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The Professional Way to Make Pin Curls- 1948

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


1940s how to make professional pin curls Hollywood Hairstyles by Peggy Lee via Va-Voom Vintage

I love to clean house- like really clean, when I empty out drawers and move furniture to get the dust bunnies. I find things like lost earrings, kids socks and piles of hair pins.

Yesterday, I went on a serious cleaning spree and I found this tiny 1940s hair styling booklet that had been missing for several weeks. It fell between the bed and side table and I had been looking for it for quite some time. It has been returned to its proper spot on the shelf with my other vintage beauty books and magazines.

1940s how to make professional pin curls Hollywood Hairstyles by Peggy Lee via Va-Voom Vintage


Today I thought I'd share "The Professional Way to Make Pin Curls" from this booklet. There are lots of beautiful pin curl setting patterns, which I will scan and share with you soon as well.

1940s how to make professional pin curls Hollywood Hairstyles by Peggy Lee via Va-Voom Vintage
1940s how to make professional pin curls Hollywood Hairstyles by Peggy Lee via Va-Voom Vintage



For more pin curl how-to's and pin curl hair styles, check my tutorials page.

1940s how to make professional pin curls Hollywood Hairstyles by Peggy Lee via Va-Voom Vintage

10 Responses to “The Professional Way to Make Pin Curls- 1948”

  1. I'm so glad you are sharing this. I'm really looking forward to the images of the setting patterns. In general, I'm getting better at forming pin curls but still have trouble because of the length of my hair. My hair is down to the middle of my back so I find I need to make LOTS of small pin curls. If they are too thick my hair wont curl. I've tried using a combination of rollers and pin curls too but find I run out of space on my head much faster. lol! I also need to go back and watch your video on brushing out pin curls.
    -Emily

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  2. My gosh that example picture must be an afro of curls! Would love to see how that turned out!Such a cute booklet, I am glad you found it again! Look forward to seeing other examples from it.Love your tutorials! Love VV xxx

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    1. I agree! I never do pin curls right on top of my head like that unless I'm doing something different for the bangs! :P

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  3. Perfect timing Brittany! Im trying to perfect my pincurl technique!

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  4. This reminds me that I need to set my hair tonight : /
    At least now I can make sure I'm doing it the right way :)
    Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Great images and technique tips, thank you very much for sharing, honey. I adore really doing a proper, elbow grease filled housecleaning as well. The feeling of everything being (if only momentarily) spic-and-span is so satisfying and happiness inducing for me.

    ♥ Jessica

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  6. HA! My Husband hates the piles of hair pins! He says they are EVERYWHERE! Drives him crazy! ;)
    Thanks for sharing your darling booklet!
    ~xoxo, CoriLynn

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  7. I tried pin curls for the first time the other day, and they turned out awful! They came out like a pile of frizzy, uneven waves, but since I am normally flat-haired it was still a nice change. Still, I am gonna try it again tonight and I will use this as a guide. I did so many things wrong! :P

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    1. Oh don't worry! The first time is always a hot mess! :P Try my Pin Curls 101 tutorial. I have a lot of hints and tips that I wish I had known when I first started. My hair is naturally straight too so I know exactly what you mean!
      http://www.vavoomvintageblog.com/2013/02/pin-curls-101.html

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