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3 Really Easy Ways in Which You Can Create Spunky Pin Curls

3 Easy Ways to Create Pin Curls
Curls are beautiful and timeless. Get those spunky curls without any harmful styling tools. This HairGlamourista article provides you three different ways accompanied with step-by-step instructions for each, on creating perfect pin curls.
Buzzle Staff
Last Updated: Apr 19, 2018
Hair Care Tip
Straightening or curling irons damage the hair by removing moisture from the hair shaft. Prolonged use of such tools will lead to brittle and dull hair. Never subject your hair to high temperatures regularly, especially without using heat protecting serum.
Pin curls are nothing but curls created using pins. This style started in the 1940s, when women were experimenting with their hair. Curling or flat irons were not available then, and using pins to curl hair was a popular method. Pin curls are back with a bang now, with so many celebrities flaunting them on the red carpet. Even you can get those gorgeous curls with the easy methods stated below. The best thing is that you don't have to subject your hair to harsh heat or chemicals either. So girls, get glamorous―go retro, vintage, funky, or traditional!
What Do You Need?
You don't need too many things for creating pin curls. The most important thing is patience (for that perfect, chic look)!
  • Hair pins (lots of pins!)
  • Comb
  • Hair spray
  • Hair band
  • Scarf (if you are keeping the pins overnight)
In the Beginning
In the Beginning
You will get the best results if you wash and condition your hair before styling. If you are very short on time, you can use a spray bottle and squirt lots of water to dampen your hair. After washing, towel dry the hair to remove excess moisture. To avoid frizz or dryness, do not rub your hair vigorously or use a blow dryer. Hair needs to be wet for the curls to hold on. Using a wide-toothed comb, brush your hair lightly. Ensure that there are no knots or tangles. For better and long-lasting curls, you can apply some hair gel on your hair. Now, we present before you three easy methods to create those beautiful curls.
3 Must-try Methods
Traditional Pin Curls
Traditional Pin Curls
Step 1: Start with sectioning your hair. Make sections of around 1 inch each.

Step 2: Comb the section well, and start wrapping it around your finger. Work your way from the root to the tip.

Step 3: Once the entire hair is wrapped up, carefully remove your finger and pin up the curl. Use two pins to secure the curl if your hair is thick. Make an "X" pattern with the pins.

Step 4: Continue the process till all your hair are pinned up.

Step 5: The longer you keep the pins, better will the curls be. Keeping them overnight is the best idea. In case you pin them in the morning, keep them for at least 5 - 6 hours.

Step 6: Wrap a bandana or a scarf on your head while sleeping.

Step 7: In the morning, slowly remove all the pins and lightly brush your hair. Too much brushing will spoil all the curls, so be careful.

Step 8: Spray some hair spray, and your pin curls are ready to dazzle!
Bantu Curls
Bantu Curls
Step 1: Make small sections in your hair of around 1 - 2 inches. The sections can be bigger in this style as the hair is twisted and curled.

Step 2: Start twisting the section, and make a spiral stack; pin up the end securely. It will not lie flat like a traditional pin curl, but will look like a knob.

Step 3: The tighter you twist the hair, tighter will your curl be. You can twist them in different directions for a variation in the curls.

Step 4: Repeat the procedure till all the sections are twisted and tied properly.

Step 5: Keep them overnight. Use a scarf or bandana to avoid frizzy hair.

Step 6: Remove each section carefully. Style your hair using hair spray, and you are ready to go!
Using a Headband
It is an ideal option for people who are not comfortable sleeping with so many pins on their head. This method may take more time depending on your hair texture and density.

Step 1: Put a headband on your forehead and back of the head. Use a simple band without any embellishments (you don't want hair breaking by getting stuck in them).

Step 2: Make 1-inch sections of hair, and twist them tightly like a rope.

Step 3: Wrap the section on the back end of your hairband.

Step 4: Continue wrapping each section on the band tightly.

Step 5: Keep it overnight or for at least for 5 - 6 hours. Remove the band and brush your curls very lightly.
Does Length Matter?
Obviously it is not possible to create curls on very short hair, but otherwise length does not matter at all. Pin curls look equally beautiful on long and short hair.
For Long Hair
Long Hair
Pin curls look very elegant on long hair. The volume increases due to the length, but with a little patience and practice, you can get those bouncy curls. You can try different hairstyles and play around to create the perfect look. Side-swept hair looks very vintage and chic with curls. You can get a very cute and casual look by just leaving them open.
For Short Hair
Short Hair
Pin curls look equally attractive on short hair as well. You can curl your bangs for the classic 1940s' look. A simple puff and pin curls look very cute on short hair. Experiment with hairbands or clips for a variety of looks.
Get Creative, Girls!
Creative pin curls updo
Pin curls updo with accessories
Make your own variations, try various updos, use trendy accessorizes, or just flaunt them as is―curls give you so many options. Whether you need an elegant style for a wedding or prom, or just a trendy one for a party, you can try a variety of hairstyles with curls. There are so many accessories available in the market that you needn't worry at all. Go crazy with your newfound curls!