Hi babes! I regret that I haven’t followed up with any pin-curl posts practically since Grandma Suzi-s pin-curls! I did a little short hair pin-curl inspiration with doo-rag mama last year, which seems like forever ago. In the meantime, though, I pin curl my hair quite often for different results and different reasons. Mostly, I pin-curl to polish up my wild main when I want prettier and bouncier curls than I have naturally. I pin em at night on damp hair (Not wet!) for great no-heat styling in the morning.
Before you read further, and if you are a vintage hairstyling officianato, please read this post for my philosophy on the matter. To put it bluntly, I am a mom to 2 young children and a ‘wife’ who runs a business and works part time and does many other things as well and I don’t spend a lot of time perfecting and polishing things, namely, my own hair. my specialty is making complicated-is hair related things easy-ish so that when I share them with you they seem do-able.
Today, I bring you an easy pin-curl set specifically for 1940’s styling. Following this post will be several vintage inspired 1940’s tribute hairstyles made easy so that you don’t have to fuss with too many details. I don’t use any styling products for these styles, just bobby pins, large and small. As always with vintage styling, you need both sizes.
For those of you who don’t know, the 1940’s and the 1970’s are absolutely my favorite hair eras.
About a year ago I guess it was, I discovered the hair rat ( a great 1940’s hair styling tool) and it changed my life and my whole attitude towards hair. It made me think, If we can do this, we can do anything. So between the hair rat, pin-curls, and back combing, we are well on our way through easy vintage styling at HTHG.
And with that, here is your secret weapon pin-curl set to get your hair in perfect shape for 40’s styling. You will need large and small bobbies.
*It is important to note that pin curls are best done on damp hair. I like to mist my dry hair with water and put my curls in the morning or early afternoon, then go about my day with them in and take them out in the evening before I style my hair in a lovely style that I will wear for a couple hours while I make dinner and putting my kids to bed and then drinking a bit of wine in my pajamas on my back porch, pretending I’m entertaining company with a lovely dress on.
Also, all the curls in this tutorial are rolled in the same direction…..under and back. This is the key:) If you need more flat-curl clarification, check out this video.
Easy 1940’s pin-curl set!
1. Begin by dividing the hair in half, down the center of the head. Make a vertical parting to section off the bang section on one side. If you have bangs, curl the section back against the head and pin it into place with a small pin ( here is an in-depth look at making and pinning a flat curl:) . If you don’t have bangs, an easy way to create a longer pin curl is to twist the section of hair around finger, then gently remove the curl from the finger and hold it against the head. (as seen in figure 2)
2. Make another vertical parting 2 inches or so behind the first. Roll all the hair back into a flat curl in this section.
3. Pin your second curl into place. Use a larger pin if needed.
4. Make a 3rd vertical parting a couple inches behind the second one. Roll the hair back into a flat curl, and pin it into place.
5. Take the remaining hair in the back from the first side. Roll it back into a flat curl and pin it into place.
6. There should be 4 flat curls on one side of the head, all rolled back.
7. Repeat step one on the second side.
8. Repeat steps 2-5 on the second side.
9. You should have 4 flat curls on each sides, all rolled backwards.
Once these babies are dry, take em out an marvel. You can brush them out, or let em be free. This is your first step towards easy but slightly better than lazy-girls vintage styling:)
Stay tuned for more inspired vintage hairstyles coming soon to get you through the holiday season of parties and shenanigans.