How to Put on Soft Cloth Rollers

Create natural looking curls with cloth rollers.
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Soft cloth curlers or rollers are a modern alternative to classic rag rollers, providing you with tight ringlets, soft curls or loose waves. These padded rollers are designed for comfort as you sleep, without any hard clips or edges. Setting your hair at night in cloth rollers allows you to skip the hair-damaging heat, grab a few extra minutes of sleep in the morning and wake up ready to go with perfect curls.

Brush or comb your hair to remove tangles. If you've just washed your hair, allow it to air dry until it is just damp, rather than wet. If you're starting from dry hair, lightly mist with a spray bottle until damp.

Work a small amount of your favorite styling product into your hair. Try a volumizing mousse for fine hair or a moisturizing serum if your hair is quite dry.

Part your hair on the center or side, depending upon how you plan to wear it. Create soft curls by rolling medium-sized sections of hair up from the ends, stopping before your reach the top of the ears. Fold the ends of the rollers inward to secure the cloth curlers into place. Or, for tighter, all-over curls, divide the hair into smaller sections. Roll hair away from the face, from the tip to the root. Fold and twist the ends of the curlers to keep them in place.

Fold a square scarf in half diagonally to form a triangle. Bring the long, folded edge along the nape and tie the two long points at the top of your head. Tuck the third point under and knot again. The scarf will keep your curls smooth and secure through the night.

Go to bed. When you wake in the morning, gently unroll each curl and finger style. For softer waves, brush out your curls.

  • If you're concerned about too much curl, keep your sections of hair large, rather than small.
  • Avoid rolling overly wet hair, as you're apt to end up with damp, dreary locks instead of bouncy curls in the morning.
  • Cloth curlers work well for children's hair too and provide a curly look without the risk of curling iron burns or morning fussiness.
  • As an alternative to purchased cloth curlers, use strips of fabric 1-inch to 2-inches wide by 8-inches long. Knot the strips to secure.

With a master's degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Michelle Powell-Smith has been writing professionally for more than a decade. An avid knitter and mother of four, she has written extensively on a wide variety of subjects, including education, test preparation, parenting, crafts and fashion.