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How To Do Pin Curls In Your Hair

Updated on July 22, 2014

Start a love affair (or flirty fling) with pin curls

You can achieve a variety of retro and vintage-inspired hairstyles with pin curls without the damaging effects of heated styling products. This lens will explore the versatility of classic pin curls on long and short hair lengths, and hopefully inspire you to try new 'dos on your own hair!

Included in this lens are photos, tips, and YouTube tutorials hand selected by Babygirl Boutique. Also featured are the pin up hair accessories, flowers, ribbons and bows available at Babygirl Boutique to spice up your 'do.

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retro pin curls
retro pin curls

The story of pin curls

Pin curls became popular in the twenties when sassy, young flappers wanted fluffy curls in their hair but didn't have access to the sort of heated styling products available today. So they would curl pieces of hair up with their fingers and pin them flat to their heads until their hair dried.

Pin curls experienced a resurgence in popularity in the '40s and '50s when Hollywood starlets adopted the style with longer, looser curls. Recently, they have come back into vogue with women discovering the versatility and variety of hairstyles that can be accomplished without damage to the hair.

Christina Aguilera

Pin Curl Hairstyle Tutorials for Short Hair

Pin Curl Hairstyle Tutorials for Long Hair

Gwen Stefani

Pin Up Hairstyle Books

Curly Girl: The Handbook
Curly Girl: The Handbook

I have curly hair and it can be a real pain to deal with. This is a great book of ideas and inspirations!

 
Creative Hair Styling -- 1940s Swirls, Curls and Water Waving Techniques
Creative Hair Styling -- 1940s Swirls, Curls and Water Waving Techniques

Old-school techniques for creating forties-inspired hairstyles.

 
1940s Hairstyles
1940s Hairstyles

Be inspired by these classic hairstyles from forties sirens.

 

Pin Curl Tips & Tricks

  1. If you're doing tight curls or twists, pin your curls the night before and sleep with the curls in, as they need a lot of time to air dry.
  2. Spray a small amount of hair spray on your curls after removing the pins.
  3. Use end papers, strips of fabric, or even strips of paper bags to wrap your curls.
  4. Hair should be damp, not wet.
  5. Bobby pins could create a dent in the curl so be careful when choosing your pins.
  6. Be mindful of the growth patterns of your hair and make sure you don't curl against the grain or you could create some funky cowlicks.

Pinning big, loose curls

For a '40s glamour look, use larger section of hair and roll them up loosely. After removing the pins, spray the curls lightly with hairspray and then brush out for dramatic, Veronica Lake-style waves. But don't brush too much or you'll brush out the curl!

Pinning tight curls

Small curls rolled in careful rows creates a more '20s flapper hairstyle. Be careful to secure the ends and tuck them underneath the curl before pinning, and use pins that won't leave crimps or dents in the curl.

Tyra Banks

Pinning twists

Twisting the hair before you curl it makes kinkier waves, but takes longer to dry so you might want to do it the night before and sleep with the twists in your hair (although I don't think that would be very comfortable!)

Accessorize your pin curls - Check out all of the pinup hair clips and flowers available at Babygirl Boutique ~ http://www.babygirlboutique.com/hair-clips-acces

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A cute and fun alternative to flowers are ribbon hair clips, such as this one featuring a red anchorAdd a touch of femininity to your retro hairdo with a floral hair clip, such as a roseHair fascinators add class to hair worn down or upOrchid hair clips come in a variety of styles and colors. Great for adding a touch of the tropics to your vintage-inspired look!
A cute and fun alternative to flowers are ribbon hair clips, such as this one featuring a red anchor
A cute and fun alternative to flowers are ribbon hair clips, such as this one featuring a red anchor
Add a touch of femininity to your retro hairdo with a floral hair clip, such as a rose
Add a touch of femininity to your retro hairdo with a floral hair clip, such as a rose
Hair fascinators add class to hair worn down or up
Hair fascinators add class to hair worn down or up
Orchid hair clips come in a variety of styles and colors. Great for adding a touch of the tropics to your vintage-inspired look!
Orchid hair clips come in a variety of styles and colors. Great for adding a touch of the tropics to your vintage-inspired look!

See all the Retro, Pinup, Vintage-Inspired Hair Clips & Flowers available at Babygirl Boutique!

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    • rawwwwwws lm profile image

      rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

      I loved the pictures, and everything about this lens! BLESSED

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      kavalonthatsme 4 years ago

      Enjoyed the lens!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      I can't remember a day mom didn't pin curl her hair each night. It's a great look I use myself.

    • Uzuki Gems profile image

      Uzuki Gems 3 years ago

      This was a helpful lense. I've just started experimenting with pin curls to try to give some shape to my otherwise poofy, shapeless hair. I have to admit, it's harder than it looks, especially on short hair (I just cut my hair and need to update my pic), and I've been going about it rather haphazardly.

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