Monday, September 6, 2010

Pin Curls....Vintage Hair Tutuorial Part 1

I love the is image of Ms. Marilyn Monroe herself setting her own hair in pin curls. Pin Curls was and age old process of creating many different hairstyles in the 1930's, 40's , and 50's. I was asked the other day by my friend, yes you Mrs. Lyn.... about how I do my hair in different vintage hairstyles. So I thought it would be fun to start sharing a few tutorials for any other gal out there who wants to try a vintage hairstyle on herself. Since most styles start with the pin curl as a base, it is the perfect style to start with.

Pin Curls are exactly what the name means, curls pinned to your head. This process is achieved by taking wet hair and wrapping sections around your fingers into a curl and pinning them to your head. The above picture demonstrates a close up of what they curls should look like. It is very important to alternate the directions of the curls. Once your whole head is rolled, you have one of two options, either let air dry or blast with the blow dryer. Once curls are dry, carefully unroll. DO NOT BRUSH!!!! (that is for a different hair style and for a future post...) A real pin curl hairstyle, like Marilyn's are not brushed, ever. Separate and shape with fingers and spray with hair spray.

Second photo courtesy of: the bobby pin blog


  1. I love it.

  2. As a hairdresser who has done plenty of pin curls in my day... the arrows on your picture are wrong. if you follow the direction of the hair from the roots out, the first row on top of head, should go towards the back of her head then circle around to be pinned. the next row: combs toward the front, then circles. to make and S or wave in the hair.