The Weird-but-Brilliant Heat-Free Technique One Woman Is Using to Curl Her Hair

*Tosses curling iron*


It's no secret that hot tools can really do a number on the health of your: Dulling the color, reducing shine, causing breakage. The list goes on. So going to great lengths to find a heat-free way to add curls or waves to your hair makes sense to us. The stakes are high. But even we're a little bit intimidated by one blogger's trick of the trade...

Beauty vlogger Tina Lee of has a self-proclaimed "weird hack" and it consists of wrapping sections of the hair around balloons as if they were curlers.

I know what you're thinking: Um, static. But Lee actually recommends using the technique on damp hair after it's been nourished with a hair mask, then leaving the balloons in over night. 

Here's the breakdown of her less complicated-than-it-looks technique. And if it's too much for you, there's always this.

1. Apply a hair mask to damp hair then wash out. Lee uses St. Tropica's Coconut Oil Mask sachet as it really penetrates the hair shaft for silkier, softer, and shinier hair. She actually suggests heating up the mask to liquify it either in the microwave for 20 seconds (BPA-Free), dipping it in a hot kettle, or running it under hot water in the sink for about a minute.She then pours the mask into a bowl, submerging her ends, then spreading it evenly through her strands. Leave it in for 20 minutes, then shampoo twice before using a conditioner.

2. Throw hair up into a high ponytail. Once hair is dry post shower, use a spray water bottle to dampen the ends. Then throw the hair up into a neat, high ponytail and create sections. 

3. Blow up the balloons, then curl. Start inflating the balloons until they're the about the size of a small peach. The idea is that they're small enough that they still feel squishy so as they do not pop when you're sleeping. After spritzing some water on a section, wrap it around the balloon starting at the base, then pin the ends of the hair to the top of the balloon. Then take another bobby pin and secure the bottom of your hair to your head. Repeat this over and over until your entire ponytail is wrapped around in balloon curls. 

4. Let 'em dry. Leave the curls in for 6-8 hours overnight or until the hair is dry. Keep in mind that because the balloons are on the top of your head and so squishy, they're actually very comfortable to sleep on. 

5. Take out the balloons and voilà. After the curls have dried, remove the balloons. Depending on the look you're going for, you might want to rake your fingers through them for a more lived-in feel. Going forward, if you want your curls tighter, you can use smaller balloons and smaller sections.

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