Everything old is new again. When my mother was a child, her mother used rags or strips of paper to curl her hair. These days, with the trend towards protecting our hair and looking for gentle and natural styling solutions, paper curls have made a big comeback. |
This old tradition predates curling irons and modern appliances, yet it's still just as effective as it ever was. It works well even on razor straight hair, giving you soft and bouncy curls.
Start with strips of paper. You can use onion paper or brown parcel paper such as you would use to wrap something for the mail. If you're in pinch, you can even use paper lunch bags. Cut or rip your paper into strips about eight to ten inches long and about an inch wide. You should start with about twenty to thirty strips, just in case you rip some.
Next prepare your hair. Paper curls are ideal in damp hair. If your hair is too wet it will damage the paper, so give it time to dry a little bit. Brush your hair with a wide toothed comb or large brush, just enough to remove any tangles. You'll start your curls at the bottom layer of hair, closest to the base of the head. The rest of your hair you can tie out of the way.
Separate a section of hair, about half an inch wide or less, depending on how tight you want your curls. Wider sections of hair have looser curls. Starting a couple inches above the tips of your hair, place the centre of the paper strip against the back of the hair with one end pointing toward your shoulder. Fold the top side of the paper over the front of the hair and then again around the back. Your paper should now be in a V shape. Next, roll the V upwards, curling your hair evenly around it. When you get to the top, simply tie the two ends of the paper together to form a knot. Continue until all your hair is in curls.
Once your hair has dried, gently remove your paper curls. You will be amazed at the soft, bouncy curls you created using just plain strips of paper. A little hairspray to set the look and you're done!
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