Pin curls is a setting technique and the basis for many 1940s and 1950s hairstyles. Unlike heated rollers or hot sicks, pin curls give the hair a longer lasting curl to create structured hairstyles.
The direction and size of the set will depend on the style you want to achieve and the end result. There is a lot of technique involved, for now we’ll just cover the basic 1940′s shape for you to try.
Follow our how to guide to achieve the perfect pin curls set and you’ll have fabulous hair in no time
Hair accessories you need
TIP Bobby pins or hair grips with ridges will hamper your curl and crimp the hair. If you cannot get the ones without ridges, try using double pronged hair clips instead.
Prep your hair
Make sure your hair is clean- plus wet hair means that hair is more manageable and sets the style.
Wash your hair and towel dry, whilst damp apply a setting lotion.
Brush through with a rat tail comb to ensure the lotion is distributed evenly throughout the hair and to get rid of any tangles.
How to do a pin curl
TIP For a more comprehensive guide, follow this tutorial on how to set your hair from Lisa Freemont Street.
Hairstyles to try: Using pin curl setting as a basis
We came across these fabulous tutorials which illustrate perfectly the structure that pin curls provides for your hair and the final results are flawless.
Gilda tutorial by Lisa Freemont Street.
1950s hairstyle tutorial by Vividmakeup
TIP Once you’ve mastered the art of the pin curl there are so many different styles to try. You can use tutorials to create a look that works for you.