D.I.Y. Curls: How To Rag Roll Your Hair


I love the look of naturally curly hair! My sweet friend, Katie, told me about rag rolling. It’s a quick and simple way to get natural looking curls without using a curling iron! I asked her to share her method here on A Beautiful Mess because I knew you’d be itching to learn like I was! Enjoy…


You’ll need some cut fabric strips, a comb and some water. All things you probably already have laying around the house (yay!)

6a00d8358081ff69e2014e89d0297c970d-800wiHow to rag roll your hair- First, dampen the bottom of your hair (the part you plan to roll) using a spray bottle. Next, separate a section of hair and twist it around one strip of fabric.

Then, tie the fabric strip in place and repeat until the entire bottom section of your hair is rolled. After that, all you have to do is sleep on your rag rolls and remove them in the morning for pretty curls!

You can feel great because this method won’t damage your hair the way a curling iron can.

Click here for Katie’s video tutorial!


Have fun styling! xo. elsie

  • My grandmom did my hair in rag roolers when I was a little girl. Always knew i’d this when I had a daughter… then three boys, no daughter. But every so often I’d do my youngest son’s hair that I kept uncut til he started school. It was so cute and pretty. Drove my husband crazy!

  • Laying in bed right now I really don’t feel like getting up but I think I will this looks so cute!

  • This is definitely one of the easiest curling methods I’ve seen. I’ll have to try it. Your hair looks gorgeous!

  • wow! thnx a lot for this diy! totally cute! i have naturally STRAIGHT hair (reeeaalllyy straight) and tried curling it once. but i dint really stand for more than an hour! this is easier and less damaging! thnx a million, billion, trillion, ga-ZILLION!!!!!!!!!!

  • I have hair that looks like that! It’s the same color and everything 🙂 But I wish I was as gorgeous as Katie! My hair doesn’t hold a curling iron, so maybe this will work 🙂 Trying it tonight!

  • Soooo cute

    When twisting what you need to do is get the cloth, wrap hair around cloth then tie (because the cloth should be in the middle) so use the end to tie

  • Yes indeedy….this is how my mother use to curl my hair the night befor school. And with 5 girls fixin hair in the mornin was a chore. We caught on right away and were able to curl our own hair. We learn to fashion/design with barettes and ribbons. Plus it is easier to sleep in, instead of the standard head rollers. Thanks for the “tidbit” and for sharing

  • Can this work on layered bobbed hair or do I have to find another method?

  • Anyone remember back in the sixties when we wanted STRAIGHT hair and we rolled it on those giant hard plastic rollers (or orange juice cans). Nobody thought anything about sleeping on those things. How did we do it.

  • Simply steps, I will def. try this out for the weekend. Thank you for the tip!


  • This is absolutely beautiful! Love this can’t wait to go home and try this out

  • Katie is gorgeous. I would’ve never been able to do this with such tidiness, especially the twisting part! This is new to me and I absolutely adore it, having pin straight hair. Love this 🙂

  • I tried this DIY last night and when I took them out in the morning I had these crazy ringlet curls, not quite like the airy and light ones in the picture. Maybe too much water? Or rolled too tight? Trial by error I suppose. All hair not created equal 😛

  • The curls look so cute! I wonder/hope if they will work on my hair. I have really thick hair.

  • So cute!! Wow. I hope/wonder if it will work on my hair. I have really thick hair.

  • Ok so I tried this last night and when I took out my cloth strips I looked like Medusa! I have thick hair and maybe I can try doing bigger chunks of hair. I’m not sure if this will work on my hair. I was hoping to have luscious curls to go to work with and instead I have a ratty bun. Any suggestions from the tutorial queen?

  • This shit dont work, Im pissed off. I woke up looking like a lion, Fuck this shit im going to the Solon to get my hair curled by a professional.

  • when i was younger i had perfect ringlets but as my hair got thicker and longer they started to drop out so my mum used to put my hair in rags every night right to the top of my head, haven’t styled my hair like this in 15 years might just give it a go again see if it will still work on my hair now
    Thank you for reminding me of an old favourite

    Rachel xxx

  • Your third photo looks so cute! This reminded me of my cheerleader friends back when I was in highschool, they used to have hair like these. I can’t wait for my hair to grow longer so I could try this out.

