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neko_kawaii
February 1st, 2017, 09:53 PM
This one comes from Arctic (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/entry.php?b=128448). It is a heatless curling method using a ponytail base.

Arctic
February 2nd, 2017, 06:25 AM
Ooh, it's so fun to see my tutorial as a hairstyle of the month! I hope you all have great success with it!

***
I was able to repeat the heatless curls with satisfactory results, so here's a tutorial how I made them! But first photos of today's curls! These are taken about 4 hours after taking down the curlers (including few pops outdoors to a rainy, wet weather). My previous results can be seen in THIS (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/entry.php?b=128425)blog post - I think I seperated the curl clumps more into smaller clumps today than on the previous time. I believe this method will become my new favourite!

ETA: I will call them Arctic's Heartless Curls, courtesy of someone's typo *insert heart here* (Sorry I forgot who you were and I think you didn't notice it yourself. In any case, thank you for the name idea!)


https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4777/40044517394_063f652b7c_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/241ABTG)
20170108 006-muoks-sm-arctic (https://flic.kr/p/241ABTG) by LingonberryMist (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lingonberrymist/), on Flickr



https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4771/38944183360_d122318445_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/22kn7Vf)
20170110 042-muoks.sm-arctic (https://flic.kr/p/22kn7Vf) by LingonberryMist (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lingonberrymist/), on Flickr





This method has worked me really well:

- it controls my double crown, unlike most other heatless curl methods
- it's comfortable to sleep in, regardless of position
- it minimised that ugly "ridge" I get if I make cinnabun waves (the ridge forms at the spot where I start to twist the cinnabun). I get hardly any ponytail marks either
- it has a flattering straight to curl ratio (I don't look so good if my curls start near the roots)
- this is hair friendly - no elastics or damaging pins

- SUPPLIES NEEDED: spin pins and bendy stick curlers, possibly a bandanna scarf (other types of curlers can work too but they might not be as comfortable to sleep in)
- Disclamer: I have no idea how this would work on longer or thicker hair than mine



TUTORIAL

- I start with dry hair, but just before I begin I run my wetted hands (water and little watered down conditioner) through my hair, so it's the slightest bit damp.
- I gather my well detangled hair into a ponytail (no securing it with elastics!!!) at the crown of my head, right on top of my double crown cowlicks

(And there's a typo! "Crown", it should read! Although in all honestly that's the top of the head not crown, ha ha! Sorry about that!)

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4784/40711856832_4c319573f3_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/252yUE5)
20170108 003 (https://flic.kr/p/252yUE5) by LingonberryMist (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lingonberrymist/), on Flickr


- I neatly section off one piece, making it small enough to curl well and big enough to become a sturdy base for a ponytail (thus far I have used hair growing at the front of my head for this, because it will contain my face framing layers well that way)

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4785/40754560211_e9f765aeee_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/256kLTe)
20170108 002 (https://flic.kr/p/256kLTe) by LingonberryMist (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lingonberrymist/), on Flickr


- I wrap that section around the base of the ponytail, tucking the ends carefully under it - this is my first "roller"

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4800/26883926008_0f742ef877_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/GXD9zE)
20170108 006 (https://flic.kr/p/GXD9zE) by LingonberryMist (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lingonberrymist/), on Flickr


- I secure the section/ponytail with 2 spin pins. With my thickness (and no mini sized spin pins available) the pins will show, but it doesn't matter because I use this while I sleep

- BONUS TIP FOR THICK HAIR: If your ponytail is thick enough to cover 2 spin pins, you can stop here and use this method to elastics free ponytail!

