Thursday, March 13, 2008

Frugal Friday -- hair curlers

Sometimes the simple tips make all the difference. My sister in law told about how her mom used cut up strips of towel for curlers in her hair as a child. I didn't think much of it at the time. We had just invested in a decent set of foam curlers since the girls were going to be in a wedding and it was the easiest way to do their hair so it would hold a style.

Well, then we got a dog. And our dog LOVES foam curlers, and almost anything else left on the ground. So, our supply has steadily dwindled and I really didn't want to buy more. I remembered the towel tip, and just happened to have a towel that, again thanks to our dog, had a large hole in it and was beyond use. So, I cut it up into about ten inch long strips, about an inch wide. Each small head uses about 10-12 strips.

I only cut up half the towel and had enough curlers for my three little heads wanting curls. When the hair is freshly washed, and wet, you simply take the hair, wrap around the strip and then tie the towel in a knot. The first time I did this it took a while, but has gotten quicker each time. You also kind of get a feel for each child's hair and how best to roll (how tightly, the pattern on the head, etc.) to fit their uniqueness.

(My model, she enjoys pictures, so I take advantage of it)

Once the hair is all rolled, they just have to sleep on it. In the morning, take out the rollers and as long as it doesn't rain you have adorable curls all day long.

I suppose the real frugal tip here is don't get a dog so you don't need to replace your curlers and come up with creative ways to use torn up towels, but either way, hopefully you found something helpful to make life a little easier on your bank account this week.

For more ideas, check out Crystal's Frugal Friday.


Anonymous said...

Wow- thanks for the tip! I have 5 girls, and not enough foam rollers ! I will definitely be doing this!

Mom2fur said...

What a sweet little curly top you have!
When I was kid, that was called 'rag rolling.' I haven't seen it done in years. It should make a comeback, considering how cute your daughter's hair came out!
(My dog would probably attack any curler that dropped, too. The ferrets would probably steal and hide them.)

BarbaraLee said...

I was always afraid to do that in case they get tangled while I sleep. What a mess that would have been.

Karen said...

Great tip. Almost any kind of fabric will work. We've used strips cut from old shirts, leftover fabric, and old sheets.

Another bonus for my sometimes over-sensitve daughters is that these don't hurt when you sleep the way foam rollers with plastic do.