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Easy Ways for No Heat Curls

The versatility of having curly hair is one of the most loved things about it, so it would be naive of us to think that curly people do not pick up a hot styling tool to give themselves a new look from time to time. We also know that too much heat can be damaging for any hair type, especially curls, so we’ve gathered some alternative, no heat ways for you to get similar results to a curling iron overnight! These alternative ways will help you be kinder to your curls, reduce damage, and minimize breakage that can be caused by using excessive heat from a curling iron. 

Flexi Rod Set

Flexi rod sets work on an array of hair textures and types and can be used on both short and long hair. Working with small to medium-sized flexi rods will give you small to medium-sized curls and the amount of flexi rods you would need depends on your hair density and length. We recommend buying more flexi rods than you think you would use because nothing would be more annoying than running out of rods in the middle of doing your hair.

Step 1: Start off with your hair freshly washed and conditioned and gather your supplies. You’re going to want some hair clips, a comb to detangle and help part your hair with, a spray bottle filled with water and One Condition, and your styling products. We recommend one of our cream based stylers; SuperCream, Styling Cream, or Super Stretch to provide definition and hold without a crunchy feeling.

Step 2: Start at the back of your head and work your way forward. Apply your cream based styler to the section of hair you’re working on from root to tip and make sure it’s evenly distributed.

Step 3: Grab your flexi rod, place it at the end of your sectioned hair, while pulling the hair tight (but not too tight) roll the rod up towards your root. Secure the rod in place by bending both ends.

Step 4: Dry! Put on your favorite bonnet or satin scarf after you’ve let your hair air-dry for a few and go to sleep. When you wake up unravel one of the flexi rods to make sure your hair is dry. If it is, take your flexi rod set out, spray some High Shine on your hands and gently separate your curls and fluff to your liking. You can also use some Flexible Hold Hairspray to set the look.

Here’s a tip: If your hair is still not dry, sit under a dryer. If you don’t have one, use your diffuser on low speed and heat to finish up the drying process.

Watch this video below to see a flexi-rod set come to life!


Twist-outs are great for people with tighter curl textures. Not only are they easy to do with some practice, but the hair can either be left in the two-strand twists or taken out, and you’ll get more definition than what you may typically see.

Step 1: Start off with your hair freshly washed and conditioned and gather your supplies. You’re going to want some hair clips and a comb to detangle and help part your hair with. We also recommend using a spray bottle filled with water and One Condition to re-wet as you go. You’re going to want to make sure you have Leave-In Decadence and whichever one of our cream based stylers you choose.

Step 2: Split your hair into sections and then clip or tie them off so it’s easier for you to work as you go while keeping everything tidy.

Step 3: Work your way from the back of your head towards the front and re-wet the sections as you go. After re-wetting, apply Leave-In Decadence first, then your cream based styler, and make sure the section of hair is detangled and the products are evenly distributed.

Step 4: Twist! Separate the section of hair you’re working on into two strands, stretch the hair out and as you’re stretching twist the hair over and under each other until you get to the end. Seal your ends by applying a little more cream and finger coiling it so it’s defined and curled.

Step 5: Let your hair air-dry for a little bit and wrap your hair in a satin scarf or bonnet to sleep in. When you wake up spray some High Shine into your hands and gently untwist each section from the bottom up. Use a hair pick to give yourself some volume at your roots.

Check out this awesome video to see a twist-out in action!

Finger Coiling

This might be one of the most time-consuming methods to use for heatless curls, but it can be used for all different hair types, textures, and lengths. Finger coiling is going to provide you with amazing definition and encourage curl formation, and although it may be time-consuming it’s probably the easiest to prep for.

Step 1: Apply your favorite DevaCurl products onto your soaking wet hair like you normally would and we always recommend applying either Light Defining Gel, Ultra Defining Gel, or Arc Angel Gel last to help lock in moisture, fight frizz, and promote definition.

Step 2: Grab your favorite wide tooth comb or styling hairbrush to make sure the products are evenly distributed.

Step 3: Wrap small sections of your hair around your index finger from tip to root. Once you get to the root gently unravel the fingercoiled piece, let it fall, and gently scrunch. You can also use your brush for this instead of your fingers with the same techniques.

Step 4: Once you’ve finished finger coiling all of your hair you can either let it air-dry or use your diffuser on low speed and heat. Wrap your curls up in a stain scarf or bonnet to sleep in, when you wake up, spray some High Shine in your hands to gently separate your curl clumps and style your curls to your liking.

Let us know what heatless curl method you’re going to try out below!


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