Hairstyles, Hair Care & Fashion

The Warm Iron Pin Curl

How to create 1940s pin curls with the original warm iron technique.
  • 1940s hair with warm iron pin curls
  • 1940s hairstyle with pin curls
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The lovely soft waves in this hairstyle for the modern matron were created by the "Warm Iron Pin Curl" technique. This is a quick service, easily learned. The finished effect is similar to a croquignole marcel wave, yet the method is simple and speedy to execute. Since drying time is eliminated, a complete head can be turned out in less than an hour.
But in my shop we find the Warm Iron Pin Curl technique particularly useful for "lining up" or retracing a finger wave between the patron's regular appointments for a shampoo and set. Limp end curls and the draggy lines of an old wave can be retraced with the Warm iron to give it all the resiliency and freshness of a new wave in about 15 minutes! We get a good price for this service, and it has proved a popular one among my Patrons between their regular hairdressing appointments.
When a new style is to be created with the Warm Iron Pin Curl method, the final position of the curls on the head, as well as the directions in which they are to lie in the finished style, are planned in advance. The completed coiffure is visualized in advance and the hair is sectioned as carefully as in a finger wave. Before touching the iron to the hair, it must be determined whether the curls are to be directed upward or downward. Just as in forming wet pin curls with the fingers, the choice of direction is determined by the pattern desired in the finished coiffure and the various directions in which the curls and the waves are to be combed out.
In forming this type of curl, the most satisfactory results are obtained with a lukewarm iron. The iron should be just warm enough to place the curls securely. The technique is usually executed over a permanent wave, so too warm an iron would naturally not be used. Aside from the permanent wave factor, too warm an iron is likely to cause undesirable twists and grooves in the curls which would mar the soft finger wave effect.
Warm Iron Pin Curls may be successfully made in hair of any length and texture. The strands used to form the curls are about the same size as those taken for regular pin curs. The warm iron is used in exactly the same way as the fingers are used in forming a pin curl. Remember this and you will have no trouble with this technique!
To hold the iron correctly when forming curs in any direction, follow the position of the right hand which is clearly illustrated in Figures 2 and 7. Hold the iron so that the round curling prong is on the bottom. Grip the upper handle of the iron between the thumb and the index finger. Rest the lower handle of the iron between the tip of the middle finger (on the top of the handle) and the fourth and fifth fingers (under the handle).
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