Friday, 24 February 2012

My Hair Setting invention!

I've been setting my hair for many years now but one thing I've never been able to do is sleep in curlers. I have very thick hair and need a lot of curlers so it is just too darned uncomfortable for me to sleep in them, they just stick in my head and I don't get any sleep at all.

Of course I have options, I have heated rollers and if I want to set my hair without heated rollers I need to spend the day in curlers, however if I need my hair setting in the morning it would be really good if I could sleep in curlers. So what to do....

Well I was standing in the queue at Tesco the other day and I spotted some cheap sponge curlers 3 packs for £3, and I suddenly had a brainwave, so I'm sharing it with you!

These are the curlers.


I removed all the plastic bits and then cut up some fabric, and wound the piece of fabric round the middle plastic bit that originally went through the curler.


Then start to push the fabric through the curler.


All the way through until it looks like this


Eventually you'll end up with some looking like this


The advantage of them is that they are like curlers without the hard bit and have more substance that just using rags, which I have done in the past but again as I have thick hair it's harder to do, whereas with the curler it just makes it much easier.

Here are a couple of pictures of me with them in



I must confess I wasn't sure if they would work, I was perfectly comfortable in them and would have slept very soundly had my husband not snored like a walrus through the night!

So now the big reveal did they work? Well this is me having just removed them



And once brushed and styled, YES a success, I'll definitely be using them again, I don't need to set my hair every night I'm lucky that way but I now have a method that I can use overnight to sleep in. I'm pretty pleased with myself!


I'd love to know if anyone is interested in using this. It's really worked for me. Of course I set it dry as you can see, I've never been able to set my hair wet or even damp, it just doesn't dry, so dry set all the way for me.

40 comments:

delia hornbook said...

;-)))) Clever you what a great idea. Your hair looks fab. Im lucky and already have curly hair but its amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it. A womens mind is wonderul ;-)) dee x

Jennie said...

I think I might try this one, I'm fed up of sleepless nights with pin curls :)

Perdita said...

CLEVER!!!!!!!
Genius. I can't sleep in rollers and sponge ones leave a kink from the plastic. I am SO going to use this idea.

heelgrinder said...

Brilliant! This is nothing short of amazing! I am so trying this this weekend. Thanks so much for sharing! This is a perfect solution for me because I never have time to curl in the mornings (can't get myself out of bed early enough). I have also tried sleeping in the sponge rollers but they are definitely uncomfortable. I'm so excited!

Did you put any setting lotion or products in your hair prior to rolling? Thanks again!

DearHelenHartman said...

A brilliant solution! I HATED those curlers when I was a kid - no wonder we all looked so awful on picture day at school, we were tired from trying to sleep on curlers and our heads hurt!

LandGirl1980 said...

Totes AMAZE!!

Charlotte said...

What a good idea! Might have to try that one out.

xx Charlotte
Tuppence Ha'penny Vintage

Straight Talking Mama! said...

Thanks all!

yes I did put setting lotion on, I always do a dry set with setting lotion.

Miss Magpie said...

Bloody genius! Now why couldn't you have thought of that last month before I finally caved in and bought myself some hot sticks! lol

Miss Matilda said...

thank you xxx

Brittany_Va-VoomVintage said...

you're so clever!! This is a fantastic idea, off to share! :)

Tasha said...

Fiona, this is brilliant!! I've never tried rag rollers though I haven't had much success with pillow rollers (kind of the same concept but a wire in them and foam, except the foams are squarish for some weird reason). I don't have super thick hair but I think I have a lot of fine hair, and it's so curl resistant that I have to use a ton of rollers too, so sleeping can be a bit uncomfortable.

I totally want to try this out now! I need to get more rollers as mine are starting to get all shredded and gross, so maybe I'll get 2 sets and try this out! (Well, once we move and I have access to my fabric again!)

jacqui said...

Brilliant idea !

Old Fashioned Susie said...

The work of a genius! I'll be trying this me thinks!

Alix said...

What a great idea, and very effective!
x
PS I DID waste my money going to that exhibition...

Vix said...

What a brilliant idea. Those sponge curlers were the only thing that ever worked on my poker straight hair as a child and I'd love to try them out again.
Your hair looks fab. xxx

Janice said...

