Sock Curls | No-Heat Curls Hairstyles

By popular request, and because no-heat hairstyle ideas are very popular right now… we decided to share one of the curling techniques my grandma used on me when I was little.

Back view of No-Heat Hairstyles | Sock Curls

This hairstyle curling tip uses a little bit of water and socks! Yes, mens socks {clean ones, of course} to curl hair!

Now, like we did in the Headband Curls, you want to start with dry hair. Then gently spritz the hair with a water spray bottle. You will want the hair to be slightly damp, but not wet.

{If you do this directly out of the shower, your curls will likely not hold when you take out the socks.  It is important that you start out with dry hair.}

I also decided to try a little bit of curl enhancer {my first time using it} that I rubbed into the ends of the hair, to see how it works.

I then grabbed a section of hair from the top of the head and rolled the hair around the sock until I reached close to the scalp and then tied the sock. I did the same for the back-lower hair, as well as one each on the sides of the head. That makes a total of 4 tied socks.

If you are worried about the socks becoming loose or untying, you can sleep with a silk scarf over the hair.

Portrait of young girl modeling No-Heat Hairstyles | Sock Curls {Front}

After a good night’s sleep, you are ready to take out the socks. You will be amazed at how easy this hairstyle is, and how wonderful your curls will look after using only socks!

I guarantee you will get compliments on your curls, and when you tell everyone you used “socks” to get them… just watch their faces!


Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, water bottle, curl enhancer, 4 mens socks, hairspray and accessory {as desired}

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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  2. I LOVE THIS!!!!! My best friend showed me this site and I am in love. I hate my hair-it’s really thick and not very long, so finding anything to do with it that will stay is a challenge. Although my mom’s hair is thick, it holds heated curls incredibly well. My hair, on the other hand, does not. Once I used hot rollers for 30 minutes to an hour and when I took them out the little ringlets were gone in 5 minutes. When I sleep overnight in braids my hair stays wavy for the entire day, so I thought no heat curls showed some promise. Would these no heat curls work for me?

  3. Where can you buy the curl enhancer stuff because my sister trying doing my hair and well it didn’t curl at all.

  4. For some reason these don’t work on my hair… Instead of lovely bouncy curls like the ones your daughter got I end up with straight hair with a tiny bit of curl at the ends (I have naturally straight hair). Does anyone have any ideas on how to make it work?

  5. I am very impressed how these curls turned out! Although, I did notice that they are near to impossible to sleep in. Maybe paper bags would be easier…..

  6. Sooo these are rag curls, but done with socks…(I personally prefer paper bags because I find it easier to roll them myself, and it recycles a grocery bag when I’ve forgotten to bring one of my own bags. The strips will last for a few uses.) Cute idea.

  7. hi mindy, im 15 and i put the socks in at 8 last night and took them out this morning at 5. i have a choir concert tonight, and figured it would look great because we are also dancing… the curls are looking stunning and beautiful. I’ll be back soon for more ideas <3

  8. I was lookin 4 hair styles to do with my daughters hair wich is very culy( mixed)& i found this.i so look forward to trying this on MY HAIR as it dosnt hold a curl unless i sleep in foam rollers(im alaska native&i know many of my indian friends have the same problem).so we shall see how it goes

  9. I tried doing it your way on myself, and found it a bit difficult, so I just did the curls on the side of my head and they turned out absolutely gorgeous! I wore it to school with the pancake braids and got heaps of compiments! Thanks to you and your grandma, I know know how to curl my haair effortlessly with this ingenious technique. Thanks a bunch! 🙂

  10. Hi Mindy, I saw this a while ago and wanted to try it on my little girl (who is a few months off 3). She has lovely long hair but pretty straight. Anyway I got all the socks in her hair then she realised I was putting socks in and got upset about it saying she didn’t want socks in her hair…. so I then sneakily got them back in while she was busy ‘cooking me dinner’ and snuck her off to bed without brushing her teeth as I didn’t want her to see it in the mirror! (naughty I know) Anyway, shame, this morning, she had obviously pulled 2 of them out. The bottom middle and one side. But the other two have made these amazing curls… So disappointing! 🙂 Will try again soon!

  11. wow………… nice styling………….would would also like to kw how i can style braids,my hair is naturally short.

  12. Works great! And for the ladies asking what curl enhancer she used: ulta ultimate styling defining curl enhancer
    That’s what it’s called.

  13. We used your sock curls idea in my daughter’s hair Sunday night, they lasted all day!! She looked so cute. Wanted to leave a quick thank you, we’re both big fans of yours and your beautiful girls! What type of curl enhancer did you use? We’ve tried several but haven’t found one that really works yet.

  14. My daughter and I love looking at your website for new hairstyles to try. Your instructions are easy to follow and hairdos are great. Thanks Mindy

  15. Hello! This would look really pretty if you had the same color hair as your socks, and you just left it in…I would just do three in the back, though…

  16. Oh my gosh this is amazing! I have done this on both myself and my older sister and it’s gorgeous. It’s great for before school,or even for a formal event. I wore these sock curls with the Bohemian braid hairstyle to my cousins wedding and I got so many comments. Thanks<3

  17. Hi! i am 11 and the curls shown here are amazing, but they are really hars to do myself. i know i could ask my mom but she is really hardworking. could you please shoot a video that includes curls but is really to do on your self? thank you!!!

  18. Hi! I am 10 years old and I was wondering if you could post more braids and things for short hair??? I always try your things because they are so cute! But, they don’t work bc of my short hair! Thanks!!! Email Me: [email protected]

  19. Hi! I am 10 years old and I was wondering if you could post more braids and things for short hair??? I always try your things because they are so cute! But, they don’t work bc of my short hair! Thanks!!! Email Me: [email protected]

  20. K so i really think this udea is great but if u have natural cutls dont do it!!they dont come out right the water turns ur hair natural and puffy

  21. it works on my hair and its black!!!!! i guess im perfect!!!!!!! im really preety im a lucky charm im so sexy

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