The Sleep Styler Review: The Best No Heat Curls

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the best no heat curls

We always want what we don't already have. And for me, that's always been curly hair. Growing up my hair was stick straight, and while I've gotten a little wavier as I've gotten older, I definitely don't have real curls or waves! So, I'm forever trying out new ways to get the hair that I want. Especially any way to do it that involves less time/effort on my part, lasts for as long as possible, and I want pretty curls that are big and loose, and look like I've spent a lot of time on my hair.

Today, I'm going to share the newest way I've found to get those curls. It doesn't require heat even (amazing!), I can do it at night and wake up to great hair. I'm so excited about this set of curlers, I want to tell everyone! Go ahead and order one of your own, then come back and I'll tell you more about what you just spent money on.


the best no heat curls

So, The Sleep Styler is my newest obsession. It's a set of 8 sleep curlers, basically like doing rag curls, but these curlers have more substance to them so in the morning you end up with bigger, loose curls that are well formed and uniform, as if you had curled them with a curling iron.

You can see that the curlers are pretty long (perfect for longer curls if you have long hair), and they are filled with a soft foam that keeps its shape. You can take the covers off to wash if you want as well.

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Here I am trying out a few of the curlers, pretty much the moment I opened the box. Yes, I was that excited.

They're very easy to use. You put them in at night and sleep on them. Your hair should be wet, likely with some product in it (we'll get to that in a bit), you curl your hair around the curlers and then curl the cord around your hair in the opposite direction to hold it in place. Then you just go to bed. The curlers are pretty soft and I found them easy to sleep on, and I'm a side sleeper!


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My first night results, pretty amazing and it only gets better from here

You can use the Sleep Styler with pretty wet hair, though note how wet and how large of chunks of hair to use kind of depends on the person. The first night I did this, my hair was only about 50% dry after a shower, and in the morning one side of my head was still a bit damp, so the curls on that side deflated quickly. It was my fault, my hair was too wet and that was the side I sleep on at night.

So, you do need to experiment a bit. I've been drying my hair a bit at the roots to help give volume, and getting my hair about 80-90% dry with the dryer before putting in the curlers. I've also found that my hair does better with some product in it. When my hair is healthy like now, it is really hard to get it to hold curl well. I've been using some smoothing serum and volumizing mousse, which helps my hair hold the curl all day. I've also been using pretty large chunks of hair, but I have enough on my head for about 4 additional people, so that's a lot of hair per curler! I use the entire set of eight each night, I'm debating about getting a second set so I can do smaller sections of hair, and my 5 year old has expressed some interest in trying it out as well.

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This is today. On the left, right after I took out the curlers, on the right after a little finger combing. Pretty amazing for roughly 2 minutes of paying attention to my hair this morning!



UPDATE 9/13
I've been playing with The Sleep Styler curlers for a while now, and my results have gotten better and better! A few tips:
• I've found that putting gel in my hair for a bit of hold is really the key to longer lasting curls. I'm especially loving the MoroccanOil Medium Hold Gel
• Since I have so much hair, I added a second set of curlers. I usually use 11 for my hair, and the smaller sections have made a big difference! My hair is a bit wetter when I put in the curlers now, and they are much drier when I remove them.
• I have been compressing the curlers by about 25% when I roll my hair in them, the slightly tighter curls are better lasting for my hair.


You can find The Sleep Styler on their website!
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29 comments

  1. Love it Christine! You look beautiful!
    ~Isabel

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  2. Hi Christine,

    I would LOVE to try these. They seem like the perfect product for me as I have naturally wavy, rather unruly hair, which I only air-dry. Unfortunately, I am afraid to "purchase" this product through Kickstarter after just having read numerous reviews stating the site is a scam. Hopefully, the curlers take off some day soon and become available elsewhere.

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  3. These look amazing, do they come in different colours? www.indigoandmouse.blogspot.com

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  4. I love this idea. Unfortunately, the link to kickstarter didn't work. and you never got around to talking about the product you used.

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  5. Thanks Isabel!

    Anon- I've never heard of Kickstarter as a scam itself, though I suppose people could promise rewards for supporting on there and then not following through. This is the prelim, beta version of the product and since it has been supported I would expect that they'll have a normal storefront for purchase in the next 6 months or so.

