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8 Simple Tips You Need to Know to Style Hair Without Heat

Want beautiful hair without the heat? Put down the heat styling tools and look no further, here is your go-to guide:

We all know that heat styling can dry out your hair, which could lead to breakage and damage. Though there are ways of reducing the impact, such as using heat protectants, sometimes it’s nice to give your hair a break from heat to restore and replenish. So if you want to show your hair some kindness, step away from the hairdryer, straighteners and curling tongs for a little while and read on to discover eight tips to help you on your way to no-heat hairstyle perfection.

1. Embrace Your Natural Texture

One of the secrets of a fabulous air dry is to leaning into it and embracing your natural texture. Whatever hair type you have - straight, curly, coarse or fine – use this time as an opportunity to get to know your hair. Find the right haircare products (that are not heat activated) and hairstyles that compliment your hair type, for gorgeous hair without relying on heat.

2. A Great Heatless Hairstyle Starts in the Shower

Choose a shampoo and conditioner for your hair type to prep for styling without heat. Again, it’s all about finding the right combo for your hair type or that target your hair concern. If your hair is naturally dry, for example, use a moisturising shampoo and conditioner, to inject hydration into the hair to create the perfect base for the rest of your routine.

Towel dry your locks but take care. Roughly rubbing your hair with a towel can result in frizz and tangles, as well as causing damage and split ends – not good! Blot the excess moisture with the towel from root to tip. Think of pressing the hair rather than rubbing to prevent damage. Now, you’re ready to start your air dry styling.

3. Take the Time to Prime

If you are going for the air dry, a hair primer really is your BFF. Our founder Paul says, “The key to air drying hair is products. When hair is wet, apply a primer – our I Need A Hero! Wonder Balm Hair Primer is a fantastic leave-in balm that gives light hold and definition to hair even without heat styling.”

This little miracle provides continuous protection from frizz and humidity for up to 72 hours. When you use this little beauty, you can be confident that your air dry will result in flawless hair, even without the heated styling tools.

Our hair primer is really easy to use too! Simply dispense 3-5 pumps into palms and smooth between hands. Apply to hair using your fingers or a comb to work from roots to ends. 

4. All the Volume Without the Heat

If your hair is fine, styling it without heat can be a real challenge as your finished look could end up being a little flat. But if you use the right no-heat hair products and techniques, you can get big, bouncy hair without the blow dry.

Start by applying Turn Up The Volume No Oil Oil to freshly washed towel-dried hair. It will give your hair long-lasting volume as well as lots of shine. The team at Percy & Reed HQ also highly recommend Session Styling Volumising Mousse to give hair a boost. Just dispense a golf-ball-size amount into your palms and pull through your hair. It will supersize your hair in just the right way, without a stiff or sticky feel.

When hair is dry, use Session Styling Define & Hold Finishing Cream to smooth stray hairs into place. If your hair gets flat throughout the day, give it a quick lift with Session Styling Volumising Spray. The perfect refresher to give your strands some oomph on the go.

5. No-Heat Beach Waves

Want those wonderfully relaxed undone beach waves without the frizz?

Try I Need A Hero! Wonder Balm Hair Primer and apply to hair while damp. If your hair isn’t naturally wavy, pull the Wonder Balm through your tresses and then braid your hair while damp. When hair is dry, shake your braids out and tousle your hair, you’ll have that naturally lived-in look with no frizz. You’ll be totally beach-ready.

6. Curls in All the Right Places

Do you have naturally wavy, curly or coily hair? Here’s how you get perfect formations without the diffuser. Simply apply our NEW Session Styling Curl Control to damp, freshly washed hair from root to ends, distributing evenly. Scrunch into hair to activate natural curl patterns and encourage curl groupings. For twist-outs and braid-outs smooth through each section and allow to air dry.

And there you have it, defined formations full of natural movement, all without the heat!

7. Try the Wet Look

The wet look has been dotted all over the catwalks and red carpets, and luckily for all us mere mortals, it’s easy to style this high fashion look without using any heat!

For this super sophisticated and on-trend look start by mixing I Need A Hero! Wonder Balm Hair Primer and Session Styling Define & Hold Finishing Cream in your palms, rub them together and apply to your towel-dried hair. Slick your hair back with a comb, or use it to create a deep side parting. Then use Session Styling Strong Hold Hairspray to tame any flyaways.

8. Fix the Frizz

You might be convinced that no-heat haircare is the way forward to be kind to your strands, but the thought of a frizzy hair mess can still be quite terrifying. With the right styling kit, you’ll keep your hair tamed and tousled to perfection. Our Time To Shine Mirror Mirror Shine Serum will be your best friend. The beauty of adding our serum to the mid-lengths and ends of the hair is that it will smooth strands without weighing down the hair, no matter your hair type, you can have frizz-free airdry results.

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