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4800/26883926008_0f742ef877_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/GXD9zE)
20170108 006 (https://flic.kr/p/GXD9zE) by LingonberryMist (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lingonberrymist/), on Flickr


- I then seperate the well detangled ponytail into manageable/curlable sections. This varies wildly with ones thickness, I have found 4 sections seems to be just right for me (in these images there are 3 sections)

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4788/40754560131_38a35145fe_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/256kLRR)
20170108 005 (https://flic.kr/p/256kLRR) by LingonberryMist (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lingonberrymist/), on Flickr


- I wrap each section, one by one, on a bendy stick curler, as close to the base as possible. The bendy rollers take only little room, and the end result is quite compact
- by keeping the ends as smooth as possible I can affect a lot how the end results look, so it's good to be very careful with the ends and try to get them as smooth in there as possible

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4794/39859976545_63bb2333de_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/23JhNjV)
20170108 004 (https://flic.kr/p/23JhNjV) by LingonberryMist (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lingonberrymist/), on Flickr


- Then I add a folded bandanna (rockabilly style) around my head. and go to sleep. These are very comfy to wear and to sleep with because they are light and compact, and the placement allows me to sleep in any position I like, and the curls/hair stays neat and tidy

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4800/26883926458_edcb45af93_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/GXD9Hq)
20170108 001 (https://flic.kr/p/GXD9Hq) by LingonberryMist (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lingonberrymist/), on Flickr


- in the morning I take down the scarf and the curlers, fluff my roots a bit, seperate the big curly clumps into smaller clumps with my fingers, and ta-da! (my hair has completely dried from that little moisture I added by morning)
- naturally the curl relaxes with time. For example today I started with shoulder length curls and in 3-4 hours I had the photographed wurls. The curls stay pretty well for me, I still have deep waves with some lazy spiralling in the evening.

- the only downside is, that I have noticed, is that with my hair length (APL) the hair that grows near the nape won't get much curls because of the pony placement, and these sections remain straighter/longer - but it isn't a big problem for me and while the curl on the rest of my hair relaxes the problems goes away. I could remedy this, I think, by not including this section into ponytail, but making one or two flat pincurls under the scarf . I doubt this would make sleeping more uncomfortable.

lapushka
February 2nd, 2017, 08:39 AM
Cutely explained too! :thumbsup: My hair is too thick and long for this, but it's a great tutorial idea for those growing shorter lengths out, IMO.

MsPharaohMoan
February 2nd, 2017, 12:10 PM
Hmm I thought you were going to wrap all sections around the base. This doesn't leave elastic bumps you say? Hmmm

stachelbeere
February 2nd, 2017, 12:21 PM
amazing! I'm down to try them on my head but I left my foam curlers behind while moving... I'll think of alternatives.

MsPharoahMoan - I had the exact same thought about the wrapping all sections around base thing!

Groovy Granny
February 2nd, 2017, 12:35 PM
This was my 'go to set' after a shampoo back in the (19)60's with my WL+ hair, or anytime I needed a bit of curl/lift.
Back then I used SOUP CANS :rollin:
Now I would use big rollers; but only for very special occasions.
Not even sure if they would work on WL/Hip length :hmm:
Next time I will give this a try :thumbsup:
Your hair is beautiful Arctic ....and love the pup pic; thanks for bringing this back :)

Sarahlabyrinth
February 2nd, 2017, 01:26 PM
I think my hair might be too long and too much of a tangle risk to try this, but it does look great!

hayheadsbird
February 2nd, 2017, 05:00 PM
Did it!
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y216/hayheadsbird/Mobile%20Uploads/0ABABBB6-77F4-4346-8BDF-7FABEDCB768C_zpslryugv5a.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/hayheadsbird/media/Mobile%20Uploads/0ABABBB6-77F4-4346-8BDF-7FABEDCB768C_zpslryugv5a.jpg.html)

This time lasted longer than the first attempt, two spin pins crossed gave more support, next time I'll use regular instead of mini ones though.
Because I set this up a few hours before going to bed I didn't actually sleep in it. By bed time it had worked it's way loose enough it was starting to pull. This was prob a good thing for getting photos though as I would never have had time in the morning anyway!
I think it would have been fine to sleep in though, I'll give it another try on a weekend so I can see how long they last.

bparnell75
February 2nd, 2017, 05:20 PM
Since I never wear my hair down, what would I do with the curls. Maybe a half made bun with waterfall curls?? nah..no good on a 75 year old. But enjoy all you younger, thick haired. BSL girls.=)

Groovy Granny
February 2nd, 2017, 06:56 PM
Since I never wear my hair down, what would I do with the curls. Maybe a half made bun with waterfall curls?? nah..no good on a 75 year old. But enjoy all you younger, thick haired. BSL girls.=)

Never say never.... it may open up new style options for you :shrug:

As an older woman I enjoy wearing my hair down....and I am almost at Hip.

