People have been curling their hair since the beginning of time using sticks, twigs or their fingers.
One of the most popular topics on HairBoutique.com when the site was first started in 1997 was basic tips on how to create texture in hair with pin curls and/or rages.
All types of hair from stick straight to naturally wavy, curly, coily and/or kinky can benefit from being reformed into new cuticle shapes.
Whether you want to transform stick straight strands into an array of waves, curls, coil and/or kinks or just want to fine tune your natural cuticle shapes into more refined patterns.
Mold Hair Bonds To Curl
Disulfide and hydrogen chemical bonds are responsible for causing hair to curl. If you're born with these bonds your hair will curl on its own.
These redefined cuticle shapes can be maintained either for a short period of time or until any treatments and/or cuticle enhancing chemicals wear off.
When you were born with the necessary bonds, but your hair doesn't wave, curl, coil or kink in the appropriate patterns, you can adjust the natural bonds by means of chemicals and/or curlers to tighten, shape or fine tune your current hair patterns.
Prepare Hair For Curling
There are three basic methods for molding hair in order to create curls according to your specifications:
1. Chemical treatments (perms and related)
Curling With Chemical Treatments
All types of hair from stick straight to wavy, curly and kinky can be remolded with the following chemical treatments:
1. Chemical perms to add curls to straight strands or refine existing curls
Chemical treatments will not permanently alter curl patterns. Once the hair grows back at the roots the hair will revert to its natural texture pattern.
Curl Hair With Wet Sets
If you wish to temporarily curl straight strands, or reform curly strands, you'll need to first alter the natural hydrogen bonds in your hair so you can reform them.
Wet your hair. It shouldn't be dripping wet, or it may take longer to dry. Hair only needs to be damp enough for water to make contact with every strand.
Spritzing the hair with water serves to break the hydrogen bonds in your hair. Water allows you to reset the bonds.
Make Rag Rollers
Rag rollers are softer and more gentle on hair than pin curls. If you want to roll your hair with rags, you'll need to make a large stock of rag strips before you roll your hair.
Cut or rip the t-shirts and/or sheets to make 6" long by 1" wide strips of rags. If you have exceptionally long and.or thick hair, you may want to cut longer and/or wider strips.
Pin Curls Are A Good Alternative
It's safe to say that people with hair to the middle of their back or shorter may still be able to easily use the pin curl method.
Wash Your Hair Before Bed
In the evening, before you go to bed, wash and condition your hair as you usually would.
Create Individual Sections
Start separating your hair into small sections. Depending upon your desired texture you may wish to use smaller or larger sections.
Roll Hair Around Rags Or Pins
Roll the sections of hair around your finger (for pin curls) or around a strip of rag. This may take a bit more practice to do with rag curls.
You'll know a section of hair is too large for pin curls if you can't easily secure the curl with 1-2 bobby pins or 3 hair pins.
With rag curls, you can generally make the sections as large or small as you wish as long as your strip of rag is long enough to accommodate it.
Roll the section of hair up to your scalp (tightness and diameter of roll determining your curl factor) and secure the section with pins (coated bobby or hair pins) or by tying off the rag strip with a nice bow.
When you wake up in the morning and you're ready to style your hair, remove the pins or rags.
Keep Hair Accessories Close By For A Quick Hair Knot
However, you will not lose the overall body in your hair. It will not go completely flat, so far as I have personally experienced. I find that pretty amazing!
If you prefer body and waves over curls, you can still pin or rag curl your hair, but create much looser curls.
Make A Wet Bun
An easier way to achieve great body is to roll hair up in a tight bun/twist or two (or more) and pin up on the top/back of your head while slightly damp.
Foam rollers can duplicate the basic effects of a pin or rag curl set. They are also very gentle on hair, although they may be too bulky to sleep on.
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Original Publication Date: 1997 - Revised Publication Date: 04/20/11