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Yes, we're all quarantined at home and doing the best we can with our hair until salons open back up, but if we're being honest, even if the salons were open, it's still great to know cool hair hacks. Heat-free hair hacks are great to have in your back pocket when you're short on time.

And now is the perfect time to lay off the heat tools. "While salons are closed/not taking appointments, I suggest giving your hair all the TLC while we're all (should be) isolating," says Olivia Casanova, colorist at IGK Salon in New York. "Since you won't have any co-workers to impress, it's probably not a bad idea to lay off the hot tools while you can and give your hair a break."

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In keeping that in mind, celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan shared the best heat-free hair hack and we're obsessed with it. She used an old pair of tights to create bouncy curls—no iron or dryer required.


"[I've] been doing this to my hair the past couple nights and I love the way it turns out," she captioned in a video on Instagram. "You just need an old pair of tights or stockings and damp hair. I love this technique because it creates more of a loose curl in the hair as opposed to a crimped effect like regular braids"

Wrapping the hair around the tights gives more of a curl as opposed to a crimped effect like regular braids, Marjan mentioned in the comments. The same technique can be applied to short hair, too.

Here's how to do this viral heat-free curl hack for perfect waves without the damage:

Step 1: Find an old pair of tights or stockings you don't mind stretching out.

Step 2: Slightly dampen hair.

Step 3: Clip the tights to the top of your head.

Step 4: Braid your hair, using the tights as one of the strands.

Step 5: Sleep on it!

Step 6: Unravel braids and fluff curls.

The stylist also tried another heatless overnight curl technique using the tie from a bathrobe. She twisted the top half of hair around it then crossed the bottom and let it sit overnight for a bigger, more bouncy curl pattern.

You can also try socks for even bigger waves."I slept with socks in my hair and the result was 90s supermodel curls," says the stylist.

Enjoy, mama!

When I was expecting my first child, I wanted to know everything that could possibly be in store for his first year.

I quizzed my own mom and the friends who ventured into motherhood before I did. I absorbed parenting books and articles like a sponge. I signed up for classes on childbirth, breastfeeding and even baby-led weaning. My philosophy? The more I knew, the better.

Yet, despite my best efforts, I didn't know it all. Not by a long shot. Instead, my firstborn, my husband and I had to figure it out together—day by day, challenge by challenge, triumph by triumph.

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The funny thing is that although I wanted to know it all, the surprises—those moments that were unique to us—were what made that first year so beautiful.

Of course, my research provided a helpful outline as I graduated from never having changed a diaper to conquering the newborn haze, my return to work, the milestones and the challenges. But while I did need much of that tactical knowledge, I also learned the value of following my baby's lead and trusting my gut.

I realized the importance of advice from fellow mamas, too. I vividly remember a conversation with a friend who had her first child shortly before I welcomed mine. My friend, who had already returned to work after maternity leave, encouraged me to be patient when introducing a bottle and to help my son get comfortable with taking that bottle from someone else.

Yes, from a logistical standpoint, that's great advice for any working mama. But I also took an incredibly important point from this conversation: This was less about the act of bottle-feeding itself, and more about what it represented for my peace of mind when I was away from my son.

This fellow mama encouraged me to honor my emotions and give myself permission to do what was best for my family—and that really set the tone for my whole approach to parenting. Because honestly, that was just the first of many big transitions during that first year, and each of them came with their own set of mixed emotions.

I felt proud and also strangely nostalgic as my baby seamlessly graduated to a sippy bottle.

I felt my baby's teething pain along with him and also felt confident that we could get through it with the right tools.

I felt relieved as my baby learned to self-soothe by finding his own pacifier and also sad to realize how quickly he was becoming his own person.



As I look back on everything now, some four years and two more kids later, I can't remember the exact day my son crawled, the project I tackled on my first day back at work, or even what his first word was. (It's written somewhere in a baby book!)

But I do remember how I felt with each milestone: the joy, the overwhelming love, the anxiety, the exhaustion and the sense of wonder. That truly was the greatest gift of the first year… and nothing could have prepared me for all those feelings.

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