Curls are just so beautiful, but not all of us are blessed with them. A perm is an investment and a commitment, though. No problem—you can get curly hair at home, and you don’t even need a curling iron or hot rollers. All it takes is a few styling products and a little bit of effort.

Things You'll Need

Start out with wet hair, but don’t shampoo—hair tends to curl better when it hasn’t been freshly washed. Run your fingers through it to try to cleanse any leftover styling products from the previous day. If you absolutely must shampoo, be sure to follow it up with a thick, creamy conditioner.

Squirt enough leave-in conditioner into the palm of your hand to cover all of your hair. Rub your hands together to evenly distribute the conditioner, then run your fingers through your hair to apply it, scrunching sections of hair as you go.

Apply curl putty or paste, which can be purchased at drug stores or salons. It may take a bit of trial and error to find one that works best with your hair. Rub some between your palms and apply it to your hair by scrunching.

Attach the diffuser to the blow-dryer and turn the blow-dryer on to the highest heat setting and the lowest speed.

Place the diffuser as close to your head as possible and hold it there for a few seconds at a time. Keep your hair moving while you dry it—continue to scrunch and shake it out until it’s dry, or mostly dry. The process may take a while, especially if you have thick hair.

Apply more curling putty or paste. Rub some between your palms and apply by scrunching.