  • my mom tried to do this once for my sister and i when we were little and we made the HUGE mistake of trying to brush them after taking the rags out…BAD IDEA!! but the curls were beautiful before we did that lol!! my baby shower is this weekend and i needed a hairstyle 😉 thanks!!

  • Love this! It works so well, I had ringlets for an entire day—morning until late night 🙂

  • I kept the fabric in on one strand for about 10 minutes and it was already beginning to curl! I love this style so much!

  • Wish I knew how to do this before I went and cut my hair!! :(…

  • When I’ve tried this before, I used a really fat sharpie marker. I’d lay the strip of fabric across it so it was parallel with the marker and then roll it up like you would a curling iron. Tie the strip (keep it simple, and not too tight– you want to be able to take it out in the morning). I think I was trying to come up too high, because mine never seemed to work. I think I’ll try it again. This time not so high up and I’ll try wrapping it in a scarf…can’t wait to try it again!

  • This is adorable, although I have one concern. I have to wash my hair in the mornings because my hair is naturally oily. Is there a way to speed up the process instead of sleeping on it so that this can be done after I wash my hair? 🙂 Would blowdrying the sections on a low setting work?

  • I love this technique! Depending on the size/quality of the curls you want, having more strips of fabric or putting mousse in helps! I love using the rags to style my hair.

    A tip I found is before you go to bed, tie a bandana around your head to keep the rolls from loosening or untying or tangling. It really helps!

  • Such a cute tutorial!! (I’m new here- I found this website via craftgawker:)
    I have a couple of questions…
    Q: How did Katie do that hairstyle where she has her curled hair up with the lace? And how many rolls of hair do you recommend doing?


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  • When I did this, i look like an absolut sheep…!!!! Do not like it

  • Ooooh, this looks so nice! I always love having curly hair but I can’t ever be bothered to tong it. Isn’t it really uncomfortable though?

  • I used to do my daughter’s hair in ragrolls, so cute! To Jacquelynn, if you have problems with frizzy hair try moroccan oil, its absolutely amazing! I use it all the time now and it makes your hair silky smooth.

  • Oh wow you have such wonderful hair, I love the colour its lovely!

  • Thank you for this! This turned out so much prettier than curling iron curls, which seem to drop really fast on me no matter what I do – the waves are more even and long lasting with this method, and best of all since I’m growing my hair longer, no heat damage yay! Your model is absolutely adorable too 🙂

  • I love love LOVE this method! I do this almost every night and sleep with it. I have short thick hair and it really keeps it under control. I never dampen it, in case anyone wondering if it works without water. 🙂

  • Hey could you maybe do a tutorial on how to do that cute up-do with the curls in the second last picture?

  • Omg! This is AMAZING! I have a question though, would this look good on short hair ( a shoulder=lenghth bob? )

  • cute! i have the fabric in my hair right now! 🙂 this also works well with brown paper bags, if you don`t have and fabric laying around in your house

  • I tried this last night for Easter, and it worked very well. My hair is thick, frizzy, and wavy, and this looked really cute and I love it! I plan on doing it again (:

  • im trying it! i used to have curls but pregnancy stole them! my lil man is so worth it but i havnt done this since i was a kid so i hope it turns out!

  • Ooh you’re so beautiful and i love your hair.
    I do my hair with curling iron but I’ll go to practice your advice!
    Kiss Juliette
    [Sorry for the text, i’m not very good to write in English]


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  • Could you maybe explain how to pin the curls up as she has in the second-to-last photo? SO cute!

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  • I remember my Grandma B always did this to my hair as a kid. I love the curls! The part I didn’t love is when she would cut my bangs. They were always way too short. I think my mom hated it more than I did since she was a hair dresser.

    One tip: When tying the rags in your hair, don’t tie em too tight or you will get kinks in your hair.

  • Hey, about how long does this stay in? I have hair that will never hold a curl from the iron, but I think this might work, since it crimps when I sleep in braids. Thanks!

