Like most people, we have a love-hate relationship with heat styling. We know it’s terrible for our hair, yet we need it to achieve our desired styling look like perfectly messy waves or sleek and straight strands. In an effort to cut back on the damage, we decided to put down our curling wand and straightening iron and look for a few heat-free styling options. What we found: seven no-heat hairstyles that got us through the week.
Heat-Free Style #1: Natural Locks
This light and breezy hairstyle takes little-to-no time to put together. It also requires allowing your hair to dry sans blow-dryer. For flawless, natural hair, it’s important to apply a hadrying, smoothing solution while your hair is still damp. We love the Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Leave-In Conditioner. This will keep frizz at bay and enhance your natural texture with added shine.
Heat-Free Style #2: Ballerina Babe
The sleek updo will take you from work to dinner and drinks without a single hair coming out of place. It takes under a minute to assemble. You just have to spritz some hairspray on the bun when it’s finished and you’re good to go.
Heat-Free Style #3: Chic Chignon
If you want a slightly more polished, no-heat hairstyle, you can try a chic chignon. To make the bun perfectly imperfect, just tease, wrap and pin, and you’re ready to go. This look can work for everything from a dinner date to a garden wedding.
Heat-Free Style #4: French Braid
Another great option: a tried-and-true French braid. To up the volume, add a little texturizing powder or spray, like the Garnier De-Constructed Texture Tease, to your hair prior to braiding. After you finish your braid, pull at the crown of your hair to loosen the style and remove a few strands in the front to give it a messy-but-chic look.
Heat-Free Style #5: Fishtail Braid
If you’re tired of the classic French braid, a fishtail braid might suit you better. It’s easy to do — it only takes about five steps to complete — and looks great on natural, air-dried hair.
Heat-Free Style #6: Plush Pony
Want to upgrade that basic ponytail? This quick and easy trick delivers a fuller, longer pony that will have heads turning all day long. Best of all? It looks great on second- and third-day hair.
Heat-Free Style #7: Half-Up Half-Down
We love the simple-yet-sassy half-up half-down ’do. Just pull two sections of hair from the front of your head and twist them back and secure them with bobby pins or a hairband. For some added fun, you can use a decked-out hair clip.