9 Gorgeous, No-Heat Hairstyle Hacks

Sometimes I just wanted to shower and crash at night—but I felt like the ramifications of waking up with kinky, slept-on-wet hair wasn’t worth the extra time in bed. Once I had kids, that notion went out the window. I’d take kinky hair and an extra few minutes of sleep any day of the week (that’s what ponytails are for, right?). But sometimes I’ve got an important appointment or meeting in the AM, and looking disheveled or quickly thrown together isn’t an option. That’s when I turn to some of my favorite no-heat hairstyles to get gorgeous hair in the AM without having to completely start over with a wash and dry.

Whether time and tools are not on your side, or your hair is just begging for a break from a harsh blow out—you’ve got to give these nine easy no-heat styles a try. As a hair artist, I can attest that all of these styles can be done on damp or wet hair—as I styled a number of them myself.

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Damp hair is easier to style than you think…especially when a boho look or vacation hair is in the forecast. I find that using a double strand headband like this one can give you this look in minutes. Place your headband on first, leave face-framing strands out in front, roll the rest of your hair upward, and tuck it in the back of your headband. Bonus: This style works with shorter lengths of hair and all kinds of textures, too.

Braid It

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Whether you’re staying in, heading out, or coming from the gym, a roped braid can hide frizz, rein in flyaways near the face, and let your hair dry naturally to reveal beautiful waves come nighttime or the next day. Try a pomade to further tame flyaways and frizz when building and polishing your braid. DIY your own all-natural pomade with this tutorial, or if you’re looking to purchase it, I recommend Living Proof Amp Texture Volumizer ($27.99, Amazon).

Twist It

twisted curly updo

Original personal styling image (hair by Maritza Buelvas, photography by Julie Riddle)

Let your hair partially or fully air dry, then just twist strands upward for a polished look that’s not overly fussy and doesn’t require any heat. Set your hair to air dry with natural waves by applying Not Your Mother’s Whip It Cream Styling Mousse ($15.99, Amazon) once you’ve towel dried.  The creamy, lightweight formulation of this mousse air dries hair to perfection and even helps it dry faster, in my opinion. I swear by this stuff.

Bun It

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Damp hair can meet chic hair with a low sophisticated bun. Comb back your hair with your fingers and form a tight bun at the nape. Set your style with a light spray of L’Oreal Elnett ($12, Amazon). It doesn’t get more wash-and-wear than this! Trust me, this ballerina-like bun is very Parisian and isn’t going away…ever.

Fake French It

blond fishtail braid

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This faux braid never goes out of style. In fact, it’s easier to create this look with damp hair. Your daughter isn’t the only one who can wear this looped-through childhood classic. Get the full tutorial here.

Untangle + Air It Out

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Sometimes air drying your hair and letting it lay loose is just what the day (and your scalp) calls for. First, untangle your strands using a professional tool like Ouidad’s Double Detangling Comb ($17, Amazon). Next, use Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray ($32.49, Amazon), to wind up those waves without any fuss. Your hair will thank you, and your waves will even appear more natural and frizz-free.

Triple Topsy-Turvy It


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If you have curly hair, this hairstyle is way easier to pull off than it looks. Basically, make three ponytails starting at the crown of your hair and working your way down, then topsy turvy each one by pulling them through themselves. This style will keep your hair out of your face all day and keep frizz at bay for curly-haired goddeses. Get the full tutorial at Hair Romance.

Coil It

top knot blue shirt

Image via (hair by Maritza Buelvas, photography by Jennifer Coffey)

A tight coiled bun is this year’s top knot. Get the look with damp or completely wet hair by slicking hair with a shine serum like Garnier Fructis Sleek + Shine, $5 on Amazon. Use the serum to create a tight rope to coil without frizz, and polish your finished style around the hairline.

Do a Faux Blow Out

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It’s easier than you think to blow out your hair at home—and it doesn’t require mad professional skills or even a hair dryer (if you aren’t in the mood). While this is technically a cheat (you do use heat in the form of a curling iron), this technique is a lifesaver if you don’t have time to blow dry and style your hair immediately after shower. Let your hair dry over the day or night, then curl sections of your hair with a large barrel curling iron like the Infiniti Pro by Conair Nano Tourmaline Ceramic 1-1/2-Inch Curling Iron (19.97, Amazon). This will give you a totally on-point blowout look without the hairdryer.  Tip: Be sure to use a one-and-a-half-inch curling iron to mimic the finished look and bend of a blow out.

Tuck It

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