The Junk Drawer
Have you ever sat up at night and could find nothing on TV? You end up being sucked into the infomercial zone out of curiosity or some snazzy title on your menu. About 2 weeks ago it was late, I couldn’t sleep, and I ran into the Top Style shell hair curling system. While everything they said sounds good, I have to stick to my guns and remember that any high temp heat is not good for your hair. This brought back memories of my grandma wrapping my hair with what she called “rag rollers”. My grandma was trip, and such a fun loving lady so anything she wanted to try on me I was game. For the rag application you can have your hair wet or use a spray bottle with water to spritz the sections your rolling, just so it is a little damp. I wrangled a couple of my daughters to show you how this is done.
First you get yourself some left over fabric that you can cut 6 or 7 inch strips out of. You will want to cut 10 to 20 strips. Since i have a ton of girls I cut up 40, because once you roll one girl the others come running at you for their turn. I used a cotton/rayon mix fabric, it is all I had left over from another project. It seemed to dry super fast, far quicker than straight cotton would.
Split the head in 2 sections. Level to the eyes from one side of the head to the other, make a half circle, kind of like the Frier Tuck look. Take the top section and clip it up out of your way. Take the damp hair or dry and spritz it with water. Pick up a 1 inch section at a time to roll.
Take your 1 inch section and from the base of the head, start wrapping the hair around: 1 finger (tight curl), 2 fingers (medium playful bounce) or 3 fingers (very loose spiral wave). Wrap it up all the way including the ends of the hair. Have your handy fabric strips ready for action.
Once you have the full length of the section of hair wrapped, slide your fingers out. Hold the curl so it doesn’t unravel on you. Take a fabric strip and shove it through the center so that each end hang out the sides. When you tie the cloth, try to tie it where the ends of the hair are to hold the curl better. All you do is tie a knot with the fabric. This will hold the hair in place coiled up and the ends in. Leave this in until the hair is dry or just go to bed and deal with the curls in the morning.
Once the hair is dry all you do is untie each fabric piece. Start in the bottom row of curls. Most times you end up with a spiral curl, which after living through the 80’s…anything is better than the sausage link on the side of your head look 🙂 You don’t need to brush out the curls. Just use your fingers to loosen them up a bit and your good to go.
For those of you that need your fingers without hair wrapped around it, there is another method to rag curling. Take your same 1 inch section and use the fabric as the curler. Pull the hair out from the head holding onto the ends, lay the fabric on the ends of the hair. Then you simply roll the fabric toward the head with the hair wrapped around it and tie at the base of the head. This method once a section is rolled correctly, should look like the barrel of a curling iron rolled with hair. The ends of the fabric hanging out each side, simply tie the knot and let hair dry. Enjoy ladies!