How to curl wet hair

You know one of the best ways to keep your hair looking healthy is to quit using heat tools. But we know that air-dried curly hair sometimes just doesn’t look right. Instead, try wet curls. These wash-and-go hairstyles for wet curly or wavy hair not only help maintain your wet hair curl pattern, but they minimize heat damage. Plus, they’re quick and easy to save you time in the morning.

Hint: for these hairstyles, start by washing and conditioning hair with Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo and Conditioner. The unique formulas work together to cleanse and hydrate hair, leaving it looking thicker without weighing it down. It’s the perfect canvas to nail a wet hairstyle!

5 Easy Wet Curls Hairstyles

Wet Curl Look

If you have naturally curly hair, maintain your wet curl hair pattern and lock in a mermaid-inspired wet hair look all day with this easy method.

How to curl wet hair

First, divide wet hair into four sections. Saturate each section with hair gel. Then scrunch and twist each hair section into curls. Finish by misting with medium-hold hairspray, and you’re ready to go!

Bun Waves

This hairstyle is ideal for wet wavy hair. The results will be looser, beachy waves.

How to curl wet hair

Start by applying a pea-size amount of Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir to hair for extra body. Divide hair into two sections, one on each side of your part. Twist each section into a bun and secure with a hair tie or hair pins. Once hair is dry, release the buns and finger comb hair for gorgeous waves.

Pineapple & Scarf

Styling wet curls is a cinch with this easy wet hairstyle that pairs the pineapple updo with your favorite silk scarf.

How to curl wet hair

First, pull hair into a high ponytail at your crown and secure with a scrunchie. Fold a silk scarf in half, then wrap the scarf around your head and tie it in front of the ponytail. The high ponytail gives volume to naturally curly hair, while the silk scarf prevents friction and frizziness.

Gibson Tuck

We love this vintage hairstyle because it looks dressy and polished, but it’s super easy to style.

How to curl wet hair

Take a small piece of hair at your left temple and begin twisting it up towards your ears. As you twist, keep adding small pieces of hair to the twist. Once the twist reaches behind your ear, pin and repeat on the other side. Gather both twists with the rest of your hair and tie it into a low, loose ponytail, then secure with a hair tie. Using your fingers, open up a small space between your head and the hair tie. This will serve as the “pouch” for your ponytail. Bunch up the hair from your ponytail and tuck it into the pouch. Secure with hair pins. If you want, you can pull out a few face-framing pieces. Finish with a mist of hairspray for extra hold.

Twist Out

This classic wash-and-go style is the ideal low-maintenance look for kinky naturally curly hair.

How to curl wet hair

Divide hair into eight sections and apply gel or a styling cream to each section. Divide each section into two pieces, then tightly twist the pieces together. Pin each twist to your head to secure it. Once hair is dry, release the twists and use a wide-tooth comb to style and shape your curls.

Would you try wet curl hairstyles? How do you style your wet curls? Let us know in the comments!


  • Shingle Method
  • No Towel Drying
  • The Comb And Pray Method
  • Curly Girl Method
  • Maximum Hydration Method
  • The Water Only Washing Method

You get in the shower, wash and condition your hair, follow all the steps your favorite natural hair gurus have suggested, and even used hair products that are labeled “curl defining” and promises you popping curls, but then you are disappointed the absolute moment your hair starts to air dry.Well, there are a few methods you can try that helps define those curls and KEEP those curls popping way after your hair drys.

Keeping your curls popping long after it has dried as a matter of technique. Here are a few methods you can try that will help define and KEEP those curls popping way after your hair is dry.

Shingle Method

The shingle method is simple. It just requires clean, wet hair and the process involves taking your hair section by section (super small sections) and applying a soft styling gel to each section saturating each and every strand.

This method may even turn into finger coiling if that’s what it takes to make your curls appear. Once all of your hair is perfectly curled and coiled, you can either use a diffuser* to dry your hair or air dry.

The key to a great shingle set is cutting down on frizz. Diffusers can cut down on frizz and it is important that you do not touch your hair as it dries. The less you mess with it, the more likely the curls will dry in place and remain popping.

No Towel Drying

How to curl wet hair

We’ve all heard that towels can damage our strands and dry out our hair. They are also a common culprit for frizz for curly naturals. Why not eliminate this step altogether? Instead of drying your hair with a towel or t-shirt, just try thoroughly squeezing your hair out section by section and then applying your products. Again the key is to eliminate frizz by just avoiding touching your hair as it dries.

Again the key is to eliminate frizz by just avoiding touching your hair as it dries.

