We have 2 sweet girls who love to be girly. They love to dress up, put on high heals, have tea parties and go to dance class. One of the numerous things that make them feel special is bouncy, curly hair. Which is SO fun. Both girls hair is normally straight, and I have tried foam rollers, a curling iron and finally rag rollers to create the perfect curls. Rag rollers are the perfect solution for us. They are easy, cheap and comfortable to sleep in. This is how I curl the girls hair for dance recital and how I did it when they were flower girls. I have had great results that last all day and even a few extra days. If you are not looking for your curls to last a few days, then don’t worry about adding all the product, but my girls love having bouncy curls and if I can get them to last a few extra days with a bit of spray then I have 2 happy girls.
You will need strips of fabric, a spray bottle of water, mousse, and spray gel. Cut your fabric (I used an old cotton sheet, but any light weight fabric will work) into strips that are about 6″ by 1″. You may need to experiment with the length of the fabric, depending on how long your hair is. Tie a knot in the center of each rag roller, this will help the hair have something to grab onto.
Apply a curl mousse to wet hair before beginning. Keep the hair damp while you are working by using a spray bottle. Work in small sections starting at the top of the head.
Wrap the section of hair around the rag roller. The knot will help the hair to stay as you wind the hair around the fabric. Tie the roller into a single knot as close to the scalp as possible. Don’t worry a single knot will hold just fine, even while sleeping.
Be careful when you are rolling the ends. I find that it is easiest to spray the very tip of the hair with water before I roll it. This keeps all the stray end together and makes for a smoother curl when you take the rags out.
Continue rolling small strips of hair until you have a cute little head of rags. I love how it looks at this point.
My girls have no problem sleeping on them and they stay in really well. When they wake up in the morning untie and unroll each rag, but starting at the bottom this time. The curls should look something like this when you take out the rags. Don’t worry, I promise after the next step the curls will be beautiful!
After you have all the rag rollers out, pick up one curl spray lightly with a flexible spray gel and then GENTLY run your fingers through the curl. Only pull gently at the hair if there is a tangle. If you try to pull to hard you will either frizz the curl or straighten it and we are not going for either of those looks!
One last spray and your curls are all set to go. So cute and bouncy and they look perfect hanging upside down from the monkey bars. Sorry, we were having so much fun taking fun pictures I forgot to take a picture of how the curls really turned out. You will just have to take my word on it.
This last picture was taken at the end of day two. These curls were slept on, played in outside and in the gym and still going strong. LOVE it!
I will be linking to these parties.