Wednesday, 17 April 2013

a new pin curl setting pattern, smooth lilac curls and a chicken

lilac curls pin curl set b I was chatting with a couple of friends the other day about pin curls, and how they look when you first take out the pins, and then the difference brushing out makes. I've also been doing a little bit more than just brushing out and leaving my curls to fall naturally lately, and enjoying some more styled and vintage inspired looks. Ok, so I only did this for a day, but it's a start! There will be more. I was really happy with how this style turned out.

lilac curls pin curl set a I know I've said this before but it's still true: I veer from loving loose, casual curls and styles to more smooth and structured ones, but I do tend to prefer the former – even to a messy degree! And I just LOVE big Mrs-Havisham-had-a-fight-with-Marie-Antoinette hair, the kind you can hide small things in, like, say, a little tea cup, or perhaps a few biscuits. But last week, with freshly done regrowth and newly lilac'd locks, I did a smooth curls style, and put in a little front roll. My hair wants to fall forward and spend time on my face, in my eyes and even in my mouth but I don't find that entirely practical and so I usually do something with that section of hair that is really keen to be a fringe.

lilac curls pin curl set c I also have been trying a new setting pattern and the results have been great. This was my first go at it – and, as you can see, a little strand came out and made a chicken (where on earth did I get that name for sticky-out strands?!) (was it you?!) but I was able to brush it into my curls quite easily, which was good. No one wants a chicken in their hair!

lilac curls pin curl set e But anyway, I wanted to share the steps from taking out pin curls, the brushing of the spirally curls together into smoothed curls and then the finished result. What do you think? Do you like it? Do you prefer wearing casual styles or do you like really structured 'dos? lilac curls pin curl set d

32 comments:

Brooke F said...

Love your hair, chicken and all!
I too can't make up my mind if I prefer loose crazy curls or structured waves (can I just take both?). I would love to know your setting patterns for pin curls because I don't know if I'm doing mine right. I often end up with some strange lumps and dents. Please share your tips!

RDYN! said...

curls are just gorgeous. It is so hard for me to maintain curls, they might last for a few hours and then its back to being dead straight.
So envious of your hair.

MarieBayArea said...

Fabulous hair!

Talking Trash & Wasting Time said...

I agree, no one wants a chicken in their hair lol Your curls look beautiful :)

Iolanthe said...

These pictures are WOW! Dreamy.

Helen Le Caplain said...

When I curly my hair I love the structured spirals and curls... however sometimes it can look a little poodle-esque.

Then I brush them out which can result in a bit of a frizz bomb! So what I now do is curly it and then break up any poodle sections with my fingers - so the curls stay largely intact but a little looser.

As ever - your hair looks lovely!

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Emily Dahl said...

The second pic from the top is my d r e a m hairdo, those curls are amazing. I love how you styled it, you hair always look so smooth and healthy too, even dyed lilac!

Melissa Gaggiano said...

I'm loving the curls even before they are restyled.

Retro Chick said...

I've had my hair cut into a bob, so I can't do an awful lot with it now, but I often do 2 or 3 of those little front rolls layered over each other to keep my hair out of my face!

Jamie Rose said...

Your hair looks amazing! I wish I was better at styling my hair. I just love hair styles with a good amount of volume whether they're more structured or not.

Vanessa said...

I cannot stop giggling at your use of the word "chicken". I'm totally adding that to my vocabulary. Chickens, boos, your hair-words are so cute!

Susie said...

Your hair is so pretty! I love the structured look but my hair tends to be messy, fluffy curls. I have really thick hair and at the moment it's really long - I curl, brush and go and let the weather do it's thing without worrying about what happens to my hair :)

Emma Cherry said...

Lovely....I too struggle with the ideals of brushed or non-brushed, but tend to go with the former mostly!
The first picture is truly stunning....I adore the contrasts of colours!

Babes in Thriftland said...

I wish I could get my hair to look even close to that! SO lovely!

Selina said...

Why choose? I like both!

Sarah said...

Absolutely wonderful hair. Pincurls are definitely way of curling - they are the most longlasting style and they don't damage your hair as much as anything that involves heat.
Love the colour too!

Mademoiselle Maladroite said...

Love your hair. It's also amazing that every hair colour suits you. I have naturally dark brown hair and honestly I'm too much a coward to change it. I prefer classic curly styles with lots of volume. Most of the time I don't brush out the curls too much, so they stay in place longer as my hair does not hold curls very well.

Stefanie said...

I can't wait to get my haircut on Friday, its at that awkward not long but not short length, but once its cut I can see myself do pin curls more often. I really like a casual style with a touch of structure? does that even make sense? I just really like curls that are looser but won't move around a lot during the day. :)

Kristel Klear said...

Movie star hair! So beautiful. Would love to see how you did it, please share.

Chloe said...

Your lavender hair and your curls look great!

Eccentric Owl said...

Your hair is so gorgeous! I definitely prefer less-structured curls, but sometimes it's definitely fun to have hair you can hide things in!

