Raw, adjective: 2. not having undergone processes of preparing, dressing, finishing, refining, or manufacture

I've rediscovered pin curls.

You know what I'm talking about. That vintage/retro look sported by stylish dames from the 1920s on, but particularly in the 1940s and 1950s. All those old photos of women with their curls wrapped up in a scarf and tied in a knot on top of their head? Yeah. They were waiting for their pin curls to dry.

A mother of a friend taught me how to do these on my own [boring, straight, thin, mousy] hair back in like 1995 on some dance line trip, and since then, I've fallen back on the natural boingy-boing method for theater productions and costuming. It's amazing what you can do with just a little damp hair, a few bobby pins, and a couple of hours.

Last week I was headed to a show and wanted something wild(er), so I grabbed my box o' pins and wrapped up my limp hair. Within an hour: immediate personality! Have been doing pin curls nearly every day since. And it's ever-so-much more fun than the usual blah crap.

Google it up for any number of instructions on how to do pin curls; they're incredibly easy, much easier than any of the directions would have you believe. And then revel in shaking out your Rita Hayworth vintage movie star curls. They'll last all day.


Jess(ica) said…
I love pin curls too, but my stick-straight, super-thick doesn't cooperate. Maybe I'll try again though. :)

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