Tutorial: Pin Curls!

So, it’s 7 days until Bottoms Up Burlesque’s Hallowe’en show. I have 1 costume that I haven’t even started on, and 2 that are only half done.

I have done nothing today, naturally. I worked 3 hours of overtime at the Day Job, watched the 4-hour epic documentary Never Sleep Again (if I get a chance before Hallowe’en, I may do a review), watched a bunch of shitty movies and forgot to eat dinner.

That said, I guess all that’s left to do is make costumes!  write a blog post!

My hair is finally getting longer again (I live in a world where long hair = chin length, as usually at least part of my head is shaved) and I have enough hair to hold barrettes and such. A few years ago, when my hair was this length, I’d wear it in pin curls almost every day. I was suddenly struck with the urge to put it in pin curls again last weekend and was reminded of how easy it is!

Here’s how to bite this look. All you need is a ton of bobby pins, a comb and a doo rag/head wrap/babushka of some sort.

I always have a shower and wash my hair at night because if I had to get up earlier in the morning to do it, I would literally just never bathe. After washing my hair, I comb it with the part sitting where I want it to be the next day. Then, I just pull 1 inch sections of hair, twist them up and roll them around themselves and secure with a bobby pin. The more twisted they are, the tighter the curls will be.

I don’t section or measure or anything. I just pull up a piece of hair, twist and pin. I make sure I do a good section of curls  at my crown to make sure I don’t have hair sticking straight up or that I don’t have a bald spot. This may just be me though – the back of my head has a tendency to look sparse unless I style it just so.

The more often you do this, the more you’ll figure out where you want the curls to lay and where/how to place them. Let’s take a minute to bask in all that grey in that picture.

Okay! Snap out of it. Once I’ve twisted, rolled and pinned all my hair, I take a piece of fabric, a babushka or bandanna and wrap my head to keep the pins in place while I sleep.

The head wrap I’m wearing here is one of the knot wraps from Lush! I do want to try making this hair wrap I saw online last week though.

This is the part of the process I call “set it and forget it” (No. I don’t usually call it that. It just came to me and I went with it)

Basically, I let it air dry throughout the night while I sleep. I always do it this way, so I don’t know what the results would be like if you used a hair dryer. I think the hair might end up kind of “crunchy” and fried feeling? But I can’t say for sure.

In the morning, my bangs and roots are a little flat after being under wraps all night. This is okay – a little fluffing and styling and it’s all good.

Now, start pulling out the pins and unravelling the curls. I sometimes put a finger (or the handle of my comb, or a chop stick) through the middle of the strand to separate it a bit.

(I hope you appreciate this, because I took this photo the following morning, with no makeup, without having brushed my teeth and I don’t think I was wearing a bra here. REALISM!)

Once all the pins are pulled out and the curls unravelled a little, I just fluff and scrunch and style until my hair looks how I want it. I’ll usually put some barrettes or a headband in.

Now, given that my hair isn’t super long, the curls in the back aren’t overly curly. They’re just kind of crazy. I’m pretty okay with the back of my hair looking like shit, regardless of what the front looks like. I don’t look at the back of my head, so it doesn’t matter to me.

This look is incredibly easy, with the most effort taking place the night before (at least, the way I do it). In the morning, it’s just 10 minutes to looking super cute! I think, especially the way I style it, it looks like retro – which, as you can probably guess, wins major points with me.

It is just a crazy mess of curls, with no rhyme or reason. This is why I love it. But it has come to my attention that it requires a certain attitude to pull off. Once my hair was done, I went to a craft show where I garnered a lot of side eye (nothing new, I get tons of side eye every day). I also heard two women talking not-so-quietly behind me about “what the hell is that??” and “woah, look at her hair! *smug laugh made by people who lead really satisfying lives*”

I turned around  to discover that these compliments were coming from a couple sellers at the craft show. Hey, bitches, guess what I’m never doing? Buying any of your shit, you sad, pathetic creatures. Pro tip: being snarky at a trade show is generally not good for business.

Anyway. Now that my hair is long enough, I’ll probably be doing this more often. I forgot how cute it is! And the nice thing is, it easily washes out so you can go back to straight hair tomorrow! I’ve played around with velcro curlers and sponge rollers, but I like the twist-and-pin method the best. It stays in place and is easiest to sleep on.

We’re currently in the middle of the best month of the year and the best time – Hallowe’en. I was hoping to get a few more blog posts in on various creepy/horror-related topics before the 31st. I may still do that, if I can dig out from under all my costume construction.

Until then, be good to each other!

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2 responses to “Tutorial: Pin Curls!

  1. Why would anyone say it looks bad? I think it looks great! Mind you, I am a complete retard when it comes to styling my hair – which is why I don’t usually bother unless I have hours to spare and no one to witness me swearing and possibly crying. But secretly I do wish I could accomplish what you’ve done here…maybe I will try it. 🙂

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