My styles are 'seasonal'....in warm weather I do prefer it up off my neck in buns; in the cold I like it down in some fashion.
In Summer I have humidity curl explosions contained in banana clips and ponytails or barrettes at times.

My silver is very fine and wispy, and if it is down it must be contained in a half up, barrette, or ponytail or it is wild and in the way.
Gone are the days of the 60's when I just parted it and went about my business; now it won't even stay tucked behind my ear lol

Maybe you were referring to the condition of your hair and not liking it down?
But then again, you did say
nah..no good on a 75 year old. But enjoy all you younger, thick haired. BSL girls.=)

I don't think most styles are age related, especially just grouping buns vs down.
If that was the case then the younger gals are too young to wear your 'older lady buns' :wink: but I wouldn't wear pigtails lol

In the end personal preference does win out for each person, but let's not generally limit styles according to age.

PixieP
February 3rd, 2017, 07:59 AM
Ooh I'll need to try this! I've done similar things before, but with and elastic that leaves a bump and messes up the curls when taking it out.

Arctic
February 3rd, 2017, 01:35 PM
Cutely explained too! :thumbsup: My hair is too thick and long for this, but it's a great tutorial idea for those growing shorter lengths out, IMO.

Thanks! I love the drawing app on my mobile! Yes I imagine this being more suitable for shorter hair. :)



Hmm I thought you were going to wrap all sections around the base. This doesn't leave elastic bumps you say? Hmmm

Wrapping them all around the base, hmm why not, though maybe would be better then to wrap the whole pony at once and make Arctic's Hairfriendly Fan Bun! :D

I would lie if I'd say this doesn't leave any kind of intentation where the ponytail has been, but it's very very softly curving, shallow, weak and minimal, and smoothes out in a short time (after an hour I can't see any marks at all). Where-as a elastic would leave a sharp indentation that would have lot of staying power, and for example cinnabuns leave an ugly, deep ridge when taken down. So comparing to those this method is practically dent/ridge-free on me. I guess the wrapped hair + spin pin combo is so soft and wide and has lot of surface area with no sharp tension spots and has more air between strands than if elastics would be used, or something.

I hope it works for you as well as for me, if you'll try it!



amazing! I'm down to try them on my head but I left my foam curlers behind while moving... I'll think of alternatives.

MsPharoahMoan - I had the exact same thought about the wrapping all sections around base thing!

Thanks! Someone used standing pin curls (barrel curls) with nice results, maybe you could try that if you have bobby pins!



This was my 'go to set' after a shampoo back in the (19)60's with my WL+ hair, or anytime I needed a bit of curl/lift.
Back then I used SOUP CANS :rollin:
Now I would use big rollers; but only for very special occasions.
Not even sure if they would work on WL/Hip length :hmm:
Next time I will give this a try :thumbsup:
Your hair is beautiful Arctic ....and love the pup pic; thanks for bringing this back :)

That's so cool you had a similar method on use then! Yes I was aware that this tutorial is based on something that was before, my own spin (no pun intended!) are the spin pins to hold the pony for (practically) ridge-free finish! I knew the ponytail placement from before, I had seen a curling wand tutorial where the person used ponytail on top of the head, divided it into couple of sections and curled them each. Then the pony was taken down and beautiful curls were the result. Ten times faster than the normal method with curling wand. And bendy rollers are of course not new. I've seen photos of the soda can curlers, pretty impressive! I guess you didn't sleep with them? :D

I hope this method works for you if you decide to try it out! And thank you for the compliments!



I think my hair might be too long and too much of a tangle risk to try this, but it does look great!

Thank you! Yes I can imagine your hair is both too long and too thick - a setting method that is compact and comfy to sleep on for me would break your neck if you'd try to sleep with curlers put in like this!

