Saturday, 28 July 2012

My Hair Curling Arsenal ~ 2) Rags

Alrighty then. Ready for another dose of the Hair Curling Arsenal? Once again, as with Pecco Rollers -  I am starting with clean hair -  although I regularly use Rags with 2 or 3 day hair and they work just as well.

My rags are made from one of  The Beards old t-shirts. Old clean t-shirt I hasten to add! I also use only mousse when I am using this method. I have found, to my detriment, that for me using setting lotion or water just does not dry overnight. 

Mousse never lets me down and I find that it can be fairly weather resistant once the curls are styled. Any brand will do. Bristows is an old make and comes at old prices (£1) but can be tricky to find. Pound shops are you best bet for any old mousse as opposed to expensive ones.

So -  I take a bit of hair -  usually a bit more than an inch. I tend to set my rags in a hap-hazzard way for some reason.

A dollop of mousse -  enough to wet the hair.


Slather it on and work it through.

Now. There are many methods of ragging your hair. This is just how I do it. There are plenty of tutorials out there on You Tube -  but I just kind of made this up as I went along and it works for me.

I tend to loop the hair around the rag and my thumb. I start this about 1/2 an inch up from the end and wrap the free ends of the hair around. 

I then hold it in place and start rolling up.

I keep a tight hold of the material in each hand. This keeps it out of the way whilst your fingers work, and although it becomes twisted as you roll, it soon sorts itself out.

So -  the tying off. I tend to use my index finger to assist in this task -  which can be a little tricky and hair pully. 

Placing my finger between the knot and my locks saves me wincing if any hair becomes caught.

I keep it in place until the knot is basically tied and then I pull it out.

Taaaaa-daaaaaa! Uneous rag roll doneus!

Now -  you will be left with  pesky end bits of rag. You can cut them shorter when you make them, but I have found them harder to work with the less material there is.

So I usually grab both ends and secure out of the way with a bobby pin.

I then move on to the rest of my barnet. Like I said, pretty haphazard. 

Pinning up the trails as I go.

Until my whole head is done!

As with any curling tool I use, the back can be a bit of an infuriating struggle -  but I usually get there. 

In the end. 

Whilst swearing.

And then I whip it up in a headscarf. I was actually heading out and about, so I chose a fancy silken covering and hair flower.

So -  the results....

I take out all the bobby pins that have been holding the ends in place...

And I usually find myself with pretty tight curls...

This all of them done.  I have left them like this in the past &  just pinned them into a more 30's looking do, but for this time round, I begin to brush out...

And I often have to remind myself to keep on going. Because, brushing out might take time, but I have learnt that it does work, despite any previous misgivings I may have had about it.

This is me doing one bit...

I put a little bit of serum on my hands. I have recently switched to serum as I find it less heavy than pomade or wax...

I take the section...

And I brush it around my hand. Again -  these are just stills. If you are a moving picture kind of person then head on over to Lisa Freemont Street and her fab brushing out tutorial.   

What I am left with all over is something that looks like this. It is a bit frizzy using this method - but I find that my hair keeps some sort of wave/shape for up to 3 days.

This is me 2 days after setting. I have slept on it and just given it a quick brush.. and obviously put a big fat roll in the front *wink*

So, for me... 

Ease of Use:  7/10
Comfort when Sleeping: 7/10
Longevity of Curl: 8/10

I am pleased that you lovely folks are enjoying this series. I have had some lovely comments & emails so far. Thank you!


  1. I remember having these put in as a child, for parties and the like, boy was I disgruntled! Found them so painful to sleep in, hard little knobbles all over my head and a pinched feeling at my scalp, my granny believed in making them tight. But I can vouch for their effectiveness and I was quite pleased with the results.

  2. Fabulouso! Those curls look ace, I shall definitely try this, now I just have to dig out an old ratty t-shirt out of Simons wardrobe (trust me, that will not be difficult) xx

    1. Haha! I was just thinking my Mister has plenty of scruffy od t-shirts that could be put to better use :)

  3. I've also learned that brushing out the curls will eventually give you the results you want. It takes a while getting used to the idea but once you're patient it works out. I may try out the rag method. I've gotten used to sleeping in curlers so it doesn't bother me as much.

  4. I remember my mum doing rag curls on my hair in the 80's - I always looked like a Poodle but I thought it looked the bee's knees!! She used to cut up my dad's old work shirts but they always ended up with odd threads which got tangled round my hair and had to be cut out! T-shirts are a great idea and your curls look beautiful.

  5. Rags have been my number one curling method for several years now. I do like, and sometimes use other methods, but I find I come back to rags time and time again, because I like how well they work (well wet set) in my fine, very hard to curl hair.

    I'm soooo enjoying this series of posts and can't wait to see the other methods you've got in store for us.

    ♥ Jessica

  6. I'm loving this series too - thank you for doing it, I'll definitely give this a try at some point. I also love your frustrated face!

    Nikki x

  7. I do this on damp hair and use (new) Tesco own brand J cloths. They absorb the water so it dries quite fast. Also, Lidl mousse is super good and strong and cheap... I often use Lidl for mousse and hairspray. :)

    1. Oooh good tip to use J cloths! I often find my hair is still damp when I wake up in the morning so going to give this a go!

  8. Wow the effort you put into this makes me feel very lazy!


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