5 Ways to Get Beachy Waves Without Heat, Overnight

By Leah Williams •  Updated: 08/27/22

How do you get beachy waves without heat overnight? You have always done it with a curling iron or a wand. But what happens if you don’t have your trusty hot tools?

Fret not. We at Lucky Curl have several ways for you to get wavy hair even without a single heat styling tool. You can get the natural waves you’re after even if you only air dry your hair overnight.

It takes overnight, but if you have plenty of time to spare, it’s worth it to wake up in the morning to a wavy hairstyle with no heat.

We’re ready to spill our professional secrets about getting beach waves, so read on below and enjoy your loose waves later.

How do you get beachy waves without heat overnight?

We love that there are several ways to get this hairstyle without heat. Whether you have short hair or have longer lengths, pin-straight hair, or naturally wavy hair you want enhancing, we have super easy methods to curl hair with no heat tools.

Method 1: Pin curls

Making pin curls works best on hair that is shoulder-length or longer. If you have shorter hair, you can still do this method, but you may need to use more bobby pins.

Start with clean, dry hair. Spritz your strands with a sea salt hair spray like the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray to add texture and volume.

Divide your hair into small sections, about an inch wide each. Take one section, twist it around your finger, wrap it around in a spiral shape, and secure it close to your scalp with a bobby pin.

Pin up your hair in curls, repeating the process until all of your hair is up.

Allow your hair to air dry overnight (or at least six hours). Comb through with your fingers when you wake up to break the curl and turn it into wavy sections.

Method Number 2: Braids

This method is suitable for all hair types and lengths but works best on second or third-day hair. Start with clean, dry hair, and add a little bit of leave-in conditioner to help your strands stay together while you braid.

Divide your hair into three even sections. Begin braiding each section like you would a regular braid, but don’t pull the braids too tight – you want them to be loose to create waves when you take them out in the morning.

Make a three-section braid when you have thick hair; two if your hair is on the thinner side. Tie off the ends of each section with an elastic band.

Go to sleep with your braids in, and in the morning, undo each one and lightly comb through your waves with your fingers.

Method Number 3: Curling your hair with rags

This method is great for all hair types but works best on medium to long hair. You’ll need two clean rags, or an old t-shirt cut into strips.

Start with clean, damp hair – not too wet, or your waves will fall out, and not too dry, or the rags won’t curl your hair.

Divide your hair into small sections and wrap each section around a strip of cloth, starting at the ends and working your way up.

Tie the rag in a knot at the top of your head to secure it. Repeat this step until all of your hair is wrapped in rags.

Go to sleep with the rags in and take them out one by one after. Apply your favorite setting spray, and you’re good to go.

Method Number 4: Buns

This method is good for all hair types and lengths.

Start with clean, dry hair. If your hair is thinner, you can add a little bit of volumizing mousse to help give your waves some staying power.

Divide your hair into small sections and twist each section around itself to form a bun. Secure each bun with an elastic band.

Repeat this step until all of your hair is in buns.

Go to sleep with the buns in, and take them out when you wake up—gently separate hair with your fingers.

Method Number 5: Heatless Hair Curler

Try the TikTok famous heatless hair curler.

These silk rods can be clipped to the crown of your head. Simply wrap hair around the rods and leave overnight. Voila! Beautiful, bouncy curls without any heat damage.

It is important to mention these generally work better with those with medium-long hair lengths.

Tips for Better Heatless Overnight Waves

Here are some expert tips to help you along in your journey toward natural-looking waves without heat in the a.m.:

Our Final Hair Say

There you have it – five easy methods to get beachy wavy hair overnight without any heat!

These methods will let you hop off your bed in the AM and reveal gorgeous waves.

Meanwhile, check out this other post for our best curling iron for beach waves for great recommendations. Have an awesome hair day!

Leah Williams

Leah Williams is the founder of Lucky Curl and has been in the hair care and styling industry for the last 15 years. Since then, she has developed incredible expertise and a deep understanding of how to treat and style the most difficult hair types and is passionate about sharing her knowledge with the readers of Lucky Curl.

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