My lovely sister (R) recently relocated to the happy little city of Lexington, and I could NOT be more thrilled about it. She’s staying with us while she gets settled in, and clearly all we’ve been doing is our hair. That’s not entirely true, but whenever she’s doing her hair, I’m kind of hovering in the doorway asking her to explain her genius methods! She always has new tips to share about hair health and styling, so I asked her to demonstrate this great heatless curling technique, and she obliged. We even filmed it!
If you’re like me and need video AND pictures AND text to get something like this down pat, you’ll find detailed step-by-step instructions below, brought to you by R!!
Hello, world! My name is R… pretty much…, and I am very excited to have been invited to share this technique with you. As my sister mentioned before, I have sort of a hair health fetish and have therefore banished every tool with the word “iron” in its title from my sight. So, I’ve had to undergo extensive exploration, experimentation, and exasperation to land on an alternative that I love. All you need is a jaw clip and about a dozen sectioning clips. I hope you find this method as useful as I have!
Before I begin, I blow-dry my hair on its lowest heat setting so that my naturally frizzy curls don’t disrupt the program. If your hair is thick like mine, it is important that your hair be completely dry before you twist it up, or else it will take forever to dry completely. As soon as I’m done blow-drying, I start with Step 1:
1. Divide your hair in half, making sure your part is lined up where you want it. Clip one section out of your way (I like to use a jaw clip that won’t create dents). To make these instructions easier to follow, let’s go ahead and assume you clipped the left half back and will be working on the right half.
2. Grab a two-inch section from the front and divide it into a front half and a back half. Cross the front half toward your part, as pictured, then cross it behind the back half.
3. Your original front piece should now be on your right, while the back piece should be on your left. Keep these pieces separated in your left hand.
4. Grab the next section with your right hand — it should be about one inch wide and should extend from your hairline to your part.
5. Divide this new section into a left section and a right section. The left section should only be about one inch by one inch. This will keep the twist close to your part so that when you let your hair down in the end, the curls will begin at your roots. (You’ll see what I mean later.)
6. Add these two new pieces to the ones you are still holding in your left hand so that the left pieces become one left section, and the right pieces become one right section. Keep these two new pieces separate in your left hand.
7. Now you have two sections again: one on the right and one on the left.
8. Cross the right section over the left section and toward your part, as pictured, then cross it behind the other section.
9. Keep these two pieces separated in your left hand while you pick up a new (one-inch wide) section with your right hand.
10. Repeat steps 5-9 until you’ve reached the nape of your neck.
11. When you reach the base of your hairline, twist your last two sections around each other in the same direction you’ve been going until you reach the end of your hair.
12. Secure this loose twist to the French twist with a sectioning clip. If your hair is long, you may need more than one to secure the entire length of it. If you do not have sectioning clips, you may be able to use bobby pins instead, but I’ve always been scared of bobby pins making little dents in my ‘do. In the photos you’ll notice that I have an unruly little piece popping out without permission, but since the little guy was already a little curly-looking, I let it slide.
13. Secure any sections of the French twist that feel loose with sectioning clips. To do this, hold the clip open at a 90 degree angle to your head and let it close on the loose section of hair.
14. As you let the clip close, guide the hair in the direction of the French twist and push the clip underneath the twist and away from your part. (This step might be a little clearer in the video.) Once you’ve secured all the hair to your satisfaction, repeat steps 1-14 on the other half of your hair. (Remember that since you’re doing the other half now, you’ll have to substitute “right” and “left” for “left” and “right” respectively.)
Let your hair set for at least an hour before you remove the clips. (You may need more or less time than that depending on the thickness/type/texture of your own hair.) If you’re doing this in the morning, you can do your makeup, take over the world, and/or eat your breakfast while you wait. I like to set up my hair in the clips before I go to bed and take them out in the morning. One of the perks of this technique is that it is very comfortable and easy to sleep in! When you’re ready, take the clips out and separate the twists with your fingers. You can manipulate the curls into whatever style you want by separating and reforming the curls with your fingers or a paddle brush. Always twist your hair away from your face when reforming the curls so that you aren’t fighting against what you’ve created. (One more helpful tip: make sure move your hair around in back so that the part you originally created doesn’t show up back there.)
That’s all for now, so thanks for reading! And thanks for letting me be part of your day!
Well I hope you enjoyed meeting my amazing sister! I can’t wait to introduce my youngest sister, B. I’m sure she’ll be guest posting some of her wonderful DIY/art projects here (hopefully soon)!
Do you have a favorite heatless curling technique? Please share in the comments below!!