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Retro Bang and How to Create a ‘Rat’

By January 27th, 20218 Comments

Retro Bang and How to Create a 'Rat'
I’m friends with ACBF’s Shanti on Facebook and noticed that she changed her profile pic and was serving up all kinds of sexy! She’s rocking a new style with a retro bang that screams ‘CurlyNikki Community!!!!’ so I thought I’d share. Enjoy!

Shanti of A Curl’s Best Friend writes;

I have been looking online for a comprehensive tutorial of how to make a hair rat but I have yet to come upon one. So I decided to make one because I imagine that lots of other people are desperate for the “how to” as well. The tools needed are a ruler, scissors,flexible hair roller, wire cutters (or any heavy duty scissors that can cut through wire), an old black or dark brown stocking and a needle and thread.

Lets begin!

The toolsRetro Bang and How to Create a 'Rat'
Measure and mark 1″ on both ends of your flexy roller. Note: Determine which length is best for you before you cut. My measurement may not be applicable to you.
Retro Bang and How to Create a 'Rat'
Cut off your measurement of the foam. Do not attempt to cut the wire yet.Retro Bang and How to Create a 'Rat'
This is how it should appear after cutting the foam. The inner wire should be exposed.Retro Bang and How to Create a 'Rat'
Now using your wire cutters, cut the exposed wire.Retro Bang and How to Create a 'Rat'
This is how it should look afterwards. Make sure that the cut wire is protected by the foam. You do not want your head getting poked or hair getting snagged by it.Retro Bang and How to Create a 'Rat'
Now take your darkly colored stocking of choice and cut it to be slightly longer than the flexy roller. You want the color to closely match the color of your hair so it is not noticeable.
Note: The stocking was cut blunty across the leg meaning it is double sided. Is that understandable? I hope so.Retro Bang and How to Create a 'Rat'
Roll the flexi roller in the stocking until it is completely encased.
Retro Bang and How to Create a 'Rat'
Take your needle and thread and sew the roller inside the stocking.Retro Bang and How to Create a 'Rat'
It should like this, only neater.
Retro Bang and How to Create a 'Rat'
Now cut the ends. Make sure to not cut too closely because you are going to have to sew them together.Retro Bang and How to Create a 'Rat'
Now do just that! Sew the ends on both sides of the roller.Retro Bang and How to Create a 'Rat'
This is how it should look.Retro Bang and How to Create a 'Rat'
Wamski! You got yourself a hair rat. Go H.A.M ladies!

An alternative way to create the ‘rat’–

Shanti’s gorgeous ‘do-


  • CoilyRob says:

    I love it! Can't wait to try.

  • TanqueraySunshine says:

    I think the bangs are super cute, but I don't think my hair would agree with the style lol. I will give it a try though. I am always looking for new tips

  • Erin says:

    Damn. My NYE hairstyle search may have just come to an end.

  • Anonymous says:

    This is great! The Retro Natural also has instructions on her website:

  • ATWC says:

    Actually creating that bang by pinning it is not that simple. I tried it many times and failed. If your hair is a shorter length than it is simple but for longer hair it needs something to roll with.
    Pinupnoire's instructional is very easy but I find with the flexi roller you have more control and hold of your bang. To each his own

  • Anonymous says:

    Pinupnoire on YouTube uses one of those things u use to make a bun and she just cuts it in half. Seems easier but this looks good too.

  • Anonymous says:

    Hum the style is cut, but all of that instructions of this and that just for a bang. All you need is some bobby pins and roll your hair under and pin it, and you have the same style.

  • Trice (BreatheFashion3c) says:

    As bad as I want to try this, i just have a feeling my bangs would look like they are taking flight and as a result, I would look a fool. She rocked it tho….Nikki, are you going to master this one as well?!

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