair in other ways that require the use of little or no heat, especially in comparison to curling irons and heated rollers. Pin curls, rag curls and finger curls give you the same curled effect without drying out and severely damaging your hair.

Items you will need

  • Bobby pins
  • Rag strips
  • Diffuser
  • Blow dryer
  • Curl-enhancing cream

Pin Curls

Step 1

Wash and condition your hair, allowing it to air-dry until it is nearly dry but still a little damp.

Step 2

Part your hair with a comb. Pull your hair up in 1-inch sections and comb through.

Step 3

Wind, do not twist, your hair in a clockwise position around your finger until it is completely wound. Place the wound hair against your scalp so that it forms a circle. Pin the hair with one or two bobby pins. Continue this process until you have pinned all of your hair.

Step 4

Allow your hair to completely dry before removing pins. You can sleep with your hair in pin curls if you prefer them to sit longer. Remove the pins one by one and gently separate the curls with your fingers, blending them into one another. Spritz your hair with hairspray.

Rag Curls

Step 1

Wash your hair and allow it to air-dry until it is almost dry but still a little damp.

Step 2

Take a 1-inch or 2-inch strip of hair and comb through to remove any tangles. Take a rag strip and begin rolling your hair around the rag until the rag reaches the scalp. Tie the rag in a knot or bow. Repeat this process until all your hair has been separated and rolled.

Step 3

Allow your hair to dry, or keep your hair in the rags overnight. Once dry, untie the rags and gently unroll your hair. Separate the curls with your fingers, and style and top with hairspray.

Finger Curls

Step 1

Wash your hair and apply a curl-enhancing cream evenly throughout.

Step 2

Attach a diffuser to your blow dryer and begin to scrunch your hair into the attachment while drying. Continue until curls begin to form and your hair is slightly dry but still somewhat damp.

Step 3

Remove the diffuser attachment. Begin to wrap your hair around your index finger in 1-inch sections. Focus the air from the blow dryer onto the hair curled around your finger.

Step 4

As each section dries, release it and spray with hairspray. Continue this process until all of the hair has been curled.

Photo Credits

  • Jessica Verma/Demand Media

About the Author

Audrey Pannell has been writing since the year 2000. She has written for AOL and eHow. She holds a Bachelor of Science in public administration from the University of Texas at Dallas and also completed a certification course to obtain a teaching certificate for early childhood through fourth grade.