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Try these heatless curls using nothing but paper

Try these heatless curls using nothing but paper

They say you always want what you can’t have. As a young girl with straight, limp hair, I wanted bombshell curls but there was no way in hell my mom would let me damage my hair with a bad perm (bless her heart)! My mom’s not the kikay type either, so we didn’t really have any heat styling tools at home. The curly hair I so wanted remained just a distant dream until a friend taught me this Paper Curling Technique. If you feel like playing with your hair without the damage, here's how!

Step 1: Cut bond paper (or any clean paper) into 16 narrow strips. Dampen hair just a tiny bit and divide into two upper and lower sections.

Step 2: Take a little section of hair and wrap it with the strip of paper to make a V-shape. Roll the hair around the middle of the V until you get to the roots. Take both ends of the paper strip and tie a knot. This is how it should look like when it’s done.

Step 3: Now working on the top half, divide it along the natural part of the hair and repeat the process. Once you’ve got all the hair covered, it basically looks like you have a weird head full of mini doughnuts!

Step 4: You have the choice of waiting until the hair dries to take it out, but for the longevity of the curls, it’s better to sleep on this weird hairdo. Just do this after you shower and before you go to bed. It’s not too uncomfortable to sleep on since you’re just using paper.

Step 5: Once you’re ready to reveal your new 'do, untie and unroll the papers one by one. It's soooo satisfying to see the strips get out of your hair! It's also amazing to achieve messy curls without the damage and at practically no cost (except time).

Unraveled

Unraveled

Styled

Styled

To loosen the curls, just slightly pull them down repeatedly and gently run your fingers through your locks. You can style your hair according to your preference. I just did a simple top knot on my sister’s hair. 

This is the final look! How long the curls last depend on your hair type, and you can prolong it further by spritzing on some hair spray. If I don’t wash my hair, I can even get away with second day curls that are more loose and messy (in a good way). Extra tip: try to get the hair curled in the paper up to the tips, to get wavy tips instead of them falling straight as in below.

Is this the first time that you’ve come across this technique? Let us know what you think of this tutorial in the comments below either way!

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