Friday, August 31, 2012

Tin Foil Curls, Myth Foiled or Fantastic?

Em here, so this is one of our own, I saw this pin and was instantly skeptical. I am a cosmetologist, and while I can see how one might say "Hey that would probably work", I really didn't expect the results I got when I tested this pin out on my good buddy Camille (and a total babe, seriously check her out, great hair, simply fabulous...you rock, thanks Mille!). Here is our adventure!

The Original

Sweet right? A little time intensive but the results are stunning, and well this girl must have hair for miles because even after the ringlets are finished her hair is down to the mid almost bottom of her back, gorgeous. So seeing this I thought there is no way this wasn't touched up, and well let's see how ours turned out!

The Pinstrosity Test

Here's where we started, it's a little dark and hard to tell (I am NOT tech savvy enough to lighten this, so sorry), but her hair has a little wave, and it to the middle of her back, pretty thick and has some layers, just so we all know where we are starting from.


I started at the bottom and made sections about and inch wide across the entire bottom. This is where you coil the one inch by one inch squares around two fingers (the picture shows one finger but just stick with me here I'll get to that), and fold nice and tight into it's own little tin foil packet. I  just worked my way up, in a horse shoe as I got to the top, if that makes sense. I chose to do a side part so I worked around that once I got to the top.


Here is her head all wrapped, it took me about half an hour. This is where you then take each tin foil piece and press it with a flat iron (be careful the packets get REALLY hot), I pressed each packet for about 5-7 seconds each.

When they are all finished make sure they are all cooled, and start unwrapping from the bottom and work your way up.

Here is what Camille's hair looked like RIGHT out of the foil, no touch ups, no combing, nothin'.

 I know it's not the greatest picture, but you get the idea, it is VOLUPTUOUS! I love this method now! There were a few pieces that I either missed or didn't heat long enough, so I touched those up and here is the final result!


Beautiful! I will mention one thing to make sure your curls are all the same size, use two fingers when wrapping on ALL pieces. I made the mistake of using one finger for a few (and she would have looked like Shirley Temple with bouncing curls up to her chin if I had done that all the way around) and it was WAY too curly, so keep that in mind (unless that is the look you are going for of course). With that said, you would probably be able to use three fingers for a looser curl as well, I will have to experiment!

So Pinterest Myth Busted! This look is totally feasible without touch ups with a little practice. I love this method, while a little time consuming the results are breath taking, a new take on an old look! Happy Labor Day Weekend everyone!

**Update**
Here is her hair the next day, after sleeping on it, and running, no touch ups here, this still looks fantastic! Thanks Mille!
                                          -Emilee 

32 comments:

  1. Wow!!! That came out pretty darn good!!!!! Thanks for sharing!! I may have to try this!!

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  2. I'm so glad this worked! I was hoping

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  3. It's awesome! I peer pressured a friend into trying this out the other day, and it turned out great on her too!! Love!!!

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  4. That looks really great! May I ask how long the curl stayed in her hair? Did it last all day?

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  5. This is good to know. This pin turned out pretty good. I am going to pin it!!
    Thanks!

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  6. So pretty! I'll have to remember this, I'm horrible with a curling iron.

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  7. This sounds great, a couple things that might help, if you have really fine hair, and are having trouble keeping the shape if the curl, you can use a bobby pin to secure the curl and keep it 'round', also, if you do this while hair is a touch damp, and spray with hair spray for 'hold' before foiling, the steamed hair will hold a little better, and the spray will help for a longer hold.

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    1. very bad to heat hair up that is wet. will damage a tonne. protect your hair, yours truly --hairstylist

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  8. Surprised I am. I was just sure this would be a horrible pinstrosity!

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  9. Ahhh, awesome! This looks like a DIY version of the Top Styler "C shells" curling system (which works amazing, by the way!) I have to try this- I looove my friend's Top Styler so much, but I'm a little broke right now! I wonder if you can make a "wavier" look with the DIY system as well?

    http://www.topstyler.com/

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  10. That is great! Now to see if I am talented enough to do it to myself........

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  11. Holy moly! I wish I had long hair to do this!

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  12. Wow!!! I wish I could be a test subject for this =)

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  13. We did this in beauty school. You can also put the foil around the straight hair without coiling it and then roll the foil up. (A little easier to do to yourself) or accordion fold it to make a crimp.

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  14. Im confused...you wrap the hair around your fingers first....and then wrap it in a tin foil shell?

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  15. I'm confused too... I don't see exactly what happens between the hair being wrapped around the finger and then being inside foil...

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  16. @confused
    pull your fingers out of the ring of hair, being careful to maintain the ring of hair. Hold the ring and put it onto the foil (still holding the ring) and lay the ring sort of flat onto the foil (like a six) and fold the foil up and around the hair. The foil keeps the hair in a six-like shape while you use the flattener on it.

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  17. does your hair have to be wet or dry

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  18. Going to "test" this this weekend and possibly use for my daughters hair do for Homecoming in October.

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  19. I tried it and it came out great. My niece was really happy with the results.

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  20. my cousin has hard to curl hair and im using it on her for homecoming...it will last longer through her cheer leading in it and walking in the homecoming court

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  21. i love it it really works just time consuming

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  22. I just finished curling my hair with a curling iron when I saw this..I can't t wait to try it!!!

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  23. So, you don't actually need the tin foil to do this (at least I didn't). Just wrap the section of hair around your fingers and immediately press with the flat iron. Move the curled hair aside and go on to the next section until you're done. I did this method and mine looked very similar to the original pin's picture.

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  24. And why are we all waisting tin-foil when a curling iron or rollers will do the same thing in the same or less time? It looks great, i just dont get all the extra effort.

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    1. Some people don't curl their hair often enough to spend the money on a curling iron or rollers.

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    2. Curling irons don't hold a curl in my hair. It falls before it has time to cool. I'm hoping this method will allow it to cool before the weight of my hair pulls it out.

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  25. Came out looking like Shirley Temple/bad 80s fro! Fun to try but definitely not worth the time nor effort. Wish it did look like the picture!

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  26. Bless my naturally curly hair because I don't understand any of this!

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  27. Did not think it would work! It looks great! May I also add that Camille is beautiful! :)

    xoxo cristinaa

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  28. How Long Does This Last? And If You Want To Sleep With It Do YOu HAve To Wrap It Up?

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  29. Trying this on my 9 yr old daughter for her first day of 4th grade

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