For many of us, heat-styling our hair — whether we’re getting a blowout or straightening some unruly strands — is as simple as it gets. We know our tools, and we know how to use them. But, technology and techniques have become super advanced recently. Professional hairstylists are getting in on the action, so why aren’t we? It’s all about easy curls.

So, we called in hairstylist Monaé Everett from Hair Room Service and asked her to show us the latest and greatest in heat magic. You’ll never look at your hair routine the same way again. These easy curls can be created in just minutes.

Hood dryers are kind of magic: They attach to your hairdryer and allow you to disperse heat evenly over your whole head. It’s a great way to achieve gorgeous, natural-looking curls, like these.

Prep your hair with a strong-hold mousse (Everett likes this one, by Osis). Your hair can be damp or dry to do this. Then, take a section of your hair and twist it. The bigger the section, the looser your curl will be.

Twist the section into a bantu knot, and pin it in place.

Continue to twist and pin around your whole head. “You don’t need to make clean parts between the bantu knots,” Everett notes. “Zigzags and jagged lines are good.”

Fasten your hood dryer to your blowdryer, and then put it over your head. Everett suggests resting the hairdryer on a counter or a chair, so you can do your makeup while it’s drying. Let it set for about 15 minutes, or until your hair is completely dry. Then, take off the hood.

Let your hair cool completely. This will make sure the curl pattern sets.

Remove all the pins. “Don’t touch the coils yet, just let them fall,” Everett says.

Once all the pins are out, run your hair gently through the coils, and tousle it.

The final result? Perfectly messy, cool-girl curls.

Written by Gabrielle Korn for

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