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

Want to skip away from the heat styling tools, but still rock beautiful hair?

Summer is the perfect season to try a natural air dry, and there are some great reasons to give it a go. Heat styling can dry out your hair, and cause breakage and damage. A heatless hairstyle is all about being kind to your hair. So step away from the hairdryer, straightening irons 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 embrace your natural texture. So whatever hair type you have - straight, curly, coarse or fine - you’ll find one of the secrets of letting your hair dry naturally is to choose the right no-heat haircare products and hairstyles for your hair type. So let go and get ready to embrace your natural fabulousness. 

Curly haired woman on the beach

2. A Great Heatless Hairstyle Starts in the Shower

Choose a shampoo and conditioner for your hair type to prep for styling without heat. If your hair is feeling dry, for example, use a moisturising shampoo and conditioner.

Towel dry your locks but take care! Roughly rubbing your hair with a towel can result in frizz and tangles. It can even cause damage and split ends. Blot the excess moisture with the towel from root to tip. Think of pressing the hair rather than rubbing to prevent damage. Gently does it. 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 co-founder Paul says, “The key to air drying hair is products. When hair is wet, apply a primer – our Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm is a fantastic leave-in balm that gives light hold and definition to hair even without heat styling.”

This little miracle that 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.

It’s 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. 

Volumised hair without heat

4. Va-Va-Voom 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 Smoothed, Sealed & Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil for Fine Hair 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 Abundantly Bouncy 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. Our co-founder Adam says,“You won’t go wrong if you pack damp hair with Percy & Reed Abundantly Bouncy Volumising Mousse and keep manipulating the hair as it dries for an undone, tousled texture.”

When hair is dry, use Quite Frankly Finishing Polish to smooth stray hairs into place. If your hair gets flat throughout the day, give it a quick lift with Big, Bold & Beautiful Dry Instant Volumising Spray. The perfect refresher to give your strands some oomph on the go.

Beach wave hair style

5. No-Heat Beach Waves

Want those wonderfully relaxed undone beach waves? You don’t need the curling tongs for this one. Promise! 

If your hair is naturally wavy, just spritz on Beyond the Beach Texture Spray to damp hair and leave to dry, and you’ll get marvellously messy beach waves. If you need to create some waves on straight hair, apply Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm and then braid your hair while damp. Divide hair into 4 sections, and spray with Beyond The Beach Texture Spray. While you wait for your hair to dry you can make the most of the glorious minutes you have saved yourself. Feel free to online shop, plan a dinner party, google people or meditate! Whatever feels good.

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

For those with hair on the thick, wild and untamed side you can get an ultra-stylish look too. For bouncy, well-defined curls without the frizz try mixing a little Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm with a little Smoothed, Sealed & Sensational No Oil Oil for Thick Hair and apply to hair while damp. This multi-tasker contains pomegranate seed oil that will smooth flyaways and protect against frizz. Then take time to relax while you leave to dry, you’ll soon have perfectly tamed curls without the frizz.

Volume and defined curls hair style

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 Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm and Quite Frankly Flawless Finishing Polish 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 Surprisingly Strong Extra Hold Hairspray and Quite Frankly Flawless Finishing Polish to tame any flyaways. Ooh La La.

Wet look hair style

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. Fret not. With the right styling kit, you’ll keep your hair tamed and tousled to perfection. Pop a bottle of Oh-So-Smooth Frizz Fixer in your handbag and you’ll control frizz in a flash. The ultralight blend of coconut and moringa oils moisturise and enhance shine. Simply spray in and brush through your hair. Hey presto, frizz-fixed!

You really can style your strands without heat all summer long and look fabulous!

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