Okay so admittedly learning about no heat sock curls won’t necessarily move your excitement needle nearly as much as finding out you won a trip to Disneyland.
Plus this technique isn’t exactly news either.
Still the results are pretty darn impressive making this something you should know how to do.
Besides any day you can produce drop dead gorgeous looking hair without heat is a day to celebrate, right?
Fact is sock curls are sometimes better than those you can get with a curling iron. <gasp> Although this article we wrote covering how to use a curling iron for beginners is loaded with helpful tips for getting curls to show off with that tool too.
Socks are also that much better if you are guilty of making any of the more common curling iron mistakes we wrote about. These boo boos are great for making your hair miserable too.
It’s enough to make you want to kiss that trusty hot styling tool good-bye. Or at least relegate it to a dark corner some place.
Now to get that kind of definition, volume and lasting curl it helps to know the more critical…
Sock Curls Rules of the Road
Rules? Okay look at these more as good to know not iron clad must dos.
- Most will need four to six old socks. This could be the perfect way to make use of those socks without partners hanging around your laundry room.
- How many socks you use depends on how thick your hair is. I’ve seen some say this hack doesn’t work if you have thick hair. Correction. It doesn’t work if you don’t divide your thicker hair into enough sections.
- Also how many socks you use depends on how tight or loose of a curl you want as the amount of hair tied down with each will determine the shape of the curl. After doing this a few times you’ll have a good idea of how much hair to use with each sock to get the results you are after.
- Use longer socks for longer hair because you need enough sock to wrap your hair around. If you’ve got short locks you might pick up a pack of baby socks at Target to use.
- Another point that may not be obvious – thinner socks work better than like big, fat, wool socks.
Oh but if you prefer sock bun curls you can always check out what we wrote about those here.
Alright already. It’s time to
Ditch the Curling Iron and Save Your Hair
In a mere three minutes this video clearly demonstrates the no heat curl hack in easy-to-follow step-by-step fashion.
Steal This Step By Step Plan
Step 1) Starting with clean, towel dried-to-damp hair is best. Slight dampness will allow your hair to dry when all wrapped up which sets the curl. If need be spritz already dry hair to that precise point of moistness.
Just to repeat since it’s important, the idea here is for your hair to be only damp enough to dry over night while you sleep. That what causes the curls to set. If it’s not dry when taking out the sock the curl will fail.
Step 2) Brush out your hair. You want to rid your strands of any tangles plus this will just make them easier to work with.
Step 3) Divide your hair into at least four sections or into a number equal to however many socks you are going to use. With four it would be center part, and then a front and back section on each side.
If needed you can section this further as you grab hair to wrap around each sock. Any sectioning you do doesn’t have to be anywhere near perfect. Close counts.
Step 4) Wrap each section of hair in its own sock coiling from the middle of each so you have ends left exposed to tie when done.
Roll each sock right up tight against your scalp. You want to get it as tight to your head as comfortably possible. This will get as much of the hair in that strand to curl.
Yes, you can stop lower down the strand. That just means the curls will start farther down which can leave the hair near the scalp looking a bit flat.
Step 5) Tie the ends of the sock into a knot. Just make sure it’s tight enough to make it through the night should your head toss and turn on the pillow. Better to overtighten than wake up disappointed.
You might alternate wrapping the hair forward and backwards around the sock to create a bit of variation in the curl pattern that develops.
However you do it, you’ll end up with a headful of knotted socks with hair wrapped around each.
If need be mist the wrapped up hair with a bit more water to dampen just a little more. But do NOT over wet it.
This bedtime prep should take no more than 6 or 7 minutes, ten tops, even if you’re super slow.
Nothing to do beyond that since the styling magic happens while you sleep. Awesome!
Best of all curls like this won’t harm your strands because there’s no heat. Well, doh!
So go ahead and sleep on it. Literally.
The next morning…
Step 6) When you wake up gently take the socks out (the order you do this doesn’t matter).
You’ll be left with the most amazing curls.
Voluptuous, wall-to-wall curls.
Step 7) Once all the socks are out, rake the coils with your fingers to break them up. And yes, it’s to be expected for the curls to be tighter at the ends.
Step 8) After you are satisfied with how loose or tight the tendrils are you might hit them with some flexible hold hair spray. Not a lot. But maybe some. Again let experience be your guide.
See? This is super simple and easy to do. Even better it’s a style that gives off a decidedly my-hair-just-does-this-on-its-own kind of vibe. Like this:
Use Product To Rev Things Up Some
The right products can effortlessly boost the curls you leave the house with.
For example you may want to shampoo with a volumizing shampoo.
Know too that styling, texturing or volumizing spray applied before rolling your strands into the socks can each produce somewhat different results. Bonus: The styling spray will also help to hold the curl.
You may also try running a tiny amount of your favorite argon, coconut or jojoba oil through those damp strands. This will give you polished curls that are smoother than a slip and slide and softer than a kitten’s tummy.
Or you can do nothing than just roll up your damp hair in the socks.
Oh and as already mentioned, if you find you aren’t getting an entire day out of your sock curls then be sure you do set them with a spritz or two or three of hair spray.
On the other hand you may find them still looking sassy enough for a third day if you take care when sleeping on them.
Let’s Review the Advantages of Heatless Sock Curls One Last Time
There are several advantages that make this hack an obvious no brainer.
The first being easy no heat curls form effortlessly while you sleep so what’s not to like?
Another advantage is this works great with second day hair.
Sure, some may need to spray in some dry shampoo on the roots for a hair revival, but honestly few will be looking at your roots. They’ll be mesmerized by all the totally natural looking curls you’ve got framing your face.
The third advantage is it takes next to no time to take the socks out. So sock curls will give you back your morning or let you treat yourself to a few extra minutes of sleep.
So yeah go ahead. Hit the snooze button a time or two as you will definitely save time in the morning. No rushing around trying to shower, put on your makeup, get dressed and deal with styling your hair.
Final Reminder: As brought up before the size of the sections of hair wrapped determines how tight your curls are. In other words more socks, more sections equals more tightly defined tendrils. Fewer socks, fewer sections of hair results in looser curls or wavier hair instead.
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