Tutorial: 2 Easy Ways to Create Pin Curls

Marisa Haber | 13 May 2019
3 hours Style Medium

A classic technique that’ll never go out of style.

Have you ever wondered how some women are able to stretch the life of their curly hairstyles? We know you may assume that she can’t actually have that much time on her hands every morning to curl her hair. Well, she probably doesn’t, and she probably has an easy technique up her sleeve for night time maintenance. Allow us to introduce you to the pin curl technique. Oh, how we love pin curls! Not only has this style been a favorite during the 1900s, today many women use pin curls as a hack for creating quick curls, or to preserve their curly hairstyles. Want to get your Hollywood curls to last all week? Read on to learn how to do pin curls on your hair.

Tutorial 1: Creating Pin Curls

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Apply curl-setting cream.

Apply a curl-setting cream like Bed Head by TIGI Foxy Curls Contour Cream and comb through your hair.

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Take a 2-inch section of hair from the front.

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Roll hair.

Roll hair from the ends unto itself and clip on the underseam.

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Repeat until the whole front hairline is pin curled.

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Curl sides.

Section the sides into four and continue rolling.

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Curl the bottom.

Section the back and clip the top out of the way. Take 2-inch sections of hair and continue rolling and pinning the bottom.

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Curl all of your hair.

Undo the loose section and repeat until all air is pinned. Then, let your curls set.

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Undo curls.

Undo each curl, one by one.

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Apply wax or serum.

Shake out curls and smooth them with a wax or serum. Bed Head by TIGI Control Freak Serum will give you the perfect glossy finish.

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Gently brush out your curls.

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Set with a smoothing hairspray. We love TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Smooth Hold Level 2 for the job!

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Your pin curls are complete!

Tutorial 2: Another Way to Create Pin Curls!

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Begin on damp or dry hair.

Pin curls can be done on damp hair or dry hair that has already been styled as a means of night time maintenance to preserve the curly look. If you’re using pin curls as a hack to create quick curls, start with clean and detangled hair.

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Apply product.

This step is optional depending on the reason you’re adding pin curls to your hair. If you’re creating pin curls on damp hair apply a mousse like Suave Captivating Curl Mousse Cream for bouncy waves. On the other hand, if you’re using pin curls as a method to preserve your hairstyle at night, no need to re-apply product unless needed.

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Create your pin curls.

To create your pin curls, gather a section of your hair then place your pointer fingers at the tip of your hair (one on top and one underneath) and wind the hair down over your fingers and towards your scalp. Remove one finger then use a clip to secure your pin curl in place.

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Continue the process.

Once you’ve finished your middle section, continue onto the sides of your hair securing your curls with clips as you go, then move onto pin curling the back section of your hair.

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Once you’re done you can sit underneath a hooded dryer or use a hand held blowdryer to set your curls in place. If you’re using pin curls as a way to preserve your hairstyle, like Hollywood curls, then cover hair with a satin bonnet or sleep on a silk pillowcase. In the morning, release your curls, and style your hair as usual.

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