  • awesome post but I knew this already. You can also use newspaper strips

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  • Great idea, i did try it my self and it worked, thank you soo much xx

  • such an easy and fun way to curl your hair! and the results are amazing i used to just braid my hair every night but ill try this more often when i have a few extra minutes!
    thanks! xoxo Alyssa

  • love this look!so cute and playful:)

  • yur so pertii katie:) ima try diss:) i like how thin they are:) myyy FAVORITTTEEE:) <3

  • Although the rags are cheap and super easy, if you enjoy the look and plan to do it often, there are foam tubes that bend used just for this. Use them the same was as a rag only easier as they aren’t floppy like a piece of cloth. Once its rolled you just cross the two ends over each other. Thought avid rollers would like to know…love this post…good job!!

  • I rag rolled my daughter’s hair right up until she could handle it all herself at about 12 or 13. Haven’t done it to my hair in years…think I’m about due. Thanks for the reminder.

  • I love this! My hair is always so…bleh…and I never have time (or patience) to use a curling iron. I’m totally trying this out tonight! Thanks!


  • I either used to little hair per “rag” or wrapped my hair too tight because I woke up resembling a poodle! Attempt #2 tonight…


  • OOMMGG!! Katie is soooo pretty! And this is such a good method..it works sooo well! I LOVE her hair in the fifth picture! She has succh pretty hair!

  • I tried this and I think I need to roll up bigger chunks. I’m going to try again tonight until I can get this right.

  • i ve never curl my hair before but with this ideas im gonna try to do it .. thanks,,,,

  • Nice idea with the fabric. Katie’s hair is so pretty.
    I have a question tho- Can you describe what hairstyle Katie has done in the second picture from the bottom? It looks really cute 🙂

  • Wow. This is written as if it’s a totally new technique. Women have been doing this for at least a few hundred years. Dumb@$$.

  • I have been practicing this all week so i Have Cheer Ready Hair Next Week For My Competition!

  • This is so cute. I’ve done this before with strips of brown paper but the fabric is a great idea! It’s probably a lot softer on your hair. Great post, I love the photography!

  • Omg. Too damn cute. I’ve tried to do several different things to my thick annoying pin straight hair to curl it but nothing works loke a curling iron. ima give this a go. Also! I’d LOVE to learn how to do my hair like katie in the picture with the white bow!

  • Should we comb the hair next morning against the curls? Will the curls remain for the entire day or will disappear by eve? Hoe long will the curls stay in case of combination hair?


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  • Can you get the tutorial on how to do the super cute pinned up look? I absolutely love! Thanks!! 🙂

  • Can you get the tutorial on how to do the super cute pinned up look? I absolutely love! Thanks!! 🙂

  • Can you get the tutorial on how to do the super cute pinned up look? I absolutely love! Thanks!! 🙂

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  • That is soooo cool! I have hair that wont hold a curl cause i have long hair and it wont curl unless i curl it by braiding my hair but Iv always wanted to know how to make it a curl not just a wave! LOL! THX! XOXOXO

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  • This looks super cute! Unfortunately my hair is way too thick and when I tried it it just turned into super poofyness 🙁
    Such a good idea for people with thinner hair though!

  • Just found you on pinterest. Love the hair and the band! So cute!!


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  • I’ve done this a hundred times now, and I love it! It’s so cute! But I’m really bad at styling the cute little curls. Any advise? n_n

  • Definitely trying this! Just wondering, what were the measurements of the fabric strips you used?
    Thanks, Ruya 🙂

  • Love this! definately need to try this. My hair is naturally curly, but after I sleep it’s more wave than curl. This is a perfect solution

  • This is great. I must try this on my daughter, if she will sit still long enough!!!

  • I just love this. It is so cute, and looks so easy!
    I also agree with all the others, though. Could you add some more about the twisting? In the pictures you can’t see all the way. But I absolutely love Katie, she is so cute, and I love her sleeping picture! Thank you so much for putting this up!

  • I just stumbled upon your blog through the tutorial for coffee syrups. I love your hair styling section! I cut my own hair but I have never been very good at styling. I can’t wait to try some of these, especially this one with the rags. 🙂


  • beautiful:

  • and its all heat free. love this. I will try it out, i have really long and straight hair. ill make a post about how it went once i tried it out. thanks.