Mabel said...

I always intend to do stuff to my hair, but I always wind up letting it air dry. I love structured hair styles, but the can often look too severe. I often go for that "messy, tousled, beachy look", which is code for a rat's nest of tangles! You look lovely as always :)

Mabel
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Jacinta said...

Structured for me! Mostly because my hair isn't long enough for loose curls.

esme and the laneway said...

‪Brooke F‬ : thanks :D I think both is absolutely fine :) And I also don't think there is definitely right and wrong ways, just whatever works best for you. I can share this set pattern if you like? Dents and ridges are a pain but part of life ;D ribonning the hair before rolling into the curl and placement of the pins will help.



‪RDYN!‬ : ugh, totally understand, that is basically my hair in the outrageous Australian summer. :/



‪MarieBayArea‬ : thank you! Love Blythe!



‪Talking Trash & Wasting Time‬ : no ;P they don't !hank you!


‪Iolanthe‬ : thanks lovely Io!


‪Helen Le Caplain‬ : yes I love this technique! :D Thanks!


‪Emily Dahl‬ : thanks! I have asbestos hair, it laughs at the damage of constant bleaching ;D


‪Melissa Gaggiano‬ : these ones did come out quite silky and orderly, which was nice! :)


‪Retro Chick‬ : how gorgeous! And just think of all the time you save with a bob :D


‪Jamie Rose‬ : thanks :) It just took commitment and practice, I'm a late starter with hair styles. Ponytails for years here! :D


‪Vanessa‬ : hehe I have no idea where there from, but I am sure "chicken" isn't mine... but it's stuck! ;D


‪Susie‬ : yep, the weather always has its own ideas for our hair! I like fluffy curls too :)


‪Emma Cherry‬ : thanks :) Yes, brushed and smoothed feels so polished, which is nice.


‪Babes in Thriftland‬ : it's really not that hard, I promise!



‪Selina‬ : yes! :D


‪Sarah‬ : thanks :) I agree, I'd love to use hot rollers etc but pin curls (and rags, when my hair was really long) are best for me. Old fashioned over technology in this case! :D



‪Mademoiselle Maladroite‬ : but I'd love to have one colour that was perfect! Dark brown hair is beautiful :) Yes, I hate how they can drop with too much brushing...



‪Stefanie‬ : it totally does! Oh haircuts make all the difference, don't they? I always leave it too long and then get surprised at how good sets are again :)



‪Kristel Klear‬ : ok! :)



‪Chloe‬ : thank you! x


‪Eccentric Owl‬ : the variety is definitely fun :)



‪Mabel‬ : I agree about the severe look, and don't like it on me. Haha yes tousled covers a lot of things! :D



‪Jacinta‬ : true. I love your short hair and how you wear it, so good!

Sarah said...

I've always had a soft spot for Crazy Lady Curls (such as every picture I've ever seen of Helena Bonham Carter). Unfortunately, between my hair's insistence on not holding a curl (or even a knot, teasing barely works on this stuff, wtf?), and how I somehow always cut it all off as soon as it hits my shoulders, it doesn't seem likely that I'll ever have it myself. Oh well, I'm rather too lazy to do anything with it on a daily basis anyway. And now I want to go watch Sweeney Todd and ogle the dresses and hair...

CoriLynn said...

First, you look stunning as always!! Love the lilac hair!
Second, love love love the Mrs. Havisham reference! Ha! My friend and I have a running Mrs. Havisham joke, and it always cracks me up when anyone else mentions her!!
~xoxo, CoriLynn

esme and the laneway said...

Sarah : Love it, CLCs! HBC has such good hair. I think we might be hair twins, too, except I don't suit short hair (I tried once... oh dear) but you look great with it! <3 I've got to see that film, too, heard so much good about it! :D

CoriLynn : thanks! Oh good, I love her being referenced too! <3

Nicole Jenkins said...

Great pics M - I pin curl my hair too, and the first day I like to just wear the curls loosely, in ringlets - they're so beautiful although the kitten can't resist chewing on them.

(we have a new kitten now, our old kitten is almost grown and our grown up cat left us for pastures in the sky).

So then the second day, if I can I'll just run my fingers through it, to loosen the curl but by day three it's looking messy and needs a brush. I like it best before that stage and try to get a week out of it, between pin curls.

Vintage Virgin said...

I just love your pin curls .. mine never look that good! .. I just haven't managed to find the best way for me to do it! .. out of interest what make of dye are you using? I've been using Crazy Colour - Lavender and its my favourite yet! Just wish it stuck to my hair for longer than a week!

Kristina said...

You hair always looks amazing. I am super jealous.

She's Crafty

Jessica Cangiano said...

Fabulously gorgeous curls and photos! There's (and I mean this a wholly positive thing) an awesome unicorn-like quality to lilac curls like this, if you ask me.

♥ Jessica

Brooke said...

Please share your setting pattern for these curls with us and quickly tell me what lipstick that is so I can buy it for an occasion I have next week (: ASAP Pretty please (:

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