So what's a hair rat?
Well ..in a nutshell, it's a lump of shed hair (collected over the course of a few months or so) used inside of your roll or bang to give you additional volume. Since it is your own hair, it's the perfect color and texture making it hard to spot. I normally see it used for faux bangs and side rolls. I've used it in both areas and it's enhanced the style a lot!
I know, you still feel weird about putting something referred to as a rat on your head. I know..don't worry, you'll let that go eventually ;)
Isn't the packaging retro? :D
You can easily go to a beauty supply store (or if they don't have them, Sally's does!) and purchase a hair roll (a new age hair rat) but women in the past were resourceful! I was intrigued about this hair secret but it's not really much different from a clip in hair extension, in my humble opinion. It's pretty simple to make, so simple, a tutorial just wouldn't be necessary. Take your shed hair, roll it up in a hair net and then sew it so that it doesn't unravel. It should sort of resemble a sausage! The best thing about creating your own is that it, again, blends in perfectly.
Alright, get started on your project! Up next, I'll be showing you how to create a faux bang with your hair rat. I'll probably use the one I got from Sally's because unfortunately, my homemade one doesn't have the thickness nor length that it should have...ah..that sounds really dirty. Apologies! ;)
~The Retro Natural