  • I just finished doing this right now! It was super easy, just make sure that you have long enough fabric strips, it makes it easier to double-knot them so they dont untie. Thanks for posting how to do this! I’ve always wanted to try. 🙂

  • I did this last night, It came out beautiful thank you, next time I’m going to do more sections ofmy hair.


  • Wow, katie is a great model, my friend has me being a model on her blog, it like an online magazine for teens (or pre-teens). I love it! I am so going to try this thank you! ♥

  • I’m Doing This Right Now And I Messed Up On One And Had To Take It Down And It Was Already Curling And I Have Very Straight Hair <3 Thanks A Bunch <3

  • This is awesome for those with uncurl-able hair. I have stick straight fine hair that doesn’t hold a curl produced with heat. I started doing this a couple years ago and it works great! I use a little bit of mousse for hold and wrap the ends in a scrap of paper towel to keep them from getting frizzy/ falling out. Works great!

  • I love this! How did you do your hair in the first picture after the instrucations where it’s like up in the bow and your hair is up ? It’s so cute & I wanna know how to do it!

  • My mum and I used to do this with socks when I had longer hair. These curls last so much longer than any type of hot curler, I would definitely recommend this if you have trouble keeping your curls.

  • Awesome hair! I wish I could see a girl with that hairstyle on my place. Really outstanding and admirable.

  • I have to try this, it looks lovely and easy:)


  • Love this :] I did mine with paper bags before. If you want a lot of tighter curls do a lot of little strips of hair :] works like a charm!

  • My natural hair looks like this! I used to do jazz dancing as a wee, young one and the “stylists” would straighten my hair, then rag it so my hair matched all the other girls!!

  • I turned out looking like Annie/a poodle. It might have been because I curled them too tightly. I’ll try again tonight 🙂

  • This is so gorgeous, it was almost faint inducing. I love the fabric too, very cute. I’ll have to try this 🙂

  • Funny what goes around, comes around. My mother used to rag me up once a week in the forties. I suppose I could try it again.

  • so cute – got my mom to do it for me a few nights ago and it wasn’t uncomfortable at all to sleep in.. How ever i didn’t do all of them tight enough and ended up with a much straighter section near the front, which sort of ruined the look.. but i’ll try it again for sure =) i love curly hair!

  • Thanks for the cute diy! It’s so funny, my mom used to have ringlets put in her hair every night by her mom

  • Oooh I’m going to try this. I’ve tried kitchen roll (the aluminium variety) plus kitchen paper before and it looked like an Afro.



  • My mom and I used to do this with small socks too. The nylon or dress socks worked really well cause they dry quickly. Looks pretty funny while they’re in but turned our great, and no ripping hair trying to get them out.

  • can you do a video so those of us with visual learning acuity can grasp this wonderful concept? thanks!
    Btw, Gorgeous model!

  • as a suggestion – my eldest daughter went through a ‘Sarah Brightman’ phase years ago and had to have to hair rag-wrapped every night for about 18 months. I found pantyhose to be the best, it’s more flexible (therefore easier to roll) and also softer to sleep in. If you roll damp/wet hair, it dries through the pantyhose.
    Just cut rings out of the leg of the hose, then make a single cut in each circle to create the strips 🙂 Nat & Beth’s Mum

  • Brilliant!! Love it!! I cant stand sponge rolls or burning my ends with a curling iron!! Your amazing!!

  • Your hair looks really cute when it was all tied up and accessorized with the lace ribbon, how did you pin it up like that?

  • i always did my lauries hair in rags,today she has beautifull curly hair.this bought back good memories.thank you

  • Can anyone give me some pointers on how to go about twisting my hair around the fabric? I am finding this impossible without clips and the pictures make it look so easy.


  • I think this is such a supper rad idea.I don’t know if it matters but how big should the strips be and should I use a sertin kinda fanric like should i use cotton ok or should I use silk?
    Thank you for putting this in my beauty book;)<3

  • Hi. Could someone please ellaborate on what the water is for and how the curls will stay up??

