Gorgeous Soft Waves with No Heat

Hello Beautiful!~

Here’s an easy hair trick I’ve been using for years. This simple hair trick requires no heat or products, but is a great way to enhance your curls/waves and eliminate frizz. Scroll down to see instructions and tips on how it can even work for straight hair! Good luck~

For wavy/curly hair: This trick works best on slightly wavy to curly hair to enhance the waves. I didn’t use any products before or after in the pictures above, but using a little curling cream before or hairspray after will help hold the curls too. Remember, that the key to this trick is allowing your hair to finish drying in the twists.

For straight hair: If you have straight hair and want waves/curls, twist as pictured and clips the ends togerther in front of you. You should look like you’re wearing your hair as a necklace. Still not working? Click over to my other Beachy Waves with No Heat Tutorial. This one works WONDERS;)

In a hurry?: Dry your hair with a dryer a bit before twisting. This will cut down the dry time and maximize your curls! I sometimes let my hair air dry and when my hair is just slightly damp… that’s when I’ll start twisting. The key to this hair trick is allowing your hair to finish drying in the twists.

Happy Twisting Everyone!

ps… if you’re interested in the Sock Bun, check out my 3 part series!
Sock Donut | Perfect Sock Bun |   Messy Sock Bun!

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  1. March 2, 2016 / 11:28 am

    this is a fabalicious website!!so glad i found out about it!!do you know how to get hair to stay completely straight for longer??because, my hair is naturally like this, and i can never get it straight, with a hair traightner iron, it only stays in for a few hours:(……..pls help:))

  2. Teresa Person
    February 11, 2016 / 6:16 pm

    I’m trying it right now

    • February 11, 2016 / 7:29 pm

      Good luck! I hope you’ll share your photos with me on Facebook or Instagram! 🙂 Let me know if you have any questions!

  3. jeena
    September 12, 2015 / 9:03 pm

    I have thick hair that stays curled when I French twist it, but it always weird on the left side. I think it will work if I do this. I always French twist mine drink, BTW, so I’ll Try this with dry hair too.

  4. Jazz
    April 19, 2015 / 8:06 pm

    Will bobby pins also work.

  5. December 20, 2014 / 8:04 pm

    Hey, Really Lovely and Coolest Twist Hair Look. Thanks

  6. Leigh
    June 17, 2014 / 1:36 pm

    It didn’t work for me. Maybe it’s because I have thicker hair, but still really disappointing. I probably will still try it again 😉

    • Emily
      July 26, 2015 / 10:59 pm

      If you have thicker hair, it might help if you divide your hair into 3-4 sections instead of 2.

  7. Maggie
    February 13, 2014 / 9:59 pm

    What do you do if it finishes drying right before you go to bed? How do you manage it overnight so that it looks nice in the morning?

  8. Meow
    January 19, 2014 / 2:49 am

    I just tried this but it didn’t work. 🙁 Any idea how I can make it work? My hair is just a little longer than shoulder length and all similar methods that I’ve tried didn’t work either… My hair is still super straight and flat.

  9. December 26, 2013 / 8:47 pm

    will this method work with hair already dry? Or should I just spray my hair lightly with a water bottle to dampen it?

    • December 28, 2013 / 3:46 am

      You’ll have to dampen your hair. Won’t work on dry hair. Good luck and thanks so much for visiting!

  10. preslie
    October 20, 2013 / 4:27 pm

    If you have naturally curly hair and want big waves do big pieces and loose twists!

  11. Katrina Vuong
    October 3, 2013 / 12:41 am

    How do curl the top part when you have super straight hair and have it stay?

  12. NellyM23
    September 18, 2013 / 5:23 pm

    does this work on african american hair ? P.S.- I get texturizers but my hair is still slightly wavy when I wash it

  13. Erin
    August 17, 2013 / 7:41 pm

    Found this earlier today and immediately tried it out. This actually worked on my super fine straight hair!!! My hair is rarely able to hold a curl, but using this method, it’s still lovely and wavy 7 hours later. Thank you!!!

    • August 21, 2013 / 12:58 am

      Glad it worked out! thanks so much for visiting and for commenting on your results. I hope you’ll visit again and try my other tutorials! xo

  14. Katy
    August 7, 2013 / 10:12 am

    How do YOU get it to stay after you’ve twisted your hair?

    • August 8, 2013 / 9:25 pm

      I sit there and keep twirling. If your hair won’t stay twisted/twirled… try my other no heat waves tutorial! Let me know how it turns out and good luck!

