This one technique can create an infinite number of styles. It’s my favourite styling trick and it’s so easy to do but creates far more complicated result that will make people stop you and ask “how did you do your hair?” wherever you go.
First step, decide if you want a part or if you want some height at the front. Then take small sections of your hair and twist it round your finger like so.
Then grab a bobby pin and pin through both sides of the twist like so and try and anchor the pin the either the hair below or another twist.
Keep going until all your hair is twisted and pinned. It really is as simple as that.
Go on and have a practice yourself. Two simple tips –
Buy some good quality hair pins, the stronger the pin the more hair it will hold.
Try and hide all the ends for a smart finish or leave them out for a more relaxed look.
Short hair – I adopted this technique when I was growing out a short haircut so it’s perfect for shorter styles and bobs. You won’t get really round twists but you can really create a dynamic style.
Long hair – if your hair is too thick or too long to manage in individual twist & pins, section your hair into a ponytail and then take sections from within the ponytail and twist and pin all around the ponytail to hide the elastic. Once you have worked out a few styles this way, experiment with two or more ponytails – one above the other – so you can created different shapes with the twist and pin.
TOOLS: small barrel curling iron (we used 5/8″), sectioning clips, silver 2-prong setting clips, 2 clear elastics, large bobbypins, a large soft bristled flat brush, comb, hairspray, and a headband (optional).
Start with clean, dry hair (straight, wavy, or curly… just make sure it’s completely dry)
To remove excess length and weight, you’re going to want to braid the bottom hair and pin it up so it’s out of the way. Part your hair from ear to ear in the back of your head + clip the top half up.
Create two braids.
Pin the two braids flat against your head in the back. It helps if you lay them in a zigzag pattern. Use large bobbypins for more support.
You want all of the curls to go TOWARD your face. In order to create a pattern in the hair, your curls need to be lined up. They should all be the same size and going the same direction. To get the right pattern, I always I like to pretend I’m laying a brick wall and you should do the same! For this particular look, take sections that are about the same size as your pinkie finger. Wrap them tightly around the outside of your curling iron. Equally important is the size of your iron. It must be small. Anything over 3/4″ will just give you big waves. Check the beauty supply and/or google for smaller irons! Curling will take a lot of time, but it’s SO worth it.
After you curl the hair, clip it in place and allow it to set.
See how Lauren’s curls are all going the same direction and are the same size? That’s what you want. Let it set for as long as you can. The longer, the better. Put your makeup on while you wait, or if your costume/dress goes over your head, put it on now to avoid messing it up later.
When the hair has cooled entirely, release all of the curls (don’t pull them apart with your fingers). Using a large soft bristled flat brush, start brushing the curls out. Give it a couple hard brush strokes and then switch to a lighter stroke (repeat if necessary). The pattern will begin to develop. Look down slightly and brush hair toward your face. Brushing everything toward your face is best for bringing out the pattern.
If you have a lot of hair, it’s optional to pin one side back like Lauren is doing in the shot so that the hair doesn’t overwhelm your face.
Grab a section of brushed out curls. Hold the very bottom of the curls with one hand. Using a comb, tease (using long upward strokes) with the other hand. You should only need 1 or 2 strokes to get it into the “bob” shape.
Spray the section with a strong holding hairspray and then tuck the extra hairs. Pin in place using a large bobbypin or two.
Add a headband, comb, head dress, or barrette for sparkle!
Have you ever had a bad hair day? What a silly question….right? Well, if today is one of those days, I have a suggestion of what you can do and it will take you less than two minutes to get it together.
Quick and mute – just how I like my hair tutorials :D
Today’s tutorial comes from The Beauty Department. This is an outstanding website that all of you ladies should know about.
My hair is too long to do it quite like this, so I’m working on a way to deal with the extra length. If you have long hair and have done something spiffy to make this work for you, leave a note in the comments or shoot me an email!
TOOLS: bobby pins, accessory, hairspray.
Prep: You’ll want the hair to have some texture before you pin it up. If you have curly hair, you’re all set. If not, use a 1″ spring iron and curl everything away from your face so it will twist easier. Then it’s just 2 steps!
Take the entire left side and start twisting near your ear. Best to twist it kind of tight and then loosen it up after you pin everything. Stop just past the middle and add a large bobby pin for extra support. You can see where we placed it in Katie’s hair. When inserting the bobby pin, go back against the hair, almost like you’re putting it inside the twist you just created!
Now gather all of the hair on the right, along with the hair left out from the other side and twist UP. Position it over the first twist and pin using a large bobby pin. Tuck the hair that’s left out into the twist and add a couple more bobby pins for security. If the hair is too short, just add an accessory!
Now using a hand mirror, check it out from the sides and back to make sure it’s well proportioned and balanced. Loosen it up with your fingers or pull some pieces out around your face if you want a more romantic vibe, then add a veil of hairspray.
Not feeling like this look is complete? Grab a feather or something with sparkles and put it in at the top of your twist!
Ladies, if you have short hair, then this is the tutorial for you!
Why this video? For one, Marilyn Monroe is an icon and Lisa Freemont Street knows how to make a tutorial. What more can a gal ask for?
Lisa does a great job explaining how to put in pin curls and about some of the finer details about directionality of your curl. If you actually watch the entire clip, instead of jump through, you’ll learn about the difference between curls from the 1930s vs the 1950s.
This is primarily what I do with my hair when I am trying to curl it. It’s easy to do and easy to sleep in. Typically I’ll keep my hair in pin curls for two days and then when I take them out I have big, bouncy hair. Take a look at my banner (top of website); that’s what my hair can look like when I do this to my hair. Haha, if you wear your hair in pin curls for a couple of days, make sure you have a scarf or something to wrap your head in….you’ll look pretty funny if you don’t. :D
Heheh, funny side story. I wore my cover up for a few days and finally when I took my hair out, a number of people didn’t believe that my curly hair was real. Eeesh, in fact, I think some of thought I had lost my hair…..er….different story. ANY who…
OMG, so much talky-talky! I jumped ahead to 1:54 which is where the tutorial really starts. You can either have damp hair or dry hair (which you’ll need to use product) to do this style. If you’re short on time, just to 5:00 and take it from there.
Picture of my hair after I pin curl it:
When you pin curl your hair, do you do it this way or with a curling iron?