How to curl wet hair

Curling your hair not only gives your straight hair a dazzling look, it also creates an illusion of extra volume. You can use large curls at the ends to give your hair a great bounce or create smaller curls to make it appear thicker. Everyone loves beautiful curls and now, you can even curl your hair at home with these easy ways to curl hair without straightening iron. Since you won’t use a curling or a straightening iron, you can use these easy ways to curl hair at home without heat. Heat can be damaging to the hair shaft, so these simple hair curling methods help give you safer results.

1. Braid your hair when wet

If you are going out the next morning, brush your hair, wet it at night and separate it in small sections. Braid each section and leave it all night. The next morning, open the braids out and run your fingers through the hair gently for easy bouncy curls.

2. Use Velcro rollers

If you previously scoffed at anything Velcro, think again! Velcro rollers easily top the list of easy ways to curl hair at home and of course the easy ways to curl hair without heat. Choose the size of the rollers based on the size of the curls you want and separate your hair into appropriately sized sections. Brush your hair well and spray with a hair spray or with water. Now, roll your hair around the Velcro roller and leave it on, preferably overnight. But, you can use Velcro rollers even if you just have a couple of hours at your disposal. That is what makes Velcro rollers the best of the easy ways to curl hair without straightening iron.

3. Make a sock bun

For large curls to soften your long straight hair and give it some extra volume and bounce, you can use the sock bun method. Brush your hair well and spray some hair spray or water. Hold an unused sock at the tip of your hair and roll up till the level you want to start the curls. Then leave it on overnight. If you want tighter, smaller curls, divide your hair into smaller sections and use as many socks to make as many sock buns. You will be surprised how effortless this easy way to curl hair without heat is and how you don’t have to spend a fortune using easy ways to curl hair at home.

4. Twist sections of your hair

If you want big waves and bounce, brush and spray your hair and separate your hair into four sections. Twist individual sections till your reach the ends. Secure the ends with bobby pins or soft hair bands and leave overnight. Gently run your fingers and your hair is set. As you can see, you can use these easy ways to curl your hair without having to visit a beauty salon.

5. Use a headband

Brush and wet your hair. Now, use a headband to secure your hair from the back. Separate sections of hair underneath the headband and loop each section through the band. When you remove the band after a few hours, your hair will have a natural and wavy fall. This method is not just one of the easy ways to curl hair without heat; you can also use it as a hairstyle as such.

6. Rip a t-shirt

Yes. Rip up that ugly t-shirt you always wanted to get rid of but wouldn’t know who to give it away to. While sock bun will make large voluminous curls, t-shirt strips will make small tight lovely curls. Brush your hair and spray it. Separate your hair into small sections and tie one strip each of the ripped off t-shit to the ends of the sections. Now, roll individual sections with the help of the strips up to the point where you want your curls to start. Tie off the strip and leave it overnight. This is one of the incredibly easy ways to curl hair at home.

7. Use regular rollers

While looking for easy ways to curl your hair at home, do not neglect the natural method that existed before battery operated and heat using rolling / curling irons were invented. For a longer lasting curly effect (until your next shower, that is), use the old fashioned rollers on sections of hair and leave for three to four hours.

Remember to always brush your hair of all tangles and slightly wet your hair with a spray or water before you use any of the easy ways to curl hair without straightening iron. If you have curly hair but want to tame it, using the large rollers is a good idea.

We hope these easy ways to curl hair at home without heat help you get those fantastic curls and volume.

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/media/matrix us media library/2017july/banner_curling iron.jpg Learn how to properly curl your hair with a curling iron and the top mistakes to avoid to ensure you are getting the most out of your hairstyle and hair styling tool!

Whether you are a curling iron connoisseur or novice, there are definitely “best practices” to keep in mind when using this heat tool to ensure you are getting the most out of your hairstyle – and hair styling tool!

Here are common curling iron mistakes and what you can do to correct them:

You’re not prepping your hair properly

The Fix: You could cook a meal without salt and pepper but it tastes so much better when you season the food! You could curl your hair without using hair styling products, but the results will be so much better if you choose a few hair curling products that will enhance your hair type. Before you dry your hair, apply a volumizing mousse or hairspray if you want to thicken fine hair, or a hair smoothing cream if you want to fight frizz on thick hair. It also helps to choose formulas that offer a degree of hair hold.

You’re skipping the all-important heat protectant

The Fix: Every thermal hair styling tool packs a lot of heat, and curling irons make direct contact with your hair. Matrix pros recommend a double dose of heat protection. Apply a heat-protection cream before drying your hair, and then mist your hair with heat protection spray when it’s dry, before using a thermal curling iron.

You’re grabbing too much hair at once.

The Fix: Curling too much hair at once will backfire because if the section of hair is too thick, the curling iron will not be able to heat through all of your hair, and your curl will fall flat. Pros recommend sections that are about one inch by one inch as a general guideline.

