9.11.11

DIY Tutorial: Rag Curls

You know me, I'm always on the lookout for new ways to experiment with my grown out hairz. After trying my hand at pin curling and LOVING it, I wanted to try another well known, retro approach: rag curling. This is basically curling your hair by rolling it up around a long piece of cloth and tying the rag up around the hair when you're done rolling. The great thing about rag- and pin curling is that it's super easy to do, doesn't damage your hair and it makes you feel like a vintage moviestar! I started out by googling some tutorials and found the ones by Vixen Vintage, A Beautiful Mess and Rapunzel Resource (that last one is AMAZING for you long haired girls who were frustrated last time you couldn't try out my pin curl tutorial), and then I tried it out for myself.

I suck at explaining things but I'm going to try it anyway. Here goes nothing!

1. What you need: Rags to tie up your hair and a scarf to tie around your head to keep the rags in place as you sleep. I just cut up an old T-shirt for the rags, but any type of fabric would do really, as long as it's thin.



2. What to do: Divide your hair into sections. If you're lazy like me and just grab some hair to roll, you'll get your hair all tangled so don't do it like that! Section off everything but the part you want to roll up. Place the ends of your hair in the middle of the rag and start rolling it up, creating a donut of hair around the piece of cloth. If you're done rolling, tie up the rag and start on the next piece of hair. I based my rolling pattern on this pin curl diagram because I had a great experience with it when I did the pin curling. However, I didn't follow the instructions quite as neatly as the time I did the pin curling because I was lazy and I wanted to finish soon as I wanted to go to bed. Result: bigger sections of hair were used for each curl!



3. What to do next: Tie a scarf around your head and take a nap on it! My findings were that pin curls are more comfortable to sleep on, strangely, but that was probably because I used bigger chunks of hair this time which resulted in big lumps of hair making my sleeping position kind of uncomfy.



4. Results? As I said, I was lazy and didn't follow instructions properly. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the way the curls turned out so the bigger sections were no problem at all. However, I didn't use any product and didn't wet my hair, hence the curls didn't really stay in as long as my pin curls. When I did those, I dampened my ends and used some mousse which resulted in my curls keeping for two days. Next time I rag curl, I'm doing it the right way with wet hair and mousse!


5. Conclusion: Definitely trying this again as I actually think these curls look better than the pin curls, but I won't forget to do it on wet hair and use some product so I can enjoy my retro hairdo a bit longer. A definite recommendation!

23 comments:

  1. What a great idea!! I may have to try that out, although with how thick my hair is it may take a very long time. You're so cute in these pictures :)
    xJennaD

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  2. Zo schattig! I'll try that next time!

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  3. leuk :) Ik heb die ook gedaan, het is zo leuk, en voor mij ook erg handig om mijn restjes stof op te maken :) Ik had geen doek rond mijn haar gedaan en dat was ook best ok, al lijkt een doek me erg handig ;)

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  4. zonder doek komt je haar makkelijker los tijdens het slapen en wordt het ook sneller pluizig :)

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  5. I used to do this with paper, but no matter what, my hair will be back to normal by the end of the day - it's that straight! I'm gonna try your method though!

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  6. The result looks very good! ;) Strangely enough, my mother used to subject me to this type of 'curling' all the time when I was too young to have a say. I guess I shouldn't blame her because curls do look awesome... I wish I had the stamina to do it these days!

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  7. mousse on the ends and working with wet hair does seem to work very well. When I do it with dry hair sans product, the curls drop after like an hour or sth and just have a lot of body to it. Also nice, but no curls! so mousse and wetness are the way to go!

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  8. Ooh, they came out amazing! :D It looks so pretty during the process too, as opposed to huge rollers :p
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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  9. Your hair turned out so cute! I really want to try this or pincurls sometime soon. I can never find the time to do things like this to my hair even though it looks really easy. I need to learn how to do this, though, because I absolutely love my hair curled.

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  10. Ahh this is absolutely gorgeous and I'm trying it tonight! Thank yooooou!

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  11. Ze zijn echt goed gelukt! En super mooi!

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  12. Lovely lovely!!!! If my hair wasn't so long I'd do this in a heart beat, but I too am lazy ;) I tried doing rag curls back in June and it worked okay but the back of my hair fell out after 4 hours while the front of my hair stayed super curly. Not cute.

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  13. Goed gelukt! Bij mij blijven krullen wel niet zo goed en lang liggen :( :)
    http://jolenesfashiondiary.blogspot.com/

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  14. That looks awesome! I've done that a while back and I definitely recommend the wetting and mouse part. It keeps curly for days...

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  15. Oh bij jou is dat supermooi gelukt! Ik heb dat ooit ook eens uitgetest maar toen was het maar een warboel geworden! :) Ik ken de blackmilk leggings ook! Maar die zijn me toch wel duur! Deze was maar 35 en ik vind hem echt reuze!

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  16. ik zou er het geld ook niet aan geven haha, zelfs 35 vind ik al veel voor legwear :( thanks!

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  17. Oeeeh sexy curls! Looks great on you & I'm so trying that braid you recommended.

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  18. Oh, uw haar is echt zooooo mooi met die roze dip-dye! Echt goed gelukt and you're pulling it off woman!

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  19. thanks for this post! hah, last time I was curling my hair like that it was my high school :))
    maybe I'll try it again.

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  20. I find rag curling the easiest and most comfortable way to curl my hair. I use (new) 'J cloths' - the ones with the blue and white pattern designed for cleaning. I find they seem to draw moisture out of the damp hair really well, so they dry and curl strongly. But it doesn't look glam AND you have to be careful not to make your strips too long as it tears easily.

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  21. I cannot WAIT for my hair to get long enough to start pin curling and rag curling again. I miss it.

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