Make Hair-Do on Your short Hair!
In order to successfully create pin curls you must have enough hair length and volume to be able to wrap the hair at least one revolution into the shape of a classic pin curl. You will also need enough hair to hold the salon clips securely in place.
Pin curls can be done randomly without any set pattern but the results will be random as well.
For a very finished set it is important to layout a carefully constructed pattern, use uniform sections of hair in each pin curl and wraps the curls in multi-directions.
In some cases if the hair is too short to wrap in one revolution to create a pin curl it might be possible to get better results with a small barrel curling iron or small hair rollers.
However, when short hair is long enough, a pin curl set should be tried because it can offer such a unique and beautiful finished style.
Follow the steps below for a quick pin curl set:
1. Wash and towel blot well to remove excess moisture. A good pin curl set requires hair that is damp but not too wet. (Conditioners will soften hair. If you prefer a firmer set, skip the conditioners if appropriate for your hair.)
Keep in mind that a gel will hold tighter than a mousse but that fine hair would work better with a mousse and medium to thick strands might work best with a gel. For a compromise mix gel with a light styling cream.
2. Use a comb with a long tail to help separate hair into neat sections.
3. Separate strands into 1/4 to 1" uniform sections in the areas of your head where you want the pin curls. (The larger the sections the softer the curl. The smaller - the tighter.)
4. Take individual strands and wrap strands tightly around your finger. It is important to have the proper tension when wrapping. Curls wrapped too loose will not produce the best curls.
Do NOT use traditional bobby pins to secure pin curls which will cause creases in the finished pin curl.
5. Continue to create pin curls until finished. Spritz finished pin curl set with water so that all of the curls dry to a uniform finish. If desired, spritz with a setting spray after misting with water for a firmer hold.
Sit under a hood dryer or use a diffuser on slow, low heat to help speed up the drying time. Ideally, let hair completely air dry or sleep overnight on your set.
When a pin curl set is allowed to air dry or is kept in the hair overnight, the curls are deeper, tighter and will last longer.
After you remove pin curls but before you style them, mist with a good hairspray. Let spray dry and then use fingers to tousle and arrange new curls.
Finish by applying a drop or two of shine serum in the palms of your hands and then brushing over the top of your newly tousled style. For extra hold, spray with a firm holding hair spray.