    Sarah-Louise, I know I've seen other colors of their curlers when they were testing other preliminary versions, when they're fully available I wouldn't be surprised to see additional colors.

    Arts Doc- I'm not certain why the link stopped working, it was forwarding automatically to their Kickstarter without an issue for a while. I've fixed it. I'm not certain why you think I never talked about the product as I clearly did for several paragraphs and offered many pictures... I guess I can't please everyone.

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  6. Looks like a good idea. My hair doesn't curl well, I would probably use two sets.

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  7. Do you think these would work if you had a few long layers? Not sure if your hair has layers or not.

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  8. I do have layers! I just tuck them in, no problem at all.

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  9. Great review! I want to try these!! I feel like I'm pretty uncoordinated when it comes to doing my hair, but I am ALWAYS looking for ways to cut down on time. Is there a secret to the wrapping to make it look good? The video on the kickstarter page makes it look so easy! Do you alternate the direction you wrap hair around (like one section away from face, next section toward the face (over the roller, under the roller) for example). Thanks!

    PS - you're a doc!?! Are you on SMD (Facebook?) 😁

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  10. I think it's pretty easy! I do wrap pretty tightly, I compress to about 75% of the original size, and I start at the top of my head and work my way down. It just takes a little practice. I also always wrap away from my face, I don't alternate directions at all. And I just said hi to you on SMD! :) Small world!

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  11. Questions...how does it minimize the curl close to the crown of your hair? Most people have problems with frizz, wave, around the bang area. How does your product maintain a smooth wave bang? I haven't looked at the whole website but I am curious on how curly, frizzy, and wavy your hair really is without doing anything to it? For ex-if you're in humidity?

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  12. You look amazing! I have extremely fine hair. I have let it grow out per my husband's request 😊. I know I would need some type of product in it besides the mousse I use. Any tips for people with hair like mine? Thanks!

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    1. I have very fine hair, but a LOT of it! My hair also doesn't like to curl very well. I do a little leave in conditioner or smoothing cream first, then something with hold. I often do volumizing mousse, but gel works really well for me too. I then dry my hair about 75% and put these in, they dry the rest of the way overnight. Note that you do need to kind of play with it yourself to see what works best, I think exactly how much hair you wrap, the humidity, how wet your hair is, etc. All of those matter. Hope that helps!

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  13. Oh, I just saw you on Shark Tank, you're very impressive.

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    1. I was just in the posters, though some of my friends thought Tara (the creator, also a physician but she's an ophthalmologist and I'm a pediatric intensivist) looks like me! I thought she did great! :)

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  14. Where can I find this product now???

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    1. It's currently only on their website, the link is here:
      https://thesleepstyler.com/

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  15. Do these come in shorter lengths. I curl my hair under and then straighten it. However, it is hard to sleep in prickly rollers. My hair is about shoulder length and pretty thin. I wear it in a bob style. It is natural wavy and frizzy.
    Bobbie

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    1. They've just announced a smaller size!

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  16. Do these work with nature curly hair?

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  17. sounds like a lot of modification to get these to work. not the miracle product it looked like on sharktank.

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    1. I think everyone's hair is different, so some people will need product, but not everyone does. As well, you can't necessarily leave your hair sopping wet if you're in a humid area, your hair won't fully dry. I just shared what gave me the best results.

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  18. I have very fine hair. Will these work on my hair ?

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  19. This looks amazing!!! However Can you really use them on wet hair right out of the shower? I am skeptical. I have super thick hair.

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    1. I think how wet depends a LOT on how much hair you have, how much hair you wrap around each curler and where you live, the relative humidity in the air makes a big difference. I have a ton of hair, so I can't use this directly out of the shower. I dry my roots and the hair itself a bit, I wrap when my hair is about 75% dry. That seems to be the perfect amount for me in terms of getting good curl and having my hair dry when I unwrap the curlers in the am.

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  20. I have long but thin hair not to thick. Do you think I would need the originals or the mini?

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    1. It depends on how long. If it's really long I'd go for the originals, around your shoulders or shorter I'd go for the minis.

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