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And I almost forgot...

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The real vintage diagrams.

First one:






Second one:





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Please note: the previous tutorial is useless without the brushing out tutorial. I mean it!

Alrighty, so first thing in the morning the headscarf comes off. Everything is still in place and it's totally dry. Perfect! If you've lost a couple of pins you can recurl those strands later with a regular curling iron, or you can just spray them really well with medium hold hairspray and repin them for 10 minutes or so until they dry again.

Everything looks good!

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All the pins are out, but I haven't touched the hair yet otherwise. Isn't it cool how definined and pretty it looks? I almost want to leave it like this sometimes!

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Use a brush like this one to brush out all of your hair thoroughly.

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Brush against the palm of your hand to shape the curls in the direction you want them. This also reduces frizz. To get the top like that, I put my hand palm side up on top of my head under the hair and brushed the crap out of it over my hand. Super easy.

And now, the finished product!

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Oops, I forgot to put my lips on. There! That's better.

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And now, with a shirt on. Also note my adorable jacket that you can't see very well.

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Yay! All done!
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Ok, so here's my take on it. The basic pincurls are the same in every style, it's just a matter of what direction they end up. You need to start with damp hair (some people do it right out of the shower, but I prefer to use a spray bottle as I go). You can put some product in your damp hair before starting, but be warned: some people will get major frizz if they use ANY sort of product, even anti-frizz gel. So I'm just using a couple of drops of this stuff in with my damp hair. It works fine without, but I like the shine that these products give me. So next, part it the way you like. I'm doing a very low side part on the left (looks like right because my computer likes to flip things randomly) and starting with the top part. I've separated the top section from the sides and back, and I've tied those parts back in a ponytail to keep everything out of the way while I'm doing the top. This will result in a more polished look (hopefully!) but you can pretty much do them randomly all over your head and have it look pretty - that's usually what I do.

See the next post for a couple of curl diagrams. I didn't use a proper diagram for this style, but I often incorporate elements of those two diagrams in my pincurl sets.

Ok, so after you've got your hair slightly damp, with whatever product you want to use already worked in, and you've parted and combed out your hair the way you like, you're ready to go. Make sure you have a giant pile of alligator clips or bobby pins at the ready! Here's where I'm at:

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Now you can start your first pincurl. Take a strand (I do them quite thin because my hair is so thick and straight, make yours bigger if you have fine, curly hair) and make sure it's wet enough that the ends don't separate.

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Make a small loop in the end (curl DOWN not up) and begin rolling it towards your scalp. If any ends come out, poke them back into the center of the roll. If it's too sloppy, you'll need to start again. Pin it with one or two pins to secure it, and move on to the next section. It should look something like this when you're done. This one is actually a little sloppy, but it's not too bad. I should have tucked that little stray end in, but it's small enough not to matter a ton.

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The big sloppy lines show where the pins will go on this curl.

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Try to work in rows with all curls going the same way - it gives a nicer finished product, and it's easier to get a system going. Here's my first row finished, and the strand in my hand will be the first curl of my second row.

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Here's the top finished. I think there are three rows total, but it's a little hard to see. I ended up adding a few extras in one row.

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Alright. Now for the side below the low part. This isn't really in proper rows, but there are around 10 curls on this side. Here's the finished product.

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I didn't feel like taking pictures of the other side, and the back is impossible to take good pictures of, so I didn't take pictures there. For shame! But FTR I did the exact same thing on the other side, and then just did a few rows of three curls (that's three across the whole back of my head/remaining hair, 4 or 5 down depending on which section I was working on). Anyways, these pictures are of the finished product.

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Not pictured: add extra pins in every place that isn't 100% secure. You might have 5 pins on one curl (but you shouldn't if you're using the pins right) and that's ok. Just do whatever it takes to make it stick.

At this point you can spray a bit of hairspray over the whole thing for extra stability, but you probably won't need it unless you have exceptionally limp hair. I like my curls to be pretty well defined (it's always possible to make them looser later when you brush out, but you can't make them tighter) so I'm going to spray a little with some medium hold spray.

Now, you need to wait until your hair is BONE DRY before you take out the pins. I'm going to be sleeping in mine tonight (see headscarf pictures below) but you can also do this in the morning and take it out in time for a night out. I find that I need a minimum of 4 hours setting time before my hair is dry enough to keep its shape, but if you just want a bit of wave you can risk it a bit earlier than that.

Now, if you're going to be sleeping in your pincurls, I highly recommend using alligator clips instead of bobby pins because they are much, much more comfortable. (I don't have enough gator clips so I use a mix of both.) You'll need to wear a headscarf in order to keep things from getting tangled and loosened. You can also cover it up with a cute silk headscarf and go out and run errands if you're unfashionable like me. And if you're in a hurry, you can blow dry your curls (medium setting, warm or cool only!) with the headscarf still on, to speed things up without getting too frizzy.

Start with a nice big scarf, and fold it in half to make a triangle.
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Pointy end up, make sure the back of your hair is totally covered! Nothing should be hanging down outside of the scarf. Tie the two long ends on the sides with the top triangle underneath.
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Make sure everything is tight enough, covering everything, and even.
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Fold the pointy end that's dangling in your face and driving you nuts UP again and tie the other ends together again in front of the little center point.
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Pin strategically.
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Tuck all the ends in and go to bed! Goodnight!
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hair tutorial - pincurl waves

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Full disclosure: this isn't actually new. But it's my first and most basic pincurl tutorial, and everyone seems to like it. So I figured I'd cross post it on here. As if it isn't plastered around enough of the internet already.

First, here's a quick and dirty photo set of the most basic pincurls ever. These are NOT correct vintage pincurls but they are really quick and easy, and they hold their shape nicely. Pardon the lack of makeup (it's early in the morning!) and please note the amazing shower curtain. Yes, that's sushi. Mmmmmmmmmm yeah.

1. After I pinned everything up:

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2. After I took out the pins (2 hours later):

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3. Finished product! Unfortunately I had to leave for work right away, so here is one photo from a strange angle.

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my dog

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This is my dog Ollie. He's a sweetheart and I adore him...most of the time. But today? Not so much.


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Oh hai!

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So I just signed up for this thingy, I guess I'm only, what, 10 years behind? Heh. Anyhoo, I'll be using this to post my hair, makeup, and wardrobe pictures. Maybe even some tutorials!

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