7 Foolproof Ways to Get Good Hair Without Heat

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Your blowdryer and curling iron may be your hair’s best friend because they create instant style, but they can also be their worst enemy and cause serious damage. Want hair that looks good this summer without having to resort to heat-based styling tools? Look no further than these products and tricks of the trade to make sure that every day is a good hair day.

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Try a product made just for air-drying.

Good hair starts with a healthy foundation and the right products that prep your strands. For those days when you want to bypass heat tools, spritz Shu Uemura Wonder Worker Air Dry/Blow Dry Multi-Tasking Primer ($33), a hydrating, detangling and smoothing spray on towel-dried hair and let it work its magic. As your hair air-dries, the primer goes to work to bring out your hair’s natural texture sans any frizz or dryness.

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Apply a good salt spray.

Beach waves can be created without a curling iron—the key is to find the right texturizing product that doesn’t dry out your hair. And that’s just what Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray ($24) does. Loaded with Atlantic sea salt, organic aloe and essential oils, you get that sexy, undone look while simultaneously conditioning your hair.

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Braid your hair for a naturally wavy style.

According to Nunzio Saviano of Nunzio Saviano Salon, start off by spraying a brush with water so it’s damp and then brush through hair. Next, put hair in two braids and go to bed with it like that. “By using a dampened brush, hair will be damp rather than wet so it won’t take as long to dry. In the morning, take the braids out for a wavy hair style,” he says. 

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Go to bed with a wet head.

Hair tools can be your saving grace when it comes to reducing frizz. But so can the right products (minus the heat). Stylist Benjamin Terry says if you have a lot of curly hair and desire a more straight look, use a quarter size amount of John Frieda Frizz Ease ($10) with a pump of Davines Oi Oil ($23) throughout the hair when it’s damp. “Brush it out and go to sleep with it in a low pony to allow it to set straight. Then brush the hair in the morning (preferably with a Mason Pearson brush ($200) or something comparable),” he adds. 

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Thicken at the root.

Volume can make a world of difference in the way your hair looks and it don’t necessitate the use of a styling tool to achieve. Try a product like Color Wow Raise the Root ($24), which uses flexible polymers to create a thickness to the hair, giving it staying power. 

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Make the most of your natural waves and curls.

Use your natural texture to your advantage and style your hair without heat. Jordi Martinez-Fenoll, stylist at Frédéric Fekkai Soho, says the best way to achieve beautiful, effortless waves is to use a leave-in conditioner (with or without hold, depending on hair quality), defining with fingers and letting the hair dry completely by air, keeping our hands absolutely away from it until then. “If the weather is nice out, sit on a sunny place to accelerate the drying process.”

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Wrap your hair for a smooth style. 

Kevin Lee, style director, Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa, says to use hair wrapping, an old-school method that has withstood the test of time for a smooth polished look. “Using a quarter-size of Julien Farel Flexible Styling Balm ($25), begin at the side of your head behind your ear, brush the hair forward and around your headed hair. Secure with pins as you go until entire head of hair is wrapped around head and pinned.” Once your hair is cool cool to the touch but not wet, take hair down and follow the same instructions on the opposite side. “When completely dry, take pins out and brush into desired shape. Use a dime-size of Julien Farel Smooth Crème ($25) for added polish and shine.”

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