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27th-Jun-2007 05:19 pm
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This pincurl tutorial was first posted in 2005 in the old community. I'm still using the same methods two years later!

You will need:
- a setting lotion (can use a setting lotion like Lottabody** or can use a curl enhancing lotion. I use Aveda Be Curly the most often.)
- a comb.
- two prong metal curl clips
- bobby pins
- a silk scarf to protect while drying

- and lots of practice! Pincurling your own hair takes lots of time to get into the habit of making a good curl. I've been doing it for years now and I'm still finding new ways of doing it!

** As much as the setting lotion holds curl well, it tends to 'flake' off and look like dandruff. So, use this method if you plan to wash your hair each day. I only wash my hair maybe 2x per month, so I tend to use the Aveda lotion to set.
This is what a pincurl clip looks like. You can use bobby pins (esp on the sides of your face so that they don't jab you as much) but they do get more embedded/tangled while you sleep.

The end results of a pin curl set depend directly upon the size of each curl that is created, how it is looped or curled and how it is pinned. So, you will have tighter, smaller curls with a tighter set, and looser waves with a looser set. There are basically two popular ways to clip a pin curl. You can clip them flatly to the head or you can clip them so that they are angled or standing up from the scalp. This can create two different styles of curls.
Also, if you set your pincurls in the same direction (ie: all clockwise), you get curls when you brush them out.
If you set your pincurls in opposite directions (ie: altering directions), you get waves when you brush them out.

Start with wet hair. Apply setting or curl inducing product.

Comb it back.

Part where desired.

Gather a 1 or 2 inch section of hair.

You're going to wind it around your finger the way you would wind a shoelace around your finger - keep it flat!

Continue curling around your entire head.

Once, I put a plastic bag on my head and stuck the hair dryer inside. It didn't dry so well. I do like sitting in front of the heater during winter months, though.

Put on a scarf if you are going out in public or are sleeping on your curls.

Take the clips out carefully (without snagging other sections) and mist with hairspray.

**this method has changed for me since 2005. I now spray a wide toothed comb with hairspray and run it gently through each section. It works better!

Alright. Fast-forward to 2007. I am still doing pincurl sets nearly every day.
Pin Curls
The set for this hairstyle is seen below:
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I use either hair tape or lots (!) of hairspray to set my kiss curls.


I had really short bangs in this picture, but they can be incorporated into the set rather successfully.

Curl hawkCurl hawk
If you set pincurls down the center of your head, you get a curlhawk!

December 5
If I mess up the back or sleep on it wrong (which happens sometimes) I put on a hat and let the curls spring out in the front.

loose pincurls
This is what a very loose pincurl set looks like. The curls weren't wrapped as tightly so the hair has less ringlets, and more body.

Okay. I wasn't joking when I said "pincurls galore." Hope you enjoy, and do ask questions.

This pincurl website has some great tips as well. Also, it shows how pincurls look on longer hair.

28th-Jun-2007 02:02 am (UTC)
weooo thank you, I like it. (:
28th-Jun-2007 02:27 am (UTC)
magnificent! ...I am always excited to meet anyone else named Amelia,especially if they have an interest in vintage hair.

And I kinda like your weird intense side stare.

28th-Jun-2007 02:06 pm (UTC)
My name is Amelia too!
28th-Jun-2007 02:46 am (UTC)
I adore you... that hairstyle is perfect for you. :)

Also, I'm envious of your perfect spitcurls.
28th-Jun-2007 02:58 am (UTC)
Oh wow...you and I do pin curls almost the exact same way, right down to the wide tooth comb, only I put setting lotion on it. I think spray would probably be a smarter option, as it dries so much faster!

The chop stick was neat, though...and these look so much more darling on you than they do on me. I think you have just the face for them :)
28th-Jun-2007 04:08 am (UTC)
Wow! That's really neat to me that you can do pin curls! My hair is too long :[ Yours look great!
28th-Jun-2007 04:47 am (UTC)
Pin curls still work on longer hair - did you check out the link at the very bottom?
28th-Jun-2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
I did... but I can't find the long hair pin curl information. I'm probably just blind!

(What do you define as 'long hair', by the way? Mine is maybe 4" above my waist, and thick to boot.)
28th-Jun-2007 07:07 am (UTC)
is there an advantage to using double prong curl clips rather than single pronged? (I just have more of the latter:) )
28th-Jun-2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
I think that the double prong clips don't dent the hair as easily? I have a few single prong clips that I use from time to time and I don't see too much of a difference.
28th-Jun-2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
Ooooh ooh! I feel really inspired--thanks so much for posting this! I can't wait to try some curls of my own.
28th-Jun-2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
wayy into the picture of you with the red hat love it
29th-Jun-2007 05:09 am (UTC)
Awww, you have the PERFECT face for that hairstyle.
You're tres adorable, especially in that picture of you in the red stripes.
6th-Jul-2007 12:16 pm (UTC)

I have some 1940s hairdressing magazines, I must read them, their inmstructions are very similar!

7th-Jul-2007 02:08 am (UTC)
Fantastic!!! Thanks, added to memories!

Also, you said you wash 2x/month. I wash 1x/week, how do you get away w/that? If you have already answered this I am sorry.
7th-Jul-2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
I only shampoo my hair about 2x a month, but I do get it wet and brush through it more often than that. I try and keep the natural oils in so that the curls don't frizz.
8th-Mar-2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
I have just found this (after just finding the comm) and thank you sooooooo much for posting it. I'd hazard a guess to say that my hair is about the length of yours and I was scared of what curls would look like on my short hair. You are adorable and I plan to use your tips to get some curl in my hair. :D
6th-Aug-2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
You are now my hair hero!
I am sooooo going to try these tips!
Thank you so much for taking the time to post this. :)
And yes, you have the perfect face and adorable expressions for this style!!
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