Maybe if the hair is long enough to stay over the pillow and person is a restful sleeper, maybe bendy rollers would be fine to use on the midlength to ends while sleeping - they could maybe stay tidily there over the pillow, and in the morning there would be nice curls!



Did it!
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y216/hayheadsbird/Mobile%20Uploads/0ABABBB6-77F4-4346-8BDF-7FABEDCB768C_zpslryugv5a.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/hayheadsbird/media/Mobile%20Uploads/0ABABBB6-77F4-4346-8BDF-7FABEDCB768C_zpslryugv5a.jpg.html)

This time lasted longer than the first attempt, two spin pins crossed gave more support, next time I'll use regular instead of mini ones though.
Because I set this up a few hours before going to bed I didn't actually sleep in it. By bed time it had worked it's way loose enough it was starting to pull. This was prob a good thing for getting photos though as I would never have had time in the morning anyway!
I think it would have been fine to sleep in though, I'll give it another try on a weekend so I can see how long they last.

Looks fabulous! I've never tried the mini spin pins because they are not available here, but the normal sized ones give me nice sturdy support. I tend to put the curlers on very close to the time I go to sleep, but I am a restless sleeper and they stay very well! Something like hair/bun net over the curlers might make the whole thing even more secure.



Since I never wear my hair down, what would I do with the curls. Maybe a half made bun with waterfall curls?? nah..no good on a 75 year old. But enjoy all you younger, thick haired. BSL girls.=)

You wear you hair in a way that makes you feel good about yourself, that's the most important thing! :flower: (Although I agree with GG, most styles are not tied to age, I dn't think 75 is too old to wear hair down and curled, if the person wants to and likes how it looks!)



Ooh I'll need to try this! I've done similar things before, but with and elastic that leaves a bump and messes up the curls when taking it out.

Oh yes, that's another bad point elastics have. This one doesn't mess the curls! I hope it works for you!


***

I did these over night again, and enjoyed lovely curls today! I took a photo, but am pressed with tons to do so posting it will have to wait!

Groovy Granny
February 3rd, 2017, 01:48 PM
That's so cool you had a similar method on use then! Yes I was aware that this tutorial is based on something that was before, my own spin (no pun intended!) are the spin pins to hold the pony for (practically) ridge-free finish! I knew the ponytail placement from before, I had seen a curling wand tutorial where the person used ponytail on top of the head, divided it into couple of sections and curled them each. Then the pony was taken down and beautiful curls were the result. Ten times faster than the normal method with curling wand. And bendy rollers are of course not new. I've seen photos of the soda can curlers, pretty impressive! I guess you didn't sleep with them?

I hope this method works for you if you decide to try it out! And thank you for the compliments

Oh yes...I DID sleep with them; the ponytail was placed at the very top of my crown.
I secured the cans with bobby pins and then wrapped a roller net around it :)

My scalp is too sensitive to do that now; that's why I do a loose nape ponytail to sleep.
It would just be for a couple of hours during the day on lightly damp hair.

Arctic
February 3rd, 2017, 01:51 PM
:bigeyes: Respect GG! :bowtome: That is heroic deed!!!

Groovy Granny
February 3rd, 2017, 01:54 PM
:bigeyes: Respect GG! :bowtome: That is heroic deed!!!

LOL It was a sight to behold for sure :p ...and all the rage back then :wink:

Alex Lou
February 3rd, 2017, 02:31 PM
I'm going to be surprised if a section of hair wrapped around and secured with spin pins will hold my hair in a ponytail, but I will try. I do use a sock bun form (actual cut off part of a sock) to put my hair in a pony tail at night when curling the ends to avoid elastic/cinnabun dents.

Alex Lou
February 5th, 2017, 06:50 PM
Well I did try it. And it did hold! Held really well, actually. Although not as nice and tight to the head as an elastic. It did give me a dent when worn overnight; worse than just a cinnabun with spin pin. But it has potential for pony tails, especially ones worn low on the head. I like that you're inventing new styles and techniques, Arctic, pretty cool.

