Curls, curls, curls

By Drum Digital
09 September 2014

How to curl your hair without heat and preserve the style.

Most women like to have their hair in different styles. This can mean weakened, breaking hair as there is a great deal of heat damage the hair's being exposed to.

This doesn't have to be the case as there are many other methods of styling hair, many of which your mom and her mom probably know a great deal about.

Welcome to DRUM's retro styling tips - how to curl your hair and maintain the curls without heat damage:


rollersMagnetic rollers are your best option and come in a wide range of sizes. This means even short tresses can be curled with this gentle method. Use them after you shampoo and condition your hair.  The larger the roller, the straighter and more voluminous your hair will be.

Make sure your hair is completely dry before removing them so that your curls are perfect. rollersstyle CURLFORMERS curlformersThese modern rollers can control the size of your curls as curlformers come in several lengths and widths.For longevity,  prep your damp hair with a holding mousse or setting lotion. Cover at night with a large silk bonnet curlformerstyle FLEXI RODS flexirodsThese are similar to curlformers, but you wrap your hair around the outside of flexi-rods instead of placing your hair inside the curler. Your hair can be damp or dry for this method. Be  sure to wrap your ends all the way around the rod and that they lie smoothly against it to achieve perfect curls.



pincurlsThis old-fashioned curling method works best for dry hair that's already straightened through relaxing, blow drying or wrapping. Take small to medium sections of hair, wrap them in a circular pattern, press to your head and pin in place. Let set for several hours or overnight for bouncy curls. pincurlstyle RAG CURLS ragcurlsThese are popular among people with natural hair and dreadlocks. This method is time-consuming, so be sure to explore the other options before choosing this one. Take an old t-shirt and cut medium-length strands as in the above picture. Place each of these strips at the end of a section of hair, roll it up and tie the ends of the rag in place. 


BANTU KNOTS bantuknotsThese are suitable for wet or dry hair.  If your hair is wet, your curls will be more defined and tighter, but on dry hair, bantu knots will result in fuller, looser locks. bantuknotsstyleNow that you have the perfect curls, here are some pointers on maximising their life span: - A good setting lotion or mousse helps to lock curls in place for wet sets. Heat protecting holding agents are great for holding curls created with an iron. Apply wet products to damp hair, making sure all strands are covered. Comb through to ensure saturation. Apply dry products to each section as you curl instead of allover application at the beginning of your styling session.Don't grab huge chunks just because you're in a hurry.  - If you have fine hair, you should probably choose wet sets over heat styling whenever possible, choosing strong hold products without alcohol. You'll usually get a more voluminous look with wet sets, too.


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