The You-Need-to-See-It-to-Believe-It Curling Iron Alternative We Wish We Thought of First

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From your precious I-spent-8-hours-in-the-salon hair color to natural shine, nothing is safe from hot tool damage (opens in new tab). So anytime you can find a way around using one, you should seize it like a short line at Trader Joe's.

PSA if we'd have to pry a curling iron from your cold, dead hands: Please make the acquaintance of the SoCal Curl Tie (opens in new tab) ($18.99). A Rosie-the-Riveter-like band, it's not quite heat-free—you toss it in the microwaves for 30 seconds before using it—you tie it around your head, then wrap sections of hair around it. The soft heat from the microwave sets the curls in place and you can tinker with the texture it yields by how tightly the ringlets are wound.

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You can use the tie on the fly while you're doing your makeup or sleep with it in for a little I-woke-up-like-this action. And it's not only way less damaging to hair, but far less painful than slaving away with a curling iron, piece by piece. 

Editors' Tip: Because you're not working with as much heat, we suggest misting on a setting product like John Freida's Go Curlier Heat-Activated Spray (opens in new tab) so that your curls stay in tact longer.

See how the Curl Tie works below:

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