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Beauty writer tries the viral heatless curler tool from TikTok

Does the viral heatless curler tool REALLY work? Beauty writer tries the TikTok-approved trend to see if it gives salon worthy waves – with VERY surprising results

  • Hannah Thompson, Beauty Content Creator At Eliza, tried a silk heatless curler
  • Heatless curler from Silke comes in the form of a soft, silk-covered fabric tube
  • Heatless hair curlers started doing the rounds back in the first 2020 lockdown 

Having worked in the beauty industry for years, I’m forever sceptical when a new ‘beauty hack’ goes viral on TikTok.

Heatless hair curlers started doing the rounds back in the first 2020 lockdown, with people using their extra time as an excuse to get experimental with socks and dressing gown belts galore.

While these ‘hacks’ seemed to work, delivering soft waves and spirals, I wasn’t convinced they would for me. Any time I’ve braided my hair, it’s dropped out pretty quickly, and even with heat it takes a small army and a copious amount of hairspray to get my style to last the night.

I have however become a massive fan of velcro rollers over the past couple of years, so when the Eliza team were sent a pink silk heatless curler, without any exciting Thursday evening plans ahead of me, I took it home to try.

Hannah Thompson, Beauty Content Creator At Eliza, tried a silk heatless curler (pictured)

Hannah pictured after trying out the heatless curler. The heatless curler from Silke comes in the form of a soft, silk-covered fabric tube

There are a few different versions of heatless curlers (including the aforementioned socks and dressing gown options). This particular heatless curler from Silke comes in the form of a soft, silk-covered fabric tube, which allows you to easily bend it round your head.

Now, full transparency, I’m not dexterous when it comes to styling my hair. I only got the hang of plaits in my early twenties after many hours of YouTube videos, so trust me when I say if I can get the hang of this, most people will be able to.

It’s best to start with your hair not completely dry, so doing this after a wash is ideal. However, as I was short on time, I gave it a go with dry locks.

I started by securing the heatless curler to the top of my head with a claw clip to stop it sliding around so much (it has a tendency to move around, so be patient).

I then took a section at the front of my hair from one side and wrapped it outwards round the heatless curler, grabbing and adding sections as I went until all my hair was in and ready for securing on both sides (for the step-by-step instructions and all my top tips, read my full explainer).

In all honestly, that was the easiest bit. The hardest part is trying to sleep without disturbing the curler, which can come loose rather easily. Unless you are used to lying on your back in a motionless sleep (not I), this can be a bit of a challenge.

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Heatless hair curlers started doing the rounds back in the first 2020 lockdown. Pictured, Hannah

Although some hair had come loose by the morning, the majority was still wrapped around, and when I took it out, I was pleasantly surprised to find my hair had curled evenly on both sides, leaving me with medium-full waves.

The top of my hair was pretty flat where the curler had sat – you can read how I revived it here.

I used the Silke London Heatless Curler, £42, LookFantastic, which comes with the heatless curler, claw and hair scrunchies, but Kitsch does an equally good curling set (sans clip) for £11.50.

Overall, I was pretty impressed with how well this curled my hair without heat; it’s not something I’d do every night as to be honest, the awkwardness of trying not to move in my sleep wasn’t worth it.

But for those with heat-damaged or weaker strands that still want to style their hair in waves/curls, it’s a great alternative to hot tools.

To read a full explainer on three ways to get a bouncy blowout style at home, head over to my article at eliza.co.uk

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