DIY Effortless Hair Looks

DIY No-Heat Ways to Style Wet Hair

Ready to make waves? We teamed up with Brit + Co. to learn these fab DIY hairstyles - no heat necessary.

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What you need


What you need

  • A few pieces of jersey-knit cotton.
  • A cotton headband and / or a bandana.

Let's Get Started

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Step 1

Set aside a cotton headband then prep your pretty with a shampoo. We recommend taking the time to use a super hydrating shampoo and conditioner duo since you will be allowing your hair to air dry (that way you don’t have to worry about flat hair that is too soft). Then towel dry your hair.

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Step 2

Put the bandana around your neck so that it is in position prior to placing your hair up so you don’t mess up your work later on, then apply the styling cream of your choice.

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Step 3

Place your hair up. You can use your fingers as opposed to a brush for a more playful, less refined finish. Place your hair into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic.

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Step 4

Twist, Twist Twist. Split your ponytail into two sections, then twist them all the way to the base of the ponytail. Once each section is fully twisted, wrap them around the ponytail elastic in opposite directions of one another until you are left with enough hair that you can tie it off in the back of the bun.

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Step 5

Tie and pin. Tie off the hair in the back of the two way twisted bun. Use a couple bobby pins to hold everything in place.

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Step 6

Carefully place the bandana from your neck to your head and adjust until it is comfy and cute! Adorbs.

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Step 7

Ready to make waves while you sleep? First, cut a long strip of cotton to tie around your head. Make sure hair is freshly-washed and damp.

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Step 8

Towel dry. You want to make sure your hair is towel dried pretty well. If your hair is too wet, it may not dry all the way by morning. Be sure to add a styling product like a spray gel -- we used Garnier Fructis Curl Shaping Spray Gel ($4). Lightly mist throughout your hair and comb through with a fine tooth comb or brush.

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Step 9

Tie it on. Tie the fabric on the top of your head so you don’t have to sleep on a bulky uncomfortable knot. You can tuck the ends underneath the band so to help make sure that it stays in place while you sleep.

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Step 10

Twist. First take a small section of hair around one to two inches wide and twist all the way to the ends.

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Step 11

Twist and wrap. Once twisted, wrap the hair up and over the headband. Do this a few times.

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Step 12

Now that you have added the new section of hair to the already existing twist, begin to twist the hair up and over the headband. You will repeat this until you reach the back center of your head. Then use a bobby pin or two to keep your hair in place. Do the same process on the other side of your head. Then. . . Go to sleep! (Or you can really wear this out in the daytime if you are feeling like channeling your inner retro starlet!)

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Step 13

Now it's time for the big reveal. Simply take out the wrapped hair and remove your headband! Use your fingers to break apart the curls, spray your favorite surf spray to add texture.

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Step 14

Scrunch your hair a few times and head on out for your productive (and glamorous!) day.

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