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How to Curl Hair with Bobby Pins
Curling your hair with bobby pins is an easy to do. There are many heat-free ways to create curly hairstyles for both short and long hair. All you need is your fingers and some bobby pins! Simply divide your hair into small sections, wrap your hair around your finger, and pin your curl at your roots. Leave the pins in overnight to create effortless, gorgeous curls with any hair type.
Making Your Curls
Create your curls after applying smoothing products to damp hair.For best results, make your curls when your hair is damp. This will help set your curls and make them last longer. If you usually apply products like leave-in conditioner or silking serums, apply a dime or quarter-size amount of your products to damp hair before you make your curls.
- For instance, make your curls as soon as you get out of the shower.
Place one finger at the end of a 1–2 in (2.5–5.1 cm) wide section of hair.When you are first learning this technique, start at the top so you can easily see your curls as you make them. Grab a section of hair towards the top of your head, and brush through the section from root to tip using either your fingers or a comb. Then, pull your hair taut and place your index finger on your dominant hand at the end of your hair.
- If you want to create larger curls, use bigger sections of hair.
- If you want to make tighter, smaller curls, use smaller sections of hair.
- Use your dominant hand to create your curls, and use your non-dominant hand to help guide your hair.
Wrap your hair around your finger until you reach the roots.To start your curl, grab a section of hair and twirl it hair around your finger 2-3 times to secure the ends. Pinch the end of your hair between your thumb and index finger. Then, hold your hair 2–3 in (5.1–7.6 cm) from the bottom with your non-dominant hand, and spin your finger clockwise so your hair tightly twists around it. Adjust your non-dominant hand as you go so it remains about 2–3 in (5.1–7.6 cm) from the end of your hair.
- Be sure there is no space in between your finger and your hair.
- Your non-dominant hand acts as an anchor to keep your hair straight and taut as you spin your hair.
- If you are having trouble wrapping short hair around your finger, use a pen, marker, or mascara tube instead! This still creates the same basic curl shape, though it may be easier to wrap your hair around another object rather than your finger. Use an object that you can wrap your hair around at least 2 times.
- The length of your hair will determine how many times you're able to wrap it. The shorter your hair, the fewer wraps you'll be able to accomplish.
Slide your finger out and secure your curl at your roots with a bobby pin.Hold your curl at your scalp with your non-dominant hand, and carefully slide your finger out of your curl. Once your finger is free from your curl, grab a bobby pin with your dominant hand, and slide it through your hair as close to your roots as you can get. Position your bobby pin around your curl and the hair at your roots to secure it to your scalp.
- This creates soft, ringlet curls over all of your head.
Pin your curls down flat if you want a finger wave style.If you want a 1920s-inspired finger wave look, pin your curls flat against your roots. To do this, slide off your curl, and pin your hair across the middle of your curl so it lays flat.
- Instead of voluminous curls, you will get a subtle, vintage wave hairstyle.
Repeat this until all of the hair is pinned in place.Locate another section of hair about 1–2 in (2.5–5.1 cm) wide directly under your first pinned curl, and make your next curl directly underneath. Continue twisting small sections of hair around your finger and pinning them in place until all of your hair is styled. Make your next section immediately underneath the one before it.
- Once you finish the top section on one side, move to the top section on the other side. Then, repeat on the bottom sections on both sides until all your hair is pinned in place.
Spray all your hair with hair spray to set your curls.When all of your hair is pinned to your scalp, apply hair spray across all of your hair to help the curls stay in place. You only need a light coating!
- Hairspray helps keep your hair in a curled shape, helpful when creating gorgeous ringlets.
Finishing the Look
Wrap your hair in silk and let your curls set for 12-15 hours.For best results, let your curls set overnight. Place a silk cap over your head to protect your curls. Secure the cap around the back of your head, then pull it over the top of your head until you reach your hairline. This is an easy way to keep your hair protected as it air dries. Let your hair set for 12-15 hours before you take out your pins.
- Alternatively, you can wrap your hair in a silk scarf if you do not have a cap. Simply place a silk scarf across the top of your head. Gather the ends of the scarf at the back of your head, and secure the scarf with 2 knots to keep it in place. Pull the ends of the scarf across your forehead and tuck them underneath the scarf near your eyebrow.
- Make sure the scarf is secure, but avoid tying it too tight. A tight scarf could flatten your curls.
Slide the bobby pins off 1 at a time, starting at the back.Start at the back of your hair so your curls don't get tangled. To remove the bobby pin, simply slide it away from your curl and remove it with your fingers. Continue removing your pins from the back, sides, and top of your head until they are all out.
