Wet hairstyling is one of the easiest ways to create a classic but low maintenance look and can be achieved with or without heat!
Using a few simple tools, some practice and creativity you have everything you need to create waves and/or curls that can dry and form beautiful shapes. The three main classic methods of curling hair without heat are: finger waving, pin curls, and roller curls. In all 3 methods you will need clips, bobby/hair pins, combs and brushes.
(Best for wavy hair without heat)
This is a type of wet hairstyling technique in which the hair is manipulated into an ‘S’ shaped wave pattern using fingers, combs, clips and product. Hair is pinched between fingers and then combed in the opposite direction to create the wave. Waving lotion is then applied to the hair to help it hold it’s shape. The waving lotion is a hair gel that makes the hair hold in place but still workable to the style. It is harmless to he hair and shouldn’t flake when it dries as long as you don’t use too much of it. Finger waving became popular back in the roaring 20s with the days of flappers and Hollywood movie stars. The ‘bob’ was the most popular haircut and this was a way to liven it up as society wanted to mimic the style of the most famous leading ladies. After the hair dries, it can be combed out into beautiful, loose curls. It can be held in place with pins and wrapped in order to set overnight or worn out right after fixing.
(Best for curly hair without heat)
Pin curls are created for a variety of looks that you are probably used to seeing. They create waves, rolls and curves that are seen in some of the most popular red-carpet looks even today. They can be performed on straight, wavy or curly hair and create the most beautiful, lasting, defined curls. The pin curl itself consists of the base (the foundation of the curl), the stem (the section of the curl between the base and first turn of the circle) and the circle (the part of the pin that forms the complete circle). The stem and it’s shape are what determine the movement of the curl that is created. A ‘no-stem’ curl means that the pin curl is placed directly on the base (the scalp) and this tends to produce the tightest, firmest and longest-lasting curl. There is not a lot of movement in this look. The ‘half-stem’ curl is when the pin curl is placed half off the base and allows for good control and movement. A ‘full-stem’ curl has the greatest amount of movement and is used for looser, bold and defined curls. Pin curls can be placed under a dryer to speed up the process but look just as good if they set overnight.
(Best for wavy or curly hair without heat – depends on size of roller)
Roller curls are generally used to have the same effect as pin curls but can achieve that look much faster. Depending on the size of roller, it can be equivalent to 2-4 pin curls. It also helps the curl to last longer because it is wrapped with tension (the hair is wrapped tightly around the roller). The size, shape and width of the roller can manipulate the kind of curl that you end up with. If the hair is wrapped around the roller one time, it will create a ‘C-shaped’ curl. If the hair is wrapped around the roller one and a half times, it will create a wavy look and two and a half turns or more will create actual curls. Velcro or plastic rollers would need to be used if heat is to be avoided. Using a firm but pliable gel or mousse in the hair is recommended before beginning the set.