Tutorial: Easy Vintage hair

Easy Vintage hair: how to make sock curls imitate pin curls

I’ve made my first YouTube tutorial. I’m feeling quite nervous about sharing it, so I hope you like it!

This past year I’ve got into vintage style as a hobby. I am too Sick to regularly use an authentic pin curl setting pattern and brushout and so I looked for an easier alternative. This tutorial is my adaptation of the sock curls technique to a vintage, mid twentieth century style. I usually do this in a couple of minutes in bed after a bath. It is really quick if you’re not filming it for a tutorial video!

It is also a heatless, lowtox method for creating great curls.

I mentioned that I’d give you a link for sugar water setting lotion. I basically use the same mix for setting lotion and hairspray (I can’t cope with the harsh chemicals from hairspray). This is the method I use Homemade Hairspray/Setting Lotion  (basically dissolve sugar in boiling water!).

Here are some examples of brushout tutorials I like. You can do the same after sock curls, though you may need to brush more gently:

Let me know in the comments section if you’d like to see a video of me cutting my own hair (potentially in 4 snips if I get it right). I have a couple of ideas on how to improve on my first go at something approximating a long middy home haircut. I also know how to do a Spoonie friendly 1 snip haircut.

Which aspects of staying presentable, or expressing your identity in your appearance, do you find too energy draining?

If you liked this post you will probably like:

Spoonie Pinup tips (if you’re a Spoonie and/or like vintage style)

Identity, disability and vintage style musings

Low toxin beauty tips


BTW I haven’t sussed out closed captions yet but I have a script I could share with you if you are hard of hearing or Deaf.


3 thoughts on “Tutorial: Easy Vintage hair

  1. I’d like to see the hair cutting too! I used to do it when I was a teen every now and again, but with longer hair now and joints that don’t quite move like they used to, I’m not quite sure how to cut the back of my hair (below shoulder length) without it all being lopsided. Loved this post as I adore the vintage hair look, but didn’t really have a clue how it would be done. Maybe one day I’ll have to find somewhere nice to visit and give this look a go myself! 🙂
    Caz x

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