  • Wow, I am pretty much sure that a lot would love to try this one, including me of course.!!The materials are very easy to get.I am going to gather the materials now. Thanks for sharing this tips.

  • Socks! Clean ones, of course. The longer and thinner the sock, the looser and bigger the curl. The shorter and thicker the sock, you’ll get ringlets and really tight curls. I do this all the time when I want a curl that will hold all day even if I don’t put hairspray on it.

  • My Mom used to curl my hair this way when I was young but she used socks, the thin long type, it will give you bigger curls.

  • You can also use socks vs rags. That’s what my grandma taught me years ago

  • Gonna do curls like this right now. I envy your cute curls xD

    They look great on you anyway. Your so beautiful.

  • I never imagine I could do curls like this. You know, I have a natural straight hair but I want to have curls to just like the other girls. It makes me feel more sexy !yay!

    Gonna try these technique right away . :p

  • oh my god she is gorgeous. should you like, blowdry your hair first? then wet the ends? my hair is naturally wavy…ish, its gross. and my hair is super layered, would it still work?

  • I absolutely love this look! The low curls have an angelic quality I’m obsessed with! Uber Girly!


  • I Absolutely <3 this look… The curls have an angelic quality I am obsessed with.


  • You can also do the same thing with Paper bags they work awesome! Sometimes even better than rags!!!

  • I tried this after seeing it pinned on pinterest. It was pretty easy so I wasn’t sure how culy my hair would actually be in the morning. omg.. curliest hair ever. Tight corkscrew ringlets. Thanks for the tutorial!

  • My mom used to roll my hair with my thin ruffle (clean) socks when I was little & now I do it with my daughters.

  • Oh the memories, my mom always did this to my hair. Three girls with really long hair and my mom had the patience of a saint. We did get a little rap on the head with a brush if we happen to be the third one to get our hair done. ha ha I can hear my mom now, hold still, hold still, if you don’t hold still… I really done blame her!
    To the girl who said she needs a silk scarf for the frizz. I went to a wig shop and (for a small price) bought a cap. Works great.
    I’m not sure if you’re Katie or your friend is Katie but whoever the model is, your hair is lovely.

  • this is beautiful looks so natural too!


  • I`ve done this since I was a child; I do this with my girls now and they love it…so cute! Happy to see others enjoying the technique. 🙂


    I have naturally curly/wavy hair, especially when cut in layers {Like it is now}, so I will have to try this the day after a shower or something, but I can’t WAIT to see if I can get those smooth, glossy results. BEAUTIFUL

  • I love this I’m totally trying this tonight. I have red hair that’s a little darker than Katie’s. I hope it looks as good. How do you do the style she has with the lace bow?
    Thanks ♥,

  • I too LOVE it, and I love what Katie looks like, I adore her hair colour! ♥ Unfortunately my hair is really straight, I tried different ways of curling it but they “hang out” in half an hour 🙁

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  • My mom did this to me as a kid, but she went all the way to my scalp. I ended up looking more like Annie. I will try your method ~ looks so pretty!

  • This is wonderful! I’ve tried the premade “sleep in them” soft curlers and even with out clips and such they were super uncomfortable to sleep in. I will totally be trying this asap!

  • I LOVE this! I tried it last night and it came out soooo cute! I had super curly hair before my little kiddos were born and then poof it vanished! This is so easy and makes my hair look the way it once did! Thank you thank you thank you!

  • haha love these! tried these once for a musical i was in – turned out horrid (my mum put the rags up to my roots so it was extremely poofy!). these are adorable though, so i’ll be trying them soon 🙂

  • beautiful! I have always been so jealous of my sister’s crazy natural curls. Now I can match her!

  • thanks for sharing this! I’ve tried it and it turns out so pretty!

  • Totall irony: I did this last night for the first time in years. Went to One Pretty Thing with the rag rollers still in my hair, only to have it lead me here! I should post a pic of my rag curls on my blog. lol

  • My mom used to do this to my hair all the time when I was a kid and I loved it! My hair is starting to finally get to a working length so I’ll have to try this again! 🙂 Thank you!

