I'm toying with the idea of continuing to grow out my hair for a while (last haircut was in July), but over the last month it's really gotten to a length where it bugs me. My hair doesn't have the volume and curl when it's long that it has when it's short...so in order to deal with my hair dilemma in more productive ways than simply chopping it off again, I've been resorting to a variety of updos--one seen in this post when some of you thought that I did cut my hair off.
In honor of my recent hair confusion, I decided to try something different. I like hairstyles with a lot of volume and styles that are a little different than the norm are just my type, so I thought I'd experiment and see what a stand up pin curl (or barrel curl) set looked like on me.
After washing my hair in the morning, I set my hair in stand-up pin curls, which probably took ten minutes (I guess I've been away from the mannikins long enough to get slightly rusty!). It took about 4 hours for my hair to be completely dry--during which time I cleaned my refrigerator, shoveled the driveway, painted my nails, and blogged. I practically became the 1950s housewife. Well, except for the internet.
I pulled out all the pins, ran my fingers through a couple times, patted down a few especially unruly curls, and ended up with this:
For reference, this is what my hair is looking like normally (no product, no styling) now that it's longer:
What do you think? I think what I mainly like about the pin curl style on me is that my hair looks much shorter, curlier, and has more volume...all of which I could achieve with a shorter haircut, too. I do think that the way it looked when I took the picture might have still been a bit "helmet-y", but that could be easily fixed by running my fingers through it a couple more times to make it more messy--and maybe I could add a bow. Bows make all hairstyles better.
I learned through this experiment that these pincurls are incredibly strong even without any product to assist them; they were still quite bouncy even after being slept on, I could probably make them last more than 2 days if I wanted...but I like the luxury of washing my hair frequently. Obviously, these couldn't be an everyday style because they take 10 minutes of work plus hours of drying time...but do you think the experiment's worth repeating, or should I stick to my natural style? Or do you have a different experiment to suggest?
Would you ever try a pin curl experiment on yourself?