While Instagram once ruled the world of online beauty tutorials, TikTok makeup artists and hair stylists are now king; if you want to know what looks are trending, just open up your app and you’ll get a glimpse into the latest styles. Among the latest trends born on TikTok is a technique for curling your hair without heat with something you likely already have in your house: the terrycloth belt on your beloved bathrobe. Bri Harmon, whose TikTok handle is @bacardibri123, is among those who went viral with this trend; her video has over 1.2 million views (via Health). 

So how do you do it? Fashion has watched multiple TikTok videos demonstrating how to do this and has summed up the best tips from the trend. Jason Lee, stylist and owner of Toronto’s Jason Lee Salon started off by telling the publication that “all of these techniques require a little bit of dampness to start in order for the hair to set overnight. If you try any of these techniques on dry hair, you run the risk of nothing happening.”

How to curl your hair with a bathrobe belt

One technique is called “bathrobe pigtails,” and entails splitting your damp hair in half, laying the belt over the top of your head and letting each end of the belt fall down the right and left sides of your face. Wrap your hair around the belt in a twisting motion and tie at the bottoms. “This technique works because of the size and diameter of the bathrobe belt and the fact that it’s a softer material; this will create a softer wave pattern,” Lee told Fashion. He cautions that those with naturally curly hair should avoid this technique, however, because it can actually stretch out your cuts. Otherwise, he says, “if you try this technique, don’t be afraid to run a finishing product through it with your fingers to soften the sections afterwards, and a little texture.” 

You can also take those two pigtails and tie them up in a bun, which, while creating a similar effect, may be better for those with super straight hair. Lee explained, “By anchoring it in a bun, you’re changing the root area of the finished style … Basically you’ll stretch out the root, so you won’t get an overly voluminous finished look, especially at the front. I would suggest, as you get closer to the ends, using less tension and stretching the hair out as you wrap it.”  

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