Monday, May 21, 2012

Rag Curls in the First Grade

Hazel's First Grade Photo

My Aunt Carrie had demonstrated to my mother how to use plain old rags to roll my hair at night so that by the next morning I would have gorgeous curls.

Aunt Carrie encouraged Mom to try her new beauty technique on me. Sure enough the next morning there were curls, but fuzzy was more like it.

Perhaps my mother did not know the proper cosmetology brushing techniques, so frizzy it was.

Off I went to school happy with my new hair do, and when the teacher announced that we were going to have our pictures taken - - that was exciting news.

“Line up and we will go one at a time to have our photos taken” were our instructions.

The photographer asked us to stand with our toes at a chalk mark on the floor, and his words were, “Now give us a nice smile.”

Recently I had lost my two front teeth, but I gave him the loveliest grin that I could.

That day as I went home for my lunch I told my mother that we had our pictures taken for our First grade class that morning.

Mom was horrified, and exclaimed, that she wished they would have let her know in advance, and she would not have frizzed my hair.

Because at that age, I was happy go lucky so all the fuss about looks did not bother me in the least.

When the pictures were ready we purchased one that showed my entire class in small squares on an 8 ½ x 11 page. In later years as I viewed them, I had to chuckle a bit.

No doubt my folks were offered a selection of photos with just me, but they declined.

That was the last time my mother beautified me with rag curls.

Her next endeavor was to give me a Toni Home Permanent, but with my fine hair, the frizzy results were the same.

I am reminded that God counts the very hairs on our head. He doesn’t seem to care if our hair is straight, curly or frizzy. He loves us regardless of our outward appearance.

Perhaps that is because He is looking at our heart, and not at our hair.

If you are interested in trying rag curls for a softer look you might enjoy viewing Carli’s blog at:
Carli’s pattern for rag curls you will discover HERE

This post has been linked with these lovely sites
Joan Davis  Sharing His Beauty
With Laura’s Beholding His Beauty
And with Tell me a True Story.    Do share your true stories there.


  1. This is a good reminder, to look at people hearts. What is on the inside and not on the outside, no matter wheter it is hair, or anything else. Love, Judy A

  2. That picture is cute! We all get hung up to much on the exterior don't we? Indeed... God looks at the heart, we should spend as much time on preparing it I think.

  3. This is funny, Hazel. A wonderful memory for sure and makes me think of those Gentle Toni's my mom use to give me!

  4. I loved the story, it brought a smile to my face. And I think every girl went thru the Toni perms but I hadn't heard of the rag curls. Love, Vicki Cook

  5. What a great story! One time when I was on a mission trip to Romania I used socks to "curl" my hair. I didn't have quite the frizz that you had in the picture, but, let's just say, I wouldn't try it again. Well, maybe unless in Romania. :)

    By the way, hope you're having a wonderful birthday. Much love!

  6. My hair was/is usually STRAIGHT, and even when a perm is used, it lasts a few weeks and is gone. Hair is NOT my favorite basis in my life. I'm not good at curling or doing creative bits. BUT I am always wiping the hair off the floor and once in a while I think, "I'm glad the Lord knows where my hair is better than I do." And, I've often said, when I die and get to heaven my hair will never again be an issue of life. Hallelujah!!!

  7. Great story, Hazel! I missed Tell Me A Story this week...I'll have to check in there tomorrow and read, read, read.

  8. This is such a good walk down memory lane. It's so heartwarming I went back to look at old family pictures and remembered those fun days. I've been missing Tell Me a Story for some weeks now. Hope I'll remember to do it again sometime soon.


How to leave a comment - Select Name/Url and enter your Name in the name box.. (do not enter anything in the URL box) Be sure to click the box - I am not a robot.