Heating tools such as flat irons and curl irons do the most damage to hair extensions and natural hair - throw them away.  For decades women relied on simple techniques for hair styling such as pin curls, velcro rollers, roller sets, hair wraps and twisting hair to create glamorous looks.  These are oh so perfect for the bride!

Throw away your flat irons which strip your hair cuticle leaving hair dry and void of shine.  Below are simple techniques to get the same hairstyles and keep your hair and/or hair extensions healthy.  Your hair is intended to last you a lifetime - so here it goes.

THE ROLLER SET will keep moisture in your hair and your hair will thank you for it.  Especially if you have invested in hair extensions which can damage easier than your own hair.

1) For fine and less frizzy hair; set hair dry in velcro rollers.  Velcro rollers will  add volume to your hair, promote shine and smooth the hair.  

2) For more dense hair textures and curly hair; wet set in hair rollers and set under an overhead dryer until the hair is 100% dry. Invest in an affordable overhead dryer that can be set on a table.   I find a wet roller set under a dryer the best for newly relaxed hair.  Avoid pulling and flat ironing after a hair relaxer.

Dry Set On Fine Hair & Wet Set On Natural or Relaxed Hair


wavy hair extensions

 natural hair


Wise women have used this technique for centuries because it works.  Hair is wrapped around the head in one direction (switch directions every so often) and this technique uses the shape of the head to add some volume and keep the hair smooth and shiny!  Widely used on relaxed hair, but great for all hair textures.

Hair is pinned in placed and covered with a scarf or paper mesh.  The longer the hair wrap sets - the smoother the hair.

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Pin curls have been used for ages and were very popular in the 1930's and 1940's.  Glamorous vintage styles have made a comeback and pin curls are so simple to create.  Gather sections of hair, the smaller the section the tighter the curl, and spiral the hair around your fingers pin in place.  You can get very creative with this one - a long stem pin curl emphasizes the curl at the end of the hair which achieves a looser curl.  

Let set while your getting ready and zap with a blow dryer to set.

pin curls

I have used this technique at my salon for years and am so happy it has returned.  Place a ponytail at the top of your head and roll a tube sock into your hair (cut toe portion off the sock).  This technique is best done on damp hair - it does have to set overnight or at least 3 to 4 hours depending on the thickness of your hair.  The end result is a loose beachy wave.  Use a bit of light hair gel for setting, but not a thick gel.

No heat hair styling

Try these old school techniques instead of hot tools for healthy hair and hair extensions and you will not regret you did.  What is better than sexy, shiny and healthy hair?


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Noelle Spinosa

Written by Noelle Spinosa

Noelle Spinosa has been hair stylist for over 25 years. She has been featured on television in Chronicle Magazine, Channel 7 News and the WB morning Show. Noelle has also been highlighted in both the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald for her in depth knowledge of hair extensions.