How to pin curl hair

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How to pin curl hair
Pin curls can create a simple and long-lasting hairstyle. (natural curls 4. image by mdb from

Pin curls formed the basis of a variety of women's hairstyles between the 1940s and the 1960s, providing attractive spiral curls that women manipulated into many different looks. As often happens, fashion trends come back around, and pin curls have again resurfaced as a means of creating a head full of curls that will last all day. As long as your hair is long enough to wind around at least two or three times, you can make pin curls to create a variety of hairstyles.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Hair gel
  • Rattail comb
  • Flat hair clips
  • Hairspray
  • Scarf or bandanna

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  1. 1

    Distribute a generous amount of hair gel through your hair to moisten it slightly. You should begin this process the night before, or several hours before, you want to create the finished hairstyle.

  2. 2

    Separate off a small section of hair with the rattail comb to create a pin curl. Create small pin curls with a 1-inch square section of hair. Create medium pin curls with 2-inch square sections of hair.

  3. 3

    Comb the section of hair smooth and begin coiling the section of hair around in a circle on your scalp. Continue coiling the section until you reach the ends of the hair. Tuck the ends in beneath the coiled hair.

  4. 4

    Place one or two flat hair clips over the coiled pin curl to secure it tightly on your scalp.

  5. 5

    Make additional pin curls using hair sections of the same size, forming them with the same technique. To add variety, change the direction of the curls.

  6. 6

    Spray the finished pin curls with hair spray and then place a scarf or a bandanna over your hair to protect them. Sleep on the pin curls, or leave them covered for several hours.

  7. 7

    Carefully remove the clips from each pin curl. Finger-style your hair carefully after you remove the hair clips, and spray it lightly with hair spray to set the curls.

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