Can soda work with curlers? I tried it so you can save your Mountain Dew

My mom was never a beauty thrill seeker, but she had a few tricks up her sleeve when she was growing up. One of these hacks used soda can curlers to achieve bouncy, crisp waves. Unlike my mom who was born with a head full of curls and had hair long enough to make Rapunzel jealous, my shorter, straighter locks were definitely going to need something smaller to keep that curly shape.

Despite being as introverted as they come, I’m no stranger to beauty experiments, trying everything from mayo hair masks to Kool-Aid color. Yes, I even tried on Disney princess hair for an entire day to see if Prince Charming (aka Tom Hiddleston) was finally going to take me away from my house in the woods. While I’m still waiting for Mr. Hiddles to show up, I’m certainly always on the lookout for trying out those wild, wacky DIY gems that have my parents scratching their heads in confusion. This whole soda can thing seemed pretty legitimate.

Being somewhat of a trend stalker, I definitely saw the idea of ​​wrapping your hair around soda cans online. I mean, even Lady Gaga herself put her Diet Coke cans to work once. So if it’s good enough for YouTube influencers and mega pop stars, nothing has stopped me from testing this idea. Grabbing cans of seltzer water and hairpins I had lying around, here’s how my latest beauty adventure went.

The preparation

First advantage of this method: curling irons are expensive; soda cans are not. Your soda cans don’t have to be expensive, because a good ol ‘packet of seltzer is probably less than $ 5 at your local grocery store. While there are a variety of ways to secure your style (hair ties and hairspray works great too) I never miss bobby pins, so I bought a giant pack for just $ 2.49 .

After watching six different tutorials in a row, I was pretty sure I could master this look in my sleep. I mean, the Snap & Go Wrap was a pain in my back, but somehow I figured that out.

Oh how wrong I was. Unless you are a hair weaving genius, it will probably take you a few tries to get your boxes to stay put. After 40 minutes and several hundred bobby pins later, my hair was finally set. Since I have a shortcut, I only had to use six cans in total, but more were needed for longer doses. Once your curlers are set, it’s pretty darn hard to get around. That said, you might want to try this style when you’re seriously bored or on all your days off.

If you share my attention span of a three-year-old, you might want to limit your wait time to an hour, given that your constant wiggling and jerking can certainly make your curlers fall off. How Gaga can jump in the dance and still have her cans in place really puzzles me.

The results

Pulling out your cans can be crazy, but it’s pretty fun to see this look crumble at the end. My hair was definitely more pinned up than a voodoo doll, so it took me a good few minutes to remove the boxes and pins. But once the chaos was over my hair was definitely treated with more volume than before. Maybe if I had left them on longer, the results could have been more a matter of curl than volume.

While I haven’t seen any huge, life-changing results, it was pretty neat to experiment with something so inexpensive that didn’t heat damage my strands. Yes, you’ll need a lot of bobby pins and a good few hours to set this style into place, but don’t expect the results to compare to your rotary irons and crimps. Instead, this style is best for giving you volume, especially on dirty days when your hair needs a boost. Unlike mom, I’ll probably stick with my foam curlers instead. They seem to do the job the same anyway.

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