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Heated styling tools rank just behind chemicals as the leading cause of hair damage. But if your hair is tightly coiled or curled, and you want to loosen them up with sexy waves, you might think heat is the only route. Not so! You can kick the hot curlers to the curb by using old-school, pre-flat-iron-era rollers to loosen and smooth your strands. Scorch your tresses? Not on your life. Dare to go heat-free and save your sizzle for your LBD.
Apply a heavy-duty styling gel or lotion to your hair. The thicker it is, the better it will weigh down your natural kink and relax your curls. For best results, apply it to clean, wet hair. Your locks will dry au natural in the rollers, and your curls will last forever.
Use a wide-tooth comb and work the styling gel from your roots to the ends of your hair.
Section your hair with the comb. Slice off parts that match the size of the rollers to eliminate hair overhang on the roller. For big bounce and to loosen your tight curls, use larger rollers. Smaller rollers will yield tighter curls.
Take one sectioned piece of hair and lift it up from your head. Grab a roller and place it at the end of your sectioned piece. Wind the roller under and downward to grab the hair in the roller. Apply a bobby pin to the roller when it is seated on your scalp.
Repeat the process with another section and another roller until all of your hair is set.
Cover your hair with a silk scarf or hair bonnet when you tuck in for the night to make your curls last longer and to prevent your rolled hair from getting matted on your pillow.
Remove the curlers only when every inch of your hair is dry. Rake the loose curls with your fingers for a sultry, piecey look, or smooth it straight with a natural bristle brush.
Apply a medium holding spray to stick your strands in place.
Your curly hair is set in big, smooth curls, which should last you through the week.