Friday, March 9, 2012

Cumberbatched; or, Rag Curls on Short Hair

 Dress - thrifted
Custom Harness - Audra Jean
 Leather jacket - Theory, ebay
Boots - All Saints, ebay

So to start at the inspiration for today's outfit: Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch at the after party on press night for Design for Living at Baltic. (Photo linked directly to the photographer) The shirt he's wearing seems to be from one of the earlier All Saints lines. While my dress may not be All Saints in origin (my boots are though!), it has a similar neckline. And since my hair has been growing out I've actually wanted to play around with different hairstyles - so we come to part two of today's post.

Rag Curls! I do have a curling iron. Two in fact (one large, one medium). Bizarre for someone who never ever curls their hair. But both of them are too large for my short hair. So I started looking for alternatives. Pincurls seems to be on the biggest rec's across the board, but my fingers can't ever hold onto the hair, I drop pins, drop the curl - oh and I don't have hairspray. So! I kept looking. Rag curls seemed to be where it was at.

I found this lovely retro-inspired blogger who actually showed an adorable tutorial for short hair. I cut up an old tee and got to work. I do suggest using a stiff cotton if you have it, but the tee did work. I imagine stiffer cotton only helps you hang onto things. I did use a wave/anti-frizz spray and a little gel run through wet hair, but otherwise it was just some strips of cloth and time. I added pictures of my hair tied up, and right after I pulled the 'rags' out. I wound up sleeping on the curls and ran a comb through them so they softened into loose waves. However I think this is a great way to get a variety of curls with some great control - and it's nearly free to do. I will definitely be trying this again as my hair grows out.

                                  Before................. After (sort of ancient greek, no?)

16 comments:

  1. You look so gorgeous. I love your hair!

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  2. Cute! I actually just saw in Glamour something about rag curls on a pixie cut...and I'm like, I have no idea how I could pull that off. But for someone who has a little more hair than I do, you look super cute!!

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    1. I bet it would work great if you took smallish sections of the longer pieces of your hair and rolled up. I think it's a cool idea if you want to do something different or dress it up. It works surprisingly well on shorter bits, the key is just to take smaller sections of hair for smaller curls.

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  3. OMGawd Megan I LOVE your hair!!!! I am going to have to try this for sure! Thanks for sharing the link! You look all retro babe style! Dig it! Have a great weekend!

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  4. i REALLY love how that looks on you! And the way they softened up, but still look curled is perfection :)

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  5. I love your hair like this! I use pin curls to define my otherwise frizzy curly hair but it took me eons to get the hang of them. I heart Benedict C. so much. In one of my lives, he will be my sweetie : >

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  6. I used to do little curls using strips of tinfoil back in the 80s - it sure made for some crazy hair!I love the soft curls - very sweet.

    Awesome outfit (as always) - you really look lovely in grey. I have issues with it, lol.

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  7. My mom used to put us in rag curls when we were kids. WE kept the same rags for years, so I know we started in 1990, because it was scraps from the dresses my mom made us for my aunt's wedding!

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  8. So cute! Love the outfit and the hair. :)

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  9. Love your curl and your boots. They are cool<3

    Following you:)
    It would be so nice, if you follow me back:)

    Have a sparkling day!
    xoxo.

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  10. Your curly hair is so fun! The last time I had curly hair was in the early 90s ;) - I have long since been too lazy to give my stick straight hair any curl.

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  11. Wow, what a really cool way to make curls! :)

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  12. Love those boots so much. And the curls!

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  13. I think B C is a villan in the new Star Trek movie. I can't wait for it!
    My Grandmother used to do rag curls on my Mother when she was little. You look really cool in them.
    Love that leather jacket.

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  14. I love your curls, your outfit - and Sherlock is my TV boyfriend. We joke around our house right now that all the cute Brit and Irish actors have been stolen away for two years to film The Hobbit movies :P

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  15. All the gray is so fabulous! Anything with that jacket and those boots is going to be fabulous!

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