I didn't do the complete curl style since I don't own any curlers.

neko_kawaii
February 5th, 2017, 07:35 PM
Curlers in. Sleep cap on. Can't to see what they look like in the morning!

stachelbeere
February 6th, 2017, 05:03 AM
Thanks! Someone used standing pin curls (barrel curls) with nice results, maybe you could try that if you have bobby pins!



oh yeah! will try it like that then :)

Arctic
February 6th, 2017, 05:39 AM
I posted a new photo to my blog, taken on last Friday: http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/entry.php?b=128732



I'm going to be surprised if a section of hair wrapped around and secured with spin pins will hold my hair in a ponytail, but I will try. I do use a sock bun form (actual cut off part of a sock) to put my hair in a pony tail at night when curling the ends to avoid elastic/cinnabun dents.


Well I did try it. And it did hold! Held really well, actually. Although not as nice and tight to the head as an elastic. It did give me a dent when worn overnight; worse than just a cinnabun with spin pin. But it has potential for pony tails, especially ones worn low on the head. I like that you're inventing new styles and techniques, Arctic, pretty cool.

I didn't do the complete curl style since I don't own any curlers.

It's surprisingly sturdy, I have learnt to have lot of faith in the magic powers of spin pins! :) Sorry to hear it gave you a bad dent. I wonder what hair qualities will affect who gets dents from what. For me this is as close to dent free as it's possible after actually having hair secured in ponytail-ish for over night.



Curlers in. Sleep cap on. Can't to see what they look like in the morning!

Ooh, looking forward to hear your update!



oh yeah! will try it like that then :)

Let us know how it goes! I will try the barrel curls myself too one of these days. I have had good success with barrel curls in the past but I've never tried them with this ponytail method.

neko_kawaii
February 6th, 2017, 08:33 AM
http://i1247.photobucket.com/albums/gg632/neko_kawaii_hair/IMG_4769_zpsugf4blz6.jpg

http://i1247.photobucket.com/albums/gg632/neko_kawaii_hair/IMG_4771_zpsfhu2kicv.jpg

Arctic
February 6th, 2017, 11:05 AM
They turned out great on your super long hair, Neko! You got lot of curls and some really nice spiralling action! How do you think it worked on hair as long as yours? Were the curlers easy to put in, did the ponytail feel sturdy and were you able to sleep comfortably?

PixieP
February 6th, 2017, 12:37 PM
That looks so great Neko!

I need to buy some curlers so I can try this. My hair doesn't like barrel curls :(

-Fern
February 7th, 2017, 07:58 PM
Eeeee, I love it on you, Neko! That second picture in particular is stunning. It looks so elegant!

neko_kawaii
February 7th, 2017, 08:05 PM
Thanks all!


They turned out great on your super long hair, Neko! You got lot of curls and some really nice spiralling action! How do you think it worked on hair as long as yours? Were the curlers easy to put in, did the ponytail feel sturdy and were you able to sleep comfortably?

My hair is average thickness, I used five foam curlers. The ponytail was sturdy, I used only one spin pin. I don't have a lot of practice with curlers. I didn't have any trouble, but they were also not the tidiest. I didn't manage to get them secured close to the base of the pony. I did try to pin them so they wouldn't flop around, but gave up when they kept coming loose. Threw my silk cap over the lot and slept fine.

Since I really only used the ends to display the curls, I'd save myself some trouble and only curl the ends if I wanted to do this style again, but I wanted to see if I could get all of my length on a little foam curler, hehe.

Serimel
February 12th, 2017, 01:08 AM
Here's my take on Arctic's curls. I had to separate thr initial curl clumps quite much to make it work but I love the end result! My hair also got quite tangled but I didn't put any leave-in or oils yesterday evening after wash in the hopes of the curls lasting longer. I'm also not very experienced in rolling my hair so I might have to take another look into my technique..

https://s29.postimg.org/vy1qfrhrr/20170212_094402_1.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/bdwwha20j/)free screenshot software (https://postimage.org/app.php)

Arctic
February 12th, 2017, 02:14 AM
They look perfect!

