How to Curl Your Hair With Hot Water (Without Rollers)

Did you know that using hot water instead of rollers gives better curls? How does that happen? And why should you consider using hot water for curling your hair?

Curls are a great way to change up your hairstyle. They can be used to add a little bit of drama to your look, and they also make it easier to keep your hair looking its best. This post will show you how to curl your hair with hot water. It’s a quick and easy way to get those curls you’ve always wanted, and it can be done right in the comfort of your own home.

However, hot water has some fantastic benefits. Hot water relaxes hair strands and makes them easier to comb through. Hot water also helps dry out frizz without damaging the hair cuticle.

Using hot water can give you more control over your styling options because you can leave the hair in the water longer than you would if you were using rollers. It’s safer also.

Hot water is often seen as something that only women use to style their hair. Although men also use hot water to achieve certain styles, they usually use gel or mousse to create volume. Dig in to find out the way you can curl your hair with hot water:

The water should be how hot for curling hair

The water should be how hot.

You don’t have to boil the water. Ideally, it should be the temperature at which coffee is drinkable. You can unravel the hair right away after it has dried. However, you shouldn’t unravel the fabric until five minutes have passed. You will see that the curl becomes tighter and more set as you wait longer.

Here is how to curl hair with hot water

Here is how to curl your hair with hot water:

What you’ll need:

  • Hot water
  • Mixing bowl
  • Hair ties
  • Hair dryer (optional)
  • Hair gel (or mousse, spray, or any other styling product you prefer)
  • Brush.

To start, part your hair down the middle.

To start, part your hair down the middle. This can be done using a comb, brush, hair band, or clip. You can even use your fingers to part the front of your head into two sections.

Next, section off a small piece of hair.

  • Next, section off a small piece of hair.
  • Use a comb to separate the hair.
  • Take small sections of hair, about 1 inch wide.
  • Don’t take too much hair, or it will be too heavy and may fall out; don’t take too little hair either, or it won’t curl well.
Apply your hot water mix to the small section of hair

Apply your hot water mix to the small section of hair.

  • Warm up your water in the microwave or on the stove.
  • Spray your hair with hot water from a spray bottle, making sure to get it evenly distributed throughout. You may need more than one spray bottle if you have long hair.
  • Using a brush, distribute the water evenly through your hair and then comb through with a wide-toothed comb or paddle brush (if you have curly or wavy hair, use a paddle brush). This will help smooth out any tangles that might occur during drying and ensure that all of your strands are coated with steamy goodness.

Gently twist the hair, ensuring the hot water is evenly distributed throughout.

You should be able to feel if your hair is evenly distributed, but if you’re not sure, try using a comb.

To start curling, divide a small section of hair into three parts — top, middle, and bottom. Use the same technique on each section by gently twisting it around your fingers until it forms a curl.

Do not twist too tightly, or you will damage the hair. If you do this, you won’t be able to curl your entire head. Also, don’t twist too loosely or lose all of your curls. If this happens, it’ll make things difficult when styling in the morning because they won’t hold their shape well. Lastly, avoid twisting quickly, as this can cause breakage in some cases too.

Repeat steps 2-4 on all sections of your head until all of your hair is wet and twisted

Repeat steps 2-4 on all sections of your head until all of your hair is wet and twisted.

  • Apply the hot water mixture to your hair.
  • Twist the wet hair around a section of dry hair and secure it with a clip or ponytail holder, ensuring that the top layer is twisted away from your face.
  • Repeat steps 2-4 on all sections of your head until all of your hair is wet and twisted.
  • Let the curls set for at least 15 minutes before removing them from the heat source, then carefully unwrap each twist to reveal beautiful curls.

Leave in for as long as you can. The longer, the better.

  • Leave the hot water on your hair for as long as possible. The longer, the better.
  • If you’re looking for loose waves, try leaving it in for 20 minutes; if you want tighter curls that will last all day, leave it in for an hour or more.
  • The amount of time depends greatly on what kind of curl you want to achieve and how humid the air is outside (your hair will hold its shape longer when there’s less moisture in the air).
And that's it. When you're finished, simply run some cold water or put some gel to hold your curls in place

And that’s it. When you’re finished, simply run some cold water or put some gel to hold your curls in place.

And that’s it. When you’re finished, simply run some cold water or put some gel to hold your curls in place.

  • Make sure your hair is dehydrated before applying the gel. If it isn’t, the water will dilute the gel, making it less effective at holding your curls in place.
  • Use a water-soluble gel that won’t leave residue on your scalp or cause frizz when you apply heat after towel drying or blow drying your hair.
  • Don’t leave the product in for too long—as, with other styling products, too much use can dry out your hair and cause breakage over time.

 Frequently Asked Questions:

Rollers can be washed in hot water, right?

It is suggested that if the synthetic hair can withstand it, you can curl it with a curling iron set to its lowest setting, or you can use hot water on the curls to make them more pronounced. Using foam hair rollers and hot water, synthetic hair can be molded into any shape you desire using the heat from the hot water.

How is hair set with hot water?

Hot water is used to seal braid ends in hot water settings. Some synthetic braids will soften when heated, so hot water settings do not work with them. Put some hot water in a jug and let it cool.

How does hot water affect my hair?

By directly applying hot water to your hair, you cause tangles and expose your hair to dehydration by raising the cuticles. Breakage occurs as a result of this damage.

When you braid your hair, how do you eliminate frizz?

When the towel is cool enough to handle, remove it from the pot and let it cool down until it’s not too hot. Your braided hair should be covered with a towel. Your braids will look fresh and tame the frizz with hot water.

When your hair is wet, how long should you leave the rollers?

You should leave the rollers on for at least 10 minutes, but up to 30 minutes, says Trygstad. Remove one roller at a time, and slide them out in the same direction the hair was rolled.


We hope you enjoyed learning how to curl your hair with hot water. This is a great way to get beautiful curls without heat or chemicals and is much healthier than traditional methods like curling irons or blow dryers. We know this recipe may seem complicated at first glance, but we promise—it’s not.

Our step-by-step instructions are easy enough for even beginners to follow along with so long as they have some patience (which everyone needs sometimes). And best yet? Don’t you need any special tools or equipment like expensive equipment which costs thousands of dollars, so why spend more money on something when you can DIY it yourself? So go ahead – try out this method today.