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Want cute curls without buying an expensive set of rollers or a curling iron? Just want a hairstyle you can set at night to wake up with great hair in the morning? There are some easy and cost-effective ways to use items you may already have around the house to give yourself bouncy curls. Scraps of fabric, wine corks, or soda cans can all give you pretty curls.
Rag curls have been around for ages. My grandmother used to set her curls with this method: Cut half-inch wide strips about 5 inches long out of old sheets or t-shirts, any scrap cotton material. If you’re starting with dry hair, mist with water until damp and apply gel. If starting with wet hair from the shower, give it a quick towel dry, then work gel into it. Starting at the back, separate hair into half-inch sections. Start at the end of the hair section and wrap the ends of the hair around the middle of the fabric. Roll the fabric up, wrapping your hair around it, until you reach your head. Tie the ends of the rag together to secure it in place. Continue until all of your hair is wrapped. Sleep on the rags to allow the hair to really set (the soft fabric and wrapped hair should be comfortable to sleep on). In the morning, untie and unwrap each rag to reveal the classic curls.
For small, tight curls, InStyle says that you can use wine corks. Depending on your regular wine intake, it may take you a while to build up a collection large enough to roll up all of your hair, but you can do it. After washing your hair, dry it with a towel quickly, then wrap half-inch sections of hair around each cork. Secure the hair around the cork with bobby pins, give your hair a blast from the blow dryer to help set the style, then remove the corks and bobby pins to release your curls.
If you’re looking to create some loose waves and lots of volume, BellaSugar says that you can use soft drink cans, just like Lady Gaga did in her video for “Telephone.” If you want loose waves, start with dry hair. If you want more defined curls, start with wet hair. Work a quarter-sized amount of mousse or gel into hair. Work from the bottom up to section off hair. Put a hair elastic around each can to help the can stay in place (you can secure a bobby pin to both your hair and the elastic if your hair is too soft or fine to keep the can in place). Spritz the section of hair with water to dampen it, then wrap the section of hair around the can, working from the bottom up like with an average curler. Secure the can in place by placing bobby pins on the top and bottom of the can. Once you’ve rolled all of your hair around cans, spray all of your hair with more hairspray. Blow-dry your hair to dry it and to heat up the cans (you can stop when your hair is completely dry and the cans are hot). Slowly and carefully roll the cans, finger combing your hair out if you want to separate the curls.
Not having rollers is no excuse not to have curls. There roller substitutes give new purpose to items that would normally end up in the garbage or recycling bin, so you’ll be recycling as you style! Green beauty is so in.