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TikTok is home to many hair curlers and I have tried quite a few of them. Whether it’s using a foam bar to achieve perfect heat-free curls or trying a “flip and clip” method to add volume to my air-dried hair, I’m always looking for new and inventive ways to style my hair. When I saw that the hashtag #cancurls was popular on the platform, I assumed that I would see people wrapping their hair around soda cans in an attempt to create a look similar to what you would get with hot rollers or velcro rollers .
But what I actually saw was people putting their hair into soda cans and heating the can using a blow dryer. TikTok user and TV personality Jonathan Monroe was the first to post about the trend on the platform, and his result was, like many other, amazing bouncy curls.
Even though I saw it happen before my eyes on my TikTok feed, I still couldn’t possibly understand how sticking my hair into a soda can could lead to the results I witnessed. I won’t lie, I didn’t have high hopes that this hack would actually work for me, but I decided to try the “can curls” method anyway.
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To try it myself, the first thing I had to do was find an aluminum can. I don’t drink soda or beer, so finding the tool to test the trend ended up being the hardest part of the whole process. After a trip to the corner store (and forcing my boyfriend to chug a Diet Coke), I had my can in hand.
Next, I washed out the can because I didn’t want it to get my hair sticky with soda residue. Then it was time for products. My hair is on the thin side, but it typically holds a curl well, so apart from a little heat protectant, I decided not to put anything else on it. From there I sectioned my dry hair, took a small section from the front and put it in the tin. I then turned the can upwards and outwards until the entire piece of hair was inside. I used my Dyson Supersonic hair dryer ($430) to hit the can directly with heat for about thirty seconds – until the can was almost too hot to hold.
When I pulled my hair out, I was shocked to see that my first sample was curled beautifully. When I tried it on a few other pieces of hair, I found that my results were similar to everyone else’s on TikTok – bouncy, smooth curls. There were a few inconsistent pieces, but overall the can curl method worked without a doubt.
Despite being able to achieve the same amazing results as everyone else on TikTok, I think I’ll stick with my curling iron or my Dyson Airwrap for a few reasons. The can curl hack took quite a long time to achieve and I didn’t even curl all my hair. The can was also hard to hold when it got hot, so if you decide to test this yourself, I’d suggest wearing something like the Kiloline Professional Heat Resistant Glove ($5) to protect your hands from getting burned.