How to Create Bouncy "Blow Out" Heatless Curls With a T-Shirt

by Laineymariebeauty
6 Materials
12 Hours

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to do heatless curls with a t-shirt. I came across this DIY on Tiktok and wanted to give it a go myself. It’s supposed to make you look like you have a voluminous blowout; it’s not supposed to be spiral curls or anything like that. Let’s get to it!

Tools and materials:

  • T-shirt
  • Hair tie/elastic
  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Bobby pins
  • Shine spray
  • Hairspray
Rolling a t-shirt

1. Roll a t-shirt

Take a t-shirt and from the bottom, roll it all the way up to the top. You might have to play around with your t-shirts and find the perfect t-shirt because you don’t want one that will be too thick when rolled up.

T-shirt hair curling method

2. Secure the ends

Then you want to take a hair tie or an elastic and put it on the ends. That way, the t-shirt won't unravel itself; you just want to make sure it’s nice and secure.

How to do t-shirt curls

3. Roll bangs up

Section off your bangs (or your hair at the front if you don’t have bangs) and just roll them up over your t-shirt, starting at the bottom of your hair.

Trying out t-shirt curls long hair

4. Tie t-shirt up

Proceed to tie the t-shirt up at the back of your head.

Spraying leave-in conditioner on hair

5. Spray your hair

This step is optional, but as my hair was very dry, I just spritzed in some leave-in conditioner to give it a bit more moisture and make it easier to work with.

How to wrap hair into a t-shirt

6. Pull your hair through

Proceed to section off your hair and pull up sections through the t-shirt and wrap them around. You want to wrap them around once and when you bring the strand of hair down, add in some more hair. Continue to do this, adding in more hair all the way around your head.

Securing the t-shirt with bobby pins

7. Use bobby pins

When you’ve finished one side of your hair, use bobby pins to help keep your hair in place.

How to curl your hair in a t-shirt overnight

8. Sleep with your hair in

Here is what it will look like when you’ve finished pulling your hair through the t-shirt. I am going to leave the t-shirt in overnight and sleep with my hair like this.

Unwrapping the heatless curls the next day

9. Untie hair

The next morning, untie and unravel your hair and take the t-shirt out and then you’re done!

How to curl your hair with a t-shirt

Heatless curls with a t-shirt

Heatless curls with a t-shirt tutorial

This is the finished look. I applied some shine spray and hairspray at the end to add some shine to my hair and keep the style in place. I am happy with how it looks, and it definitely gives that blowout effect.

I would like it if it was a bit more defined, though, because I don’t think these gentle curls will stay in place for very long. I’m going to play around with the technique and see if I can tweak it a bit to make it a little bit better.

I really enjoyed this DIY hair tutorial, and I hope that you’ll give it a go!

Suggested materials:
  • T-shirt
  • Hair tie/elastic
  • Leave-in conditioner
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  • Laura Wilson Laura Wilson on Sep 29, 2021

    I'm wondering how painful this is to be pulling and wrapping that long of hair around a tube?

    Doesn't it tangle and pull as you're trying to do this?

  • Dana Dana on Oct 25, 2022

    I remember having an old shirt cut into strips, my hair would get tied up in the strips, sleep in them and in the morning I would sit and mom would unravel my hair, this was called rag wrapping, and the curls were more bouncy and lasted longer. Ah the good old days.