How to Make Pipe Curls: 12 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Make Pipe Curls: 12 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Make Pipe Curls: 12 Steps (with Pictures)

Rolling up your hair with your fingers is a super easy way to get beautiful pipe curls if you have natural curls or frizzy hair. To do this, make sure you have a curl-enhancing cream to distribute through your hair and a few hours to work on your hairdo. By wrapping each strand of hair around your fingers, you create voluminous curls that last for several days.


Part 1 of 3: Moisturize and detangle your hair

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Step 1. Start with freshly washed damp hair

Before you start coiling, make sure your hair is clean by washing it with your favorite shampoo and conditioner. Once you've dried your hair, put water in a spray bottle and use it to moisturize your entire head of hair. Although your hair should be damp, make sure it isn't dripping wet.

  • It's okay if you didn't wash your hair just before rolling it up – you can also dampen your hair when it's dry.
  • If necessary, pat your hair with a towel to make sure it isn't dripping wet.
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Step 2. Apply a leave-in conditioner to your hair for easy detangling

Choose your favorite leave-in conditioner and follow the instructions on the bottle to apply it evenly to your hair. This keeps the moisture in the hair and makes it much easier to detangle your hair with a brush.

Leave-in conditioners come in spray and cream form

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Step 3. Comb out all tangles with a wide tooth comb

Once your hair is damp, gently comb out any tangles with the comb. Start at the ends of the hair first, and work your way up with the comb to make it easier to comb out.

It's especially important to use a wide-tooth comb if you have curly or frizzy hair. This helps prevent damage and breakage

Part 2 of 3: Parting your hair

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Step 1. Divide your hair into two sections

Part the back of your head with a pointed comb. In order to create the two sections, the parting must run vertically down the center of your head. Hold each section in place with a rubber band or pin.

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Step 2. Separate each section in half one more time

Once you have two main sections of hair, split each of these sections in half horizontally, leaving four sections of hair. Use pins or elastics to keep the sections apart.

It's okay if the sections aren't even – they're just used to separate your hair into sections that are easier for you to work with

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Step 3. Rub a curl-enhancing cream or gel into the first section

While it doesn't matter which section you start with, it's easiest to work from the back of your hair to the front. Loosen the first section of hair, put a little gel on your fingers, then rub it thoroughly throughout the section.

  • Use a comb to evenly comb the gel through the section of hair if desired.
  • Make sure to apply the gel to the ends of your hair to avoid frizz.

Part 3 of 3: Making pipe curls

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Step 1. Take a 1 inch square of hair from the first section

Choose a smaller or larger piece of hair, depending on how small or large you want the curls to be and depending on the length of your hair. If you have short hair, your pipe curls should be small, but if you have long hair, you can create both small and medium or large pipe curls. This strand will be your first curl.

  • For super small pipe curls, for example, you can use 1 cm sections.
  • If you need more curl-enhancing gel for the strand of hair, apply another small drop to your fingers and spread it over the strand.
  • Use a pointed comb for even and precise sections, or use your fingers if you don't mind having sections that aren't as accurate.
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Step 2. Start twisting the hair as close to the roots as possible

Wrap the first section of hair around your finger and start very close to your roots as you create the spiral. This ensures that you get the fullest curls.

Twist the curls as tight or loose as you want

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Step 3. Twist and stretch the lock of hair until it curls up on its own when you let go

Gently pull down the strand of hair while twisting the hair around your finger. Continue twisting the strand until you get to the end, repeating the process from the roots until the strand curls up nicely when you let go.

It doesn't matter which direction you roll the hair, but if you plan to separate the coils when they're dry, it's best to twist them all in the same direction

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Step 4. Twist the rest of your hair in the same way

Continue to take small sections of hair with your fingers or a pointed comb and twist them around your fingers to create a tight spiral. Once you have completed an entire section of hair, move on to another until you have rolled up your entire head of hair.

  • This process can take one to two hours, or even longer if you have thick or long hair, so be patient and take a short break if necessary.
  • Wet your hair again when it starts to dry out.
  • Apply more curl-enhancing gel to the sections of hair as needed.
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Step 5. Let your hair dry completely to avoid frizz

This can take all day if you plan to air dry your hair. So don't take the curls apart or comb your hair until they are completely dry. Spray a curl freshener on your curls to keep them from frizzing.

  • The next day, separate your curls with a comb to add volume, if you like, but keep in mind that they can get tangled.
  • If desired, you can sit under a hair dryer to help your hair dry faster.
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Step 6. Keep your look by tying your hair up with a scarf

Do this before going to bed to avoid squashing your curls. Use a silk or satin scarf to cover your curly hair. When you wake up, you can use a refresher spray to bring your curls back to life.

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