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Thursday, January 3, 2013

How To: Pin Curls

Blame it on my new obsession with the show Mad Men (yes I know, I'm late to the party), but I’ve been crazy about doing my hair in curls and waves. If you don’t have a set of hot or Velcro rollers, don’t worry, because it’s really easy to get beautiful ‘60s curls with just a curling iron and some clips. Though it's not the traditional way of pin curling, this method will give you awesome retro hair!

Here’s what you need:
  • Mousse or root lifting spray
  • Curling iron
  • Clips or bobby pins
  • Hairspray
Here’s how to do it:

Before you dry your hair, massage in a mousse or root lifting spray and dry your hair either upside down or by lifting your hair with a paddle brush.

Create a deep side part in your hair and begin by sectioning off a part at the top of your head. If you want, you could backcomb each section to add even more volume to your hair.

Using a 1-inch curling iron, curl the first section of hair—be sure to hold for at least 20 – 30 seconds. Make sure to curl away from your face.

Once you’re done, softly release the curl and immediately roll it up and secure it to your head with a clip or bobby pin. Be very careful—your hair will be extremely hot.

Continue sectioning off, curling and pinning your hair until you’ve done your entire head. When you’ve finished curling and clipping, spray your entire head with hairspray.

Wait five to 10 minutes until all your hair has cooled. Then gently remove the clips from your hair, being sure not to pull or tug. When you remove the clips, you’ll wind up with something like this:

If you want to keep your hair full of curls, gently run your fingers through your hair and spray it with hairspray. Here’s how it looks:

If you want a more subdued look, softly run a paddle brush through your hair and mist it with hairspray. Here’s the final result:

This look is great to wear to work or for a fancy night out. Very glam! What’s your favorite retro hairstyle to wear?


  1. I definitely need to get some of those clips.


  2. I found a set of 12 at Target and it was only a few bucks.

    Thanks for leaving the link to your blog. I checked it out--lots of good stuff there! :)