5 Ways To Style Your Hair Without Heat

Why bother with a blowout when it's hot and humid outside? These air-dry looks style themselves — and keep you cool.

Hot tools and hair dryers during a heat wave? No thanks. If you’re anything like us, you’d rather be at happy hour than slaving over a post-beach blowout in a steamy bathroom. These no-heat, air-dry ‘dos style themselves while you stay cool.

For A Sleek Look
A smooth, wet-look shine elevates a bun from basic to glamorous. Coat damp hair with gel and make a sharp side part. Then use a wide-tooth comb to pull hair back into a knot at the nape of your neck. The finished look is effortlessly runway-ready. Try: Redken Hardwear 16 Super Strong Gel (redken.com for salons)

Emma Watson

No heat required to create Emma Watson’s sleek chignon.
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For Voluminous Waves
Prep towel-dried hair with mousse and part down the middle into two sections. Twist each section away from your face, coil it into a bun, and secure the buns with an elastic or pins. Wait an hour or two (or even overnight) and take down the buns for perfect tousled waves. Try the same technique with multiple, smaller buns all over your head to create more defined waves. Try: Oribe Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse ($35, oribe.com)

For Beachy Texture
Braid damp hair before bed. In the morning, undo the braid and brush out your hair for instant texture. Different types of braids will give you different looks: for loose waves, weave hair into one big braid. For tighter texture, make four or five small braids all over your head. Try a fishtail braid for a different wave pattern. Add beach spray for extra texture. Try: Pureology Sea Kissed Texturizer Salt-Free Tousle Mist ($28, pureology.com)

For Natural Curls
Air dried curls can weigh down hair at the roots, which can give hair a flat look. To give naturally curly hair a lift without using a diffuser, place metal duckbill clips along your hairline, part, and crown of the head. Place the clips vertically so each one is lifting your hair off the scalp. Remove the clips once your hair is dry, and enjoy your gravity-defying curls! Try: Ouidad Curl Clips ($6, ouidad.com)

Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Wood’s retro finger waves are an easy, heat-free style for short hair.
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For Short Hair
Try finger waves: Coat wet hair with gel and use a small comb to work 1-inch sections of hair into an S-shape. Pin waves in place to dry. Once set, leave your locks sleek for a vintage-inspired look, or tousle with your fingers for softer waves. Try: Pantene Pro-V Stylers Gel ($4.99, target.com)

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