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How To Do Simple Vintage Pin Curls Hairstyle Tutorial

Dec 6, 2010 by

Pin curls are one of the easiest most fuss free ways to get curls and they are a personal favorite of mine.

My new hair

They take very little time to put in and can be styled in many different ways. There have already been a whole lot of tutorials on the subject, Super Kawaii Mama did a great pin curl video here: http://www.superkawaiimama.com.au/hair-parlour/perfect-pin-curls/but after a lot of requests I thought it was about time I did one too ^_^ *edit* I have added a video which includes me taking them out at the bottom too.

What you will need for this particular pin curls tutorial:

  • Pins
  • Curl spray or hair spray
  • Scarf (optional)
  • Hair ties (optional)
  • Brush

Pin Curls Tutorial

So start with clean hair and make sure that there are no knots or tangles. Give it a general spray with the curl enhancer, I’m using a Tresemme one which works really well in my hair.

Pin Curls Tutorial

Section your hair in half so it’s easier to work with. I tie the other side off into a pig tail ^_^

Pin Curls Tutorial

Start from the top and grab a small section of hair. The size of the section you take will effect the side of the curl you end up with eg. little section = small corkscrew curls while big section = waves. Keep in mind that it’s better to over curl than do all this work and end up with straight hair! XD If the curls are too tight in the end you can always brush them out looser but re-curling is a pain in the butt!

Pin Curls Tutorial

Spray your section with the curl enhancer:

Pin Curls Tutorial

Starting a little way from the end, twist the hair back on itself to form a loop:

Pin Curls Tutorial

Again the bigger the loops the bigger the curls. You should have this:

Pin Curls Tutorial

Get the end which is sticking out and curve it around the inside of the loop so it stays there.

Pin Curls Tutorial

Start rolling the whole thing up to your scalp…

Pin Curls Tutorial

This is where you want to be in the end:

Pin Curls Tutorial

Take the loop and flattern it on your head. Whether you go towards the front or back will determine whether the curls end up going towards your face or away from it. I chose backwards:

Pin Curls Tutorial

Have a whole lot of pins ready ^_^

Pin Curls Tutorial

Now slide a pin in to the curl attaching it to the hair near the scalp. You might need to use 2 pins if you have a lot of hair.

Pin Curls Tutorial

Repeat this all over your head! Leave no space behind ^_^ You’ll end up with something like this:

Pin Curls Tutorial

The gradient in my hair makes it really easy to see the curls ^_^ This is what it looks like from the side…

Pin Curls Tutorial

Spray the hell out of the whole thing with either more curl enhancer or hair spray… I use both XD

Now you need to decide how long you want to keep them in. My hair doesn’t like holding a curl so I find the easiest way to do it is to sleep with them in. It was odd the first time I did it but now I don’t even notice anymore. I’ve also found that having a hot steamy shower with them in (but not getting them actually wet) before bed helps too. Other girls I know will just leave them in for a few hours during the day if they’re going out at night so it all depends on your hair.

Like most people, the way I keep them all in at night is to use a big scarf ^_^ This is a technique that’s been around for ages and I certainly didn’t come up with it! Again if you want a video version you should check out Super Kawaii Mama’s because it’s very informative.

I fold the scarf into a triangle and place it over my head like this:

Pin Curls Tutorial

Pull the two side corners up and the ones on your forehead down like this:

Pin Curls Tutorial

Tie the side ones in a knot together. Pull the forehead one back towards your hair and tie the side ones in another knot over it.

Pin Curls Tutorial

You get this ^_^ It’s like sleeping on a big cushy pillow!

Pin Curls Tutorial

In the morning when you take it all it will look something like this:

Pin Curls Tutorial

Unless you were going for ringlets it’s probably not looking exactly how you want, so all you need to do is brush it out and add more hair spray and you get this:

My new hair

Hopefully that helped answer all of the questions I’ve gotten about this, let me know if you have any more! ^_^

*edit* I know a lot of people were wondering how much I brush them out etc so here’s a video that includes what I do the morning after wearing them. Let me know if you have any other questions!

Thanks so much for reading, I hope it was easy enough to follow and good luck with your own pin curls! Let me know how it goes!

 

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