Pining for Pin Curls

Hey y’all!! So Saturday I straightened my hair for the first time since May 2015 pictured below.



(May 27, 2015 vs Jan 2, 2016)

I swore I wasn’t going to do it….but one thing I’m learning about myself is that I love changing up my look and I was curious to see how long my locs have actually become. I was going to talk about how I straighten my hair..what I use, how long it takes, how frustrating it can be etc., but I’ve been asked by a few friends and co-workers how I’ve gotten my hair to hold curls like this



…Its simple ‘Pin Curls’



I first fell in love with pin curls from flipping through old photos of my grandmother and her friends when I was a child. That, plus classic beauties such as Dorothy Dandridge and Marilyn Monroe (who I share a birthdate with *fun fact), turned me into a vintage obsessor back when my hair was longer. Since I haven’t tried this look in sooo long I didn’t know what to expect. I had no Idea how it would turn out or if they would even last longer than an hour. It took me about 10-15 minutes to remember how to do them since it’s been so long but once I got into my groove I was done with them in about 30 minutes. Here’s how I did it.

PSA feel free to skip all the writing and click the link below  to watch my first attempt at making a YouTube video. Disclaimer: It is not a tutorial, I decided to record this while my friends and I were cutting up to provide a visual of how I do my pin curls. Hope it helps

Products and Items Used

  • A flat iron
  • an abundance of bobby pins
  • hair clips
  • a comb and brush
  • a silk scarf
  • hair ties

How I did it:

  1. Using my comb, I section my hair into 4 sections and secure each section with a hair tie
    1. One at the top
    2. 2 on each side
    3. and one at the nape of my neck
  2. I start with the section at the nape of my neck HOWEVER it really doesn’t matter where you start and part a small section of hair maybe 1-1 1/2 inches. Using my flat iron I bump the end (careful your hair will be hot) and holding the ends I roll the hair on its self until its flat against my head.
  3. Using a bobby pin I secure the roll to my scalp and repeat.
    1. depending on how long and how thick your hair is you may have to use 2-3 bobby pins. You can also use perm clips however from experience I don’t like the crimp it leaves sometimes.
    2. From each section I yield approx. 6-8 pins curls.
  4. Once I get to the top part I section my hair in the manner I want it to fall and repeat steps 2-3
  5. Once all the curls are pinned I use a silk scarf to wrap my hair up for the night and then put my night cap on. ALL DONE

Side Note: I use the flat iron the first time I style the pins but the following night i either re-roll them without the heat or I’ll just tuck my hair under my silk cap.


pin curls


  • You don’t have to use a flat iron to bump your ends. I choose to because my hair doesn’t easily roll without it
  • I’ve worn my pin curls out of the house in the past by accessorizing with a cute bow, hair tie or simply a scarf wrap like the one below
  • When I pin my hair on freshly straightened hair I notice that my curls dropped instantly when I stepped outside (it doesn’t help that I live in South Carolina) so I usually do the pins on 2-3 day old hair and continue to refresh them until I’m ready to  re-straighten my hair or let my kinks and coils free.
  • Do not sleep in them without protecting them. If you sleep as wildly as I do you will wake up with a bed full of bobby pins and a messy head.
  • Have fun with it. Try different forms of pin curls. I can’t wait till my hair is a little longer so that I can try some of the classic looks that I admire so much.


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Till next time


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