photo: Ileana Paules-Bronet

I'm going to be honest with you: I hate doing my hair. I love the way my hair looks when it's done nicely, but I don't like investing any effort into it. That's why most days my straight-to-wavy hair ends up in a ponytail or messy bun. Every so often I'll curl or straighten my hair, but that's pretty rare (especially now that I'm home all the time). Outside of my normal ponytail or bun, the only hairstyle I do regularly is two French braids — and the subsequent messy waves after I take the braids out. I always want my hair to look nicer, but I just don't do it.

This is what my hair normally looks like — it's pretty flat and straight. I love the color, but other than that, I'm not a huge fan of my hair. It's long and unruly, and if there's any humidity at all, it gets super frizzy.

Twice a year or so, I'll try to curl my hair using my curling wand. Sometimes it ends up perfectly curled and beautiful, like in this photo. Usually it falls out of curls in a few hours and looks scraggly and messy.

Because I'm so lazy with my hair, I'm always looking for new hacks and tricks to make my hair look cute with very little effort. My favorite way to do my hair? Something quick before bed that I can sleep on and end up with a cute style in the morning — that's why I do French braids. So when I came across a TikTok no-heat curls hack, I knew I had to try it.

photo: Ileana Paules-Bronet

The hack involves wrapping your hair around a bathrobe belt, sleeping on it, and waking up with gorgeous curls. I was skeptical — I've tried some similar hacks in the past (one with a headband, one with long socks, and one with curling rods), and they've never really worked for me. Sometimes they ended up way too curly, and sometimes, by the time I woke up, all my hair was flat again (I roll around a lot in my sleep).

photo: Ileana Paules-Bronet

The only bathrobe I have has a really thin, fabric belt, so I folded it in half to try to make it thicker. I wrapped my hair around the belt, adding more hair as I went, and tied off the bottoms with hair ties.

photo: Ileana Paules-Bronet

Once I was done, I put both ends together and used a scrunchie to tie them into a bun. When I woke up, I removed the scrunchie and hair ties and started carefully uncurling my hair.

photo: Ileana Paules-Bronet

When I unwrapped a few pieces of hair, I knew it was going to be good. My hair was so curly! I kept carefully unwrapping my hair, being careful not to brush through any curls too early. Once the whole bathrobe belt was out, I ran my fingers through the curls to separate them.

photo: Ileana Paules-Bronet

I was obsessed. I added a little bit of hair oil to help with the frizz, then I shook out my hair. I honestly couldn't believe the curls worked. Not only did they work, but they were flattering and so fun!

I felt like a mix between Merida, Ariel, and little orphan Annie, and I loved it. Since trying it for the first time, I've already done this hairstyle a handful of other times. It takes only a few minutes before bed to wrap my hair, then I have bouncy curls as soon as I wake up!