How to curl hair with rags

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How to curl hair with rags
Curl your hair with strips of cloth. (Iwona Rajszczak/Hemera/Getty Images)

You're probably familiar with the way women curled their hair with rags in olden times. Although it was done out of necessity in those days, it's become a preferred way to produce soft curls without damaging the hair the way rollers and pins often do. It's also a comfortable way to sleep with your hair rolled up.

Things you need

  • Cotton sheet or fabric
  • Scissors (optional)

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  1. 1

    Make your rag strips. An old cotton sheet makes good curlers because they are soft absorbent and have little lint. Cut or rip the sheet into strips that are 15 cm (6 inches) long and 2.5 cm (1 inch) wide.

  2. 2

    Wash your hair and condition it in the evening as you normally would. Use your fingers to remove the tangles from your hair and allow it to dry almost completely.

  3. 3

    Section off your hair into 2.5 cm (1 inch) sections at a time and roll each one around a rag strip. The size of the sections you'll use depends on the thickness of your hair.

  4. 4

    Roll the rag up to the scalp and tie the ends together with a bow. The type of curl you end up with depends on the tightness and thickness of the roll.

  5. 5

    Finish rolling all of your hair and go to bed. The rag curlers are more comfortable and won't come out easily during the night.

  6. 6

    Remove all of the rags and style your hair in the morning as you normally would. Wash and dry your rag curlers as needed so you can reuse them repeatedly.

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