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April 1st, 2009, 08:39 AM
I saw a photo of someone here who tried rag curling their hair and I loved the results. I'd like to try this as I have an Easter function with family in a few weeks.

Question--how do you do it?? Do you set it over night? Wet or dry? I have natural curls/wave to my hair, but they do fall as days pass. I tend to wash my hair at night, every other day. As a kid, I used sponge rollers on wet hair and left them in over night and was horrified! I looked like shirley temple!

So, any tips would be great :)

April 1st, 2009, 09:26 AM
He he .. My mother used to curl her hair with this way. You must tell me where did you saw that.. If you ask your hairdresser is going to tell you that is too old fashioned!! Well ..wait.. just a phone call to my mother and the answer is yours.. ! ( just wait! )

April 1st, 2009, 09:36 AM
Here comes the answer. Well. Your hair has to be a little wet. ( but very little as mum says). Then you have to put to your hair paper, it doesn't matter what kind of paper, my mum said when she was young they used to use newspapers. So between your hair and the rug you put a piece of paper and then you curl them. You can set them this way all night, but even if you don't, have in mind that you have to wait longer than with conventional rollers.
Mum said that your hair must not be very wet ( it seems logical.). And thats all .. It sounds easy so try it and don't forget to saw us the results! ( mums have the answers for everything!! :D )

April 1st, 2009, 09:53 AM
Pin curl link

Bun Waves

rag curls

A few links - the bottom one is the one I want to try, but I think I will be all thumbs.
You might also search sock bun waves or curls.

April 1st, 2009, 10:29 AM
Thanks! Will have to try that at some point :)

April 1st, 2009, 11:23 AM
I've been itching to try the pin or rag curl tutorial... Do we know if it works better on clean vs. dirty hair? I'd love to use this once my natural waves are flattened through the week with styles and such. Would just using a spray bottle and unwashe hair give decent results?

April 1st, 2009, 05:25 PM
God bless you atlantaz, you may have saved my wedding day with that rag waves link. I wanted wavy hair, proper Veronica Lake style, and though I'd have to let a hairdresser put hellish prodects on my hair and fry it to acheive it, and now you've found this! I'll do loads of practices but this is the most hopeful thing I've found in two years!

And thanks forthe tutorial Elainehali!!

April 1st, 2009, 05:33 PM
For those of you that need the wave to stay use a spray bottle with water that has about a teaspoon of sugar in it to dampen the hair first. Then do it up in the rags. It will last much longer. Sugar curls make my hair last much longer.:D

April 1st, 2009, 05:38 PM
Oh I've heard about using sugar. It's one of the ways punks would keep their mohawks up.

Should you wash it out before brushing? I'd worry the sugar would make it sticky and break it.

Oh gosh and bees! Would aloe vera gel help at all? Would that do the trick?

April 1st, 2009, 08:10 PM
Aloe gel does help my waves stay in longer.

April 1st, 2009, 09:01 PM
I did my rag curls differently than that. I just cut up an old t-shirt, and wrapped my hair around the strips. My method was different, I took a very sharp pencil, and put one end of the fabric strip so that the pencil tip went through it, then held the fabric along the pencil (to hold the fabric taut and to give me something to wrap my hair around). Then I pulled the pencil out and tied the strip ends together.

It turned out really cute, but yea definitely kinda shirley temple-ish. If I were to do it again, I would A) use different fabric, and B), not do my bangs/shorter face framing layers. Oh and I had kind of a strange thing happen in the back, the ends look really uneven for some reason. Here are my photos:







April 1st, 2009, 09:06 PM
Sugar - I'd have never thought of that. I'll have to try that and aloe and compare which one he's better.

April 1st, 2009, 09:11 PM
Oh I LOVE the rag curling! Exactly what ive been looking for :) im a very happy gal. Thansk a million!


April 1st, 2009, 11:04 PM
Those are GORGEOUS rag curls anima!! Wow!!!

My concern is that I have naturally wavy/curls--not tight, and they do drop after I sleep. I'm concerned that they might be a bit crazy if I sleep in them over night, but I don't think it'd set outside of that. I just know with natural curl, they might go bonkers ;) :D I did that once with sponge rollers, and ugh...what a nightmare! :D

I LOVED doing pin curls as a child!! I'd wet my hair at night and use bobby pins---it was a bit uncomfortable, and I was a restless sleeper, so they didn't always stay, but I loved the look. I just think rag curls would be easier/comfier at night.

April 1st, 2009, 11:29 PM
The sugar isn't a problem unless you add too much. It was what they used before hairspray. The aloe isn't a problem and I have actually used it with the water and sugar mix. Bees didn't bother me, like I said it isn't much sugar 1 teaspoon in about a cup of water isn't much. Just make sure that the water is warm when you add the sugar so that it gets into suspension in the water. :D

Here is a pic of my rag curlshttp://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d91/simply_longhair/othercurls.jpg This was several years ago.

April 2nd, 2009, 09:21 AM
Well I have a few months to practice, so I will try both methods, aloe and sugar.

AnimaSola, I've tried curling like that but with bendy rollers, and it was an uneven nightmare; yours looks lovely and smooth! It definately gives more spiral curl than waves.

Oh I'm happy now! I will wait until a day I'm no going to work though. Just incase.

Does the type of fabric matter much? In that tutorial it looks like a velour- would that cushion the hair more so it would look softer? Or doesn't it matter? And how many sections? My hair isn't monster thick, but I was thinking maybe 12, or even more?

April 2nd, 2009, 10:30 AM
I used to use strips of good ol' toilet paper on my sister's hair (more rarely my own). It worked like a charm, and gave her well-defined, boingy spiral curls. It shortened her length to about half the original length at first, though they drooped some as the day went by.

In my experience it was a good way to get curls even for our slightly wavy hair that really doesn't want to curl at all. I seem to remember starting with slightly damp hair. It definitely needs to dry completely before you take out the rags/paper.

Good luck!

April 2nd, 2009, 08:06 PM
I think I will give it a try and see how it looks.:)

April 2nd, 2009, 11:09 PM
Thanks for the compliments everyone!

Hmm... I'm now considering the possibility of doing like just a few large rag rolls to see if it gives me big bouncy curls... if it did, shoot I'd sleep with my hair like that every night!!