Ways To Curl Hair: Bobby Pins And Rags

This article teaches several ways to curl hair with bobby pins and rags.

Before hot rollers and curling irons, and even before curlers, women used bobby pins and rags to curl their hair.In fact, most of the curly hairdos of the "˜30's and "˜40's were done exclusively with pin curls.Perms were even done with pin curls in those years. The ringlets of the 19th century were created with rags.Either curling method is more comfortable than sleeping on rollers.

Both pin curls and rags work best when used on slightly damp hair that has had a light application of setting gel.Too much setting gel will make it difficult to comb the hair when styling.If the hair is too wet, it will take too long to dry.

To make pin curls, first make sure your bobby pins have plastic tips.These sometimes fall off older pins.If the pins do not have plastic tips, you are likely to scratch your scalp or damage your hair when inserting them.

Now, section off a small amount of hair.Comb it free of any tangles.Grasp the hair at the scalp, and wind it around your finger as if making a tiny bun.Try not to twist the hair as you do this.When the entire strand is wound, slide it off your finger and hold it in place against the scalp with your fingers.Secure it with a bobby pin across the center of it.Place another bobby pin over the curl perpendicular to the first pin.If the pins won't fit easily over the pin curl, then you have used too much hair and will have to try again with a smaller strand.

Continue to make these curls in rows around the back of the head.Thin hair may require only one row of pin curls around the nape of the neck.Most hair will require two or more rows.Make sure they are wound in the same direction, for example, toward the face.Keep the rows tidy and make the pin curls the same size for best results.

It is not necessary, but if you like, cover the head with a large hairnet or a kerchief tied in the front.Leave the pin curls in overnight.They must have ample time to dry thoroughly.You may also use an old-fashioned bonnet style hair dryer.



When the hair is completely dry, take out the pins.To style the curls, gently use a comb.If you brush these curls, they will get very fluffy, but if you gently shape them with a comb, the waves should line up perfectly.Like any other skill, making pin curl hair-dos requires practice and experimentation.

To make rag curlers, tear an old sheet or other soft cloth into strips.These strips can be from 1 to 5 inches wide and from 8 to 18 inches long, depending on the type of curls desired.The narrower the rag, the tighter the curl will be.Regular curls can be made with 8-inch long rags, but longer ones are needed for long ringlets.

To use rags like regular curlers, section off a strand of hair.Grasp the end of the strand with the center of the rag folded over it.Curl the strand around the rag to the underneath.The tricky part is to get the ends smooth.It may also take some practice to get the hair rolled up so that it won't come out.When you reach the scalp, tie the loose ends of the rag on top.If you make a hard knot, you will probably have to cut the rags off in the morning.To reuse the rags, make a tight but simple knot that you will be able to untie.Once over and under will hold all night if you pull it tight, or you can tie a bow to be sure.

Repeat this method around the head.Make several layers of curls if the hair is thick or long.If you're trying this on a little girl, make sure you take a picture of her with her hair up in rags, because she'll look really cute!A full head of long hair can take as many as 40 or 50 rag strips.With thin, shorter hair, 12 might do it.

In the morning, when the hair is completely dry, take out the rags.As with pin curls, the curls will need to be styled gently with a comb.If there is simply too much curl, try gathering it into a lovely fluffy ponytail.

Long Victorian ringlets require a slightly different rag method.Use a long strip.With the center of the strip at the base of the curl and half laid over the head to be used later, begin to wind the hair around the rag in a spiral.When you reach the end of the hair, begin to wind the reserved portion of the rag around the curl, covering it completely.You may need an extra pair of hands to accomplish this.At the bottom of the curl, tie the rag ends, or secure it with an elastic band.It should resemble a rag sausage hanging from your scalp.Continue this method of curling around the head.When the hair is dry, take the rags out carefully, and gently arrange the ringlets.

Though time-consuming, curling hair with rags or bobby pins is inexpensive and does not cause heat damage to the hair like curling irons, blow dryers, or heated rollers can.In addition, when you need to create a historic hair-do, these methods will do an accurate job.

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