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Grandma Suzi’s pin-curls

I can’t talk about pin-curls without first telling you about my mother’s mother, grandma Suzi.Screen Shot 2013-01-24 at 1.17.14 PM (pictured is my mother and my grandmother with their matching pin-curl sets)

The glorious 85 year old woman who lovingly served me chocolate chip mint ice cream every evening when I visited her. Played dominoes or cribbage every evening of her life.

Roast beef and yorkshire pudding with pickled chestnuts and tomato pudding every Christmas. Never forgets to send a card for every occasion to all of her family members. Taught me to refer to my lady parts as my “Who who”. Got to love the lady.

Grandma Suzi is the ultimate grandma. A creature of habit, a pervayor of all things tried and true. She pin curls her hair every evening, drinks a glass of red wine and nibbles on dark chocolate. She has pin curled her hair every evening of her life, starting from about age 10.  Pin curled hair, cotton pajamas, Oil of Olay on the skin. She files her nails, reads a book. Knows pretty well what to expect for tomorrow.

And every morning, the pins come out, and she brushes it into a perfect waved bob, where it stays perfectly coiffed until late in the day when she shampoos it and does it all over again. Grandma Suzi, I salute you.

Here’s a pin curl tutorial so you too can get the experience, and the look!

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  1. Jenny

    That was a great video! Thanks for taking the time to show that style off!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      so glad you enjoyed it. thanks for visiting! anything in particular you would like to see here?

  2. Lexi

    Ahh! Finally a good tutorial, I’ve been looking everywhere on how to do this. Would you recommend just letting it dry/sit before an event or can you also sleep with them in? Your hair turned out great!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      I would recommend waiting until your hair is 75 percent dry to put in your curls, then keep em in a couple hours and let them down. You can do them at night and sleep on them too, but they end up a little messier that way;) good luck!

  3. Julie Howson-Reinhart

    Hi! Loved the video. Is your Grandma of British descent? The yorkshire pudding mention got me wondering. I’m a Brit but live in Virginia… Anyway my question is I have shorter hair than you and would love to wear it in a more 1940s-style bob but I already have all the curls, they’re just pretty unruly! Do you have any tips on making it look like more of a hair-do? Thanks

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      ooooh yeah! First, make sure your curls are well conditioned with natural oil.
      This will make them less unruly and easier to manipulate. Then, wet them and let them dry half way. Use a gel like this one
      and comb it through. Then, take a boar bristle brush
      and brush your curls into waves!

  4. ash

    aaah! i just discovered your website today while researching vintage hair-do tutorials. i’m stoked on your tutorials and cant wait to try it out on my hair! keep up the awesome, informative posts and thank you! 🙂

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      you are most welcome:) glad you found me!

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