Celia and the return of the pin

I remember in the 1990s all the girls (and some really brave boys) would decorate their hairstyles with hairpins. The list includes every popstar, indie singer, actress, artist, club kid or fashion person who was someone back then, plus all my friends. The September issue of British Vogue featured a really interesting piece on hairpins by Jo Ellison. So, the pin has made a comeback. I decided to do three different hairstyles with pins and Marina Stat did three make-up looks. For Celia’s first look I was inspired by the hair at the Cacharel a/w 2012 show. I just decided to use gold pins instead of wildly coloured ones, in order to accentuate the honey blond colour I’ve been giving her for some time. I also did some waves to give it a more prominent vintage/romantic feel. I used a lot of pins at the back too and avoided the simple bun, so the final result looks more like a 1920s wavy bob.

Backstage at the Cacharel a/w 2012 rtw show (couldn’t find photo credit for this picture).

For the second look I went for pin-curls to decorate this half-up bohemian hairdo. The rest of the hair I waved slightly, to give it a natural and carefree feel. Pin-curls were really popular between 1920’s and 1960’s, when a lot of women did them on wet hair and waited for them to dry in order to style their hair. The pin-curl here is not something you do at home while wearing your nightgown, worrying cause your husband sees you like this. It’s something you feel proud of having on your head,  like any other ornament used to beautify your hairstyle.

an example of how women used to do pin-curls to style their hair.

The inspiration behind the third look is simply the undercut. I’ve written countless times  about how an undercut is going to be a hell of a fuss to grow out again. I used gel to mimic it in my previous post. This time it’s pins. Mind you, you don’t have to colour co-ordinate your pins with the colour of your hair, as a striking contrast can have a striking effect as well. This look is more on the wild side, hence Celia’s wearing leather.


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