Sometimes it’s just too hot. Too hot to go out, too hot to put on makeup and too hot to comb your hair. Unfortunately, there are many instances where we need to find a way to beat the heat to prep and style our manes for work, an event, or just because. If the idea of holding a flat iron close to your head sounds like torture, don’t worry! Here are the five best heatless hair tools. No heat is needed for these wet styling tools.
1. Kitschy Satin Heatless Curling Kit: $16
Let’s start with a heatless hair tool that we’ve all seen, but might not know which brand to buy. Yes, this is a heatless curling headband similar to the one we all looked at after seeing Cassie’s 4am routine. Euphoria. Now, it might not be the one used in the show, but it’s one of the more affordable builds that also enjoys fantastic user reviews.
The Kitsch Satin Heatless Curling Set will create beautiful, bouncy curls without the heat or damage caused by hot tools. The satin material also helps reduce frizz and brittleness during styling. Worn day or night, this easy to use wet setting tool will also create longer lasting curls and waves. In fact, wet-to-dry styles can last up to five times longer than your typical iron-on job on dry hair.
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2. Cotton Poplin Octocurl: $29.99
The Octocurl headband gets its name from the fact that it literally looks like an octopus. Similar to the heatless hair tool fashion above, the Cotton Poplin Octocurl is better for those with thicker hair or hair that takes a long time to dry. Its 16 roll-up bands allow more space between curls and more definition. Additionally, Octocurl offers a variety of material and length choices. The cotton poplin set is the most popular and is considered the “in-between material” due to its incredible absorbency and ability to always smooth and defrizz.
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3. Waveformers Ripple Flair Styling Kit: $33.57
Wave trainers and curl trainers have been around for a minute, but this Ripple Flair set is one of the most popular. A wave like this can be created with a flat iron or a wave iron, but a heatless hair tool option gives us the ability to create a wavy mane without damaging it. The Ripple Flair Styling Kit comes with 40 Ripple Flair Waveformers, two styling hooks and is designed to be used on approximately 50% dry hair. For best results, cut your hair with a zigzag parting to create a more natural, seamless look.
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4. Flexible Curling Rods by XNICX: $12.30
Flexible curling rods, or flex rods, have been a mainstay in the wet tool world for over a decade. Now that their availability is more widespread beyond beauty supply stores and schools, flex rod sets are growing in popularity.
Like other heat-free methods, the hair is wrapped around the rod and then secured with a clip or rubber band, or by bending the ultra-flexible rod in half or into a pretzel shape. The biggest complaint about flex rods is that after a few too many bends, the wire inside will break. On the bright side, this affordable set comes with 47 pieces in case you lose or break a few.
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5. Sienna Naturals Classic Silk Scarf: $45
A silk scarf might not seem like the heatless styling tool you’ve been missing, but it really is. A high-quality satin or silk scarf will protect your hairstyle without heat at night, and it can actually help create one. Braiding a silk scarf through long hair, or wrapping your lengths around it like the curling headband, will also create flowing, angelic curls overnight or throughout the day. The luxury silk scarf from Sienna Naturals is a must-have not only for its large size and premium quality, but the Celebration design was also designed by a local black artist from Los Angeles. The Celebration pattern pays homage to the beautiful versatility of textured hair and how its shapes and styles are reflected in nature.