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    Hi guys I used to do pincurls on my hair all the time but now that it's getting longer it's been harder to keep the curl in for long. It's just heavier now I think because I do have been using the same setting lotion (flaxseed gel) for years and the curls are only lasting shorter now that my hair is longer. When it was shoulder lenght I could set my hair once and enjoy a week of curls, but then again it also took me half the time to set my hair then it takes me now. The point is that I don't pin curl my hair often anymore but I did today and I'm so happy with how it turned out, so I wanted to show off, here is to hoping that it holds up for more than a day!

    Anyway I was curious if there are other people here who use pincurls to curl their hair and if so how do you deal with it when it get's longer?

    anyway here is my hair after I remove my pincurls:


    And here it is after the brush-out:

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    First of all, your brush-out looks absolutely gorgeous!
    Second, I'd try using a gel with a stronger hold, and letting it dry more. My hair is shorter than yours, but I find if my curls are not crunchy, bone dry before taking them down, they last way less. Maybe since your hair has gotten longer it just needs a little bit more drying time. I find sitting near a room fan helps
    Also, I'd watch the amount of product you're using. Too much gel can actually soften the hold you get! So can applying the gel on too-wet hair, as the water dilutes it.
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    I use to wet-set my hair often when it was tailbone/classic as a teenager, What I found was the wetter I put my hair up the longer it last so I'd do it on sopping wet hair and against the nature of LHC I wouldn't use shampoos/conditioners that were super slippery, I even forgo conditioner most of the time as it made the curls fall quicker. re-setting at night is helpful as well if you have time

    That said this time around even if I do the same things as I did before my hair tends to not hold curl very well anymore and it's shorter than it was then but I think the cuticle of my hair is less damaged and smoother so it just slips out now
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    Quote Originally Posted by aloewurly View Post
    First of all, your brush-out looks absolutely gorgeous!
    Second, I'd try using a gel with a stronger hold, and letting it dry more. My hair is shorter than yours, but I find if my curls are not crunchy, bone dry before taking them down, they last way less. Maybe since your hair has gotten longer it just needs a little bit more drying time. I find sitting near a room fan helps
    Also, I'd watch the amount of product you're using. Too much gel can actually soften the hold you get! So can applying the gel on too-wet hair, as the water dilutes it.
    Thank you so much! I'll definitely try and get my hand on something with stronger hold! I tend to apply my setting lotion on dry hair to prevent water from thinning out my product, but I never even thought of too much product also causing problem! I'll definitely also experiment with that!

    Quote Originally Posted by Solovey View Post
    I use to wet-set my hair often when it was tailbone/classic as a teenager, What I found was the wetter I put my hair up the longer it last so I'd do it on sopping wet hair and against the nature of LHC I wouldn't use shampoos/conditioners that were super slippery, I even forgo conditioner most of the time as it made the curls fall quicker. re-setting at night is helpful as well if you have time

    That said this time around even if I do the same things as I did before my hair tends to not hold curl very well anymore and it's shorter than it was then but I think the cuticle of my hair is less damaged and smoother so it just slips out now
    OOohh my hair has been getting healthier so that might definitely play a role! Another thing I hadn't thought about! And I tried setting my hair wet before but it will take days to dry even when not sopping wet (like 3) And I don't have a hooded dryer attachment to speed that proces up so for now setting on wet hair is out for me but maybe in the future!

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    Wow! Those are gorgeous. At TB, I've never tried pincurls. It feels like just too much rolling at this length. But I've used Flexi rollers with decent success. I always do mine on damp hair. I've never tried gel because it tends to make my hair crunchy and cause breakage.

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    Those look gorgeous! Makes me want to try them as well. Are rollers confortable to sleep on?

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    I dont use pincurls but they are great for avoiding damage. Rag curls too which my mom used to do... similar principle but you use the piece of rag like a roller.

    Your hair looks gorgeous. It would have been fun to see your hair all pinned. How many do you usually use?
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    Wow, gorgeous

    Do you ever do a dry set to make it last longer? (Redoing the pincurls on dry hair and keeping them in overnight. Apologies if I’m teaching my granny to suck eggs here ) I’ve never tried that myself and I imagine it could make my hair frizz, but I know some people do it habitually.

