Top heat-free ways to curl your hair at home — from a dressing gown tie to a pair of socks

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We’ve all spent a bit too much time at home, which is probably why we’ve been experimenting with heat-free curl techniques that may have sounded a little bonkers pre-pandemic.

Using a dressing gown tie, for example, to curl hair overnight — who even thought of that? But despite some of the methods sounding a little wacky, many of them actually do result in bouncy, defined curls. And the best part? They do it without causing any heat-related damage to lengths.

So, from a pair of socks to a T-shirt, here are the top curling and waving methods to try at home — proven by OK!’s beauty team or social media users to work.

Method 1: Dressing gown curls

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Many of us will remember this hack from right at the start of the UK’s first lockdown last year. It was trending globally on TikTok for months, with users all over the world taking to the app to show off their impressive results.

The method is simple; take a dressing gown tie and hang it over your head. Secure it in place with a clip temporarily and then, starting from the front sections and moving to the back of your head, wrap a large(ish) chunk of hair around the tie before picking up another section and doing the same.

Deputy beauty editor Zoe’s verdict : “It sounds mad but it actually works. Since I originally tried it last year, I’ve actually used this method quite a lot since. My top tip is you want quite a bulky dressing gown tie, And for the ultimate glossy finished look, I’d recommend washing your hair and applying a nourishing and shine-boosting mask, as it really makes a difference to the finished look."

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Perfect for those who colour their hair, this helps reduce signs of damage — like frazzled hair texture and split ends — and deeply nourishes your hair’s cuticles.

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Method 2: Sock curls

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This uses a similar “twist” method to the dressing gown tie hack, but you need two socks instead of a tie.

Split your damp hair into four sections (two on each side). Use one long sock, not ankle-length, and put it at the top of your head on one side of your head. Grab the first front section of your hair and twist it round the sock, and then grab the back section of your hair and twist it round the sock in the other direction. Repeat the process on the other side of the head, using another long sock.

Influencer verdict: The majority say the method is simple and effective. One user recommends leaving the ends straight to avoid the hair looking beachy instead of overly done.

Method 3: T-shirt waves

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Use any old t-shirt you have lying around for this hack. You also need kirby grips.

Twist the t-shirt around tightly so it makes a twisted snake-like shape. Bring both ends together so that you make a doughnut, and tie them with a band. Take one half of your hair and brush it forward over your head. Put the doughnut (also called a halo) and grab a thick section of the hair you just brushed forward, and wrap it around the doughnut. Repeat with two more sections of your hair, until all of that hair on the first side of your head has been wrapped. Secure each section in place with a kirby grip, before moving onto the other half of your head, repeating the same process.

Influencer verdict: Slightly more hassle than the previous two methods, but gives more of a large wave than ringlet curls, so great for those looking for a blow-dry effect.

Method 4: French braid curls

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This style is great because you can wear your hair in the braids for the day, then unravel the next morning for a completely different curly style.

You do need to learn to do a French braid to master this look, but it’s simpler than you might think. To start, part your hair as you would normally wear it and work on the front left (or right) section first. Take a medium-sized section of hair and split it into three, before doing one criss-cross plait. Grab another section of hair behind the first one and add those three new sections to the existing ones you have. Repeat until you reach the end of your hair, then do the same for the other side of your head.

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Wear for a day or night, before unravelling to pretty curls. It sounds confusing but watch the video a couple of times, and with practise, you’ll master it.

Influencer verdict : Fiddly for those without much braiding experience, but once you get the hang of it, it’s quick to do. Plus, you get two looks out of this hack.

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