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Tutorial: fairytale hair without the heat!

/ 01.17.2014
Long mermaid waves
 Long mermaid waves

We can't promise trying this tutorial will result in hair that would make Rapunzel jealous (try this article instead), but it can give you romantic curls fit for a fairytale! Wondering how to get luscious locks with minimal heat styling? Rag rolls!

What are rag rolls?

The rag roll technique was popular in the 19th century. You may have seen it mentioned in the pages of a Laura Ingalls Wilder novel or in the background of a period piece film. It's certainly less commonly used today but is an excellent alternative to the constant use of hot rollers or curling irons.

To try rag rolls, you'll need to cut an old t-shirt or piece of fabric into 6-12 strips, measuring 2"x10". The amount of strips you'll use depends on how tight you want the curls to be and how thick your hair is. Ready to get started?

Get the Look

Step one: Towel dry your hair and distribute Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse evenly throughout.

Step two: Let your hair air dry if you have the time, or use a blow dryer to dry the hair 80%. You can use rag rolls with wet hair, but the curls are usually less voluminous.

Step three: Grab medium sections of hair and, starting at the ends, begin to wrap your hair around the center of the strips. You can stop just above the ear if you want 50's-inspired, loose curls, or go all the way up to get the exact look from the photo opposite.

Step four: Once you've reached the desired height, grab both ends of the strips and tie them together. Your hair should stay put.

Step five: Keep the hair tied up for a few hours (or overnight). Then, unwrap the curls and use a brush to gently brush through the curls. For extra hold, finish with a mist of Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray and you're all set!

Now, where's that Prince Charming guy?

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