Beauty / Rag Roll Curls

Processed with VSCOcam with n3 presetThe most frequent comments and questions I receive are about my hair, so I thought it was due time I teach you guys a few of my go-to hairstyles. Now, when I first started blogging I did a tutorial on rag rolls, but I thought I should probably update it since my hair is much longer and I’ve learned a few new techniques since then to ensure some pretty stellar curls.
Processed with VSCOcam with n3 presetThis is my hair in it’s sort-of natural state. I’ve got really straight hair – those slight waves are likely from being in a braid – so I’m hoping I can show you that even if you have pin straight hair, you can also have voluminous curls with little effort.


  • your beautiful hairs
  • an old t-shirt, towel, whatever.
  • scissors
  • tape measure, if you want to be precise

FIRST STEP: Weeee! Time to make our rags! My rags are from awhile ago (maybe gross…I don’t care), but I originally cut up an old sweater into about 20 rags, from what I can remember. I only use about 8 in my hair now, but it really depends on how you want your curls to turn out – I prefer mine a bit thicker, so I use less. I cut my rags to about 1″ in width and 7″ in length – you don’t have to use those measurements, but they have always served me well.

Processed with VSCOcam with n3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with n3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with n3 presetSECOND STEP:  Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’. I like to roll my hair dry, but when I first started out I liked having it a bit damp because it is a little tricky getting the hang of rolling that hair up when it’s not very malleable (hair sometimes has a mind of it’s own). Take your desired amount of hair to be rolled – whether that be a clump, chunk, bundle or strands does not matter, this is your life – and wrap the end of your bundle around the rag and start rolling upward. Once you reach the top (also subjective), tie your rag into a single knot.

Processed with VSCOcam with n3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with n3 presetEt voila! Your first rag was a success, now onto the rest of that head!Processed with VSCOcam with n3 presetTHIRD STEP: I often like to give my rag bundles a little spritz with hairspray. I have found this helps immensely since my hair often likes to stay curly for a few hours and then slowly go back to it’s straight, boring life. Take that hair! I’m the boss!Processed with VSCOcam with n3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with n3 presetEventually, you will look darling like this. I used to call her spider head because I had so many rags in that resembled a plethora of spiders, but now I call her perogie/dumpling head, for what I feel is obvious reasons, but maybe I’m insane.Processed with VSCOcam with n3 presetFOURTH STEP: I usually do my rags in the evening so I can sleep on them and wake up with excellent hair in no time at all. I find giving your hair many hours in the rags is important…especially if you have thick hair. You could also do your rags in the morning if you are going out at night and are planning on spending the day inside…unless you want to walk around in public with these…if so, you are brave and you are my new best friend. If you are concerned about your rolls coming loose while you sleep, you can also tie a head scarf around your head so as to not upset the rolls. I’m too lazy for that shit so I just sleep as is. Don’t worry, it’s not really uncomfortable.Processed with VSCOcam with n3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with n3 presetFIFTH STEP: In the morning I often use my blow dryer on the little bundles even though they are not wet because the heat will help to keep the curls intact. Make sure if you do use the blow dryer to let the curls cool down before taking them out. Now, un-tie your knots and slowly pull the bottom piece of the rag downward so you don’t upset the curls. Once I’ve taken out all the rags I give my curls another spray with my trusty hairspray just to be sure they don’t get out of line, then I just give the top, uncurled part of my hair a little brush (since I slept on it) and I’m good to go. You could also tease a bit of the hair at the top of your head to get that ultra 60s look, which sometimes I do.Processed with VSCOcam with n3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with n3 presetCongratulations on a job well done! Now go take on the day looking and feeling fabulous as ever.

17 thoughts on “Beauty / Rag Roll Curls

  1. Nicole says:

    Ahh! You are making me miss having long hair! I haven’t had the best results with rag curling my hair before, but I’ll definitely try your tutorial out once my hair has a bit of length to it again. Also, you look so darling!!


    • Larkspur Vintage says:

      Having long hair is definitely nice, but sometimes I want to chop it, just for a change. Well if you do give my tutorial a go, let me know how they turn out. I honestly think it takes practise. I watched and read a ton of tutorials when I first started doing it, and really I found just doing it often and learning what works for my hair was the thing that got them to work. To me, nothing compares to rag curls. They hold longer and create a perfect ringlet. How long is your hair currently? I used to do it with shorter hair which sort of looked strange with ringlets, so I would brush them out for this awesome sort of 70s wave, which I really liked.


      • Nicole says:

        I completely understand! It’s been much more manageable for me after the cut. I will definitely let you know if I give your tutorial a try. Oh yes, I’m sure! I think the problem I had was curling them while they were damp, so in the morning, my hair just turned out very frizzy. Thanks so much for the tips! And my hair is currently at shoulder-length.


      • Larkspur Vintage says:

        oh the frizziness! I find that is a hard one I am still trying to figure out. I guess it really depends on your hair type. Mine definitely come out a bit frizzy crazy looking, but as long as the hair on top of my head looks nice and smooth I don’t mind as much. xo


  2. Lucy in the Sky says:

    Such a cute and simple tutorial, love it! I too have dead straight hair and even after having my hair professionally curled they don’t last for any longer than a couple of hours, ugh. I used to rag curl my hair but I’m now growing my hair out after a cut. Can’t wait to start doing them again. I shall be trying out some of your steps here and see how they go!


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