You’re making your curls look too perfect.

The Fix: The curl or beach wave trend right now is to create lived-in hair shapes that don’t appear too “done.” The secret to this organic wavy hairstyle shape is to vary the sizes of sections that you curl, as well as the direction. So as you wave your hair, take some wide sections and some skinnier sections and alternate the direction towards and away from your face.

You’re not omitting the ends.

The Fix: Another characteristic of lived-in beach waves or curls is an imperfect hair shape. Modern wavy hair isn’t curled all the way to the ends—the focus of the movement is in the center of the hair strand. Of course, if you’re going for a more traditional, formal curled hairstyle, by all means, curl each section all the way to the tips.

You’re curling your hair before it’s completely dry.

The Fix: This one is a big no-no! Curling irons are designed to create beach waves and curls in dry hair. To do so, they heat up your strands, and if your hair is wet or even just a little bit damp, it’s way more susceptible to hair damage. So air-dry your hair completely before flipping the switch on your curling iron. And for more hair hold and polish, blow-dry your hair into the general shape and direction you want for your final hairstyle. This sets the stage for hairstyle perfection!

You’re not letting your curls or beach waves “set.”

The Fix: The secret to locking in a curly or wavy hairstyle is to first heat your hair thoroughly when it’s wrapped around your curling iron. (But not too long or you’ll cause heat damage!) Then allow your hair to cool completely before you touch it.

Here’s a pro trick: after curling a section of hair with a curling iron, slip it out of the iron with the curl intact, and then clip the curl to your head as if it was a roller. Clip each section after you set it, and leave all of your hair clipped until it cools off. Then remove the clips and rake through your hair with your fingers or a wide-tooth comb for a firmer shape, or brush it with an oval styling brush for a fluffier shape.

You’re using the wrong temperature.

The Fix: Every hair type requires a different heat setting. Fine hair should be curled with a low temperature; thick, coarse or curly hair requires more heat to get the job done. Bottom line? One temperature does not fit all, so purchase a curling iron that offers the temperature range that’s right for your hair type.

You’re using the wrong size curling iron.

The Fix: If you’re looking for lazy beach waves and you’re getting springy curls that resemble fusilli, look no further than the size of your curling iron. The fatter the barrel, the looser the wave and vice-versa. If you have a medium-length hairstyle and you’re looking for those loose, ‘it girl” waves, your best bet is a 1 inch or 1 ¼-inch barrel. If your hair is long, you’ll achieve gentle beach waves with an iron barrel that’s 1 ½-inch or 2-inches in diameter.

You don’t know your angles.

The Fix: Curling hair with a curling iron is about geometry—angles matter. So if you want to create a tight, traditional, bouncy curl, hold your curling iron horizontally. If you’re looking for a long, loose beachy wave, work at a vertical angle. And for hair volume at the root, work on a diagonal.

You won’t look like a hot mess, promise.

How to curl wet hair

How to curl wet hair

Hate to break it to you, but heat damage is real. All that hair straightening, blow-drying, and curling is stressing TF out of your hair. So why not let your hair chill for a sec and try a wet hair look instead? Whether you’re looking for a cool summer hairstyle that intentionally looks

, or for a technique to style your wet hair until it dries, I’ve gotchu covered with the seven best wet hair looks and no-heat hairstyles to copy ASAP.

Just a heads up, though: You want your hair to be slightly damp for these looks (so, either towel-dry your hair or wet it down with a spray bottle). But know that the wetter your hair is when you start, the longer each look will take to dry and “set,” BUT the better your hair will actually hold the style. K? Now, on to the looks!

1. The wet look hairstyle

1. Start with damp hair that’s mostly dry. You don’t need to start with soaking-wet hair for it to look like it’s soaking wet, so don’t feel the need to run your head under the faucet. Just wait 15-30 minutes after showering (depending on how thick your hair is), or just lightly wet your hair down with a spray bottle.

2. Pick your products. Pomade (yep, the stuff dads swear by) works wonders for giving your hair that slick, wet look without the crunchy feel, but a hair oil-slash-serum can also work for a beachier look, and for those with curly or coily hair, YouTubers swear by a combination of leave-in conditioner and styling gel, FWIW.

3. Part your hair. The way you part your hair and style the ends can change the vibe of your wet look completely, so before applying any product, first decide if you want your hair in a deep side part, a middle part, all tossed to one side, or totally brushed back. Keep your part and the finished look you’re going for in mind when you section your hair to apply the product.

4. Work your styling product into your hair. Work in smaller sections starting from the back to thoroughly distribute the formula. Massage a generous amount of product to the roots of your hair and work it through with your fingers or a Denman brush toward the ends of your strands. If you like a sleek look at the roots with loose, airy ends, apply the product to just the first few inches of hair. Or, for a wet look all over, apply the product evenly throughout your strands.

