How To Create Pin Curls on Thick Locs

Simple to do. Quick results. Comfortable to sleep in— my must-haves for a go-to style. Pin Curls are now one of my favorite go-to styles for my locs.

I love doing curly styles on my locs because they create volume, body and more texture with my hair. However, as my locs get longer and thicker I rarely want to spend 2+ hours under the dryer with rollers. Thankfully, Pin Curls don’t require the use of rollers to create curls with locs! All that is needed are hair pins and the right technique to get curly locs that last for weeks. And I say “the right technique” because often Pin Curls are confused with Bantu Knots, but they are NOT the same. In my latest video tutorial, “How To Create Pin Curls on Thick Locs“, I share with you how I create Pin Curls on my locs.

How to Create Pin Curls on Thick Locs

To create Pin Curls on locs, specifically thick locs, you will need to start with wet hair. You don’t need to retwist your hair but you can if you want to. You do need to start in the back row of locs first; never start in the front!

Pin Curls on Locs

To create the curl, you will meed to start from the ends of the locs and roll it towards the root. This is where the difference between Bantu Knots and Pin Curls exists. The Pin Curls need to stay flat against your head, whereas Bantu Knots are raised. Keep it close to the roots and secure with 1-2 hair pin(s). I like to go row by row so that in the end the pin curls lay together and I can wear them as a style once they’re dry.

pin curl locs with headband

Currently, I sit under the dryer for about 90 minutes and then sleep in the in Curls and hair pins. In the morning, I take the hair pins out and throw on a headband and rock the Pin Curls for the day. Then on day two, I shake them out and BAM— voluminous curls!

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What do you think of these Pin Curls?
Let me know in the comments if you would give this style a try!

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Jocelyn Reneé

Jocelyn Reneé is a Licensed Cosmetologist, Loctician and Textured Hair Educator. She was born and raised in the Washington DC area and is a graduate of the Aveda Institute Cosmetology Science program. With over 14 years in the Hair Care Industry, from Salon Assistant to Natural Hair Blogger to Professional; Jocelyn is passionate about cultivating healthy hair.

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Love them! And they look great on you. I have too many locs but I may give it a try.

Thank you for checking out my pin curls! Share a pic with me on Instagram when you try the curls— I would love to see!

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