Does the Viral Heatless Curling Tool REALLY work? The beauty writer tries out 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
- Silke’s heatless hair curler comes in the form of a soft fabric tube covered in silk
- Heatless hair curlers started doing the rounds during the first lockdown of 2020
Having worked in the beauty industry for years, I’m always skeptical when a new “beauty hack” goes viral on TikTok.
Heatless curlers started making the rounds during the first lockdown of 2020, with people using their extra time as an excuse to experiment with dressing gown socks and belts galore.
While these “hacks” seemed to work, delivering soft waves and swirls, I wasn’t convinced they would do it for me. Every time I braid my hair it falls out pretty quickly, and even with the heat it takes a little army and a fair amount of hairspray to keep my style going all night.
I have, however, become a big fan of the velcro rollers over the past couple of years, so when Eliza’s team received a pink silk heatless hair curler, with no exciting Thursday night plans ahead of me, I brought it back home to try it out.
Hannah Thompson, beauty content creator at Eliza, tried out a silk heatless curler (pictured)
Hannah pictured after trying out the heatless curler. Silke’s heatless hair curler comes in the form of a soft fabric tube covered in silk
There are different versions of heatless curlers (including the aforementioned sock and robe options). This particular heatless curler from Silke comes in the form of a soft fabric tube covered in silk, allowing you to easily bend it around your head.
Now, in full transparency, I’m not adept when it comes to doing my hair. I didn’t understand braids until my early twenties after many hours of YouTube videos, so trust me when I say if I can figure this out, most people will.
It’s best to start with your hair not completely dry, so doing it after a wash is ideal. However, since I was short on time, I tried dry highlights.
I started by securing the heatless curler to the top of my head with a claw clip to keep it from slipping too much (it tends to move around, so be patient).
I then took a section from the front of my hair on one side and curled it outward around the curler with no heat, grabbing and adding sections as I went until that all my hair is in and ready to be fixed on both sides (for the step by step). step by step instructions and all my top tips, read my full explainer).
Honestly, that was the easy part. The hardest part is trying to sleep without disturbing the curler, which can come off quite easily. Unless you’re used to lying on your back in a still sleep (not me), this can be a little tricky.
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Heatless curlers started making the rounds during the first lockdown of 2020. Pictured is Hannah
Although some hair had come loose in the morning, the majority was still curled up, and when I pulled it out, I was pleasantly surprised to find that my hair had evenly curled on both sides, leaving me with medium to medium waves. full.
The top of my hair was pretty flat where the curler 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 scrunchies, but Kitsch has an equally good curling set (no clip) for £11.50.
Overall, I was pretty impressed with how it curled my hair without heat; it’s not something I would do every night because to be honest the embarrassment of trying not to move in my sleep wasn’t worth it.
But for those with heat damaged or weaker locks who still want to style their hair in waves/curls, this is a great alternative to hot tools.
To read a full explainer on three ways to achieve a bouncy blowout style at home, head over to my article on eliza.co.uk