Monday, July 1, 2013

Feelin' the Heat: A Pin-Curl Tutorial


It was 106 degrees Saturday. It's forecast to reach 104 today. Ick.

I repeat, "it's too darn hot"! 

source: Roger Wilkerson tumblr
And since it has been so hot, and having seen the forecast for the weekend, I decided on this past Thursday evening to wash and set my hair. I knew I wouldn't want to come within 2 feet of a blow dryer or any other heated appliance, come Friday.

Then I got to thinking, I should do a little pin-curl experiment.

Did you know Poodles, that if you Google "pin curls", you receive over 2 million results? And each result comes with it's own opinion.

Wet vs. Dry. Hot vs. Wet. Curlers vs. Pin Curls. Pin Curls vs. Hot Rollers. Etc., etc., etc.

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How's a Poodle ever to know which way will result in the best hair?!

My answer, try em' all!!! See which set works for YOU and YOUR hair texture!

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And thus I am on a quest, a quest to discover my own way to a fabulous pin-curl-do!

I feel like there should be some dramatic music right now. 

Hahahaha!
I need this mug!
First up, the heated pin-curl set; the obvious choice for procrastinator's like me. 

Hence, like I said, on Thursday evening, I washed and conditioned my hair, combed some mousse through, and blew dry. Then I sectioned my hair as follows:

Heated Pin-Curl Set~

1- Using a rat-tail comb, I parted my hair on my regular side, and then my crown into a U-shape. I clipped back the sides and combed down my fringe, and set this area first by taking 1 inch sections and curling them with a curling iron. I then clipped curls (using 2-prong clips) in a standing/elevated pin-curl facing away from my part. I proceeded to place stand-up pin-curls in equal rows of 1-2 inch square sections behind my fringe, also facing away from my part. (This could result in 2-3 pin-curls/row for each person, depending on hair thickness.)


2- I sectioned my heavier side, and curled 1-2 inch square sections with my iron. I released the curl from the iron and then rolled it up on a mascara tube, slid it off the tube, and clipped it. I ended up with one row, which I pin-curled counterclockwise, and two square inch sections; which I rolled in elevated pin-curls. On my other side, I rotated rows with hair going back (counterclockwise) and then forward (clockwise).


3- Parting the back of my hair into 2 sections, and following the same steps with my curling iron, I pin-curled my hair going one way, and then back the other way, keeping the top row at around ear level. (You can just place your pin-curls any ol' way. I was really trying for wave this time, so I went with the back and forth deal.)


4- Once my whole head was pin-curled, I misted my hair with a LottaBody setting lotion dilution. I wrapped my hair with a head-scarf, and headed off to bed!



The next morning I had a few things to do, so I left my hair pinned up, and wrapped it all up in a turban. Scarves can be so useful, can't they??


I returned with bated breath to release all my curls. And...

I had one curl section that didn't take. Boo!
I simply re-curled with my iron, clipped it up,
and hid the clip under the rest of my hair. 

Yay!!! They turned out great! I wanted them to last through the next day, so I didn't brush too much. Then right before bed I threw my hair back up into some quick standing pin-curls and re-misted with setting spray. In less than 5 minutes I was snoozing away, while the pin-curls did all the work.

I've always wanted to try these!
Yay again!!! The second day turned out even more amazing than the first! But alas, the 106 degrees hit, and my curls melted away along with the ice I was using to cool down. Maybe it was the 106 times I had Husband spray me in the face with water that did it. HA!


Not daring to believe they could turn out as good as they had that morning, but facing another day of forecast record heat, I again threw my hair up into a quick, elevated pin-curl set, and again, lightly re-misted with setting spray.

Woman's Day Magazine, Sept. 1956
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Yay!!! Yay!!! YAY!!! My hair combed out into a perfect wave! I styled the front into two rolls, and set out for another warm day. 


The indisputable result of this experiment?? Hurrahs all around! A heated/dry pin-curl set worked fantastically on my extremely fine hair.