  15. August 6, 2013 / 1:43 pm

    I know another way to get wavy hair.
    1. Dampen your hair. (Make sure it’s not too wet.)
    2. Twist the front section of your hair on both sides.
    3. Keeping the twists pretty tight, get the all of your hair (including the twisted parts) and twist it into a low bun.
    4. Leave the bun in overnight.
    Sorry if I didn’t explain it very well but it’s quite hard to find the right words for something like this.

  16. July 28, 2013 / 3:30 pm

    I LOVE THIS! My hair is always straight, limp, and boring… I wish I would’ve seen this first because I think I tried 1,000 things before I finally found something that worked for me. I’m still going to try this though! If you’re interested in trying out what worked for me you can get the instructions here http://www.weartostandout.com/blog/how-to-get-perfect-wavy-hair and tell me what you think! xoxo, WearToStandOut

    • November 26, 2014 / 8:59 pm

      got it ! makes sense

  17. July 19, 2013 / 2:19 pm

    Why didn’t this work for me? I kind of got a tiny bit of wave but it wasn’t good looking or anything like yours. I have thick hair that is about 3 inches below my shoulder. I have a natural wave….HELP?

    • July 19, 2013 / 6:40 pm

      How wet was your hair when you started twisting?! Did it feel completely dry when you let it down in the morning? Lets figure it out so it’ll work for you too!

  18. July 3, 2013 / 7:00 pm

    This is a great technique, but doesn’t twisting hair when it’s wet cause frizz and split ends?

    • July 8, 2013 / 9:04 pm

      I haven’t experience breakage or drizzling. Twisting the hair actually keeps my hair from fizzing up! Hope this works for you. Good luck!

  19. Katelyn mill
    June 23, 2013 / 12:53 am

    My hair is DEAD STRAIGHT with not a curl in it… and I have just discovered this blog.. I’m going to try this right now because nothing really works.. FINGERS CROSSED!!

  20. Jade
    June 18, 2013 / 5:57 pm

    Question, does it work with leave-in conditioner in your hair, or should I not apply it?

  21. Eanna
    March 21, 2013 / 12:12 am

    I just discovered your blog and wow. subscribed. I’m impressed with every post i’ve read so far. great job 🙂

    • March 21, 2013 / 12:22 am

      Thank you so much for your kind comment. Hope you’ll visit often!

  22. Maria
    March 1, 2013 / 2:07 pm

    I have long, thick curly/wavy hair that usually takes me a couple of hours to straighten. I would love to be able to use your tips, but my hair doesn’t stay in the twists even with clips at the end. Is it just my hair or am I doing something wrong?

  23. February 19, 2013 / 11:18 pm

    I’m glad someone else uses this method! I’ve been doing it for several years now because my hair has a medium wave/curl but if I let it dry on it’s own it looks a little crazy. I love this because it leaves my hair fairly curly and the second day it has nice waves. People never believe me when I tell them I don’t use heat or product to get it to curl!

  24. Thania
    February 12, 2013 / 11:18 pm

    oh wow i tried your method last night and my hair looks so healthy! only problem is that I do get frizz, and it doesnt work as well on one side of my hair because for some reason that side is more damaged. really love this tip though and will use it again x

  25. Taylre
    February 11, 2013 / 11:40 pm

    I have been using a sort of alternate version of this, because I like to sleep in it and because when I twist my stick straight hair and let go of it, it just unfurls, even when soaking wet. So, I let my hair dry almost all the way and spritz it with setting spray (or if it´s already dry I spritz it with water and setting spray). Then I part it down the middle and put one side in a pig tail. I start at the top of the side that´s down and twist it, add more as I work my way back down my head, from like my temples at the top to a bit below ear level in the back, occasionally twisting individual pieces, and then I twist the rest and pin it to that side of my head. I do the same on the other side and then cross the twisted ends, with the right ends ending up above the top of the twist on my left and vice versa, and then clip them in with a hair clip (because they’re much easier to sleep on and hold better than bobby pins). Then I sleep on it, let it out in the morning when it’s dry, and leave it if I want soft waves or scrunch it with some more setting spray if I want scrunched ones (because otherwise my hair doesn’t do this so called ΅scrunching” thing that magazines tell straight haired girls to do all by itself). I’m trying to grow my hair out to waist length, and right now it´s only below the shoulders, so I plan to just wrap and clip the twists around my head when it’s longer. This would also probably work better for people with hair just above the shoulders too than a lot of waving methods.

