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How to do The Pin curls Hair Style

Updated on February 16, 2014

About Pin Curls

Pin curling was started in the 1920s. It became a very popular hair style over the next few decades. Curly hair was a very popular look for woman throughout the twenties and thirties. This was not the easiest hair style to obtain because there were no curling irons or other types of heat styling yet. Pinning curling was one way they used to get awesome beautiful curls. Pin curls are little spiral ringlets of curls. They would twist some hair around their finger and then pin it to their scalp with a bobby pin. Often to make the curl stay they would pin an x through them. Pin curling is not quite as popular as it used to be but it is a great way to get beautiful curls with out causing damage to your hair.

Tight pin curls in long hair
Tight pin curls in long hair
Tight pin curls in short hair
Tight pin curls in short hair
what pin curling look like
what pin curling look like

How to do Pin Curls to Get Tight Ringlets

Tight ringlets are easy to achieve with this method. This is a pretty simple styling technique but it does take some time.

What you will be needing

  • Bobby pins twice as many as the number of desired curls
  • A comb
  • Spray bottle of water

What to do next

  • Dampen your hair
  • Separate your hair into sections
  • Start in one section by taking small strands of hair and curling them around your finger
  • Once around your finger tightly slide the curl off your finger and pin to your scalp with a pin or two (the tighter you wrap the curl the tighter your ringlet will be)
  • Pinning the curl with and x shape makes the curls stay in place better
  • Work your way around to each section pinning and curling
  • Once all the curls are pinned you can leave them in until they dry
  • Leaving the curls in overnight is a good way to let them set
  • Once dry remove the pins

Using hair spray will help the curls keep their shape better. This is a great evening look and also fun to do for children. Little girls look so cute with curly cues.

Big pin curls
Big pin curls
Big pin curls
Big pin curls
What big pinned curls look like
What big pinned curls look like

How to do Pin Curls for Big Loose Curls

This is a lot like pin curling for tight curls in fact it is almost exactly the same process. There are only a few small differences. Pin curls are a good way to get big beautiful curls without using a curling iron.

What you will need

  • Bobby pins ( twice as many as the number of desired curls)
  • Spray bottle full of water
  • Comb

What to do next

  • Comb through hair to get out all tangles
  • Dampen your hair with the water
  • Part your hair into sections
  • Take large pieces of hair and swirl into a circle
  • Pin the circle in an x shape using two pins
  • Repeat this all over
  • Once finished let your hair dry out
  • Once dry unpin curls

In case you are still having a hard time here is a helpful video

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    • Scribenet profile image

      Scribenet 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have fine hair and I know pincurls really bulk it up. Only problems are the time-consuming aspect of getting the pincurls in. However the style has real staying power.

      Enjoyed reading this Hub. Good information on pincurls!

    • Brittanie2216 profile image

      Brittanie Pervier 4 years ago from Seattle WA

      Thank you for commenting I really like using pin curls because they don't cause the damage that curling irons do but it does take a lot more time :)

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