5. Do your finishing touches. Depending on your hair type and the look you’re going for, you might need to do a few extra steps to complete your wet hair look: Use an edge control product to lay your edges, spray your strands with hairspray for extra hold, smooth a hair oil through the ends of your strands, or wrap your hair in a satin scarf while it dries.

2. Pineappling wet hair

1. Throw your wet curly hair into a high ponytail. Use a scrunchie—not an elastic hair tie—to loosely (emphasis on the loose) hold your hair in place on top of your head. Only pull your hair through the scrunchie once or twice so you don’t end up with an awkward-looking crease. If your hair need a lil extra hydration, spritz a leave-in conditioner spray all over before you put it in a ponytail.

2. Wrap your hair in a silk or satin scarf. It’s not just for looks, FYI—silk keeps the moisture in your hair and helps prevents dryness and flyaways. If you’re using this technique as a way to style your curls, do steps one and two before bed and take out your scrunchie in the morning for defined, full curls. Or wear the look as a style on its own.

How to curl wet hair

I’ve been straightening and curling my hair wet/damp for years, despite all the popcorn-sounding fizzes and crackles – but some science I’ve recently read have made me do a complete 180. It turns out wet and dry hair respond to extreme heat very differently – and wet hair cops it far worse, and not just because it’s more fragile.

First, a little refresher on hair anatomy. Hair has three main parts:

  • the medulla – boring central core, actually non-existent in light and fine hair
  • the cortex – middle layer, responsible for colour, texture and most of the strength of hair
  • the cuticle – protective outermost layer, made of overlapping cells like roof shingles or fish scales, shiny

How to curl wet hair

The cuticle lays flat, but water can get in between the gaps. When you wet healthy hair, it can actually absorb up to 30% of its own weight in water into the inner spongy cortex (more if it’s damaged hair).

An average hair straightener heats up to 185-230 ° C. Curling irons are a little cooler, at 95-200 ° C. They’re both well above the normal boiling point of water, which is 100 ° C. (Temperatures in Fahrenheit are straighteners 365-446 ° F, curlers 203-392 ° F and boiling water 212 ° F, for any readers from non-metric countries like the US, Liberia or Myanmar.)

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What happens when the wet inside of hair gets heated well beyond its boiling point? Well, it’s not too dissimilar to popping corn…

When water turns from liquid to gas it expands. When it’s heated strongly it expands rapidly. Since it’s confined in the cortex by the cuticle, it has to bust out. That’s right – the water explosively evaporates, shattering whatever’s in its path, which happens to be… your hair.

(Hair does not usually look this spongy up close, in case you’re wondering – it should look like sliced playdough with a small spongy section right in the middle.)

It’s not only on the inside that the boiling water wreaks havoc – it’s got to get out somehow, and in the rush to leave it bangs up the outside of your hair cuticle pretty good too – instead of lying flat, the “shingles” or scales of your cuticle are now bumpy from being pummeled from the inside:

Don’t freak out too much – this probably happens mostly to the hair that’s right against the heating plates of your straighteners and curling irons (it’s doing the rest of your hair a solid, sacrificing itself for the greater good!). But if you’re doing this to your hair every day, the damage builds up.

Of course, dry hair doesn’t get away unscathed – it still causes microscopic cracks on the hair’s surface, denatures hair proteins, and decomposes pigment – but this happens in wet hair too. All this damage goes on to give you dull brittle hair, split ends, brassy colour, increased tangling and breakage.

What can you do? Well, obviously, you should straighten and curl your hair only when it’s dry! You can also invest in a heat protecting spray (most of these work, to some extent!).

If you want beautiful relaxed curls that last for days, follow along with this wet look curls tutorial for step-by-step instructions. This simple, casual style will leave you looking fabulous, while still giving off a fun, carefree vibe.

Tools and materials:

  • Thermal modeling spray
  • Heat protection spray
  • Flat brush
  • Curling iron
  • Spray mousse
  • Wax spray

How to curl wet hair

Clean hair

To achieve this look, start with clean, dry hair.

How to curl wet hair


Starting at the bottom of your head, section off two small segments of hair.

How to curl wet hair

Brush and spray

Spray each section of hair with the thermal modeling spray while running a brush through it.

How to curl wet hair

Take a small section of hair, and wrap it around your curling iron. Make sure to alternate which direction you wrap your curls, otherwise, they will end up linking together and become one large curl. By alternating the direction of the curls you will get more body and texture.

How to curl wet hair


Let loose another layer of hair, and repeat the spray, brush, and curl steps done previously for the first layer of hair.