  • Wow, I must try this! I’ve always been envious of people with naturally curly hair like this and I’m terrible with a curling iron; it’s good to know there’s another way 🙂 Thank you for posting this!


  • Ohmygosh…I love this soso much! Do you mind if I share it on my blog?

  • I’ve been having trouble lately keeping my long hair fun and um, generally presentable in public. Thank you for your excellent hair tutorials. Every time I consider chopping my mop, I remember your pretty hair and get motivated to spend an extra few minutes dolling myself up.

  • think i might try this tonight!! xD just need to find that scrap fabric i’ve had lying around..

  • Ooh I want to try this! This looks like how my grandma does her hair. I’d completely forgotten all about this method.

  • Thanks for this! I’m going away soon and was wondering how I would pack my curling iron when I really want to just pack light. Now I can have curly, undamaged hair! 🙂

  • I posted pictures of my own rag curl experiment here: http://jennywrenhandmade.blogspot.com/2011/07/rag-curl-experiment.html

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • I think this is so cute! Too bad I cant do that with my hair.


  • I think my mom use to do this to me when I was little. Love it! 🙂

  • Love this… found the image in pinterest and just had to follow the link…. i love your blog…. been thru it several times and i never get bored!!!


  • That was a great piece of information, I enjoyed reading it. I am totally agree with your oppinion.this blog post is very encouraging to people who want to know these topics.I don’t comment on many blogs but after reading a few of your posts I thought I would just say thanks and keep up the good work.

  • Such a great reminder of the way gals used to set their hair before we had the benefit of heat styling tools. I think it’s worth saying that if anyone is having trouble getting the ends evenly curled and smooth using just the rags (sometimes one can make the ends too tight or kinked) the sponge part of traditional sponge rollers can be taken off of the plastic frames. You can then thread the rag through the center of the roller and roll around the sponge, tying the same way you would in these directions…so fun!


  • This is SO gorgeous! Katie’s hair how-to’s are always soooo good! 🙂


  • I remember my mom doing this to my hair when I was a little girl, but curling it all the way to the top. I ended up looking like Curly Sue. I like your variation of only curling it half way. I’ll have to try it.

  • thanks for the how-to. I’ve slept (very uncomfortably!) with the prickly rollers, which always seem to be a bit too harsh when i comb them out of my hair. Rag rollers look a lot nicer to use 🙂

    Katie x

  • SO cute! my hair still is too short but when it’s longer I’m definitely trying this! the ‘asleep’ pic is so adorable.<3

  • I always use setting lotion too, they last way longer that way 🙂

  • I grew up doing this. It’s the only type of curl my super-straight hair will hold.

  • Cute!! But this is a lot harder than it looks. I tried it last night and failed miserably at the rolling around the cloth and tying part. :-

  • My mom always did this to my hair when I was little but the only way it would actually curl (my hair was super fine…but I had a LOT of it) would be if she used Dippity-Do on it instead of the water! Thanks for the memories!!

  • My mom used to do this to my hair when I was young! Currently I like to do pin curls… I piece out my hair, twist it into pieces and pin it to my head while it’s wet, and then I spray on either curling spray or beach wave spray. Sit out in the hot sun, wait till it’s a bit dry, pull out the pins, shake shake shake and voila.

    But the rag curls are obviously better for sleeping in, as pins always fall out in my sleep! Thanks!

  • oh dear i have horrible nightmare memories of my Grandmother doing this to my hair as a child and it was very unenjoyable, although I did have amazing curly hair afterwards! x

  • I forgot about these, my mum would do them when i was little, cant wait to try them again.



  • This totally reminds me of the little sidekick/friend in A Little Princess! I still love that movie. Makes me cry everytime. PAPA!

  • My grandma used to put my hair in rags when I was a little girl. Glamourous!

  • I used to do this all the time as a teen, I loved the hap-hazard look to the curls.

  • I love the look of rag rolled hair. I used to do it for my daughter for two reasons, one it gave her such cute curls and two she could sleep on the “rollers.” She had so much hair that it took me forever to roll it so we made a game of it in the evening, early bath time, roll some hair, play with the rags, dress the dolly, paint her nails, roll some more hair, find more fun things to do. It took all evening but was so worth it because the outcome was so beautiful!