  26. Josie
    January 13, 2013 / 10:36 pm

    Do you use a hair tie?

  27. January 5, 2013 / 11:38 pm

    Great trick, thanks for sharing. 🙂

  28. January 4, 2013 / 9:32 am

    Thank you so much for this idea! I have stick straight hair that normally refuses to hold any wave and this actually worked! I just used some Tousle Me Softly mousse and blow dried the twists a bit and it stayed all day. 🙂

  29. Karuna Rahman
    January 4, 2013 / 2:07 am

    omg THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! ur trick works so well !! i just tried it like right now and it looks so beautiful!! i don using curling cream or any curling styler and stuff!! thank you so so sooo much!! it gives my straight hair more volume and… you know beauty !!! thanks ALOT!!! 😉 🙂

  30. Rae
    December 6, 2012 / 8:43 pm

    What do you do with your bangs when you style them like this? My bangs are very long, bass my chin and no matter what I do with them, they always look bad

  31. Serena
    December 5, 2012 / 6:16 pm

    I tried this trick and it worked wonderfully! The waves are so natural and pretty and it even lasted the nextvday after sleeping on it! I sprayed the hair with curl gel spray while it was wet before twisting and pinned the twists with a clip while it dried. Thanks so much for the tip and ill def come back and read more of the blog!

  32. Jamie
    November 25, 2012 / 2:20 pm

    I just tried this and it looks great! I have a side part so one twist was larger than the other and a couple strands didn’t get as curled as the others but it’s really not an issue. These curls look so good and I’m glad my friend showed me this on Pinterest. Thanks for the great tutorial! I don’t know why I never thought of this.

  33. Alyssa
    November 14, 2012 / 5:03 am

    Does this work if you dont have really long hair. I want to try this but I’s afraid it wont work since my hair isnt that long.(its a few inches past my shoulders.)

    • November 17, 2012 / 2:07 am

      This works best on longer hair, but you could try the twists and try to make them stay by using some clips (1 clip per twist). Hope this helps.

  34. Jamie
    November 8, 2012 / 10:45 pm

    Can you recommend the best curl cream? Have you tried Moraccanoil Intense Curl Cream or Alfaparf S4U Twist’R Curl Amplifier?

    • November 14, 2012 / 3:00 pm

      You know, I haven’t tried the curling creams you mentioned… but I’ve used Kinky Waves by Not Your Mother’s and I’m happy with it. But then again, not sure what type of hair and how intense your curls are. Are you just looking for a leave in, or a curling styling product? Also, how curling and thick/thin is your hair?

      • Jamie
        November 14, 2012 / 7:47 pm

        Thank you for the product recommendation! My hair is very thick with strong waves that are more frizzy than curly. I currently have short bob hairstyle that is about jawline length. In order to achieve the desired look, my stylist had to cut my hair in layers underneath. The top layer is one length.

  35. Caitlin
    November 8, 2012 / 8:17 pm

    I’m not going to lie. I’m a newb here. I only started reading a couple days ago, but I’ve been using your tricks for months now! (: That’s why my nails and hair looks amazing (; Anyways, I did this today… It was interesting experience. At first, my hair looked super bouncy, but then it died down to soft curls. I go outside, and it’s windy ): Now I have really bad boho waves. Any advice for windy days? Thanks <3

    • November 9, 2012 / 1:30 am

      Windy days always result in a messy hair day for me! No amount of styling products can really fight off a windy day 🙁 … Sometimes what I’ll do is take a scarf with me and wrap it around my neck and not pull my hair out from under the scarf. That way, the wind isn’t able to make it too messy. When I get indoors, I’ll take off the scarf and my hair is usually okay. Hope this helps. Carrying a small comb as a ‘just in case’ is not a bad idea too.

  36. hannah
    November 5, 2012 / 1:48 pm

    i was just wondering if after you twist your hair do u have to tie it with a ponytail?? or just keep curling it with your hand??

  37. Kathrine
    November 2, 2012 / 6:37 pm

    I have really thick hair, what’s the best way this will work??? Should I twist my hair and try to make it stay that way till it dries???

    • November 4, 2012 / 3:16 pm

      Yup.! Or try letting it dry a little (air dry or blow dry) and then start twisting. This will save some time! Good luck!

