Curls and Twirls.

After a week of pin straight hair, I decided to go back to my favourite look, which, as a vintage girl at heart, is of course – Pin Curls!

A lot of people seem to find this look extremely hard to do, but I can assure you it’s really not that much trouble. The only downside is that it can take a while to roll each curl up and pin in it, it roughly takes me about an hour. After washing my hair, I let it dry naturally and then section each piece of hair, roll it up and clip the curl in, it’s as simple as that. I sometimes use rollers too, but they are very uncomfortable to sleep in and the bobby pins produce the same result and are comfy.ย 

I section each part of the front of my hair and before rolling it up to curl I tease the roots, this creates the big 1940s/1950s curly wave which is essential to the pin curl look. Also, with teasing it whilst curling it, it makes each section of the hair easier to tease together when taking each curl out. I also tease the back of my hair and when I take the curls out I brush it slightly, ย just to give it a nice clean overall finish. As this looks is 1940s/1950s inspired, I like the teasing to be pretty neat and controlled.

All rolled up!
All rolled up!

I took the above picture just after I’d finished pincurling my hair and I decided to take pictures of the front the next day just before I took the bobby pins out. As you can see, apart from being slightly disheveled, all stayed in! If you use two pins for each curl, they should all stay put.

The top section of my pin curls the next day.
The top section of my pin curls the next day.

After putting my make up on, I was ready to unpin all of my curls. I took a picture of half of my curls out and the top section still pinned up, I thought it looked super cute! It actually reminded me of Betty Grable’s 1940s Hairstyles. ย I may leave it like that next time, I love experimenting with my pincurls!

Sometimes, I will brush each curl slightly for a thicker, looser look – think Jayne Mansfield. However, I now decide to leave the curls pretty much as they are on the first day. I’ve noticed that, in doing this I can make the curls last for longer! Before I go to sleep I will brush each curl and then roll it back and if the weathers been kind, it usually stays. Therefore, until I next wash my hair I can have my hair in tight pin curls, thick pin curls, and loose pin curls, without recurling any of it! I usually like it the most after it’s dropped slightly, but here are some pictures of the full tight curls.

ย Lastly, for the finishing touch and the complete the vintage girl vibe, I of course added an accessory. Sometimes I’ll go with a bow, but today I choose some flowers for my hair. I thought these pastel colours went lovely with my dress and before I placed the flowers in my hair I clipped the front part back. I got this idea from the gorgeous Diana Dors, I feel it gives the style more definition and also shows off your earrings which is a bonus.

I hope you too also try pin curls, don’t be afraid, they really aren’t as complicated as they may look and remember, practice makes perfect!

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