  • goodness, katy is so pretty! is she a natural red head? i must know what blush she has on!??

  • ohh this is so adorable! i’m gonna have to try this for sure.

  • I have fine and very straight hair. I’ve tried this method so many times to roll my hair. When I unroll the curlers my hair is so frizzy(which it never gets other than this) and it looks like i have a bad 80s hair do. Any suggestions on how to get it like this??

  • This is so neat! I’ve always wanted to learn how to do this. Thanks! Lover your blog, by the way!


  • aw we used to do this when kids. I think u can use a folded sheet of paper as well to curl the hair around. curls are the best 😉

  • Wow! I love this! Katie is gorgeous! Love that hair color!!


  • I can’t wait to try this! I have been wondering how to do this since I saw Katie’s curls on Instagram. Thanks so much for posting!!

  • beautiful


  • Katie has been showcasing some awesome hair how to’s! This one is a favorite by far. Thanks for sharing!

  • I remember my mom putting rag curls in my hair when I was younger but I hated it then! I’m going to try it again now and see how it turns out. Thanks for the reminder. 😉

  • Such pretty and simplistic curls! Plus, you don’t get the awkward crease if you just sleep on it in a bun! I must try this! I think it’ll definitely come in handy during college! Awesome <3

  • Whenever I used to stay with my Grandma, she would do this to my hair!! XX

  • Love how it makes your hair curl and looks so pretty even wrapped in pretty fabric around the house♥

  • really cute! been wanting to do it!


  • My mom used to do ths to me when I was a little girl everyday… I have really heavy black hair and somehow this always made me feel light and pretty…Thanks for sharing

  • This is SO awesome!!! I must try this. I love how easy and gentle it is for the hair! 😀

  • Loved it! I used to do it with kleenex tissue papers, but this is way better because the fabric is re-usable so less harm for planet earth (: next time I will definitely do it this way.
    p.s. Adore the rosy pink cheeks on the model

  • beautiful! my hair is naturally curly, but the frizzy-frizzy kind..heat is no good on my hair. i’m going to try this and see how it turns out! thanks!


  • Great idea and it won’t damage your hair like a curling iron does!

    ♥ Gina Michele

  • I have naturally curly hair, but there ain’t nothin’ wrong with making it curlier. I’ll definitely be trying this out! Katie is suuuper cute.

  • Nothing says summer to me like this style of curl… and like cute little summer dresses, too.

    Loved this tutorial!

  • i LOVE putting my hair in rag curls! grew up doing it and still do it to this day. so easy and the effect is super cute! thanks for sharing these tips, will try them out!


  • thanks for this post.. can’t wait to try it, and thanks for the high messy bun post too (: fun summer hair d-i-y!

  • How pretty!! Katie is such a cutie!

    OMG, my Grandma had a set of those green glasses! We still keep them at the family beach house (where she & my Granddad retired). I just love them, so pretty and old fashioned! 🙂

    ~twiggy h.

  • I haven’t seen anyone do this in years! My grandma used to do it for me and my sister when we were little. Such a cute tutorial

  • I have super-fine hair that doesn’t take well to a curling iron and my mom used to do this for me any time I wanted my hair curled when I was little! Adorable photos, Katie!

  • I’ve done this before! My hair is already pretty coarse and curly, so it really took to the rag rolls. My hair was a fro… But I loved it. I love this post. Rag rolls seem to have gotten lost in all of the fantastic ways you can do your hair.

    • Thank you I use to use brown paper twisted to curl mine tightly but I need this method because I add synthetic hair to my natural over curly hair for volume. This rag method will forsure curl tat hair. Thanks !!!

  • I’m definitely going to have to try this out, especially now that I have long hair again! I love curled hair, but in the crazy summer months I want to steer clear of hairdryers & curling irons. Thanks for sharing!

  • Such a fantastic idea! Beautiful curls! I love how creative my blogger friends are. =)

  • my mom used to do this to my hair when i was little! definitely better for your hair than a curling iron!


