Today Roxie’s back, with a pincurl tutorial! Pincurls are the foundation of a ton of classic hairstyles, going way back to the 1700s. You’ll most recognize them from the early 20th century though. Once you master the method of how to do pincurls, you’ll find they’re a great way to style your hair — for your wedding day, or any other day!
Roxie agreed to show us how to make SUPER EASY pin curls that can be left long and loose or to create the gorgeous updo shown above. This can easily go retro (since she got this style technique from her grandma, Suzi) or modern. The best part is that you can totally do this style on short hair too… In fact, doing a pincurl style can be even easier on shorter hair!
Before we get into the tutorial, here are Roxie’s thoughts on how to pincurl your own hair, starting with the origin story:
I can’t talk about pin-curls without first telling you about my mother’s mother, grandma Suzi. (pictured is my mother and my grandmother with their matching pin-curl sets)
The glorious 85 year old woman who lovingly served me chocolate chip mint ice cream every evening when I visited her. Played dominoes or cribbage every evening of her life.
Roast beef and yorkshire pudding with pickled chestnuts and tomato pudding every Christmas. Never forgets to send a card for every occasion to all of her family members. Taught me to refer to my lady parts as my “Who who”. Got to love the lady.
Grandma Suzi is the ultimate grandma. A creature of habit, a pervayor of all things tried and true. She pin curls her hair every evening, drinks a glass of red wine and nibbles on dark chocolate. She has pin curled her hair every evening of her life, starting from about age 10. Pin curled hair, cotton pajamas, Oil of Olay on the skin. She files her nails, reads a book. Knows pretty well what to expect for tomorrow.
And every morning, the pins come out, and she brushes it into a perfect waved bob, where it stays perfectly coiffed until late in the day when she shampoos it and does it all over again. Grandma Suzi, I salute you.
Here’s the pin curl tutorial so you too can get the experience, and the look!
Want another no-heat curl technique?
There are many ways to do no-heat curls, and the headband trick is my current favorite. You do it when your hair is half-way dry, it takes literally 2 minutes or less to curl your hair up in the headband, go about your business, then shake out your curls and go.
A quick, easy no-damage solution to straight, flat hair. It works on fine, coarse, thin, thick, longish short to long hair. It is great for a lady on the go who needs some extra oomph. Also, it’s a great prep for up-dos! Try it, and send me a photo!
You will need a stretchy headband.
- Begin by putting the band around your head, across the top of your forehead. Starting at the front on one side, grab a small section of hair and lightly twist it, then wind it loosely around the stretchy band a couple times.
- Then, take a section next to the first, and gently twist and wind. Work around in sections like this until you get to the middle of the back of the head.
- Now, start in the front on the other side and work your way back, twisting and winding the hair gently, section by section. Keep in mind that it does not need to look neat at this stage. After all, we are going for loose, easy curls.
- Now, go about your biz, sip coffee, pack lunches, put on makeup, do yoga, go back to sleep, whatever your morning routine may be.
- When hair seems dry, pull the headband off and shake out your pretty curls… and GO!
Next up: How to turn PIN CURLS into a vintage-inspired DIY hairstyle
If you want to integrate pin curls into a vintage-inspired DIY up-do, we can do that too!
Practice up because this gorgeous and easy-to-do vintage-inspired hairstyle can work great for your wedding day… or even just a party!
One more DIY pin-curled hairstyle from Roxie…
This is a hairstyle that exudes sexy vintage glamour. It combines HTHG’s easy victory rolls with a couple quick pin curls for a 1-2 punch of hotness.
This hairstyle totally works on shortish to long hair. And the best part??? You have bouncy curls when you take it down!
DO it, you sexy dame!
- Start with some victory rolls.
2. Now part the hair down the center of the back. Start on one side, and divide the section of hair in half vertically.
3. Starting at the ends, roll the hair into a flat pin-curl. Pin it discreetly right behind the ear.
4. Now take the hair from the other half of the section, and roll it into another flat pin-curl. Pin it just behind and slightly below the first pin-curl.
5. Repeat the process on the other side.