Sunday, May 15, 2011

Old Hollywood . . . or Aunt Pitty

Heatless curls.

Some of you might be thinking, "Why would a girl who has naturally curly hair worry about heatless curls?" I saw a vlog not too long ago about how to achieve beautifully soft curls. She did it with dry hair, but I knew my hair would be waaaay to frizzy if I didn't start wet. And I was a little apprehensive about trying it since I recently hacked about a foot of my hair off. And the girl in the video had really thick hair. Mine is very thin. But I couldn't stop thinking about it. So here goes. 

Disclaimer: Photos are not up to my usual standard because I was taking them of myself.

Start with a part. And a headband. (Not too tight a headband because you'll be wearing it over night and you don't want a killer headache). And you will feel a little like Rambo. If you are starting wet use plenty of mousse. Mine is curl enhancing. If starting dry spray hair with hairspray before you start and generously after.
You don't want the headband pulling your hair down too close to your head. The idea is to keep everything loose and a little sloppy. Next take a section of hair from the front and wrap it once around the headband. Then take a second section that includes the tail of the first and wrap it around the headband one time.
Keep taking sections and wrapping them around the headband until you reach the back of your head. Then start on the other side and do the same thing. If you run out of space on your headband as you reach the back, gently push the wrapped sections forward along the headband towards your face. I started in the morning and planned on leaving my hair like this all day and over night. It's very comfortable and convenient because it keeps your hair out of the way. 
Next morning things had loosened up a little, but that's okay. My hair was dry and ready to be unrolled. I pulled down gently on the headband.
At first the curls seemed too tight, but I started finger combing the curls and the panic subsided.
I was really pleased with the results. So was my hair dresser sister. For me, it made my curl more controlled and softer. The look a cross between old Hollywood glamour and Aunt Pitty from Gone With The Wind. I took a few more photos with a couple different Sylvia-Louise headscarves. I will definitely be doing this again and again.

If you try this let me know how it turns out for you!


  1. I'll have to try it again. If it still doesn't work for me I'll know I'm a failure as a hairdresser.

  2. Looks cute! I will have to give it a try!

  3. ADORBS!! You look so cute! Do you think it would work with longer hair? Knowing me, I would somehow get the headband stuck in my hair and I'd have to cut it out.

  4. Reggs-
    I originally saw it done with long hair & its even better. Just use thicker strands to wrap around the headband. And if you start with dry hair, or even mostly dry hair the curls should be really soft. Let me know if it works!