So, one sunny late afternoon, I popped round to Trish's gorgeous house and we did rag curls – with excellent assistance from Betty-dog, as you'll soon see! As Trish had washed her hair earlier and it was already completely dry, we brushed it and then sprayed it with a little water, so it was damp. Not too damp, though, you want it to dry overnight! I find it curls much better with a little watery help, but to keep this simple and something anyone could do without having to get anything form the shops for it, we didn't use any setting lotions and so on. Just water. And it looked very dramatic, catching the light! Then, starting at the tip, start to wrap a smallish section (about the thickness of a big texta/permanent marker) around a rag. Roll it up towards the head, and then tie the rag in a double not. Don't go too close to the head, or it will be uncomfortable to sleep on and the curls will start too high. Betty showed us her couch-matching skills as we went. And then got a bit bored. But seemed interested in the final result. The hair all curled up. The ones at the side are a bit shorter, as in curled closer to the head, than the ones at the back, to make a nice curved shape. The next morning, they were still all in place. We gave them a quick blast with the hair dryer (on hot) to make sure they were toasty and dry. And then waited for them to cool. And then started to take them out. Betty was quite used to this by now. Cute little spirals! Boing! Finally, we carefully brushed them out. We used a little bit of smoothing product followed by some hairspray, and voila! A cascade of curls ready to be styled. Easy!
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
how to: rag curl long hair for vintage styles
Here it is: rag curling for long hair. How to curl long, fine straight hair. It's super simple, and all you need are around 10 strips of fabric (the rags), and, well, that's it! Trish has beautiful silky long hair, and it's also straight and very shiny – the kind that seems the hardest to curl. It can also be hard to pin curl long hair, as even if you can get it into a curl (a snail! Thanks B. MacDonald!) it will be quite big, and not exactly comfy to sleep on. And we don't want that!