Hair Styling

Finally Getting The Hang of Pin Curls

pin curls on natural hair

Some people would say I’m a bit “old” to be learning all of these seemingly “simple” hairstyles. Maybe so, but I had relaxed hair for so long that I did not really style it much other than wrapping it.

So, today’s hair feature is just me sharing the results of doing pin curls. I tried to do them in the past many times and they always came out frizzy looking.

Here’s what I did wrong (so you can learn from my mistakes if you are still learning the pin curl technique):

  • Just grabbed sections (rushing), not taking in to account that they needed to be even.
  • Not rolling the hair up properly. For a pin curled hairstyle, you need to leave some volume to the curl and not pin it flat against the head.
  • Not pinning on both sides
  • Not stretching the hair enough (Pin curls work best on straighter or stretched hair where your curl pattern is not visible)
  • Taking sections that were too small

Also, I’ve gotten much better at pin curling my hair by slightly varying how I do it.  They come out much nicer when I twist the section loosely at the ends first.

Pin curls are definitely a very elegant looking way of styling the hair. Learn from my mistakes for your best laid set.

Do you wear pin curls? How do you make them look nice and neat?


Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

7 Comment

  1. First of all let me say your bun looks great!!!!!! I pinned curl my hair before and had several failed attempts. What I did wrong was I made them too tight. Since my hair is uneven, trying to get every curl pinned down was a chore. I finally learned just to take small sections and work with that.

    1. Thanks girl! I had the same issue with rushing and taking big pieces. I guess the key is to take your time. I think it helps when the hair is stretched too.

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