  • This is my favourite way to curl my hair, because it’s so comfy to sleep in and it makes me feel like all the best parts of the fifties!

  • I totally tried this and LOVED IT. My hair looked absolutely wonderful 🙂 Thanks Katie and Elsie!
    Love and Turtledoves,

  • Sooooo cute! Katie is a-dorable!

    thanks for the tips!



  • Do you have to begin by having such perfect hair, too? lol

    Very pretty, looks more comfortable than all of those plastic dealies I had to use as a child.

    I wouldn’t call it “natural curly look” though. Natural curls start at the scalp. It still looks like she used a curling iron.

    • Yes youre right……I have longer hair. So when i want to use this and try the “naturally curly” look….. I start about 3 inches from my scalp and roll the same of hair 2, sometimes 3, times depending on how curly I want it.
      Be sure to NOT roll it tight!! The curls are very small and it makes mine horribly unruly

  • wow omg, i think i’m off to the bathroom to try this technique… like right now!
    thanks for sharing <3

  • i need to try this ASAP!!
    Katie is so beautiful..i have hair envy. <333

  • Aw this reminds me of my early cheerleading days. Of course my hair already has a natural curl, so this just makes me look like little Annie. Cute idea with the fabric.

  • Q: Question though-can you describe the twisting the section of hair step in more detail, how do you twist it, to what point, and then what’s the best way to tie it off? Thanks mucho mucho much! XOXO Lori

    A: The twisting part is similar to rolling the bottom of your hair into a curling iron. You just roll it up several inches. Where ever you tie it off is where the curls will stop. Practice makes perfect! I would definitely experiment a few times to find the perfect amount of curl for your hair!
    XO, elsie

  • Thanks for the cute diy! It’s so funny, my mom used to have ringlets put in her hair every night by her mom (she hated having them done!!), and when I was little I got my gran to do mine for me a few times (always easier when you have someone else to do them for you!) which I really loved (having polka-straight hair back then!!)… Another way to get waves more than curls is of course to plait your hair overnight… Fun!

  • I never curl my hair because I have real thin hair that just fries in the curling iron. I will have to give this a go. Thanks for the idea!

  • Wow this is so fun! What a cute idea. I’m excited to try this! :]

  • Katie is adorable and I love the curls!! I’m so glad my hair is long enough to do this now – can’t wait to try! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  • this looks lovely and so natural! (: if i hadn’t cut my hair short a week ago, i’d definitely give this a try… so easy, too.

  • That hair looks amazing! Will definitely have to try it out! I’m always looking for new ways to do my hair! and I LOVE the curly look.


  • Ohhh I just love this!! Pinning it for sure! Thanks for a fabulous tutorial!

  • I discovered this way of curling several months ago, and I use it at least once a week! It’s so convenient- it takes me about 30 minutes at night to roll my hair after washing it, but there’s virtually nothing to do in the morning but take out the fabric scraps! 🙂 I just need to find a silk scarf to sleep in because my hair is already naturally frizzy, and sleeping on it makes it worse (I don’t use much hair product).

    It took me a while to get the hang of twisting it, as it’s kind of hard to explain that step. I roll mine up and out (not under), and I roll it up to just above eye level. But since I roll mine so high, it is sort of uncomfortable to sleep in sometimes. 🙂

  • the sleeping picture is the best part. She’s a great actress! hehe
    I will definitely need to try this!

  • I remember my mother doing this when I was little! I need to start doing it again, so cute!

  • The 3rd photo of Katie is so cute. Her makeup looks so pretty and fresh. =)

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  • This is wonderful! I’ve tried the premade “sleep in them” soft curlers and even with out clips and such they were super uncomfortable to sleep in. I will totally be trying this asap!

    Question though-can you describe the twisting the section of hair step in more detail, how do you twist it, to what point, and then what’s the best way to tie it off? Thanks mucho mucho much! XOXO Lori

    • if you tie a knot around the bottom your hair, it secures the rag in place. then you can turn the rag ( roll the rag up your hair if that makes sense). finally you tie a second knot in the rag to completely secure it in place. hope this helps.

  • Beautiful! I’m totally going to try this. Katie’s such a good model 🙂

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