Have you ever gotten to the end of a french braid and realized that it's been much too long since your last trim, and really something must be done about those long wispy ends? This afternoon found me in just such a predicament. I wanted to look fairly decent and respectable this evening, but the end of that braid was looking anything but respectable. I don't own a curling iron or hair dryer, much less a set of curlers, so "the old lemon commenced to throb fiercely", and the end result was a dash to my little collection of vintage spools of cotton thread. They were the perfect size. They worked like a dream. Yes, indeed, I went around the whole afternoon with spools tied to the ends of my braids. They worked very nicely, I think.