I must have read somewhere that you can twist African American hair around your finger in small amounts. There is something called finger curls too, but I haven't researched that yet. Yes, I am on a whole Yahoo! group for adoptive parents about hair and skin care. There is a lot of information to learn!
I did this to Etame's hair after her bath this evening. Not sure what it will look like tomorrow but it was a fun change for tonight and easier on her head than those tiny rubber bands are.