The Octocurl Heatless curling iron gives me the perfect curl

Just when I thought I’ve tried every kind of curling iron with no heat imaginable, my TikTok feed says “think again” showing me another must-have tool that’s going viral on the app.

This time around, I have to blame (or thank) TikToker @erinduganjurchak for making me fall in love with Octocurl, a curling headband that offers countless ways to curl and wave your hair. His video showing how to use the tool has over 17 million views, and the hashtag #octocurl has been viewed by nearly 20 million people. As high as those numbers are, I’m not shocked, especially after seeing Jurchak’s near-perfect results.

Since my quest to find the best heatless curlers is seemingly endless, I had to try it out for myself.

Octocurl heatless curlers

There are so many styles to try

Before ordering, make sure you choose the Octocurl that best suits your hair length. With four different sizes to choose from: short, standard, long and extra long, there’s something for everyone. They even have kids’ sizes for beauty gurus in training. There are also different patterns to choose from in three different fabrics: microfiber, satin and cotton poplin. The Octocurl site offers a comparison guide to help you figure out which length and weave work best for your hair type. After a quick look at the guide, I opted for a long size in the cotton material.

It might not seem like it, but this was one of the easiest heat-free hair tools I’ve tried. The hardest part was deciding which method to try first. Octocurl comes with a detailed booklet that includes easy-to-follow instructions, styling tips and different curling approaches – from bouncy spirals to “hair curls” to beach waves and so much more. My hair falls out on the thicker side and can flatten out easily, so I chose the “Bulky Body” method to start.

Associate Editor Danielle Murphy wears the Octocurl Heatless hair curler
Courtesy of Danielle Murphy

It is easy to use

I followed the instructions to dissect the pieces of my crown before placing the Octocurl on my head. For night curls, the directions say you can start with dry hair to avoid potential frizz, but I used a spray bottle as I know my hair curls best when it’s a little damp.

After that, all I had to do was part my hair into equal sections, wrap each strand around one of the strips – the same way you use a curling wand – and secure the ends with the attached snap ring. For softer curls, the brand suggests wrapping your hair around two strips at a time. Just be sure to comb each strand before wrapping, so it doesn’t dry out with tangles. It took me about 20-25 minutes to do my whole head, and I’m pretty sure I can lose 5-10 minutes next time now that I know what I’m doing.

It is comfortable enough for sleeping

Believe it or not, this tool was really nice to sleep on. The cotton poplin material is soft and padded, so resting your head on each strip was like sleeping with extra mini pillows. The elastic around the forehead might be uncomfortable for some, but after adjusting the size, I barely noticed it for the rest of the night.

One thing I should note: Make sure you do your night routine before curling up. Brushing and brushing my teeth was a challenge while wearing this and changing in and out of my pajamas was nothing more than an acrobatic exercise.

It really works

The next morning, I unwrapped each strand and found a head full of tight coils. Since I placed the elastic band under my crown pieces, I was able to avoid an unflattering ruffle at the roots. I used my fingers to break each curl.

The brand recommends finishing your style with a hair oil, so I opted for Olaplex Bonding Oil to tame any residual hair. I also gave my roots a boost with a detox dry shampoo.

Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo

I was impressed with how tight these curls managed to get tight with zero heat, but not as impressed as I was with the staying power. Also, I didn’t experience any frizz issues despite getting my hair wet the night before. I don’t normally go for such a dramatic curl, so I can’t wait to try a wider wavy style and see if the results are just as exciting and long-lasting.

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