How to Get Curls Without Rollers for Black Relaxed Hair

Relaxed African-American hair is fragile. Relaxers straighten the hair using harsh chemicals, such as lye. This can result in extreme dryness and breakage if relaxed hair is not cared for properly. Both natural and relaxed African-American hair need tender care as it is, as the curl patterns keep oils from the scalp from reaching the ends of the hair. If you would like to change your look and add volume to your hair, learn how to get curls without rollers for black relaxed hair.

Things You'll Need

  • Shampoo
  • Deep conditioner
  • Towel
  • Shine serum
  • Strong-hold hair gel
  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Small-barrel curling iron
  • Hairspray
  • Setting spray
  • Satin pillowcase


    • 1

      Apply a dime-sized amount of a gentle shampoo to your scalp. Gently rub it in with your fingertips. Rinse it thoroughly out of your hair using tepid water.

    • 2

      Put a quarter-sized amount of deep conditioner on the hair. Massage it into your hair, especially on the ends, as they are prone to dryness. Let it sit on the hair for 10 minutes and rinse out thoroughly with warm water. Follow that with a rinse of cold water, which will prevent frizz. Blot the hair with a towel to remove most of the water.

    • 3

      Put one pea-sized amount of shine serum in your hands. Mix it with one pea-sized amount of strong-hold hair gel. Rub your hands together and smooth on your hair. Distribute through your hair using a wide-tooth comb.

    • 4

      Turn a small-barrel curling iron on medium-high heat. Hold it parallel to your head. Start at the front of your head and wrap 1-inch sections of hair around the curling iron. Roll it up toward your scalp, hold it in place for 15 seconds and release. Immediately spray with hairspray. Continue until you finish all the hair that you wish to curl.

    • 5

      Spritz setting spray all over the curls. Follow with another light mist of hairspray.

Tips & Warnings

  • Protect relaxed hair by sleeping on a satin pillow.
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