I Did It!

After the last few frizzy disasters attempting pin curls, I did some research to figure out what I was doing wrong. I understood the concept, but the execution was the hard part. My hair stylist gave me his practice head when I first decided I was going to give this a shot. I suppose that I would have been more successful had I tried it more than once on the head. But, after doing a good job on the practice head, I was even more frustrated that I couldn't do them on my own head. So, I gave up completely, opting for curlers instead.

Occasionally, I'd try one curl, get frustrated, and again set my hair with what I knew how to do. One time I even set the front of my hair in pin curls, finishing the back with curlers after getting fed up.  A few weeks ago, I decided that I needed to learn this. I was tired of the sleepless night, sore scalp, and stiff necks of sleeping in rollers. 

Since I couldn't roll my hair without some help, I found a small piece of plastic piping. I wound my hair up, then slipped it out when I got to my scalp, and pinned it to my head. That attempt left me with a much larger curl than I had planned. It was also pretty frizzy. Fortunately,  the wind finished off the rest for me.

In the last post I chronicled my next attempt. This time I used a smaller tube, and tried to follow a pattern. Again, my hair turned out pretty frizzy. My attempts in brushing out the frizz did little. It was hard to find an exact reason for my problem. A search led to taming already frizzy hair with pincurls, how to do pin curls, but nothing on what causes the frizz after the pincurl.

After searching for a while, I finally found the answer. The end of the hair MUST be in the center of the curl, not floating on the outside. I realized that by rolling my hair in a tube and then slipping it off, it was causing my ends to be on the outside of the curl. With this knowledge I decided to forgo the tube, and try freehand which had caused me so many problems before.

You know what? It worked. I rolled my hair in less time than it took me with the tubes. I half followed a pattern, though my ending result didn't look like anything in the pictures. I did a cluster of forward pincurls around my ear, and a double row of three pincurls in the back. I knew as soon as I took the curls out that I did a better job than before. When I brushed them out, I was so happy, that I did a verbal, YES! I'm sure my neighbors thought I was quite strange. 

I am still happy with the results of my hair. It did take a little more brushing out than it takes when I set with curlers, but that's ok. I know how to do it now. My sides never completely match as I have more hair on one side of my head than the other. But, now that I can set my hair this way, I can work on learning how placement and direction effects the style. 









12 comments:

  1. Great job! And I love your dress!

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  2. Very nice! You look perfect!

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  3. Thanks everyone. I am pretty proud of myself.

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  4. Very cute, where did you get your set pattern from?

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    1. I picked up a magazine (see previous post) that has a ton of setting instructions. I hope to be able to try them, and post them on my blog.

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  5. Awesome job! Pin-curls can be such a pain, but so rewarding when they turn out well!!
    ~xoxo!

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  6. YEA!!!! This looks fabulous!!! Yes when rolling in any way, shape, or form, the ends of your hair make or break the final look so they must be smoothed out with setting lotion/oil and then rolled in the middle of the roller or pin curl tightly to ensure that the hair takes on the form you are after.

    And sometimes a few bobby pins are the only way to get the job done. Looks SUPER CUTE on you and so does the dress! Kudos for hanging in there with this!

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  7. Congrats! I would have told you that but I thought you knew..But anyhow the end result is great! By the way I found this video on youtube a while ago and I forgot to link to it in my last comment. It covers most of the basics of pin curling and she also does some great tutorials of pin curl waves and Jane Mansfield hair. Hope this helps you develop your pin curling!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRY5Q2_IMqs

    XO,

    Simona

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    1. I'm pretty sure I knew that, but I didn't realize that's what was happening until I looked it up. :)

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  8. And also, I meant really slick with tapered, your hair strand should look like a flat and slick satin ribbon.

    XX

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