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I started seeing and hearing the rumors, but didn't know if they could really be true. Could a $2 pack of grocery store plastic straws really make this kind of impact on your hair? I was fascinated and knew it needed to be tested. I was super excited to see if it would really work. 

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So here's the deal. Next time you're at the grocery store, snag a pack of basic plastic straws. And make sure you have a lot of small hair elastics on hand also. And that's all you need. Well, and a decent amount of time too. And then you've got everything you need for a DIY temporary perm. Saying the word perm though feels like a diss for some reason. It's more like, for the curls of your dream. And did I mention heatless too? Heatless hairstyles are my favorite these days. So let's dive in. I'm spilling how I did it and answering the most common questions I've received about the whole process.

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The process is really pretty simple. 

Here is what worked for me:

  1. Take a straw along with a small chunk of your hair in your hand.
  2. Fold over a small part of the top of the straw and secure it with an elastic along with the top most part of your hair strand.
  3. Coil your hair around the straw
  4. Fold over the remaining end of the straw over the top of the coiled hair and secure with a second elastic. 
  5. Repeat with all of your hair.

For best results,

sleep with your hair like this and take out the straws in the morning. But, if you don't want quite the full intensity, then just leave them in for several hours. I absolutely loved the results! It was so fun to see how they turned out and to play around with different curly hairstyles that I haven't been able to tinker with in the past.


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I didn't wash my hair for 10 days.

I was pleasantly surprised with just how long the curls stayed in my hair. Volume for days. I normally have to do some work with my hair to get volume at my roots, but this really took care of that and more. I really had no expectations going into it. And the curls stayed pretty fantastic the entire time. They slowly softened each day, but were still very curly and with the right products and care there wasn't much frizziness. Some sort of styling oil like Argan oil works wonders. I honestly probably could have gone even several days longer with the curls, but I wanted to wash my hair and was starting to miss being able to run my fingers through my hair.

If you want to see how the curls changed everyday, I documented it all on Instagram and it is saved on our highlight reels titled Straw Curls. 

There's so many fun hairstyles and ways to play with these curls. I had a lot of fun and am for sure plotting new ideas for next time. Not to mention how stinkin' cute the curls are when paired with a hat or a beanie. If you want to take your fashionista status up a notch, this is the way to do it.

Really, the only downside is ...

just how long it takes to put the straws in and then take out and style. I put the straws in my hair after putting the kids in bed, turned on a show, and sat on the couch with a mirror to get the job done. Not to mention my husband who sat next to me and thought I was absolutely crazy the entire time.  Next time, it probably won't take me quite as long put them in now that I know what I'm doing. I wasn't hurrying by any means, but it was still a good solid 2 1/2 hours to cover all my hair. It's quite tiring on your arms, so I would take a couple minutes here and there to rest them and then keep going. Moral of the story, make sure you have ample time to put them in, cause you don't quite know just how long it will take you to get it done.

Same thing goes for the morning when you take them out. It doesn't take much time at all to pull the straws out of your hair, but pulling each piece apart to get the style and effect is what takes forever. I really don't even know how much time I spent taking them out and pulling apart the strands of hair cause I was doing it in between the craziness my 2 year old was inflicting on the morning. 

Would I do it again?

Definitely. But because it does take so long to put the straws in and then style the next day, it's probably a style that will only happen a few times a year at this time in my crazy hectic life. It's definitely fun for everyday life, but this would also be extra fun to play with for a big event, a fun photo shoot, attending a wedding, etc. 

So what do you think? Will you give this a go? If you do, we would love to see it if you try this out! Please share with us if you do. Tag us on social media @redspritehats #redspritehats, dm us a picture, or email us at 

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