  38. Kayla
    October 7, 2012 / 6:32 pm

    My mom has been yelling at me to stop straightening my hair so much so I’ll try this instead! (:

  39. Brittnay
    July 21, 2012 / 2:57 pm

    Hi, I was wondering if when you twist it, do you have to tie it or anything?

  40. Jessica Ballard
    July 18, 2012 / 8:59 pm

    I’ve been doing this same exact trick for years! However, I’ve only ever done it when it’s back in a low pony. I’ll pull my hair back when it’s wet and twist the tail all morning until it’s dry. It makes a really pretty ponytail. I let it out at the end of the day and then usually sleep with it up at night. The next morning, I can wear it half up and it still looks great. I’ll have to try doing this while it’s down now!

    • July 19, 2012 / 2:59 pm

      Thanks for visiting and sharing! I love my hair on the 2nd day after I curl it, so I totally know what you mean. Thanks again and I hope you’ll visit/comment/gossip with me soon! xo

  41. Kara
    July 11, 2012 / 8:41 am

    Thanks so much for this great tip! I found you through Pinterest. I have naturally curly hair, and I’m hoping this will help tame it a bit.

    • July 11, 2012 / 10:28 am

      Thanks for the comment. So glad you found me:) please try this trick and let me know how it goes. It should work really well if you have wavy hair. Key is to finish drying in the twists. Please visit often and keep me posted~

  42. Ciana
    June 26, 2012 / 8:31 pm

    Hey!!! I originally pinned your tutorial, which you commented on! Just letting you know it has have over 4127 repins!!! Congratulations!!!

    • June 26, 2012 / 11:28 pm

      omg! thanks so much for pinning and making this tutorial so popular! 4127?!?! Amazing~~~ Hope you’ll visit often and gossip with me. 🙂

      • Ciana
        June 29, 2012 / 1:08 am

        Oh my goodness!!! Congratulations !!! I am so excited for your success ! My user name is Ciana Orth!! And I saw that aswell, Love the cute splatter! I will admit that I am fairly bummed that I cant enter your latest giveaway as I am a Canadian resident. I look forward to more of your tutorials !! 🙂

        • June 29, 2012 / 1:14 am

          I found you yesterday and started following. 🙂 I’m glad we’ve connected. Please stay in touch and visit/comment often. I’ll try to make my next giveaway to include Canadians. 😉 Thanks again and have a great weekend. xo

  43. Sydney
    June 13, 2012 / 11:30 pm

    trying this now!

    • June 27, 2012 / 12:17 am

      Good luck! Let me know how it turns out… 🙂

  44. Zirayah
    June 10, 2012 / 7:12 pm

    I’ve tried this many times in many different ways, but my hair is straight and very thin. So no matter what, it either gets way to curly/frizzy and/or stays parted after drying and separating the twisted strands.
    Would welcome any ideas to help with this problem.

    • June 11, 2012 / 2:25 am

      I’ll have a tutorial for you soon. I used to us this trick on my pin straight hair to give it a nice bounce without getting it too curly. 😉 Check back soon!~ xoxo

  45. Lace
    May 27, 2012 / 6:24 pm

    Hi, I have just above the shoulder length hair, with lots of layers, wavy to curly texture. Any tips for helping this work on shorter hair? The twists don’t stay twisted well because of my shorter length and layers. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks!

    • May 28, 2012 / 1:43 am

      Hi! You can twist like I did, then wind up into a bun and clip with a hair claw. If the buns make your hair too curly, twist as shown then the just ‘fold in half’ your twist and clip the ends to your head. In other words, twist as shown then take the ends and pull them up to your head and clip with a hair claw. I do this with my long hair sometimes to make sure the twists stay in twists! Hope this helps! Let me know how it works out! xo

  46. Emily Cima
    March 29, 2012 / 7:23 pm

    I have a slight wave when my hair is wet and if I don’t blow dry it’s not too pretty. I have been trying to find a way to make my hair look good when I don’t feel like the hassle. I will try this (and in fact doing it right now) thanks for the tip. I hope it works

    • March 29, 2012 / 7:31 pm

      Glad to help!~ This will definitely help with the frizz too. 🙂 Just make sure you let the hair dry completely in the twists. You may want to dry your hair a bit before you start to twist. 😉 LMK how it goes!~ xo

  47. Elle
    March 24, 2012 / 4:19 pm

    Great idea. Made my wavy thick hair a perfect curl without too much frizz. Thanks so much for the idea. Can’t wait to try when its hot in the summer and will dry very fast.

