Friday, November 2, 2012

Tutorial: Easy Peazy Pin Curls

Items you'll need: Setting foam or mousse, rat tail comb (such a gross name), Mascara Tube, pin curl clips, paddle or bristle brush, pomade or shine serum, and hairspray.

Darling, where have you been all my life?
Don't forget the pink poodle!
Step 1: Apply a setting foam or mousse to clean, towel dried hair and comb through. I use Motions Foaming Wrap Lotion. I have very fine hair and this product seems to work best for me. Setting spray tends to weigh down my hair and mousse doesn't always give as much hold as I'd like. You can get Motions at any local big mart store like Target, or at Sally's.

Step 2: At this point I blow dry my roots a little. Fully wet hair on me takes forever to dry. This speeds up the process. My sister likes to pin curl her hair dry, but I keep my roots dry and wet the ends of my hair in each section as I go along.

Step 3: Part hair however you usually wear it or for whatever final style you want to accomplish. Section hair into one inch square sections for a tighter curl. You can do larger sections but your curl will be much looser than what is really needed for a vintage look.

Step 4: Take your first section and wrap the ends around the amazing, life changing Mascara Tube, keeping the ends flat.  If you twist the ends you could end up with more frizz. Roll hair up to scalp and slide off the tube. You can either pin the hair as is, in a barrel curl, or lay flat for true pin curls. Use either a pin curl clip or bobby pins to secure. I'm still working on this one. I usually just go for barrel curls cause its waaayyy easier. There are lots of setting patterns and accurate pin curl methods you can find online. But hey, this is easy pin curls right?!

Wrap ends, keeping them flat. Say no to frizz!
Roll up to scalp. Roll crown back, sides down.
Pin with clips or bobby pins.
Barrel or flat, it's up to you.
Step 5: Roll hair on crown either forward, back, or away from your part depending on the style you are going for. On the sides roll so that each side is a mirror image of the other. Roll the back down or in whatever setting pattern you choose.

Step 6: You can now either go about your day looking super stylish with a headscarf, eek, or go to bed. I opt to sleep on my pin curls. Not super comfy but not too bad either. This usually allows enough time for the curls to fully dry.

Time for bed! So glamorous!
Step 7: The brush out. Don't worry, you can do it. Remove clips starting from bottom up. Run fingers through curls to separate. Brush out using a paddle brush or hard bristle brush. Brush, Brush, Brush some more. The brushing is basically straightening the curl enough to get that vintage style we love. You can take sections of curls and brush them against your hand in the direction you want them to lay. This gives a smoother look to the curl.

Lola, what have I done?
Brush, brush, brush. See, it all works out!
Step 8: Style however you like. I use a little bit of Hawleywood's Layrite pomade for shine and then hair spray the final look. I only wash my hair every fourth day or so. Which is why pin curls rock for last minute looks. I can set my hair and only have to really put forth effort that first day. Then the curl is there for the next few days and I can style my hair with minimum work. Just as it should be. On the first day I usually leave the brush out curls as is. Kind of 1930s style waves like Norma Shearer (did I mention I love old movies?). Then on the second day when the curl is more relaxed I do a traditional 1940s roll.

I'm ready for my close up Mr. DeMille!

And that's it! Easy Peasy Pin Curls. The styling trick that changed my life.

Toodles Poodles!

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