Pin Curl How To-Tutorial

In working on my most recent Wedding Wednesday post I found that I needed to break up pieces of it into two separate posts!

I bring to you my Pin Curl tutorial!

To start you’ll need some tools:

I love to use Lottabody Setting Lotion which you can get at any Sally Beauty supply or on Amazon. This big bottle has lasted me so long because you dilute it with water before using! You will also need “duck bill” clips or setting clips to hold the curls. I have a few different sizes and I got all of mine at Walmart.

You will also need a curling iron or wand. I personally like a wand and a 1/2 in size barrel works best for me. I find that with the wand I have more control when holding my curls before I go to clip/pin them.

Now for the hair! To start you want to spray the setting lotion on to your ends and disperse throughout your hair. This setting lotion will make your hair very wet so I like to spray sections and then take a brush to each section and brush it through until the section dries out; which doesn’t take long. This helps work the product in.

Once you have product all in your hair you’ll want to create sections. I personally like to work in three sections. Top/ crown and sides.

From here we will work section by section. I start with my left side section first just because I am right handed and this one is easier to get don’t first.


In each section you’ll now create straight lines across to make smaller sections and then work with about one inch of hair to create your curl. When I start to wrap my curls around the wand I like to wrap back and down. This helps to create the most volume at the scalp and a nice uniformity to each curl.

I hold the curl for 5-10 seconds depending on how hot the iron is and then let it fall into my hand. At this point the curl is already formed you just need to shape it back on it self around your fingers and pin it into place.

I work in horizontal sections all the way through my left side starting at the bottom and working up and then move over to my right side.

Now when you get to the top section you’ll end up working with bigger horizontal sections of hair. Also when working through the top you’ll want to focus your wrapping close to the root. This helps to create natural volume at the top of the crown.

Once I have completed my who head I let it sit for as long as I can but I usually recommend at least 20 minutes. I also take this time to put a misting of light hold hairspray all over my head.

The whole idea behind pin curls or set curls is so that the curl sets up in that shape. When your hair is heated up it is playable and easy to mold. If you want it so hold the shape you have just put into it you need to let it cool down in that shape. So by pinning the curls they set or cool down in that shape.


When you take your hair down I like to stick to the three sections again. With the sides I take them down and then spray them again with a light hold hairspray.

Then when I get to the top I like to do some teasing to add in more volume. In the pictures it looks like a lot more than it really is because there is natural volume due to my set curls. When I go into style, after I have let down my curls, I take my teasing brush over the area to smooth it over.

I really love doing my pin curls for special occasions including for weddings which you can find on this months Wedding Wednesday which you can read here.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and think of it next time you are in need of trying out a more elegant hair style!

Thank you for stopping by and keep an eye out for what might be up around the curve!

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