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Pin Curls Gone Very Wrong!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

1920s style clara bow pin curls via va-voom vintage
1920s style clara bow pin curls via va-voom vintage

I've never tried pin curls but today I thought I'd give it a whirl. They seemed easy enough: take some hair, wrap it around your finger, pin to your head without twisting it...easy, right? WRONG!

Pin curls are taking over my head! I didn't expect them to work as well as they did. I made sure that my hair was wet so the curl would work and I put in small curls because my hair doesn't tend to work well with big chunky curls. I slept in them (quite comfy) and took them out around noon today. Wow- I look like a clown! So, lessons learned: do it on dry hair, maybe, use bigger chunks of hair on top, don't do the curls too high on my head, do bigger curls!

Once I experiment more and get the hang of doing it the right way, I'll post a tutorial so you don't end up looking like me!

I don't know, though- maybe it's so wrong that it's right?


Updated: after much practice, I have several pin curl tutorials on my tutorials page 
the most popular and thorough is Pin Curls 101
1920s style clara bow pin curls via va-voom vintage


1920s style clara bow pin curls via va-voom vintage

19 Responses to “Pin Curls Gone Very Wrong!”

  1. you still look darling very 1920s,my hair tends to go a bit batty with curls too,never holds them well or holds them TOO well and ends up it a crazy mop that I have to summon up a lot of moxie to rock.

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  2. Pin curls are all about the brush out. The first few times I did them I almost cried because I couldn't figure out what i was doing wrong! Now I know that the right brush and extra time will tame those curls into submission. Don't be afraid to brush through thinking you'll lose the curl, because you won't.

    Also, a little pomade can help with the frizzies.

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  3. Thanks! That's really helpful! I'm always afraid to brish out in fear that I'll lose the curl or that I'll look like Gene Wilder! But, I'll take your advice and give it a try!

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  4. Oh!! I think you look great!! I don't think they went wrong! Perhaps you need to brush them and then with your fingers and some mmmm, (I donno the english word) with some product for your hair to make it not frizz.
    I have done them also and I did with wet hair, big pieces of hair and I was thinking I should have done them as you did! I guess all we need is to practice!
    By the way, this is my first time in your blog, very nice blog!

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  5. aww, Laura, you're such a doll! I'm blushing! :)

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  6. It also helps to use a cushion or a paddle brush (not a bristle brush) like this one- http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41YLbwwREKL._AA260_.jpg

    (hopefully the link works)

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  7. Thanks, Tart! I did re-do and try with a paddle brush and it worked much nicer this time around!

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  8. Well I think your biddie curls look adorable, very Clara

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  9. I totally agree with the other posters - I think they look wonderful! Very 1920's. :)

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  10. Ive done the pin curls and I love them, I have received so many complements on them. I have long hair and there a pain some times, specially with my son bouncing all over me LOL.they look awesome. :)

    JEssica

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  11. I think you are lucky to have hair that takes such a fabulous curl! And I second everyone else's comments about brushing through with a paddle brush, either with some pomade or serum to take out the frizz. It is simply a matter of telling the curls what you want them to do and not letting them beat you! xx

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  12. I think your hair looks amazing here! I love it... very 20s-30s Hollywood!

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  13. This version is my favorite! The high curls framing your face make you look like a lovely sweetheart valentine.

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  14. new to the blog! Google sent me here, I have my 1st set of pin curls right at the moment, which my mother did. So i am hoping and praying they turn out right, she used to do her grandmas so I think she knows what she doing lol

    But I love this look of the pin curls. but I am in love with the roaring 20s. So I think maybe thats why. love it. :D

    Love your blog!
    Courtney @ courtneyrevels.blogspot.com

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