Monday, December 5, 2011

Rag Curls Really Work!

First off, thank you so much, everyone, for all your birthday wishes and your graciousness to me in the last half a year as I've blogged about my random projects. This blog was meant to be a way for me to catalog all my work for myself; I never expected strangers to be interested enough to read, follow, and comment! So thank you, fellow bloggers and teh interwebs, for your kindness and inspiration.

Unfortunately, my birthday itself was not the greatest day; I actually contracted the stomach flu and spent all day on the couch, nauseously watching the Harry Potter marathon, feeling sorry for myself. My husband was such a dear, running out to get ginger ale and fetching me ice even though he had finals coming up. Anyway, I feel a little better now, but no sewing got done. I ran into another roadblock with my art dress, and even though I've figured out how to get around it, I'm starting to get a little sick of this dress.

Finally, mostly unrelated to all of the above: rag curls really do work! That's how I did my hair for my birthday dress photos. I have always despaired of getting any kind of curl to stay in my hair; even in my wedding photos my hair is mildly wavy at best, and that was with a whole bottle of hairspray in it. Well, a while ago I discovered Solanah at Vixen Vintage's simple but amazing tutorial on how to do rag curls, and let me tell you, it is a minor miracle. I tried it a couple time before, but the first time I brushed out the curls and ended up with clown hair. The second time I tried it, the widths of hair I used were too thick and my hair didn't dry, even overnight! The third time was the charm, though, and I ended up with the most fantastic all-day curls with very little fussing and no product whatsoever.
That's right, no product! I didn't use Lotta Body, which is what Solanah uses, mostly because I'm too lazy/stingy to go out and purchase a product that I may or may not use. But at the end of the day, my curls were still significantly bouncy!

All of these photo were taken after the end of a long day; I'm still amazed at how well they held up!

I followed Solanah's directions for the curling part, minus the product. After sleeping on the curls, I didn't brush it out, just finger-combed it. And that was it. I love how much more lively my hair looked, instead of just flat and limp and straight and blah. I told my husband at the end of the day that I though people with curly hair have more fun. Curly-haired people, is this true?


  1. In the opinion of this curly person, it is not at all true that curly people have more fun! I have to admit, though, that I'm going back to my curls and it's not as bad as I thought. But still. I do love how the curls look on you!

  2. I think this is one of those "grass is always greener" things. I have the original flat, straight hair, and I always yearned for curls (although a couple of perms in High School mostly cured that...)

    I think a change is always fun---and your rag curls look super cute! I am impressed that they held up without product; very, very impressed...

    Also, RATS about your birthday! Hope you're feeling much, much, much better.

  3. I <3LOVE<3 these curls on you! You look so, so pretty!

  4. !!!

    Until this moment, I despaired of ever getting my hair to hold a curl. Going to find some rags, brb.

  5. I think your curls are beautiful, and impressive! As a curly person who has in the past straightened her hair, I can't say whether curlies have more FUN necessarily... but I can say that I get a lot more compliments on my hair when I wear it curly. :-)


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