PixieP
February 12th, 2017, 04:41 PM
Serimel that is sooo pretty!

spirals
February 12th, 2017, 06:53 PM
Serimel, that looks somewhat like my curl pattern when it's a little relaxed and our color is similar. I have a good idea what my hair's going to look like when it's a couple of inches past BCL.

Serimel
February 13th, 2017, 06:53 AM
Oh wow thank you Arctic and PixieP. spirals you are so lucky to have your hairtype! I absolutely loved to wear these curls. Felt so cute and girly and got nice compliments. :3

spirals
February 13th, 2017, 09:32 PM
spirals you are so lucky to have your hairtype! I suppose I am. I will say this: I do like doing roller sets because they come out less frizzy sometimes and more perfect, like a hair commercial. Plus, vintage :crush:

Lady Sophia
March 12th, 2017, 11:43 AM
[QUOTE=Arctic;3362225]Ooh, it's so fun to see my tutorial as a hairstyle of the month! I hope you all have great success with it!

***

I decided to call this method Arctic's Heartless Curls, courtesy of a typo someone made (Sorry I forgot who you are; In any case, thank you for the cute name idea!)

But first photos of my curls! These are taken about 3-4 hours after taking down the curlers.

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc33/LingonberryMist/Hiukset/20170108%20006-muoks-sm-arctic_zpsymfmgkvj.jpg
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc33/LingonberryMist/Hiukset/20170110%20037-muoks-sm-arctic_zpsr7cihjsx.jpg
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc33/LingonberryMist/Hiukset/20170110%20050-muoks-sm-arctic_zpsrqecun98.jpg


Great tutorial Artic! I must say your hair colour is amazing! I`ve always wanted to achieve this warm chestnut auburn shade :)

PixieP
March 29th, 2017, 07:33 AM
Okay so I tried this last night and I had some problems XD
The section that was wrapped around the base was almost impossible to get out, and it had taken no curl at all. Just a frizzy straight lock.
The bendy rollers did not want to stay tight, I ended up taking a (new, unused) ankle sock and tuck around the rollers (I used 3) to keep the rollers from falling out. And as my hair always does when I make it damp before going to bed, it was a massive frizz monster with some ringlets at the very ends. And one straight lock hanging 7cms lower than the rest XD

But it made for a very nice and big bun today, so I still got something positive out of it!

Arctic
April 2nd, 2017, 01:35 PM
Sorry to hear that Pixie! I'm sorry I don't have idea why the first section didn't curl, on my hair that section seems to get the nicest curl of them all.

As for bendy rollers, it takes some trial and error. It matters whether you bend the ends to the direction where the (gosh I hope I can explain this with words only!!!) hair is rolled under, or to the opposite direction that forms a sheet of hair over the roller (you know, if the rolled hair would be a french twist, I mean the side where the hair gets tucked under, and the smooth sheet of hair on the other side). I can't for the life of me remember without testing which direction holds and which doesn't, but I have noticed in practice the only one direction of bending the ends works to hold the roller sturdily in place.

If moistening you hair tiny bit in the evening makes it frizzy, maybe some product would work for you better? I have been meaning to try my set out with products too, in hopes to get the most of the curls. I am imagining mousse or some setting lotion or maybe even spray leave in conditioner would work.

The sock idea was very creative! :thumbsup:

Arctic
April 2nd, 2017, 01:36 PM
Thank you Lady Sophia!

PixieP
April 2nd, 2017, 05:35 PM
I will try again, no doubt about that! I think next time I'll only try 2 rollers, I really don't need more as the ones I have are quite long.

Product in my hair is a tricky thing, I still haven't found anything to put in my dry hair that doesn't automatically turn me into a greaseball. I'll just try with dry hair next time, maybe use some low heat from my hair dryer make the hair slighly warm right after curling it up.

AmaryllisRed
November 28th, 2018, 08:57 PM
Reviving an old thread...
The first section that gets pinned around the ponytail, do you twist it as you wrap it around, or no?