Thursday, 9 August 2012

how to: my pin curl set for 1940's hair styles

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Hello! Thank you so much for your wonderful entries into the giveaway. It's so nice, reading all the different things you do with a special other. I'd like to do a post on it one day!

Now, as promised for the loooongest time, here is how I set my pin curls – or, at least, how I was setting them until very recently, on my longer hair. It is a very easy set to do, and I found it worked especially well for creating 1940's hair styles, and for other updos, too.

I still haven't replaced my camera yet, so: photobooth pictures! I think they will work well enough. For now they'll have to do!

First of all, I was often asked what my hair was like when it wasn't set, how long it was, and what kind of cut I had. This is how it looks the day after I washed it and let it dry naturally and then had it up in a bun all day; straight! Super straight. It was cut in a U shape with the longest bit in the middle of my back, with long layers. Ignore the colours; the sun was setting and shining through the window when I took these, so that's what those light bits are! Also, I am looking to the side a bit, in that photo from the back, and my hair was symmetrical. Or at least I hope it was..! No, it was. It definitely was.




straight hair a straight hair c pin curls curling straight hair a b pin curls curling straight hair c b pin curls curling straight hair e pin curls curling straight hair b pin curls curling straight hair d
And this is how I would put the pin curls in. I always put the five around my face in the same direction, as you can see! The rest don't matter so much. I would put in around 8 more, in any direction. The only important thing to make sure you do is to tuck the ends in the curl! Easy!
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And then I sleep in them. Good night!
brushing out pin curls a
The next morning, I get dressed, do my makeup, and then take out the pin curls. When they first come out they look like this: terrible! This particular set isn't great, because I did it on two day old hair; my hair is naturally very "silky" and "glossy" (uh, read "greasy" after day one) so it wasn't as bouncy or as fluffy as usual. But you still get the idea. The curls need brushing out, which doesn't take too long. Just keep brushing until you are happy. There are some great tutorial vids on youtube, so do have a search if you need!
pin curls before brushing out not brushed yet brushed out pin curls soft red curls glitter star clip
And that is it! Speaking of youtube, I filmed a couple of tutorials for you with my longer red hair, as promised. One is for victory rolls, and the other is for the updo from here and here. Um, I didn't realise I had a 15 minute time limit, and on both I've run over by about 30 seconds, so I am hacking away to get them down short enough! Of course, in the future, I'd like to do them again with a better camera and not photobooth (soon!) but I think they are good enough for now. I'll get them up very soon!
I hope this helped! Please let me know if you have any questions. I am now working on perfecting the set for my much shorter hair. It's a challenge, but I love the new length! See you soon! xxxxxxxx
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27 comments:

Mandy said...

thank you for this post! I love your hair :)

megannielsen said...

i'm so grateful you posted this! I don't have straight hair but i'm always wondering how you do your hair. I think i might try this with wet hair.

Thanks hun!

XOXO

Jessica Cangiano said...

You achieve such a sweetly lovely amount of wave with this setting pattern - many thanks for sharing it with us, dear gal.

♥ Jessica

Miss Maple said...

A really great 40s style. I have to give it a try. You remind me of Rita Hayworth with this hairdo in your red hair. Can you sleep well with the bobby pins in your hair?

Porcelina said...

Thanks for this, I still haven't mastered the pin curl, but will give it another go soon!

Love both dresses in the photos.

Miss P xx

www.porcelinasworld.blogspot.com

Bunny Moreno said...

So pretty! I love your photos and tutorial!!! xox

http://www.themusingsandadventuresofapinupmama.blogspot.com/

Tori Bonaventura said...

This is adorable, I'm going to try this before I grow my hair out! Love it!
xo, Tori
http://generationscollective.blogspot.com/

Sarah Dee said...

Thanks for the tutorial!

xoxo Sarah
theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

Madeline Grace said...

I'm going to have to try this! I love your pin curls!

Christine Wood said...

this is awesome! thankyou xx

Anonymous said...

thank you!!! i'm going to test it out tonight

Erica said...

Thanks for the tutorial! Do you use any products in your hair to get it to hold the curl?

My hair is super straight and I've never been able to get a curl to stay in place. I'd love to have this technique work for me if I can get it to work. The best thing about it is that there is no heat involved, so it is easy on your hair.

Esz said...

Yay tutes!!
I've been setting mine using a wet set and Lottabody Setting lotion. It works! Gets curls and looks *ok* brushed out - but I think I need a haircut as my layers are all over the shop since its my grown out bob.

Plus I need to practice discipline in the way the curls go! I will try the directions yours are in :-D

Linn said...

Great tutorial! I would love to try this, looks kind of glamorous.

Louise (Elsie May and Bertha) said...

You have beautiful hair. I'm always a bit jealous of those with thick hair so they can do wonderful things with it (your curls are lovely). My hair is incredibly thin (fortunately it's worse at the back where I can't see it, so I forget about what's not there!) so there's nothing there to make curly etc.
I like the forties styles, with big curls, Lauren Bacall's look in her early films.

look see said...

What a cute tute! xx

Martina Visnjic art said...

Thanks for the tutorial! :)

Sara said...

Love you're blog, dear :)

Katie Frank said...

hi sweetie,
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Camilla said...

Esme, your hair is gorgeous! <3

XOXO
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aprettymess said...

thanks so much for sharing that =) you always look so pretty

Tegan @ Teganias Thoughts said...

Thanks so much for this post, it is so easy once you know how!

Dark Blue Stripes said...

Great hair tutorial. I have always wanted to try this type of curl in my super straight hair. Cute star pin too.

Christie x

Dark Blue Stripes

Natasha ♥ said...

I adore this <3 your hair is so pretty <3 you suit all colours & these pin curls are just perfect! Love your blog x

http://thesecret-teaparty.blogspot.com

Edie said...

This is a really great tutorial -- but may I beg for the short-hair version you're using now? It's so sweet and I'm sure I speak for all the ladies (and gentlemen, let's not discriminate) with less lengthy locks when I say that it'd be handy.
Thanks a bunch!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this post. Could you let us know if you use a setting lotion and if so which one please

Rosetta Debora said...

is this a lengthy process? i am a bit afraid of making my hair straight . will there be any side effects. after looking into your pictures i feel like doing so soon.

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