- Starting from the back also helps you keep track of how many pins you still have left so you don’t get overwhelmed.
Tousle your hair in your hands to create natural-looking curls.Once your bobby pins are all removed, put your hands in your hair at your scalp, and wiggle them back and forth to shake out your curls. This creates a natural look and lets your curls take their shape.
- In addition, you can separate larger sections of curls to create multiple, smaller curls. Simply lift your curl up and divide it in half.
Comb your hair on top if you want a wavy look.Comb your hair starting at your hairline, and move your comb from your hair when you reach about half way down. This helps smooth out your hair while still keeping the curls at the end.
- This is a great option if you want a vintage, wavy style, rather than a kinky, curly look.
- You can use either a medium- or wide-tooth comb.
Tease the bottom of your hair if you want to create fullness and volume.Locate the under layers of your hair, and comb about 2–3 in (5.1–7.6 cm) of your hair towards your scalp about 3 times. This creates a glamorous, elegant look great for professional or nighttime events.
- Additionally, tease your hair about half way from the ends to give a full-bodied look, or tease your roots if you want a little extra lift.
- For best results, tease your hair with a fine-tooth comb.
Spray a light coating of hair spray so the curls last all day.After your curls are positioned how you like, spray a light layer of hairspray over your hair to keep your curls defined all day long.
QuestionI don't have those bobby pins mine are smaller. How will I do it?
Licensed CosmetologistLicensed CosmetologistExpert AnswerSince you have smaller bobby pins, it would be best for you to curl your hair in smaller sections. Instead of using sections that are 1-2 in. wide, your sections should be no larger than 1 inch wide by 1 inch long for best results. If you try to use larger sections, your hair will seep out of the bobby pins creating uneven curls.Thanks!
QuestionWhat should I do if I have short hair?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry dividing your hair into smaller/thinner sections. Your hair will look cute and fluffy.Thanks!
QuestionI have really thick hair that never holds a curl. Will these methods still work for me?Ayyat KhurramCommunity AnswerTry using a hairspray after curling your hair to hold it.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use a hairdryer to speed up the drying process?Ayyat KhurramCommunity AnswerYes, you can.Thanks!
QuestionI have super thin, flat hair that won't stay up with just bobby pins. What other tools would make sure my hair doesn't fall while its drying?Karley SnyderCommunity AnswerAfter you pin your curls, wrap your hair in a silk cap or scarf, and let the curls sit for at least 12 hours. This should help create curls, even if your hair is thin and flat. In addition, you can try using a leave-in conditioner before you make your curls to help create shape.Thanks!
QuestionI have short hair and don't want curls. I want like an "S" wave like they had in the flapper days. Can you help?Karley SnyderCommunity AnswerSurely! Instead of pinning your curls up, lay down the curl and pin through it to create more of a wave rather than a curl. This makes more of the "S" wave instead of ringlet curls.Thanks!
QuestionIf you use a hairdryer to speed up the process while the hair is in pin curls, how long would it take for long hair?Karley SnyderCommunity AnswerThe amount of time your hair needs to set depends on your hair texture. With long hair, your hair should easily curl in 30-45 minutes, but for best results, leave your hair curled overnight. You can use a blow dryer on medium heat for 1-5 minutes to help speed up the process.Thanks!
QuestionI have medium length hair, is there a way I can make it a bit wavier instead of curly?Karley SnyderCommunity AnswerAbsolutely! You can either pin your curls so they lay flat, or you can brush out your curls after you unpin them. This creates waves rather than tight, kinky curls.Thanks!
To curl your hair with bobby pins, start with damp hair and separate out a 1 to 2 inch wide section of your hair toward the top of your head, brushing it from root to tip. You can use bigger or smaller sections of hair to make larger or smaller curls! Pull that hair taut and put your index finger at the end. Spin your finger clockwise to twist the hair to the root. Then slide your finger out and stick a bobby pin in, securing the curl to the roots of your hair. Do your whole head, put a little hairspray on, and give it 12-15 hours to set.
Things You’ll Need
Box of bobby pins
Silk cap (optional)
- To easily see your bobby pins, choose a bright color like pink or blue rather than a natural color.
- Use small bobby pins if you have thin hair, and use jumbo-sized bobby pins if you have thick hair.
- Don’t be discouraged if your curls don’t come out perfectly the first time! It may take a couple tries before you nail the look. If your curls come out wonky, you can touch them up with a curling iron.
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