Pin Curls on Natural Hair
Pin curls on natural hair are coming back in style. This style was popular in the 1930’s and showed up again in the 1990’s.
Fast forward to 2017 and this style is appearing in the natural hair world. Women want a fashionable, elegant look in this era.
Pins curls were originally worn by women of African and European descent. Natural hair trendsetters are reaching back in time to find styles with sophistication.
Pin curls look amazing on natural hair, relaxed, or flat ironed hair. The spiral curls can form relatively smooth on short to medium hair.
Spiral curls on African-American hair work best with medium length hair. This is a perfect style for avoiding the heat.
Spiral curls are developing into a new hot trend on social media. Pin curls on your hair can be installed and managed for daily wear with ease.
Pin curls on long hair
Pin curls on long hair will create a loose or deep wave depending upon installation. Long hair should be damp and tangle free for the best results.
- Use products that produce moisture with the utilization of leave-in conditioner or a setting lotion. African-American women should refrain from installing on dry, long hair.
- Women with straighter long hair are encouraged to install pin curls on wet hair. The style will last for a few days.
- Achieving spiral curls is not an easy task on long hair. Long hair should be parted into four sections with a rat tail comb.
- Some naturals find that the hairstyle works well on thick hair too. Create four sections, part the front left and right side, middle, and back.
- Long hair needs specific sectioning to create fabulous curls.
- Part the hair directly down the midst of the front of the head.
- Part another section of the hair on the left and create another section on the right.
- Begin to part the middle into a third section and the back into the fourth section with the rat tail comb.
- The sections will make it easier to form non-frizzy spiral curls.
- Take a small amount of hair (one to two inches) and twirl each section with your finger from the end to the root.
- Use clips to hold the style in place for long hair. Bobby pins may slip for pin curls with long hair.
- The curls do not have look neat, but clips should be secured.
- Women with long hair should wear a scarf to cover hair after installation.
- Wake up in the morning and remove the clips.
- You can use your fingers to create your style of choice or lightly brush the hair to loosen curls.
- Long hair with a loose curl pattern will likely have deeper curls.
- Type 4 hair with tighter curls should finger the curls after removing clips.
- Hair that is flat ironed and longer will have a wave and bounce that can be rocked for a week.
- Pin curls for long natural hair can easily be maintained with a small amount of lightweight oil of your chose such as olive, coconut, or avocado oil.
Pin curls on medium length hair
Pins curls for medium length hair achieve the best results on bob hair, coiled, or wavy natural hair. The hair is easier to work with to make these beautiful spiral curls.
Sections are not as important for medium hair and sections do not have to be even. A rat tail comb or fingers can be used to part the hair to achieve this style.
- Hair can be wet or damp depending on thickness or thinness of the hair.
- Shampoo, condition, and deep condition hair before you set this style.
- Use the method of twisting hair starting with the ends all the way to your roots.
- Proceed to install the pins curls in the same direction.
- Place a bobby pin for coarse hair and clips for thin or long hair to hold in place.
- You have an option to dry overnight or under a hooded dryer.
- Thick medium hair may require longer dry time or install overnight with a dry time of eight hours or more without heat.
Pin curls for short hair
Pin curls for short hair are more challenging to install, and the style may not turn out as desired. Trial and error will likely be the case for short, natural hair.
- Spiral curls on short, tightly coiled hair will last for four to seven days.
- The spiral curls will give a similar look to a twist out on natural hair.
- Short coarse hair will not have a profound wave with pin curls.
- The curls will appear similar to a wave in an ocean for certain textures.
- Pin curls on short hair do not look like pin curls on long hair. Short hair requires parting of smaller sections.
- Style can be achieved on clean hair.
- Apply setting lotion or mousse on short hair for hold.
- Twist the hair ends to the root in small sections. Place a bobby pin on sections for short hair for the best hold.
- Short hair will dry quicker, and the spiral will be tight if installed correctly. Flat ironed or relaxed, short hair will produce better results with pin curls.
- Flat ironed, or relaxed short hair will have a wave and have the appearance of finger waves. Your Pin curls will come out fabulous with the use of proper products and technique.
Pin curls and relaxed hair
Pin curls on relaxed hair can work well with custard or curl defining cream. Relaxed hair should be clean.
- Create parts with a rat tail comb instead of fingers.
- Apply a generous amount of setting lotion or curl defining cream on wet hair.
- Create desired sections and form loop curls with the same end to root method of twirling the hair. Relaxed hair needs more manipulation to create the desired look.
- Curls need to be smooth and pinned securely with bobby pins.
- Please remember that smaller sections will create tighter curls and larger sections will create loose spiral curls.
- It is recommended to dry overnight for luxurious curls. The curls may come out tight.
- Use a brush or fingers to loosen tight curls.
Pin curly hair at night
Pin curl your natural hair at night to get the desired results of defined spiral curls. Natural hairstyles tend to look great when the style is coming out but initially may not have been the look you want.
Patience is required and attempting the style a few times is recommended.
- Pin your hair in the evening and dry the hair overnight.
- The pins curls need to set as long as possible. Eight to ten hours is ample time to dry short or medium length hair.
- Long hair may need a longer duration of time. The spiral curls are great for avoiding the heat.
- Pin curling the hair overnight will work well for almost any texture of hair.
How to remove your pin curls
Removing your pinned curls is not simple. Removing hair pins or clips should not be a rushed process.
- Remove pins or clips one by one and with patience. The pins may get stuck, and the hair may become frizzy.
- Apply a small amount of coconut or olive oil to your hands before removing pins. Use a quarter size of oil again on your hands before you begin the finger combing or brushing your curls.
- The hair will become frizzy without product on your hands. Tightly coiled hair should not be combed with a brush.
- Use your fingers to loosen pin curls for coiled hair. Wavy or relaxed hair textures can use a brush or fingers depending upon your desired volume.
- A brush will give you more of a full look. Hair that has a Bob haircut should finger combed after the removal of pin curls.
Pin curl hairstyles
Pin curl hairstyles provide versatility and a degree of sexiness. Pin curl hairstyles are buns, updos, and upsweeps.
A natural hair lover can manipulate the curls and form a beautiful bun in the back or middle of the head. Women who have kinkier hair tend to pin the hair to create a finger wave style.
Flat ironed hair can be placed with pins into an updo or upsweep. Pin curl hairstyles are perfect for daily or formal styles.
Many women pin curl for weddings and formal events. Pin curl hairstyles are worn to showcase the curls with an exotic flavor.
Pin curl products are necessary to create spiral curls. African-American hair needs moisture and penetrating oils.
Hair should be clean and wet (not oversaturated with water). Coconut oil is perfect for this look.
It is recommended to use setting lotion, curl defining cream, or custard. Products should be water based for thin hair and should avoid custard based products for extremely thick hair.
Thick hair may need a combination of curl defining cream and setting lotion. Dry relaxed hair should use a custard or curl defining cream.
Relaxed hair with high porosity can use setting lotion or a mousse. It is important to understand your texture when applying any product.
Touch and learn your hair to achieve desired styles like pin curls. It is also important to know if your hair will hold bobby pins or clips.
Bob hair and medium length hair are easy to work with when applying proper products and installing pin curls. The right products give spiral curls longevity and volume.
Pin curls for natural hair are a great alternative and can be heat free.
Hey Curl Friend, I’m Patrina Haupt the creator and author of Natural Hair Queen. I hope you find my healthy hair care tips helpful in your hair journey. Healthy hair care practices are definitely, what helped me to achieve waist length hair.