I have tried just about every method there is for curling my hair: plastic curlers, foam curlers, curlers with velcro, curling irons, round brush+hairdryer, pincurls, rag curls, braiding, perming… When I was in high scool, I actually slept with my head full of my grandmothers hard plastic curlers every other night– crazy uncormfortable, but I was determined! These days, now that I’ve achieved my goal of having really long hair, I am more concerned about hair health and less displeased with my naturally straight hair. I always sleep with in in a braid, so it’s perpetually wavy anyway. But for special occasions, for example when I want to do a vintage or victorian hairdo, I still like to get real corkscrew curls. My favourite method has been rag curls, but that tends to leave the ends of my hair a bit bent. So I decided to invent my own curlers, combining the soft roundness of foam curlers with the material that is most kind to your hair: silk!
Here’s how you do it:
- take a packet of foam curlers (the long kind with wire inside)
- cut them open and remove the wire
- cut them up into smaller pieces about 5 cm long
- sew casings for them using strips of silk fabric wide enough to contain them and long enough to tie into a double knot (or a bow if you’re feeling fancy and have silk to spare).
- sew seams at the ends of the foam bits so they won’t slide around in the casings.
- dampen your hair and roll it up in your new curlers
- sleep on it
- take out when your hair is completely (!) dry
- leave the curls as they are, do them up in a pretty hairdo or brush them out for more natural-looking waves