At this point in my life, I consider myself a hair tutorial connoisseur, especially when it comes to curl trick hacks. I’ve tested hair sticks that promise perfect heat-free waves, and I’ve even tried a microwaveable hair tool that has given me some of the shiniest, bounciest curls of my life. Recently, a new tutorial promising effortless beachy waves went viral on TikTok, and when I found out that all I needed to try was a pair of leggings, I gave it a shot.
I first came across the hack as a TikTok user Reagan Ibach showed up on my FYP showcasing her Lululemon legging curl results, and when I say my jaw dropped at how good her waves looked, I’m not exaggerating in the slightest. Although most people on the platform have used Lululemon leggings specifically, I don’t own anything by the brand, so I went with an older pair that I had in my closet.
To try it out for myself, before bed, I parted my dry hair down the middle and spritzed it with the Gisou Propolis Infused Texturizing Wave Spray ($39). I don’t like going to bed with wet hair, but I wanted to make sure it was a little damp so the curls could set. After brushing it through, I placed the crotch section of my leggings on top of my head, with the pants opening towards the back and one leg on each side of my head.
After securing the right leg to my hair with a claw clip, I started wrapping the left side of my hair around the leggings. I took a small strand of hair and wrapped it around the leggings, picking up more hair with each wrap. I made sure to twist everything as tightly as possible because I know from previous experiences with heatless hair that things usually unravel during the night.
When I finished tying everything off with a scrunchie on the left side, I repeated the same steps on the right side. From there, I tucked the bottom of the leggings over my hair and then took the opening waistband of the leggings and twisted it over my head. (If it sounds a little confusing, don’t worry — it’s a lot easier to get the hang of after watching the video.)
Then I went to bed for the night. As for sleeping while wearing leggings on my head, I have to admit that while this heatless hair situation was a lot more comfortable than other nighttime tricks I’ve tried in the past, it was a bit uncomfortable when sleeping on. I found myself tossing and turning a few times throughout the night before I could finally relax.
When I got out of bed in the morning and unpacked everything, I was thrilled to see that the end result looked great. Not only were the curls tight and bouncy, but because I’d wrapped the leggings over my head during the night, it had eliminated a large amount of frizz.
This is a hack I can repeat and would recommend it to anyone who wants the look of effortless waves without the damage of using hot tools. I think using leggings would be best for those with medium to long hair, but I also think anyone with short hair who wants to test this hack could use cycling shorts. Overall, this experiment was a win in my book.
Image Credit: POPSUGAR Photography / Renee Rodriguez