Let’s take a journey back to a time when pin curls were the “it” way to curl your hair. This vintage inspired look, a la Marilyn Monroe, is a unique way to get full, luscious curls without using rollers or a curling iron. The technique is a little bit more challenging to master and can take longer to complete, but the results are definitely worth it.
To achieve the pin curl look, you will need a brush or comb, some bobby pins and a hair net or scarf. You may also want to keep hairspray or pomade handy, to finish off the look.
Pin Curls Directions
Start with damp or towel dried hair. If your hair does not hold a curl well, you may want to apply a curling or styling product at this point. Comb or brush your hair to remove any tangles.
Next separate out a small section or lock of hair, about ½ – 1 inch. You can use your fingers or a comb to perform this step. You want to make sure to separate out a section that is neither too small nor too big, as the bobby pins or clips won’t hold and you won’t have enough room for all the curls to be pinned up around your head.
Now, pinch the lock of hair between the thumb and fingers of one hand. With the other hand, wrap the end of the lock around your thumb so that it forms a loop. Pinch the loop between your thumb and fingers.
Slip the curl off your fingers. Begin to roll it towards your head. Once you reach your head, pin the curl flat to your head with two bobby pins or one clip. If you use pins make sure they criss-cross over each other. Use some of the hair below the curl to help secure the pins into place.
If you want more volume from your curls, then pin them in a more upright position. To accomplish this, you want to pin the curl at the base, leaving the curled part of the hair in a more upright position.
Continue to roll each section of your hair until you have several rows of pin curls. You can alternate rolling each row in opposite directions or keep them all the same. For example, roll sections of one row in an upward motion, and then the next row in a downward motion.
Finally, wrap hair in a hair net or cotton scarf to absorb the remaining moisture and help your hair dry better.
Leave your hair wrapped for several hours or overnight until it is completely dry.
Once your hair is completely dry, remove all the pins, starting from the back and working your way up to the front of your head. Next, brush or finger tousle your curls to loosen and style them. Finish the look with a touch of pomade or hairspray to set the style.