How I Rock Smooth & Loose Curls (WITHOUT A Blow-Dryer!)

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Earlier in the week, I spoke about how I learned to rock my natural curls. I have gotten that technique down to a science and it allows me to embrace my natural hair. But, I also have another hairstyle that I sport quite often – my smooth and loose curls!

How I Rock Smooth & Loose Curls (WITHOUT A Blow-Dryer!)

This one takes some effort, but lasts me for days. It is my go-to look for whenever I have an event to go to or if I just want a smoother, more tamed look. It is actually quite easy to do and here’s the kicker: I don’t use a blow-dryer! Here’s why…

For years I was under the assumption that the only way I could get my hair to look smooth was with a blow dryer. But every time I blew out my hair, it resulted in a frizzed up mess. It didn’t matter who blew it out or what blow dryer they used, the results were always the same.

That is when I put the blow dryer aside and came up with the technique I am going to explain to you now. It takes less time, it’s easy, and it puts less heat on my hair. Here’s how I do it!

Start with dry hair

After wrapping my hair in a t-shirt to dry, I apply the OGX Penetrating Extra Strength Hair Oil and let it air dry overnight. The oil helps to prevent frizz while I sleep.


Once I am ready to start the process the following day, I begin with a heat protectant. I like to use the TreSemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray.

After that, I part my hair. I like to do two bottom parts and then split the top into a left part and a right part.

Straighten the roots

I take my Paul Mitchell Express Ion Smooth Flat Iron and just go over the first three to four inches of my hair starting at the root. I do this because I will be using a curling wand, which is difficult to get close to the roots with.

Because I have very curly hair, I can’t neglect this part or else I will have my natural texture at the root with smooth, wavy ends –  not the cutest look!

Curl the rest

Using my Hot Tools 1-inch Flipperless Gold Curling Wand, I curl the rest of my hair. I prefer using a curling wand because it creates a looser, less ribbon-like curl.

I like to have all the curls directed away from my face, but that is up to personal preference. I find that this provides a cleaner look while mixing it up directions gives more of a tousled/beachy look.

I repeat this process of straightening the roots and curling the rest.

Finishing touches

When I am done, I will take the same OGX oil from before and run my fingers through all of the curls. From there, I style it and finish with some Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Hairspray.

That’s it!

No blow-dryer and no special, expensive products! It takes me about 45 minutes to do, which is a record for me. Back in my blow-drying days, I could expect the process to take around 2 hours!

I find that my hair looks and feels healthier than it ever did, which I attribute to using less heat. Once I go through this process, I find that I barely have to touch it up throughout the week, which helps as well. This look will last me around five days before it just gets too greasy to handle.


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How I Rock Smooth & Loose Curls (WITHOUT A Blow-Dryer!)

Did you like this tutorial for loose curls? Is it something you would try? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Reply Sarah Carter

    That actually looks very nice!

    I bought the OGX hair oil 3 days ago, do you think it’s necessary for me to get the Garnier Shine Hairspray as well? Keep being awesome!

    March 24, 2017 at 10:45 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      thank you!! The hairspray is super light and helps keep everything in place but it isn’t totally necessary. If you’re doing your hair to go out then I would say yes. If it’s just for everyday wear, then you can pass. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

      March 24, 2017 at 3:44 pm
  • Reply Erica Gwynn

    Your curls are GOOOORGEOUS! I actually find my curls *always* turn out better sans a blow dryer. Who knew!

    March 26, 2017 at 4:22 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Thanks girl! I think it depends on the hair, right?! Like my sister can’t do without the blow dryer but my hair hates it lol so weird!

      March 26, 2017 at 4:28 pm

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