Interesting method, looks like a cross between rag curlers and sponge rollers. I use those exact foam pink rollers to set my hair and I hate how my hair gets caught in the plastic part. I'll have to try your method of using fabric instead to hold them to the hair.

Tart Deco™ said...

You, my dear, are a genius! I use the foam rollers with wire through them, so they are a bit better than the plastic posts, but this is SO much better. AND it looks more period, like rag rolls. Thanks for the tip!

Flamingo Amy said...

Oooo, I might have to try this - very good thinking. I have never slept in these thing over night, only with kirby grips from pin curling, so I imagine the is loads more comforable. Thanks for sharing.

Jo Waterhouse said...

That's genius! Thanks for the tip, I'm definitely going to give that a whirl!

Gabriella said...

Total brilliance! I am going to try this out!

Emma said...

What a fab idea, those plastic curlers are just so uncomfortable to sleep on I may just resort to this myself! x

La Dama said...

what a genius idea amor!
my big head is used to sleeping with sponge curler wet set ,but this is a fab trick.
love your hair, I think your hair is way thicker than mine. what type of setting lotion do you use?
you look lovely, you show yourself more.
gracias I think I will try this and let you know how it goes.
besones

Vintage Coconut said...

Great idea and your hair looks GORGEOUS in the after picture.
=D

Dr G said...

Oh finally! Something I might be able to use! You say you set it dry: what do you mean? Do you spritz setting lotion onto dry hair before curling? I have tried to wet set but I have thick, long hair & it just doesn't dry in rollers.

Straight Talking Mama! said...

Hey there, yes I spritz setting lotion on dry hair I have never ever been able to wet set my hair because of my thick hair either. I've been dry setting for years, it works :o)

Mrs Molly Doll said...

Oh my! I use those rollers in my hair and I hate sleeping on my side with them. I took the rod out and stuck a pin through them once my hair was rolled up, but it would still annoy me. This idea is genious! It looks like you have give alot of ladies a much more comfortable nights rest :)
x Molly

Coedith said...

Pure genius! Cannot wait to try this. Thanks for sharing.

Kim Bombshell said...

What a great idea! I actually have sponge curlers that have wire inside and you twist them to close. They work ok, but are only one size. Those sponge rollers come in different sizes.

Tara said...

This idea is beyond brilliant!!! Removing the plastic rods and replacing them with fabric strips not only prevent dents, I bet it makes sleeping in curlers so much more comfortable! This is genius thank you, Fiona!

Andi B. Goode said...

You know, I thought of doing the exact same thing but wasn't sure if it worked. Thanks for this (& testing it out for me haha) because now I know that it will. Great minds surely do think alike, Fiona ;)

-Andi x

Kally said...

I'll definitely be trying this, I usually sleep in hard plastic rollers and it is so uncomfortable! I hate the way sponge rollers squish smaller in the middle and give a tight frizzy curl on me, but having the fabric in the middle instead of the rod I think it would work, I could still use my plastic rollers on top but put these round the back and sides to sleep on.

BethBird said...

Hey, that's a really good idea! I think I'm going to try it, since I have those kind of rollers, but hate sleeping on them. (My mom always used them on me when I was a kid.)

Rocket Originals said...

Only just seen this blog! That's a great idea, might do that myself. Your hair always looks lovely. :D xx

quietvintagesewing said...

That looks worth a try, I am so hopeless at doing my hair. Today my attempt at a "vintage do" was more "ratty birdsnest". I am going to look for these - thanks!

Kim said...

This is a great idea. I picked up a cheap pack of those plastic sponge rollers but the plastic frames kept popping apart and I ended up with dents in my hair. Will definitely try this!

Rosie Alia said...

What a brilliant idea! Why has no one thought of this before? GENIUS! xx

Abigail said...

Thats really great! i will try this TONIGHT!!! so excited. I love pin curls but its great to change things up a bit and the plastic things just dont hold.
Thank you so much for sharing this!!!!

Sharon Wilkerson said...

Your idea gave me an idea. Instead of using cloth as ties I'm going to use pipe cleaners inside the foam. Think I will get a good nights sleep and curly hair to boot. Thanks for the kick start.

hpjunkie23 said...

Genius!!! I am giving this a try tonight!!! I always have issues with the plastic parts leaving dents in my curls!! Thank you soooo much!!

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