Curl Your Hair Without A Hair Curler

Curling your hair can easily jazz up a boring hairstyle into a glam look like Son Ye Jin’s in Crash Landing On You. If your hair is usually flat and lifeless, up your hair game now by experimenting with ways to curl your hair at home, so you can debut your new hairdo at your next 5-friends-only meetup.

While using a hair curler is a quick way to achieve your desired look, the device can be difficult to use and damaging to your hair. Do your hair a favour by skipping the hot iron and going for these 5 creative curling alternatives instead.

1. For voluminous curls using a headband

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For those with little patience and skills to braid your hair, you can still get luscious curls with this headband curling technique.

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Step 1: Dampen your locks using a hair mist. In order to curl your hair without heat, having your hair damp helps the waves to form quickly. A hair mist also instantly hydrates and nourishes your hair before it gets twisted and pulled into a tight updo for the curls.

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Step 2: Put on a headband. Take a portion of hair and twist it. 

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Step 3: Wrap the twisted hair around your headband, portion by portion. 

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Step 4: Spritz more of the hair mist over the updo to set your hair. 

Step 5: Once your hair is dry, remove the headband to reveal your voluminous curls.

2. For cascading waves using socks

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If these neat, cascading waves catch your eye, try this simple hair curling hack using an unconventional household itemsocks.

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Step 1: Apply a lightweight hair serum on the ends to nourish your hair before you twist it up. This helps to lock in moisture for softer and smoother locks once you’re done.

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Step 2: Divide your hair into 4 sections. Use a claw clip to attach a sock to a section of your hair. The sock should be almost the same length as your hair.

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Step 3: From each side of the sock, take a section of hair and wrap around the sock in a criss-cross pattern. Secure the braid at the bottom with a hair tie. Repeat on the rest of your hair. 

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Step 4: Leave the sock braids overnight, or for a few hours until your hair feels dry. Pull out the sock from the bottom for instant waves.

3. For salon-level curls using a hairdryer

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Simulate a professional salon curl with this simple hack in the comfort of your own home.

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Step 1: Air-dry or towel-dry your hair such that your roots are completely dry while the rest of your hair is about 90% dry. Rub a hair oil into the ends of your hair to seal hair cuticles, lock in moisture and, most importantly, protect your hair from the blow-dryer heat later on.

Step 2: Clip up the top ⅔ of your hair, leaving the hair below your ear exposed. 

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Step 3: Twist the unclipped part of your hair with the hairbrush as you make your way down, while the hairdryer follows behind closely.

Step 4: Once you reach the end of your hair, use your hands to slightly separate the curl for extra fluff and volume in each curl.

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Step 5: Repeat steps 3 to 4 for the rest of your hair, taking out layers of your hair from the clip as you go along. 

4. For effortlessly tousled locks using a sock bun

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Whether you’re a side, back or stomach sleeper, this overnight hair curling hack will give you textured curls in the morning so you can confidently claim that “I woke up like this”.

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Step 1: Take a long sock and cut the tip where your toes usually touch. Roll the sock up into a doughnut shape.

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Step 2: Wash and towel-dry your hair. Immediately after, use a hair oil on the ends of your hair while avoiding the roots. This helps to prevent your hair from drying out by sealing cuticles and keeping the moisture in.

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Step 3: When your hair is 70% dry, tie your hair up into a high ponytail. String the sock doughnut through your ponytail and have it rest right where the hair tie is. Section your ponytail into 2 parts if you have long hair, or 3 if your hair is on the shorter side.

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Step 4: Take one section of your ponytail and wrap it around the sock doughnut.

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Step 5: Repeat for the other sections of hair to form a bun. Leave the bun on overnight. In the morning, slowly unravel the bun to reveal your curls.

5. For 10-minute curled ends using a plastic bottle and hairdryer

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Save time and effort with this plastic bottle and hairdryer hack for immediate curled ends.

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Step 1: Cut a plastic bottle into half. Using the bottom half, cut out an opening on the side as big as the nozzle of your hairdryer.

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Step 2: Spritz a hair mist to moisturise and protect hair from heat damage before blow-drying.


Step 3: Take a section of your hair and insert it into the bottle from the top.


Step 4: Fix the hairdryer into the opening at the side and start blow-drying.

Step 5: Remove your hair from the bottle and voila! Curled ends achieved instantly.

Moist Diane Outbath Treatment

Before you get down to trying these techniques, you need to have a solid foundation for your hairstyle. In hot and humid Singapore, the key to attaining perfect curls is keeping your hair healthy and moisturised. This makes it more manageable, allowing you to style it in any way you desire when you curl your hair.  

moist diane outhbath treatmentMoist Diane’s Outbath treatment series (from left to right):
11-in-1 Perfect Mist, Perfect Oil and Perfect Moist Essence

Moist Diane’s Outbath Treatments are perfect for the busy millennial with little time for painstakingly long haircare routines. All you have to do is to gently apply the leave-in products on your hair and leave them to work their magic. Moist Diane’s Outbath products come in 3 different consistencies, from a lightweight mist and cream to a thick oil, to cater to various hair types.

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Being under the sun or in an air-conditioned space can both be harmful to your hair. Moist Diane’s Perfect Moist Essence is a leave-in serum that works to nourish and protect your hair from the damaging effects of your environment throughout the day.

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The Perfect Moist Essence lives up to its name with its cream-to-water texture. Rub the cream between your palms till it dissolves into water droplets before applying it to your mane. If you struggle with dry and frizzy hair, but are not into thick creams that weigh you down, this lightweight, non-greasy serum helps you nourish your hair without the usual stickiness.

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For those with damaged or coarse hair, Moist Diane’s Perfect Oil deeply penetrates the hair surface to give it much-needed moisture and repair your strands from the inside out. Avoid the roots and apply it to damaged ends to revive your locks and give a soft, shiny finish.

11-in-1 perfect mist

If you’re the kind of girl who would readily switch out a 10-step skincare routine for a shorter process, Moist Diane’s 11-in-1 Perfect Mist is for you. It absorbs quickly into your hair, making it a convenient spray-on treatment that ensures you don’t need to get your hands greasy. 

The multipurpose mist condenses 11 benefits into 1 solution to combat common hair concerns like dryness and frizz, as well as provide heat and UV protection. The best part is, it is suitable for all hair types

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No matter your hair type or hair concern, Moist Diane’s Outbath Treatment products work to nourish and protect your hair, so you can focus on twisting and turning your locks to get the perfect curls for any occasion. 

You can purchase the Outbath series from Moist Diane’s Official Shopee store. The products are also available at Watsons, Fairprice and on Moist Diane’s Official Lazada store.

Find out more about Moist Diane’s Outbath Treatment products!

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Photography by Pichan Dela Cruz Christian.