Try Out My Twist Braid Technique for Carrie Bradshaw Heatless Curls

Irina Reina
by Irina Reina

Yesterday, I woke up with the urgent need to try a Carrie Bradshaw hairstyle! I have super straight hair and I tried twist braid heatless curls and I am in love! Follow along to learn how to create tight, heatless curls with me.

Tools and materials:

  • Clips and scrunchies
  • Silicone-based hair cream
  • Hair elastics
  • Hair serum

I struggled to hold a curl with traditional, heated tools, but this tight heatless curls method worked for my straight hair.

Hair before

1. Split your hair into 16 sections

Split your hair down the back into 2 even sections. The plan is to split each half into 8 sections for a total of 16. I recommend halving and then working in quarters when you twist in the next step.


2. Apply cream, twist and secure

Grab the first section you want to work with and apply a small amount of silicone-based hair cream to prevent the hair from tangling. Then twist the hair tightly.

Creating twist braid heatless curls

Keep twisting until it curls back up on itself, like this:

Creating twist braid heatless curls

Super important: don’t be tempted to twist all the way through the very ends, since it will be hard to take it out later. It’s ok to leave a short tail. Then secure the little bun with a hair elastic.

Creating twist braid heatless curls

I’m working in quarters, so after these 4 twisted buns, I’ll need to split my next sections.

Creating twist braid heatless curls

Be prepared for an arm workout! It took me a little bit under an hour, but timing depends on the length of your hair.

Creating twist braid heatless curls

3. Leave it in

I’m going to leave these twist braided heatless curls in all day and night. I can’t wait to see the results.

Creating twist braid heatless curls

I recommend pressing on each section to see if anything hurts before going to sleep and redoing any problem sections to avoid a headache.

Creating twist braid heatless curls
Creating twist braid heatless curls

4. Remove the twist braid heatless curls

Here are a few tips I learned during the process:


Attempt to loosen them up by sort of massaging the buns gently.

Creating twist braid heatless curls

You might be more comfortable sleeping with a neck pillow. Don’t worry if a few of the twists come out overnight.

Creating twist braid heatless curls

To remove the twist, start with those on the bottom layers first. These curls feel so smooth, and it’s all thanks to the hair cream.


The first time I attempted this tight heatless curls technique, I didn’t do that and my hair suffered from the damage.

Creating twist braid heatless curls

5. Split the twist braid heatless curls

Look at those tight curls! Of course, we aren’t going to leave it like this, but super important – do not brush those curls!

Creating twist braid heatless curls

Instead, just split the curls by running your fingers through them.

Creating twist braid heatless curls

As you go, pull the hair gently to open up the curls.

Creating twist braid heatless curls

The only time you should brush the curls is in the shower – you can apply conditioner and then use a brush.


Once you’ve split all the ringlets, give the hair a good shake with your fingers.

Creating twist braid heatless curls

6. Apply serum and perfect the shape

Apply some hair serum to your heatless curls to tame some of the frizziness. Then move the hair around to find the right overall shape. I’m trying to cover the straighter roots.

Creating twist braid heatless curls

What do you think of the final results of these heatless curls!?

Twist braid heatless curls

Twist braid heatless curls

I’m super impressed with these tight heatless curls!

Twist braid heatless curls

This technique held my hair like this for 2-3 days and it’s completely heatless! If you try out these twist braid heatless curls, let me know in the comments.


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