Jul 22, 2011

From Rags to Rich...Curls

I know I don't normally post stuff like this, but while obsessively looking at browsing Pinterest  I came across a "pin" of something my Mom used to do for my sisters and I when we were little before things like birthdays, holidays, and gymnastics competitions.  It was a way of curling your hair without using any heat.  I decided that I needed to try doing this again.  You take a dishcloth or towel and cut it up into long thin strips.

Then, you wash your hair, and when your hair is about 85% dry, you take a strip of towel and a bit of hair and wrap your hair around the towel like you would on a curling iron.  Then tie the strip of towel in a knot to hold it in place.  You end up looking something like this.  And your husband will definitely make fun of you.
Please excuse the no make up, sunburnt face, sunglasses tan look. -TIG
You leave it in for a long time, preferably over night, but I suppose if you did it in the morning and left it in all day it would work for an evening out too.  When you wake up in the morning, you just untie and unwrap the curls. And you should end up with something like this.

Yup, definitely works!  I think next time I try it, I will do thicker pieces of hair so that I end up with bigger, looser curls instead of tight, super curly ones.


  1. That's awesome Steph!! I've always wondered if that really worked!

  2. Steph --
    Looks like your version worked, but when you were little and I was afraid your youthful exuberance would cause the rags to fall out, thus undoing my hard work, I would start by laying the end of the rag across the top of your head with most of the rag hanging down, then wrap the hair around the rag like the rag was a stick. When I had wrapped all of the hair around the rag, then I would start wrapping the remainder of the rag back up and cover the hair until I reached the top. I then tied the two ends of the rag at the top of your head. When I was finished, you looked like you had towel snakes sticking out all over your head! I think maybe my rags were longer than the ones you used. Also, I think the thicker the rag, the looser the curls. I'm pretty sure your Great Grandmother Evelyn used to do Grandma Catie's hair like this when she was little. (1920s and 30s) Who knows how long ago it started. Maybe it was a Depression Era thing, or pre-invention of curlers! They are easy to sleep on and don't cost anything.

    Thanks for the memories,

    P.S. Use sunscreen, dear!

  3. So funny, I was just telling someone about this the other day and they looked at me like I was crazy. I did this with my hair at girls camp every summer. We need a girls "girly" night where we can experiment with your many fun ideas!

  4. I love this! I'm definitely going to have to try it. It totally reminds me of Little Women....I'm not even sure that they did it in the movie/book, but it seems like something they'd do. Super cute!

  5. When I was little I used to have this done every weekend as I always wanted curly hair. Glad to see the old fashioned method works just as good as expensive tongs, and there's less chance of burning your head!
    - Its Louise by the way, for some reason I can comment from my account.