Pin curls are a really easy way to achieve lasting curls without heat styling. I have a lot of trouble curling my hair because it is so long and heavy, and pin curling seems to be the only way that I can achieve lovely, bouncy curls that last all day.
Step 1. Wash your hair and use a towel to sponge away any excess water. Your hair needs to be moist, but not dripping wet for this style.
Step 2. Use a wide-toothed comb to gently untangle any knots from your hair.
Step 3. Divide your hair into two equal sections. Take one half of your hair and pin it out of the way.
Step 4. Apply a setting solution to the half of your hair you will be working on. Start applying the lotion about 5cm from the roots of your hair, and work it all the way to the tips. If you apply the lotion to the roots, they will look oily and greasy once the curls are set, so it’s best to avoid this.
Step 5. Working from the front of your head, take a small section of hair. I use a 3cm section, but you can decide how much hair you want to use depending on how large you want your curls to be. Use smaller sections for tighter curls and larger sections for loose waves.
Step 6. Use a fine-toothed comb to smooth the section into a long ribbon of hair. Then, hold the ends of your hair in your fingers and bend them back onto themselves. Roll the loop up and over itself until you reach your scalp, making sure that you keep the ends tucked in. I tend to roll my curls quite tightly, but if you want a looser curl, make the roll larger.
Step 7. Secure the roll at your scalp with a bobby pin. It should look like a little pinwheel.
Step 8. Continue taking sections and rolling them up in this manner, working from the front of your head to the back of your head.
Step 9. Repeat on the other side of your head.
Step 10. Tie a scarf around your head and leave the curls to dry overnight. The scarf will help to keep the curls in place. The curls will need at least 8 hours of drying time to ensure that they set properly. This might be a bit of a pain, but at least the pin curls are a lot more comfortable to sleep on than traditional curlers.
Step 11. Wake up feeling fabulous and make yourself a cup of tea. When you are ready to style your hair, unwind the scarf and unpin a single curl from the back of your head. Carefully unwind the curl.
Step 12. Working from the back of your head forwards, unpin and unwind one curl at a time. Be sure to handle the curls gently or they may lose their shape.
Step 13. Once all the curls are unwound, you can either leave them as they are or gently separate the curls with your fingers for a fluffier look. Don’t brush your curls! They will lose their shape and turn into a frizzy nightmare and all your hard work will be ruined. Just gently use your fingers to pull them apart and shape them.
Step 14. If you want to, you can apply a light mist of hairspray to keep the curls in shape, but I find that they hold really well without it.
All done! Have fun experimenting with this look. It is lovely for creating doll-like curls or sweet retro hairstyles.