The Random Writings of Rachel: A Hair Experiment: Pin Curls

A Hair Experiment: Pin Curls

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?

23 comments:

  1. I love the pin curls! The curls are more defined.

    I wish it only too me 10 minutes to put my hair in pin curls. More like 30, then add on the drying time.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  2. my hair doesn't seem to take curl at all for longer than a couple minutes. i tried that no heat curl a few years ago, where you twist your hair around a headband and sleep with it in. it looked awesome for a minute and then went flat. :)

    i love the pin curls on you. i don't know. it just looks....fun on you.

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  3. I love it!! I am also incredibly jealous because my hair doing skills include pony tails and that is about it!!

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  4. Your hair looks really pretty with the pin curls! I've finally mastered using a flat iron to curl my hair but it's not the quickest either. Sometimes I use the no heat headband curl method (google it for a tutorial) which is really easy but takes minimum 2 hours to set.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
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  5. It looks so good in the pin curls!!! You look the wife on homeland!!!!! So pretty!

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  6. Wow your hair is getting long! I love how these turned out on you. They also make the blue stand out more.

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  7. I love the much longer version on you. Actually I think there is now more volume to it.

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  8. The growing out period is tough but you can do it! I love the pin curls, they look so super cute on you :)

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  9. I am so impressed that you did that yourself. I'm thinking I should have married somebody in the hairstyling field rather than a chemist because I can not do anything fancy with my own hair. (chemists just analyse food labels and pill boxes)
    Anyway, I think it looks great on you! 50's-Housewife-Rachel rocks!

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  10. "Helmet-y" haha! The pincurls are darling. That in-between phase is hard but hang in there and keep getting creative. I recently grew my hair out after 15 years of having it short and I'm having lots of fun with new styles. ~Ann
    Tarnished Royalty

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  11. The bouncy curls are so cute! I love it :)

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  12. I did an experiment one time wrapping my hair around a headband....You can see the twitpic here...https://twitter.com/Hillary_AWAL/status/291189929973780480 But my hair is quite a bit longer than yours ;)

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  13. Ooh! I love the pin curls. I think maybe making it a little more messy would be cool. And I am an advocate for washing your hair less so I think you should do it on days n when you don't have anywhere to go then sleep on it and be set for the next 2 or 3 days. Anyway, I love it!

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  14. your hair is gorgeous! I love the pin curls, and totally want to try it myself. I also love how it folds the color in your hair in a swoosh :P

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  15. I love the curls, too! I think it's a great look for you. Do you ever flat iron it?

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    1. Once in a blue moon--my hair seems to prefer being fluffy and I tend to think it looks more "boring" straight--here's one post where I had it straightened: http://www.therandomwritings.com/2012/11/5-minute-costume.html

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  16. It looks cute! But if you could achieve the same look with a shorter haircut that might do the trick too. BUT also doing the pin curls gives you more options to keep it longer AND have the short, curly look you sometimes want. I've been seriously thinking about a chop for my hair as well, it's driving me bonkers.

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  17. I love this look on you... you pull it off so well! My hair is probably too long for it. :(

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  18. I really like the pin curls! Its super pretty. I am trying to grow my hair out too at the moment and its at an annoying length too, pin curls may be the solution, will try it out :)

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  19. Loving your hair! are you gonna grow it out even longer? :) by the way, I know I've been MIA - I've been so busy doing work stuff at the church so my buddy and I decided to blog about it - it's twomediagirlsblog.com - come say hi (it's a wordpress blog though so you'll have to follow us via bloglovin i think…)

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  20. I love the pin curls! It looks absolutely perfect on you. And if it only took 10 minutes, it could easily be a daily activity!

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