Elegant Pin Curled Updo Tutorial

Last updated on November 10th, 2023 at 07:27 am

When you have a goal to grow your hair to the longest length possible, one of the things you can do to accomplish your goal is protective styling. The protective style below is a pin curl updo on African American hair.

Protective styling can be boring so learning to create intricate looking yet simple to create styles is a must to keep you going with your protective hairstyling.

In the video below, you’ll find the very first hairstyle tutorial I ever created (I published this in 2012!): The Elegant Pin Curled Up-do Bun

Normally, I just create a slideshow of hairstyles that include buns, curls up-dos and other protective styles for long or medium length hair. However, I’ve received inquiries as to how I do some of my styles so tutorials it is.

African American Pin Curled Updo – Needed Items

The items used to create the pin curled updo bun mentioned in the video are as follows:

  • Shea Moisture Organic Coconut and Hibiscus Hold and Shine Moisture Mist (optional)
  • Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel (but preferably Aloe Vera Gel)
  • Jane Carter Nourish and Shine
  • Goody Two in One Brush
  • Banana Clip
  • Goody Double Coated Bobby Pins
  • Stretchy headband

This protective style can be worn adorned in so many ways. If you really want to make it look like its part of the African American culture, here’s a few ways you can change up the look:

  • Add a head wrap, but let the pin curls peek out the top
image credit: Wig.com
  • Tie it up with an African print headscarf
african head wrap
Source: Diyanu (this design doesn’t appear to be available anymore)
  • Add some loc jewelry
loc jewelry in updo
PHOTO: RAY TAMARRA/GC IMAGES (Shared on Refinery.com
  • Lastly, put on a turban. Yes, it will cover the entire style but it’s now even more protective 🙂

Key Take-aways from the video

  • No comb is used through the hair to prevent ripping.
  • Use a butter based moisturizer to cut down on the crunch created by gel
  • It’s much more gentle on fine strands to finger detangle.
  • Goody double coated open ended bobby pins are the best. Don’t skimp on these.

African hair is beautiful. There’s so many textures colors and curl patterns. Hopefully, this pin curl updo on African American hair will inspire you.

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Michelle Smith

Michelle is a Christian natural hair enthusiast. She's been natural for 20+ years and shares natural hair care tips and easy hairstyles for those with low density or thin fine natural hair. It's her joy to inspire you to live by faith in God while caring for your "crown."

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Bdanni

    This is gorgeous! I hope to make something like this with my two strands one day =) You have very healthy hair as well and the finger detangling tip is point on. Its a saviour for fine strands in my opinion =)

    1. Michelle

      Hey Bdanni. Welcome 🙂 Thanks for the compliment. Finger detangling is definitely a saving grace for me to retain some length.

  2. Kiki Raines

    How long is your hair? It looks around mine, which is APL. Did you blowdry your hair before starting? Did you do a braidout?

    1. Michelle

      Hi Kiki, you’re right. I’m APL for most of it. My crown is a little shorter.

      No blow drying for me. I let my hair air dry. I haven’t used heat for styling in over a year.
      all I did was wash, condition and put it in a few two strand twists

  3. Dre Davis

    This is so cute, Michelle! I am so in love with your luscious locks!!!!!! All that healthy hair!!!!!

    I also like that you don’t use a comb to style this either. Simple and by all means protectivge. Love, love, love.

  4. Rece

    Loooovveee this style. I agree, your hair looks super shiny and healthy.
    Regarding the video, I was thinking that your hair looks really straight. I’m glad your clarified that it’s not heat damaged or anything (although I know that, other people may not).

    Girl, you put a lot of product in your hair! I’ve cut back tremendously. How long does this style last for you?

    1. Michelle

      Hey Rece-

      I don’t really put a lot of product in my hair. Only on the edges. I have to make sure I layer that Jane Carter Nourish and Shine over the gel so it doesn’t get crunchy. And I also use the Jane Carter to seal my hair sometimes. It’s actually pretty light when it melts.

      The style would probably last a few days but I take it down every night. I can’t sleep in that banana clip LOL.

  5. Michelle

    Thanks Leah. For the first in years I’m being kind to it 🙂 I haven’t used heat since last year April. I plan to straighten in a couple of weeks though. Maybe trim.

  6. Miss Leah

    Ooooo I like this style. Your hair looks so healthy 🙂

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