Now I wonder how a wet-set will do in this next forecast?


"IT'S TOO DARN HOT"!





20 comments :

  1. They look great! And, yes, that is too darned hot!!!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, every time someone opens a door, I'm blasted with heat. Bleh!
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn

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  2. So cute! But I just cut all my hair off! :) I keep thinking it's in a bun or pony and I go to take it out. Ha-ha.

    It's unseasonably hot here. I spent most of the day at the pool yesterday!

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    1. I gotta find me a pool! ;) I keep wanting to cut off my hair (and I can't wait to see your cute pics!), but then I remember how unattractive I look with short hair! Ha! In my mind I think Audrey Hepburn, but in reality it ends up wrong, so so wrong. Oh well, pony tail it is!!
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn

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    2. It always scares me- even if I'm ready! ♥

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  3. I nominated you for a Liebster award, details on my blog.

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    1. Awwww... Thank you so very much! ;)
      ~xoxo!

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  4. You are so cute! Thanks for sharing this, hot here too! Trying tonight to keep cool!

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  5. So so hot! The weather has been so crazy! Rainy cold to blazing heat. I'm afraid to ask what's next? ;) Try and stay cool!!
    ~xoxo, CoriLynn

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  6. Great tute, CoriLynn! And you look fabu! Unfortunately, I'm cursed with crazy, curly, frizzy hair and now that summer's here (meaning ridiculously humid!), most days I have to opt for a bun. Otherwise I end up looking like some 70's disco queen;)

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    1. Most days I'm in a bun too. I love your big bun post by the way. ;) Sometimes I get the urge to do my hair and then I think, hey, I should photograph this; the urge comes along so seldom! Ha!
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn

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  7. Your pin curls look awesome!! I need to practice doing dry sets with the iron.... right now I do a wet set with sponge rollers. When I try using a curling iron and doing dry pin curls a comb usually ends up flying across the room with some four letter words. :)

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    1. Hi! I like to do wet sets with sponge rollers too. I'm so used to a curling iron that a heated set is super easy for me. But a pin curl wet set, sooooo hard! That's when I throw my comb!! Haha!
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn

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  8. Ooh, so pretty! Thanks for all the fabulous details! I gotta try :-) You look adorable!
    Blessings,
    Susie

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    1. Thank you! It is super easy, which I love, and then it will last a couple of days; which I also love because I only wash my hair a couple of times a week. ;) I should call them lazy girl pin curls! HA!
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn

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  9. Ooohh, I hear you loud and clear, darling gal! We hit 104 (aka, 40C in Canada) one day this week here too, and were around 100 the rest of the week. In principle I don't mind sizzling hot weather - in fact, at times, I flat out love it, but it does a real number on me from a health standpoint (my health tends to fare better in the colder months), so I'll be happy when the temps drop back down a touch - say to the mid-80s.

    But enough about the ol' weather - let's talk about how fabulously lovely your hair turned out! Adore both styles - you are rocking those pin curls something fierce, dear gal!!!

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. I prefer it to be right around 80; too extreme, whether cold or hot, can cause flare-ups for me. But I definitely like heat more than cold!
      It's so exciting when pin curls actually turn out right! ;)
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn

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  10. How fun is your tutorial! You have fab hair. I'm afraid to do anything at all to mine right now. It's falling out in clumps...darn anemia. Doctor says it will stop and come back soon (apparently hair misses you and wants to come home after awhile--life on the road not what it expected and all). So, I got whispies to look forward to, and I doubt I'll get those into pin curls. But someday....I totally plan to try this!

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    1. Darn anemia! My hair is really really fine. There is a lot of it, but each strand is so thin that my pony tails are a pathetic dime size circumference! Back-combing is thus my friend; damaging though it may be!
      Hope you are feeling better soon!
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn

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  11. pretty and elegant. luv it, thank u for the tips, imma try that with my karmin g3 clipless, it's very good. :)

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