How to Make Your Hair Curly by Putting it in a Bun

Get gorgeous curls in your hair like Sarah Michelle Gellar, with no heat damage.

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Curly hair can be beautiful and romantic, but heat damage on hair is anything but. Curling irons, hot rollers and flat irons can get you that gorgeous curly look you're after, but not without a price. Heat styling tools can cause serious dryness and damage to your pretty hair, but there are other ways to get the same style. Make your hair curly with just a few hair styling products.


Brush your hair through to smooth it out. For this heat damage-free curly style, you can start with dry or wet hair, but you will get the most volume and curl by starting on hair that's at least damp.


Flip your head upside down and spritz some volumizing spray over the roots area all around your head. Scrunch gently with your fingertips as you do, to make sure the product gets all the way in around your roots.


Squeeze a dollop of mousse into one hand -- you can flip your head right side up again now -- and blend it in between your palms. Apply it to your hair, starting at the roots and working down to the ends. The mousse is going to help create definition and get you that big, bouncy curl you're after while your hair forms in the bun shape.


Pull your hair up together on top of your head slightly towards the back, as though you were going to put it in a high ponytail. Twist the hair at the base -- turning it in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction doesn't matter -- and as you keep twisting the hair, start to press it against the crown area of your head, twisting it around itself into a bun shape. Secure it in place with a hair elastic. A soft scrunchie works best, so you don't end up with creases and bumps in your finished style.


Let your hair dry -- whether it was damp when you started or slightly damp from the mousse -- and give it a couple hours extra on top of that if you can, to get the most curl. Let your hair down, tousle it softly with your fingers and spritz with a bit of hairspray to set those lovely curls.

Tips & Tricks


You can use a curling iron or flat iron to add definition to a few curls around your head. Just keep the tool on a low heat setting and spray hair with a heat protectant spray first to protect it.

Don't secure the bun low on your head; even with shorter hair this won't give you the volume and curl that you're looking for.


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