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How to Do Pin Curls

How to Do Pin Curls

Pin curls have been hugely popular since the early 1920’s thanks to Hollywood’s famed silent picture actresses opting for the style. Women everywhere wanted to know how they could get the look themselves, and once they learned how, the trend took off. Since that time, pin curls have remained an important style for women to complete nearly every night before heading to bed, and the look has remained strong throughout the decades after the 20’s. Today, Lionesse would like to teach you two methods to creating pin curls yourself at home – one being the original way, and the other, a more modernized way that cuts the time invested into creating the style by an immeasurable amount. It’s actually very easy to get a perfect pin curled look – and with this helpful guide, you will be well on your way to perfect pin curls whichever way you choose to create them.

Woman with traditional pin curls.

How to Create Traditional Pin Curls
Creating traditional pin curls generally involved a great deal of time, effort, and patience. The classic style of creating the curls was achieved through the method of working with damp hair, and tying the hair rolled up with cloth to the head, fastening it in place, and wrapping the head in a silk scarf before going to sleep for the night. In the morning, the cloth pieces would be removed from the head, revealing gorgeous pin curls that women were so proud to wear. This is how you can get the look yourself.

What you’ll need:

  • Curl Setting lotion or cream
  • Hairspray
  • Hair pins (any kind will do)
  • Damp Hair

Apply curl setting lotion to damp, but not wet, hair. Section off the hair into four sections and secure those sections with hair elastics, leaving the first section to be worked on down. Beginning with small 1 inch sections of hair, begin winding the hair upwards by either wrapping around the finger & winding it upwards, or you can create sort of a flat roll with the fingers and wind all the way up to the scalp. Secure with bobby pins or other hair pins to the scalp. Complete the process on the remainder of the hair. Wrap the hair with a silk scarf to wear to bed, and in the morning, remove the curls gently, allowing them to fall to the shoulders. You may brush them out with a soft bristle brush, or leave them as is. You can create the curls in all one direction, or create the ‘s’ shape hair typical to the 40’s hairstyles. You can create the ‘s’ shape by winding hair in different sections in one direction (i.e. clockwise or counter-clockwise), and wind the hair up in another section in the opposite direction. This looks the most authentic.

Woman with modern pin curls.

How to Create Modern Pin Curls
Creating modern pin curls requires far less time than the traditional pin curls, and is far easier to achieve a perfect look than one might think. All that’s required is your favorite flat iron, bobby pins or metal hair clips, and hairspray. Here’s how you can get the vintage look of old in today’s modern world:

What you’ll need:

  • Flat Iron
  • Bobby pins or metallic hair clips (think the kind stylists use)
  • Hairspray

First thing’s first, you will need to begin with clean, dry hair. Second-day hair works best. Begin by taking small 1-inch sections of your hair, and winding them around your index finger, creating a loop of hair, all the way to the scalp. Gently remove the rolled up hair from your finger, and press the roll into a flat iron for about 10-15 seconds. Remove the rolled hair from the flat iron carefully. Complete this process all over your head until you’ve curled all of the hair. Be sure to curl all of the hair in the same direction. Allow the hair to cool for about 10 minutes, and then you may go in with a boar bristle brush and run it through the hair gently to add volume and a more authentic look, or you can leave the curls as is. You can also finger tousle the curls if you’d like. Spray with hairspray, and you’re good to go! This process normally takes about an hour for long, thick hair, so if you have shorter, thinner hair, the process is a much quicker one.

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