How to do rag curls
When searching the web for rag curl directions, I came across creepy child beauty pageant blogs that said "cut some fabric, wet your hair, roll it up, tie it".
Do that and you will cry from the result.
After quite a while of doing rag curls on myself from chin length hair, to past shoulder length, I can show you the the the little things to know only learned from trial and error. So here is the correct way to do rag curls.
You will need:
Strips of cotton fabric. Around 2" X 5" works well.
Mousse or something similar.
1. Wet hair. I take night showers, so that's easy, but sticking your head under a faucet could be just fine. Make sure your hair is evenly wet, then pat it with a towel.
2. Brush hair out smooth, with the comb part your hair where you want it, I've only ever done it parted down the middle.
3. With the comb separate a front section of hair. I prefer softer curls, so I take about a fingers width of hair. For tighter curls take a bit less. For a retro look make sure and take the section from about eyebrow level, not from the top of your head.
4. Take a rag and roll the section of hair from bottom to top, not super tight, then it wont dry. Tie the rag under the curl.
5. VERY IMPORTANT. Repeat on the other side. Going back and fourth from side to side traveling to the back. If you do one side at a time, your curls will turn our uneven, due to one side drying while the other side is being set. Then you will be sad.
6. Finish the back, I usually do two layers for extra volume.
7. Sleep on it. Or if you are doing this in the morning and plan on it being done in the evening, a cotton kerchief is a cute look for going out during the day, or a pretty little mesh cap for around the house.
8. When you wake up gently untie the rags. Take a brush and brush though all the curls, it will look pretty fluffy.
9. Take a dollop of mousse, rub your hands together and distribute all over your hair, smoothing the curls out.