Pin curls can be either "carved" and shaped flat to the head, or sectioned and placed 'on base" like tiny disks of hair. To make the pin curl, segment the wet and
product-laden hair with your comb and comb it into a ribbon. Using your fingers, shape the ribbon into a circular curl and overlap the hair as needed depending on the length of the hair.
Secure the completed curl disk with a pin or clip and continue to another segment. The segments you use can have any shape, and along the hairline, triangle-shaped
segments have the added benefit of blending more easily than any other segment in a dry style.
The results achievable depend on how flat to the head the curl was made, how large the curl was, and how long the hair was (and therefore how many times it overlapped itself).
The barrel curl is technically a pin curl, but is one that stands up and away from the head. It is anchored on the underside of the curl by a clip or pin, and results in
curls with more volume than regular pin curls. If it helps you to do so, think of the barrel curl as a roller set without the rollers.
Take your wet and product laden hair and segment it as you would to roll it on rollers. Instead of rollers, however, wrap the hair loosely around your finger. Once
it's completely wrapped, slide a clip or pin along the underside of the curl to grasp the hair and gently slide your finger free. It takes practice, but it can provide very pleasing
results. In fact, I know of one woman whose family is wild about camping. She loves these techniques because she can use them on family forays into the great outdoors
and not have to worry about what she's going to do with her hair.
Our demonstration style here shows all three of these techniques in use. We have three barrel curls at the fringe area, finger waves on the top, crown and upper nape of
the neck, and pin curls along the side and bottom of the hairstyle for added volume. You can see with the finished style that it looks like you've had all the usual tools at your disposal, but none were used.