Whether they’re on Big Love or in my neighborhood walking around with nametags carrying Books of Mormon, I love me some Latter-Day Saints. And now there are beauty tips inspired by early Mormons, many of whom traveled across the country as pioneers in covered wagons or with handcarts. Does this mean we should all go back to wearing sunbonnets? Not exactly. Here’s a way to get curls even if you don’t have a curling iron:
Step 1: Cut fabric such as cotton into 2.5-by-8-inch strips. The number of strips needed depends on how long your hair is and how curly you want it, but 20-25 strips should be sufficient.
Step 2: Wash and dry your hair until it is barely damp. (Apply gel or mousse as desired, if you want to cheat the 1800s a little.)
Step 3: Starting with the bottom layer, separate hair into approximately 1-inch sections. Hold the end of one section of hair with the center of the rag folded over it. Roll the rest of your hair around the strip it is as close to the scalp as possible. Tie a bow with the rag and repeat until every section of hair is tied in a rag.
Step 4: Allow the curls to set, possibly by sleeping with the rags in your hair.
Step 5: After approximately 6-8 hours, remove the rags by untying them and slowly unraveling the hair. Brush or comb to separate and style the curls.
This sort of reminds me of the part in Kingsley Amis’ Lucky Jim where the main character gives is supposed to give a lecture about the Middle Ages and instead he gets drunk, rambles a bunch, and ends with “Thank God for the modern era!”
But if you still want to do it up pioneer-style, Whitney Butters of the Deseret News has more.