young lady with hair in a wrap around braid

It’s important for ladies with textured hair to watch the amount of heat that they apply to it. Too much ironing and blow drying can strip your hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry and unattractive to say the least. But you don’t have to sacrifice style to be all natural. Here are some great no-heat styling methods for wavy hair that will enhance your waves.

1. Overnight Braids

Braiding your hair will give you crimped looking waves that have a “I just got back from the beach” look. It’s incredibly simple and effortless. All you need are rubber bands and your favorite product.

  • Wash and condition your hair before braiding.
  • Apply a lightweight mousse that won’t weigh down your waves.
  • Braid your hair when it is about 80% dry.
  • Grab pieces of hair in 1 inch segments (the smaller the segments, the thinner your waves).
  • Braid each piece, securing it with a small hair tie.
  • Sleep on it and release the hair ties when you wake up.
  • Ruffle your hair and spritz it with water to reactivate the mousse.

If you don’t know how to braid hair, here’s a video tutorial by Expert Village on how to do a fishtail braid.

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young lady showing her sock bun curls

2. Sock Bun Technique

This particular method of styling is all the rage for some wavies. It’s incredibly easy and it yields curly spirals that look like they took hours of effort.

  • Take a stretchy dress sock and cut off the tip where your toes would go.
  • Roll the sock to make a “sock donut.”
  • Pull your hair up into a pony tail on top of your head (it’s very important that it sits at the top of your head).
  • Spray your ponytail with water so that it’s damp.
  • Pull your hair through the sock donut and roll your hair over the donut so that you create a bun.
  • Sleep on it and when you wake up, remove the sock from your hair.
  • Ruffle your curls and apply a strong hold hair spray.

Credit for the sock bun goes to Loepsie on YouTube. You can watch her video here!

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lady in profile with mini buns in her hair

3. Mini Buns Technique

Here’s another awesome no-heat styling method that utilizes the power of molding. Lucky for wavies, our hair molds easily into whatever shapes we want. Here’s how you can get tousled waves using hair spray and bobby pins.

  • Wash and condition your hair as normal.
  • Spray your hair with a styling agent such as Jessicurl Gelebration Spray.
  • Segment your hair into about 6 segments. The smaller the segment, the more waves and curls your hair will have.
  • Twist each piece of hair into mini buns and secure with bobby pins.
  • After about 30 minutes, release the mini buns for beautiful waves!

For images on how to do this styling method, visit Alma’s blog, Honey Lushy.

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lady with blonde hair up in a side bun

4. Tried and True Wavy Bun

Several wavies, including myself, have found this to be their go-to styling method when in a bind. It’s easy, effective and it takes no time at all. If you’re in a rush and don’t have time to style your hair, this is the perfect method for you. All you need is a hair tie, water and your favorite product.

  • Apply your favorite product to your damp hair.
  • On your way out of the house, twist your hair up into a bun at the top of your head and secure it with a hair tie.
  • Once you get to work or school, release the hair tie and let your waves fall.
  • Tousle your hair with your fingers and you’re done!
  • Optional: smooth serum over your hair once it’s completely dry to prevent frizz.

It’s important that your hair is damp for this method. Your damp hair will mold into the shape of the bun so that by the time you get to work or school, they will have dried into awesome waves.

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