How to Use Straws for Curling Hair - Overnight Heatless Curls Tutorial

Jessica Shaw
by Jessica Shaw
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30 Minutes

Can you use straws for curling hair? Is that a thing? It sure is! If you ever wondered how to curl your hair with straws, wonder no longer. I’ll show you two ways to make heatless curls without fear of burning yourself with the curling iron or needing any electricity.

I was inspired by this DIY heatless straw curls tutorial by Laineymariebeauty. These methods of heatless hair curling require you twisting the hair and waiting for a few hours. If you’re keen to do this, let’s get started with making heatless curls overnight. You’ll wake up to bouncy gorgeous curls.

Here are two methods for heatless hair curling.

This post was transcribed by a member of the Upstyle editorial team from the original UpstyleTV episode.

Tools and materials:

  • Straws
  • Hair ties
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Wet brush
  • Hair oil
Spraying hair with water

1. Dampen your hair

Spray your hair with the water bottle dampening it slightly. You want it about 10 percent damp so not too wet. Spray the front and back. Run the wet brush through so there are no knots. 

Twisting hair around the straw

2. Do the twist

Section off a small piece of hair and twist around around the straw until you reach the end of your hair.

How to curl your hair with straws

Fold in the top and bottom of the straw. Secure with a hair tie.

DIY straw curls

Do all around your hair. Keep the straws in for a few hours or until your hair is completely dry.

Heatless hair curling

You can even sleep in them.

Straw curls

3. Glorious curls

Remove all the hair ties and straws.

Heatless curls

The curls will be very tight and bouncy.

Running fingers through curls

Run your fingers through them to separate them. Flip your head down and back and forth to loosen the curls a bit more. 

Applying hair oil

4. Add some control

Use your favorite hair oil by drizzling a few drops into your palm. Rub your palms together and gently work it through your hair using your fingers. This will help control the frizz.

Heatless curls overnight using straws

Once the curls were relaxed I was obsessed with the way it came out. I think it worked better than with a curling wand.

Bonus Curls

  • Long tie (from a robe is ideal)
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Wet brush
  • Two small hair ties

1. Dampen the hair

Just like before, spray your hair with water until it is slightly damp. Run your wet brush through it to make sure it’s free of any knots.

Using a robe tie to create heatless curls

2. Use the tie

Lay the robe tie across your head like it’s a headband, making sure the ends of the tie are equal length on either side of your head.

Braiding hair with the robe tie

Start on one side, pulling and twirling your hair around the tie. Continue all the way down past your ears. When you get to the end of your hair in the front, gather your hair from the back as if making a pigtail braid.

Securing the tie with a hair elastic

Secure with a small hair elastic.

How to do robe tie curls

Repeat for the other side.

Tying up hair for overnight curls

3. Sleep on it

Once you have two pigtails, twist them around each other in the back. Pull the tie to the front and tie into a flirty bow.

How to do heatless curls overnight with a robe tie

Keep this in place until the hair is completely dry for a few hours or overnight.

Undoing the robe tie

4. Gorgeous curls

Once the hair is dry or it’s morning, undo the bow at the top. Remove the hair elastics.

Loosening the curls

Undo the tie from your hair. Brush with your wet brush to loosen the curl.

How to use straws for curling hair

You’ll have beautiful heatless curls.

How to use straws for curling hair

Please let me know in the comments if my tutorial using straws for curling hair helped you make your hair look beautiful. 

Suggested materials:
  • Straws
  • Hair ties
  • Spray bottle with water
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  • Darlene Darlene on Sep 21, 2022

    If I want this look I can use sponge rollers.....or make pin curls..........wrap damp hair around and use bobby pins to anchor them to the head.

    • Christina Christina on Sep 22, 2022

      Pin curls never seem to look like ringlets like these when I do them but maybe I'm not wrapping them correctly?

  • Lora Taylor Hyatt Lora Taylor Hyatt on Dec 26, 2022

    Rags, we use to just tear Old sheets or lightweight material into strips and use them to roll hair in