    I used to do wet sets but I don’t know if my hair would stand up to regular brush outs so I haven’t done one for a while. I’m going the beatnik unstyled route instead

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    Those are absolutely gorgeous curls and suit you wonderfully. How long do you leave them in for?

    I do pin my hair similarly when curling with my Dyson Airwrap, as it helps to make the curls last longer. I’ve noticed now at hip, the curls don’t last as long. I’m guessing it’s due to the weight from the length eventually pulling them out. I also find once I carefully comb them out or separate them with my fingers, the curl seems to drop quicker.

    I’ve recently bought a pack of Curlformers which had nice results without any product, but again, didn’t seem to last as long. I’m yet to see if mousse or gel may improve that.

    I love the look of long curly hair. I just wished it didn’t take so long to do and last longer than it does at this length!
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    First of all thank you all for your kind responses!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Shorty89 View Post
    Wow! Those are gorgeous. At TB, I've never tried pincurls. It feels like just too much rolling at this length. But I've used Flexi rollers with decent success. I always do mine on damp hair. I've never tried gel because it tends to make my hair crunchy and cause breakage.
    Thank you do much! They are definitely a lot of work! I tried doing overnight curls (pincurls, flexi rollers, pillow rollers you name it I tried them all) on damp hair but I have definitely always had better results using flaxseed gel as a setting lotion for overnight curls. When I use other gel it also leaves my hair crunchy but when I use flaxseed gel it just leaves my hair soft so I definitely recommend trying it out

    Quote Originally Posted by Iyashikei View Post
    Those look gorgeous! Makes me want to try them as well. Are rollers confortable to sleep on?
    Thank you! I did a mostly flat pincurl set for this hairdo so no rollers were involved. I do use foam rollers sometimes to get my curl set but I prefer pincurling and holding them in place with pincurls because I find the flat pincurls very comfortable to sleep in, the foam rollers definitely less so...

    Quote Originally Posted by missmelaniem View Post
    I dont use pincurls but they are great for avoiding damage. Rag curls too which my mom used to do... similar principle but you use the piece of rag like a roller.

    Your hair looks gorgeous. It would have been fun to see your hair all pinned. How many do you usually use?
    Ooohh I haven't tried ragcurls on my longer hair yet but I'll definitely have to try some of those soon! And I don't have any pictures of it all pinned up but I do have a youtube video where I show how I pincurl/set my hair where you can see how it looks. I honestly don't know how many pincurls I make in total but it's quite a lot to be honest. Only the front section can have around 21 pincurls and let's just not even talk about the back of my head.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Stardust View Post
    Wow, gorgeous

    Do you ever do a dry set to make it last longer? (Redoing the pincurls on dry hair and keeping them in overnight. Apologies if Iím teaching my granny to suck eggs here ) Iíve never tried that myself and I imagine it could make my hair frizz, but I know some people do it habitually.

    I used to do wet sets but I donít know if my hair would stand up to regular brush outs so I havenít done one for a while. Iím going the beatnik unstyled route instead
    Aaahh thank you so much! I have to admit I'm generally too lazy to reset my hair after the first wet set but I might just have to try it out to see if it help my hair hold the curl just a little bit longer. And I have to admit I've also been worried a bit about the brush out proces and any damage it might do on my hair, that's why I haven't minded scaling back my vintage hair adventures a bit now that I've started to grow my hair out. So I'll definitely join you somedays with unstyled route!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jools69 View Post
    Those are absolutely gorgeous curls and suit you wonderfully. How long do you leave them in for?

    I do pin my hair similarly when curling with my Dyson Airwrap, as it helps to make the curls last longer. Iíve noticed now at hip, the curls donít last as long. Iím guessing itís due to the weight from the length eventually pulling them out. I also find once I carefully comb them out or separate them with my fingers, the curl seems to drop quicker.

    Iíve recently bought a pack of Curlformers which had nice results without any product, but again, didnít seem to last as long. Iím yet to see if mousse or gel may improve that.

    I love the look of long curly hair. I just wished it didnít take so long to do and last longer than it does at this length!
    Thank you so much! I'll leave them for at least 12 hours, most often overnight but sometimes during the day too. And I was thinking the weight of the hair was affecting my curls too! Personally I have tried mouses and different gels but the only thing I actually like using that gives me extra hold is flaxseed gel. I'm going to try and search for a stronger alternative though!

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