Laissez Hair: Three Minute No-Heat Curls

Seriously, this took three minutes to do to damp hair and then I went to bed. Imagine how it will change your life when you can go from plane to party (like I did) and don’t have to even so much as pack that curling iron? You’ll need a headband like THIS.

{The Hair-In-Progress}

Update: The real beauty here is that you can kind of control your curl.  For kind of tousled curls, sleep in it like I did in the first picture.  The second shot is a different day – I walked around a conference like that for a full day and then yanked the headband for the party that night.  The result was a tighter, cleaner, more vintage-y pin curl.  For more of a loose finger wave, wear it for an hour or two.  I did the video below last night, pulled the headband before bed, and here’s what I’ve got this morning:

::Morning Friends and Lurkers!::

//Update.

I never in a million years thought I would do a hair tutorial, but I was wrong.  Even if you don’t care about hair though, watch the video because I used a cool song that I’m obsessed with right now. Thanks to John for letting me do that.

{Update: …A song so cool, in fact that I was whistling it while making this video. Scott has since pointed out that I have a total duckface on.  Dammit.}

[I first saw this hair idea HERE. That video is revelatory, but also thirteen minutes long and…well, I have the attention span of a remote control. So these are the cliff notes. If you have long hair and can’t get this method to work for you, check out my beautiful sister-in-law’s SJP style no-heat curls HERE.]

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  37 comments for “Laissez Hair: Three Minute No-Heat Curls

  1. mollyprior
    February 29, 2012 at 9:45 am

    @the818 No-heat curls never work right for me, but I’m tempted to try this technique!

    • the818
      February 29, 2012 at 9:54 am

      @mollyprior You should try these, I’m obsessed.

  2. mamainlalaland
    February 29, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    @the818 just bought the headband 5 minutes ago. No joke! Attempting this tonight.

    • the818
      February 29, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      @mamainlalaland You will LOVE. I’ve done it like four times in the past week.

      • mamainlalaland
        February 29, 2012 at 6:18 pm

        @the818 can I say I appreciate your video. Music and no taking. Makes it easy to pay attention!

        • the818
          February 29, 2012 at 6:41 pm

          @mamainlalaland Haha – thank you. That is how I always wish tutorials were, I get bored SOFAST.

        • mamainlalaland
          February 29, 2012 at 6:56 pm

          @the818 same which is why I watched yours and actually paid attention! And know what I’m doing!

  3. alexandrawrote
    February 29, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    @the818 Love it. I’ve been doingit awhile and find that if I do it in the AM in about 6 hours I have great curl. Maybe wavy hair helps?

    • the818
      February 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      @alexandrawrote I think it might…

  4. styleyourlife
    February 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    @the818 wow very nice! jealous my hair would never do that!

  5. Melaina25
    February 29, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    @the818 tried it twice before (one sorta fail, one epic fail) but trying again tonight

  6. saltandnectar
    February 29, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Can you post a direct link to the video? I cannot watch it through the site. : ( 

  7. saltandnectar
    February 29, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Can you post a direct link to the video? I cannot watch it through the site. : ( And, of course, I’d love to see it b/c the hair looks pretty damn awesome.

  8. ShesAllWrite
    March 2, 2012 at 10:35 am

    @the818 Totally trying this tonight–thanks!

  9. the818
    March 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    @ErinMargolin I bet they will and I insist you show me.

  10. teganzimmerman
    March 7, 2012 at 9:03 am

    @ShesAllWrite @the818 thank you! its adorable! Must try it this weekend!

  11. the818
    March 7, 2012 at 9:03 am

    @ShesAllWrite @teganzimmerman So glad it worked for you!

    • ShesAllWrite
      March 7, 2012 at 9:05 am

      @the818 I have gotten compliments from nearly everyone I’ve run into today! @teganzimmerman is going to rock the look too!

      • Chrisa_Hickey
        March 7, 2012 at 9:07 am

        @ShesAllWrite Where are you? I gotta see the ‘do!

        • ShesAllWrite
          March 7, 2012 at 9:12 am

          @chrisa_hickey I’m at my desk–do you want me to pop down for a minute?

        • tweetgraciemack
          March 7, 2012 at 9:13 am

          @ShesAllWrite Oh yea! You liked your cut from Val?

        • Chrisa_Hickey
          March 7, 2012 at 9:16 am

          @ShesAllWrite YES!!

        • ShesAllWrite
          March 7, 2012 at 9:18 am

          @tweetgraciemack I haven’t gotten it yet–I have my hair in an updo because it is Shaggey McShaggerson. I see Val tomorrow and I can’t wait!

        • tweetgraciemack
          March 7, 2012 at 9:20 am

          @ShesAllWrite Enjoy! Let me know how it turns out. Or maybe I will get to see it for myself Sat.

  12. wxmommy
    March 8, 2012 at 6:44 am

    @ErinMargolin @the818 OMG, the no-heat curls are awesome! I did it last night. Thank you ladies!!

    • the818
      March 8, 2012 at 8:45 am

      @wxmommy @erinmargolin crazy, right?

    • brucheyttzjou6
      March 24, 2012 at 10:23 am
  13. 5minutesformom
    March 20, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    So cool… both the hair and the song. 

  14. the818
    July 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    @blogherpub Oh it’s genius for a conference.

  15. chill_air
    July 29, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    @the818 Looks SO good!

  16. melwedde
    July 29, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    @the818 I LOVE doing this! Thanks :)

  17. bethanygp
    July 29, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    @the818 very cool! Now where did you get that elastic headband?

    • the818
      July 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      @bethanygp Link in the post!

  18. Melissa
    June 2, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    This unfortunately doesn’t work if you have long hair. Your hair will become knotted and you won’t be able to fit any more hair in the headband toward the end.

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