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Creating Waves With Pin Curls

While straight hair has been very stylish, this is the time of year that you may be getting a bit bored with the sleek look. It is easy to update your medium to long straight hair with the new, natural look of loose waves. This style will take from fifteen to thirty minutes, depending on the thickness of your hair. It is created with bobby pins and a flat iron.

Dry your hair straight without the use of a flat iron unless you need it to smooth out frizz.
Take a one or two-inch square section of hair and spray it with a very light mist of spray gel or setting lotion. Use just enough of the product to slightly dampen your hair. You will want it to dry quickly. Roll the piece of hair into a pin curl. The size is up to you according to how much wave you prefer and how easily your hair curls. Larger sections create larger, looser waves. However if your hair is difficult to curl or loses its curl easily, you may want to use smaller sections. You may create more curl at first but it will loosen throughout the day.
To create a pin curl, wrap the strand around your finger. With the other hand, carefully slide the curl off your finger and insert a bobby pin over the curl to hold it. Unlike the pin curls of the fifties, these are not pinned down, flat to your head. The new pin curls stand away from the head. They are loose, leaving room to heat each one with the flat iron.

Clamp your flat iron over the pin curl just long enough to heat the hair. Repeat the process until all of your hair is in the pin curls and is heated with the iron. Allow all the curls to cool and make sure they are completely dry. Take your time removing the bobby pins; being careful not to drag the curl out. When all the pins are removed, run your fingers though the curls to loosen and arrange them.

You can use this method to curl short hair, too. Simply use smaller sections to create a style of tosseled loose curls.

To finish the curls, apply a small amount of hair wax or hair crème to the palms of your hands. Rub your hands together to distribute the product and then run your fingers through your hair. This will separate and shine each curl. Finish your style by spraying it with flexible hold hair spray and you are ready for a party, prom, wedding reception or just a fun day of shopping.


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