  48. Heather
    March 21, 2012 / 5:55 pm

    Thanks so much for tip! Cant believe I never thought of it! Cant wait to try tomorrow!

    • March 21, 2012 / 5:59 pm

      so excited that you like the tip! just remember to start twisting when your hair is just damp and let it dry completely with your hair in the twists! tell me how it goes tomorrow. 😉

  49. deb
    March 20, 2012 / 3:12 pm

    how damp should my hair be??

    • March 20, 2012 / 3:15 pm

      I like to start twisting when my hair is only slightly wet. If you start twisting when your hair is very wet, it will take too long to dry completely. I let my hair air dry before I start twisting… or if I’m pressed for time, I’ll dry with a dryer a bit before I start twisting it. Best if you twist when slightly wet and let it completely dry in the twists!~ 🙂 Hope this helps!

  50. deniseinark
    March 17, 2012 / 5:13 am

    Repinned this from pinterest but just had to tell you thanks. I’ve been doing “no-poo” for about a month now. My hair is in better condition but I’m still tweaking the oil thing. I think this will be a perfect fit for the new routine. I’m nearly solid gray in front of the “headband” area and almost no gray in the back, the back is where I have the most natural wave. I sure wish I could get a wave perm, but I bleach and color (hence the whole worrying about “condition” thing…)

    • March 17, 2012 / 5:49 am

      Thanks so much!~ Glad you found it helpful. Please visit often. 😉

  51. Whitney D
    March 14, 2012 / 6:10 pm

    Saw this on Pinterest and I’m glad. I do this every single morning & it’s so helpful! It’s easy and turns our beautiful. Thanks for posting 🙂

    • March 14, 2012 / 6:11 pm

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. I hope you’ll come visit often!~ xoxo. Be sure to enter my $75 HauteLook Gift Card Giveaway! xoxo

  52. Kelli
    March 12, 2012 / 10:07 pm

    I do this only I use more sections to make more waves and make the curls softer instead of having frizz.

  53. March 5, 2012 / 10:36 pm

    I just say this on Pinterest. I do this with my own hair everyday because it makes my unruly natural waves into nice curls. I didn’t know anyone else did this though!

    • March 5, 2012 / 11:26 pm

      Thanks for visiting and commenting! Please visit often~ 😉

  54. tanya
    March 2, 2012 / 5:44 pm

    I’m trying this right now I did 3 sections on each side! I hope it comes out as cute as yours! Oh and I have naturally curly hair 😀

    • March 2, 2012 / 6:05 pm

      That’s perfect! I usually let my hair air dry a little before I start to twist. I find that it dries faster this way. 🙂 Once it’s dried… do the dramatic hair flip and you should be ready!~
      Let me know how it turns out! xoxo

  55. maria
    February 29, 2012 / 2:39 pm

    for more hold you could try Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe on slightly damp hair before twisting 🙂

    • February 29, 2012 / 2:46 pm

      Agreed! Great suggestion! I did this without any products so Not your mother’s Beach Babe texturizing spray or She’s a Tease hair spray would def help! Xo

  56. Carol
    February 29, 2012 / 12:55 pm

    nooooo waaayyyyy – are you serious?

  57. Linda
    February 29, 2012 / 12:20 pm

    Wow! I should try that. But would it work with naturally straight hair?

    • February 29, 2012 / 1:12 pm

      Works best on slightly wavy to curly hair. Not as effective if you have pin straight hair (unless u get a wave perm like me!)

      Try this… I used to do this when I had straight hair: Twists as I’ve shown, then put roll into buns and clip with a claw. Once hair is dried… Soft curls!

      • Jen
        April 30, 2012 / 6:14 pm

        How do you keep your hair in twists while you wait for your hair to dry? I would like to find a way to do this so I can continue getting ready in the morning while my hair drys. Is there a good way to pin it so it holds the twist?

        • April 30, 2012 / 7:00 pm

          Hi Jen! Thanks for the question. I have good news and bad news.
          Bad news first: If your hair isn’t wavy or curly enough to “hold” the curls while drying… then this trick will probably not work for your hair. The tutorial is really meant to enhance already wavy hair, while eliminating frizz.
          GOOD news: I’m planning a tutorial for straight hair beauties looking for an easy trick to curl their hair with little to low heat! So be sure to follow me via email, facebook and/or twitter!!! xoxo.

        • BETH
          March 6, 2015 / 9:55 am

          I jus tried this on my stick straight hair and I worked like a charm! it should work for you!