Bridal Beauty

The Pin Curl Updo

April 23, 2012 in handmade and vintage goods

Katie Shelton

Katie Shelton is a mid-western dwelling fiber artist. She spends her days homeschooling her daughter, thrifting vintage treasures and taking bike rides through trails in the woods. Katie blogs about her life and plush-making business at her blog, Skunkboy Creatures.

Inspired by classic pin-ups and the glamor girls of Hollywood’s golden age, this easy updo has retro charm to spare. A few bobby pins, a pony tail holder, and a little shine spray are all you need to transform your do into something wedding-worthy.

This style works best for straight or textured long hair.


Bobby pins

Ponytail holder (preferably one in the same shade as your hair)

Shine spray or smoothing serum, depending on your hair texture

Step 1: Separate a large section of hair in the front on each side.

Step 2: Take the hair in the back and gather into a ponytail.

Step 3: Separate the ponytail into two sections and twist to the end.

Step 4: Take the twisted ponytail and wrap into a bun.

Step 5: Pin in place.

Step 6: Take the remaining front sections and roll a pin curl on either side (For more on styling pin curls, see a tutorial here).

The finished look is fit for walking down the aisle.

Tip: Use a bit of shine spray or smoothing serum to keep this look sleek all day!

Photos by JM Shelton.