No-Heat Vintage Curls

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Hello my dears! Today I'm here to share with you one of my techniques for curling your hair with no heat. These curls gives a very vintage 1920s sort of look which I love. For background, I have a lot of straight fine hair.

What you'll need:
  1. Hair curlers / rollers (not hot rollers)
  2. Texture wax / fiber gum
What you do:
  1. Start out with newly washed hair that has been air dried. I find this curling method works best on newly washed hair as it retains the curls better than say, day-old hair. Your hair should be almost dry, with some dampness left.
  2. You will then take your curlers and place them however you please. I like to roll the curlers framing my face towards the back of my head. Since I have short hair, I find that rolling the hair at the very bottom inwards (towards my neck) makes for a more flattering look.
  3. Leave these curlers in for at least a half hour (longer is better!) Assuming you put them on damp hair, wait for your hair to fully dry.
  4. Once you have waited for a good half hour to an hour, take out your curlers carefully, making sure not to pull your hair (ouch!).
  5. Once you take out the curlers, run your fingers through the curls. I like a more loose and effortless look so I sort of pull the curls apart. I then like to use a texture wax (my favorites are the Schwarzkopf Thrill Fibre Gum or Garnier Fructis Surf Hair which smells AMAZING).
  6. This part can be a bit tricky. If you're unfamiliar with texture waxes, start small. I take a dime size amount, rub it between my fingers, then run it through the curls. The texture wax defines the curls a bit, gives them a light hold (or strong, depending on the wax) without it being stiff, sticky, or crispy. In picture 2 below, I am wearing the texture wax; you can see that it gives definition to my curls.



Now since this hairstyle is no-heat and without any hairspray or strong holding products, it tends to wear down a bit which I actually love. You can see the photo below that within an hour, the curls sort of dropped and become much more tousled and natural. To me, this adds to the beauty and the vintage-inspired style. If you try this look out, please post photos in the comments below!

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Have a beautiful day!


  1. This is such a pretty look, and it's great to see a look for girls with hair on the shorter side x

    1. Thanks Josie! I had a buzz cut about a year and four months ago and have since been growing it out, so you can imagine all the short hair looks I've worked with :)

  2. Your hair looks gorgeous! I have somewhat short/medium length hair that is wavy. It is so refreshing to see other gals with shorter hair doing curly hair style :D

    1. Thanks Nancy! New hairstyles are a MUST for growing hair out. I am definitely planning to do more looks for shorter hair since it usually can be so hard to find!

      I love your awesome beauty/geeky blog <3