? Help & Support

How to Do Rag Curls at Home

While a curling iron can be a great way to achieve the curls you want, it’s sometimes nice to give your hair a break from the heat of traditional styling tools. Plus, in some situations, you just might not have easy access to a hair dryer or curling iron, knowing how to do rag curls is always a nice bonus. Believe it or not, you can easily create beautiful, bouncy curls with just a few basic supplies and a little bit of your time!

How to Do Rag Curls at Home

What You’ll Need

Learning how to do rag curls is easier than you might think. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • an old t-shirt or a few clean rags
  • hairspray
  • scissors

How to Do Rag Curls at Home

Getting Started

The first thing you’ll want to do is coat your hair with a spray gel so that the curls will hold. Then begin by cutting your old t-shirt, rags, or even an old sheet into strips that you’ll use to create each curl. The width and length of these strips will vary depending on the length/thickness of your hair and your desired curl. If you want a tighter curl, for example, then a shorter strip should be used. On the other hand, if you want bigger, looser curls, then you may want to keep strips longer. In terms of your hair’s length, the longer your hair, the thicker the strip should be cut. For shorter hair, you probably don’t need strips any thicker than an inch.

Once you have all your rag strips cut, it’s time to roll and tie them into your hair. Begin by taking one section of mostly-dry hair (about the size as you would section off when using a traditional curling iron) and using both hands to roll the section over one of the rag strips, starting at the ends and rolling up towards the roots. Once you get to the desired start of the curl (usually close to the scalp), go ahead and tie the rag strip to hold it in place. Repeat with each section of hair until your entire head is covered in the tied rags.


How to Do Rag Curls at Home

Setting the Curl

Now, spritz some hairspray liberally around your head to encourage the curls to set in place. If your hair was a little damp when you put the rag strips in, you can either use a diffuser to dry them or let them dry overnight (recommended for longer-lasting curls). They’re not the most comfortable to sleep on, but the results will be worth it!


How to Do Rag Curls at Home

Finishing the Look

Once your hair is dry and has been sitting in the rag strips for at least a few hours, go ahead and carefully begin untying the rag strips and removing them from your hair. Doing so will reveal beautiful curls. Once all the rags are removed, use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to gently tousle the curls and give them the desired shape before finishing with one last spritz of hairspray. This style will be sure to hold throughout the day, and people will think you spent hours curling your hair. What they won’t know is just how effortless this style really is to achieve! Plus, it’s not damaging to your hair.


As you can see, learning how to do rag curls is really quite easy, and you don’t need a lot of time or expensive supplies to pull it off. Be sure to give this style a try for yourself. You’ll be amazed by the results.


Pro tip

sign up and never miss a post