I love having girls. In fact, I waited eight long years and had four sons before I gave birth to my first daughter. She was so worth the wait — pretty and feminine, with long eyelashes and wispy fine hair. I’d always hoped my girls would inherit my curly hair, and I found myself studying their wispy strands and looking for any hint that it would eventually bend and curve like a curl.
I’m still waiting.
One of my laments (and running joke) as a mother is the fact that my sons were the ones blessed with thick, beautiful curls and not my daughters. Wah.
Don’t get me wrong, my daughters have great hair, too — the fine wisps on their head gave way to thick, wavy hair. Thank goodness. My heart is happy to note that it also takes a curl really well.
Now that the holidays are upon us, it’s time to find a pretty hairstyle we can do for our family celebrations, parties and posadas. Since I am in a perpetual rush during this busy holiday season, I don’t like to fuss too much with a complicated hairstyle for my daughters. I especially wanted to find a style that would steer them away from the damaging effects of a curling iron and flat iron.
My daughter Xixi always requests pretty spiral curls so we tried this simple rag curl technique. You can cut up an old t-shirt into 5-6 inch strips — you definitely don’t have to be fancy with this. In fact, I liked the idea of the rags over foam curlers because I knew it would be more comfortable for Xixi since she was going to sleep in these overnight.
How to make rag curls
Start off with freshly washed hair right before bed. We like to use JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES 3-step regimen: Shampoo & Conditioner, a nourishing Leave-in Conditioner and Detangling Spray because it helps keep the hair soft and manageable. Tip: If your child’s hair is very thick, let it air dry slightly before you start rolling the rag curls or else it might not fully dry the next morning.
- Section slightly damp hair, using the Detangling Spray to separate any hair snarls.
- Brush each section, making sure it is smooth and tangle-free.
- Take a rag and starting from the bottom, roll each section under around the rag. The tighter you roll it, the tighter the curl.
- Once you’ve rolled the section all the way to the scalp, pull both sides of the rag toward the center and tie it in a knot. Repeat until you’ve wrapped up all of your child’s hair and then send them off to dreamland.
Rise and shine, Xixi!
She was excited to see what her curls were going to look like. I began the process of unrolling the rags.
I loosened up the curls a bit with my fingers.
Xixi’s hair turned out exactly the way I hoped it would: fully of bouncy, thick curls. Now we can style it in a variety of ways for our holiday celebrations — parted to the side with a pretty bow or barrette, swept back in a jeweled headband, up in a bun or…she can just rock those pretty curls!
Look at that smile.