Hair texture can sometimes be extremely difficult to achieve without using a curling iron or a crimping iron, which can add a significant amount of heat damage if you heat style your hair every day. However, there are several easy ways to add texture, volume and waves to your hair that doesn’t involve any heat styling whatsoever. These methods are fairly effortless and extremely effective. Here are some simple tips and tricks that you can incorporate into your daily hair routine to add texture and volume into your hair, without the heat damage.
Leaving Your Hair In Braids
This is a classic method you can try to give your hair some waves and hair texture. After showering, braid your damp hair into however many braids you desire and let it dry overnight or over a few hours. The more braids you put your hair into as it dries, the tighter and smaller your waves will be. You can also opt for a french braid option to have the waves go all the way up towards your roots. You can play around with the number and type of braids you let your hair dry with, but this method is a staple if you want to create heatless waves and texture.
Another simple way to add texture to your hair is through the scrunching method. Once you get out of the shower and let your hair dry a bit, use your hands, a towel or a t-shirt to scrunch your hair. The longer you scrunch it for, the wavyer it will be when it dries. If you want to ensure more defined waves, you can scrunch your hair with curl enhancing products. After you’ve scrunched your hair, be sure to let it air dry so your waves stay intact.
If you want to more defined curls into your hair texture without the heat damage, foam rollers are a great alternative. Add these rollers to your hair after getting out of the shower and let them sit overnight or for a few hours, letting them air dry for beautiful, voluminous curls. Start from the bottom of your hair and roll up small sections of hair for the best results. If you don’t have time to wait for your hair to air dry, you can speed up the process with a hair dryer if necessary.
Another effective and easy way to add texture to your hair is through this simple twisting method. Separate your damp hair into 2-4 sections, depending on how much definition and texture you want in your hair. Twist each section as tight as you can and wrap it around into a small bun. Pin your hair or secure it with a hair tie and repeat until each section is in a small and tight bun. Let your hair dry overnight or over a few hours for some beautifully defined curls and volume.
Another effortless way to create beautiful curls and texture is by plopping your hair using a t-shirt. After showering and applying any hair products, center your wet hair to the center of your t-shirt. Plop your hair into the t-shirt and wrap it around your head, securing the t-shirt with a hair elastic. You can leave your hair in the towel overnight, or leave it in for as little as 20-30 minutes. When you’re ready, carefully remove the t-shirt from your hair to keep your waves intact and let your hair air dry for the best results.
Wave Foam or Mousse
This product can work wonders for adding hair texture and waves to your hair. Apply a wave foam or mousse to your hair when it is wet or damp and proceed with scrunching your hair or using another wave holding method and let your hair air dry. These products will not only add texture to your hair, but are typically formulated with ingredients that will improve the overall health of your hair which will allow it to look shinier and more voluminous.
Once your hair is nearly dry, using a good texturizing spray can be a great help to finish off your waves and hair texture. People typically use sea salt spray to accomplish this, which can be extremely effective when used in moderation. You can also use sea salt spray after letting your hair air dry in any of the methods used above to add some additional texture. However, sea salt spray can be a bit drying, so it is not recommended to use on color-treated, bleached, or dry hair. If you plan to use it on your dry or damaged hair, add a bit of leave-in conditioner to reduce the amount of drying that the spray might cause.
While dry shampoo is known for absorbing moisture and oils out of your hair, it can also be used to add texture and volume to your hair. Spray your favorite dry shampoo on the routes of your hair and smooth it in with your fingers. Once the product is applied, you can use your hands to additionally tease your hair, giving it a bit of an extra lift.
Volumizing Shampoos and Conditioners
Another way to add extra volume to your hair overtime is through volumizing hair care such as shampoos and conditioners. These products are typically packed with moisturizing ingredients to help boost the overall health and hydration of your hair, along with strengthening ingredients such as biotin and collagen to create thicker, more luscious hair strands. With use of volumizing shampoos and conditioners over time, you are sure to get the hair texture you’re aiming for.
Curl Defining Shampoos And Conditioners
In addition to volumizing hair care products, you can also bring curl enhancing products to the shower. These types of shampoos and conditioners are a great way to build a foundation for your curls before you even get out of the shower. These shampoos are typically packed with moisturizing ingredients, while also incorporating ingredients to define your waves or curls.
If you want those luscious beach waves without the drying and damaging effects of heat styling, there are plenty of tips and tricks you can try out. Hopefully these methods and products will get you to those gorgeous wavy locks you’ve always wanted.
Lara Hill is a senior Public Relations major at Emerson College from Groton, Massachusetts. She has contributed to several college publications, holding multiple editing positions and focusing mainly on sports journalism. When she is not in class or writing, she loves to sail, watch sports with her friends and family, sing with her sisters, and play with her dog, Cassie.