Rag Curling Hair

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Rag Curling Hair

Post by no1legochick » Fri Jan 19, 2007 2:31 pm

For those ladies who would like to know how to Rag Curl your hair, please see below on how to do it.

Cut rags into long strips about 1 inch in width. The width will determine the size of the curls. The length can be anywhere from 6 inches to 18 inches long depending on the length of your hair. You will likely need about 50 strips for a complete head of hair.
a. Allow sufficient time for this procedure. It isn't something you can do in 5 minutes, but the more often you do it, the faster you will get.
b. Allow hair to dry about 90 percent.
c. Divide hair into the manageable sections and then place the rag next to the first length of hair. Begin winding the hair around the rag as neatly as you can. Neatness really counts here. Now tie the ends together in a knot. tight enough to hold the curl in place, but loose enough to be able to remove when hair is dry.
d. Choose your next section of hair and repeat the step above, winding the hair in the same direction.
e. Arrange rows of rag curls neatly across the scalp.
f. When the hair is dry, carefully remove the rags and use your fingers to loosen the curl if necessary.

So there you go. This is a very old way to curl your hair and has been done for generations!
Elizabeth Woodley-Hall

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Post by cwinger » Fri Jan 19, 2007 8:04 pm

These are great written instructions, but I find that it is definitely not as easy as it sounds. It is much easier to pair up with a friend, and rag each other's hair. And here is a non-period tip.coating you hair with gel will help those curls stay in all weekend!
-Julie Winger

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