Well, I haven't blow dried it or used any styling tools on it in almost a year! I can spend about 20 minutes doing my makeup in the morning but would normally leave only about a minute or two (max) for my hair.
This is a super easy way to prepare my hair after washing it and then just shackle out for the next day.
Total time to prepare this is probably under 5 minutes and all you'll need are some tiny butterfly clips to secure the ends and maybe a roller.
For the waves to set, there should be a little moisture in the hair - either from about 80% air dried hair from the shower or dry hair that has been lightly spritzed with water. The hair shouldn't be dripping wet. Just make sure you allot enough time for it to dry. I wash my hair at night so that it will be dry in the morning.
Step 1:Separate slightly damp hair into 2 fairly equal sections. I wouldn't recommend a straight line down the middle of your head because this is hard to conceal once you've separated the waves. I like to do a random zig zag separation with my fingers. (Avoid any kind of straight line)
Tip: If you have lots of layers around your face or on the top section of your head, you may get better results by parting the hair horizontally (ear to ear). This also gives good volume at the crown.
Step 2:After detangling the hair and applying whatever products you like to use, create a tight two-strand twist. The tighter you make the twist, the more defined the waves would be.
Tip: I like to start each twist near the temple of my head so that the waves start higher up to give a more natural look and added volume near the roots.
Step 3:Continue twisting until you reach either the end of your strands or until the twist starts getting thinner. If you have layers, the twist will start out thick and get thinner at the ends. I prefer to avoid twisting the ends that get thinner because it creates tighter waves and kinks that can look frizzy easier. I usually leave about an inch or two at the end undone.
Tip: If the ends of your hair are straight, you can use a medium sized curler to just tuck the ends under to complete the wave. Don't roll more than about 2 inches of hair because it will coil up.
Step 4:A two-strand twist will unravel unless it is clipped in place. Using a small butterfly clip, pin the end of the twist at the desired tightness to your roots so the hair will dry in the shape of the twist.
Tip: Avoid using hair elastics or clips that will leave an indentation in the hair.
In the morning, take down the twists and gently unravel them with your fingers. Using a brush or a comb will make the hair a big, frizzy mess. Just separate the strands with your fingers as you see fit or shake the roots to get volume and separation without frizzing out the ends.
And that's about it!
You can modify this however you want. If you want smaller waves, create more twists and fewer twists for bigger waves.
You can also create waves with a regular 3-strand braid but they will look more like crimps instead of S-shaped waves.
This can be done on straight and curly hair. If you're hair is very tightly coiled, you can either create smaller twists or stretch your natural curls a bit in order to define them into the new, looser curl pattern.
This has been my go-to hair routine for over a year now and takes just about 5 minutes at night and one minute in the morning and does NO DAMAGE to the hair!
What's your favorite heatless hairstyle?