Pin-It Back hair tutorial

My pin-it back hair. I’ve been crafting this hair forEVER. It’s sort of always been my go-to hair-do. Basically: I pin back my bangs…. the side of my hair… a little bump in the back… and, then: a little side bun.

 I really feel like there isn’t a right or wrong way to do this. You’re basically just grabbing pieces of your hair…. pushing it up for a little volume… and pinning.


– Start with the bangs (mine are pretty long…. so, I pin them back…. you don’t have to do this if you have shorter bangs). Grab the bangs, push them up, and pin.

– Grab a side chunk of hair, push it up, and pin. And, repeat this on the other side.

– Grab a small chunk on the back of your head. Push it up and pin it. Seeing a pattern?

– With the last bit of hair: twist it into a bun and pin it to the side.

And, you’re done! Add some hair spray for hold…. pin any fly-aways. Add a bow. It’s very simple. A nice quick way to get your hair up and outta your face. Just a couple more steps than a pony tail or plain bun… but, so much cuter. Am I right? Hee.

Enjoy! And, as always: let me know if you try this! I’d love to see!

{Related Posts: //Braided Volume Bun//Braided Bun//Pinned Back Bangs//}


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  • claire on said:

    beautiful! love it

  • ashleysisk on said:

    Just catching up on your blog – gosh I've missed you. I used to wear my hair similar to this and haven't done it in forever. I think it's now time to bring it back!

  • downpourblue on said:

    I pinned my hair this way yesterday and today; thanks for the tips! I think I will go get myself some smallish hair combs for the side parts instead of using hairpins. Also, it works just as well to have the final bun in the center (today) as it does on the side (yesterday).

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      That's great! I'm so happy this style is working for everyone. 🙂

  • Miki on said:

    Hi, there! I've just discovered your blog through Pinterest :). You're so skillful with your hair! I'm growing mine so I can try new hairdos but the thing is … I don't know what to do and how to achieve neat looking hairdos, haha.

    I'll keep browsing your blog ;). Hope you're having a great week!


  • auna on said:

    so stinking cute.

  • Tanya on said:

    oh goodness, why am i just now finding your blog?! so adorable!!!
    and i love your hair tutorial!
    xo TJ

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Hi! Well, welcome! You have quite the sweet blog yourself. 🙂

  • analee on said:

    i want to tell you that for the past 3 years (ok, maybe 36!?!) i have never fixed my hair. never. for most of my life, my hair has been thick, irregularly wavy and also frizzy, yucky ugly hair. this morning, i dried it straight (brushed it out) and tried this updo. i have 2 kids and not much time in the morning so fast is all i can do. anyway, this took less time than straightening my hair with the straightener and it looks AWESOME! i just happened to have about a 5 year old bottle of hairspray (used once?) and i did spray it heavily. i didn't really know how to use bobbypins – these are left over from once when i was a bridesmaid. lol. i have no idea how to do the "bump" in the back. so seriously, thanks SO SO SO much for posting this. i always want to try your styles but i never think i can do it because i don't know how to use bobby pins ( i know that sounds silly) but they worked for me today! and i'm 4 hours into my day and not a hair has moved! 🙂 when i get home tonight, i'll get my husband to take a pictures and i'll put it on my blog – and link back to it here. THANK YOU!!!

  • Chelsea on said:

    ohh, can't wait to try this one out!

  • Ali on said:

    super cute! can you post a shot of the back when completed? my eyes aren't quick enough for the moving!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Ha! Ok…. I added a photo of the back. Can't believe I forgot to include one. 🙂

      • Ali on said:

        thanks- gonna try this tomorrow for work!

  • Kelli Murray on said:

    Love this. Just wanted to say HI! 🙂 I discovered you via Danielle's blog, Sometimes Sweet. I am an illustrator as well and just had my first baby girl 6 months ago. It's nice to find other mama artsits!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Hello! You're art is awesome! I'm in love with your style. If you'd ever like to do a trade… I'd love to with you. 🙂

  • Kit on said:

    I can't wait to give this a go- your last tutorial was super succesful for me. I amended it a bit for thick, curly hair but I get so many compliments on it! Thrilled to have another look to try 🙂

  • staceynicolemusic on said:

    I love this look. Hey you should do a tutorial on how to create an animation like that… so very cool. loved the post as usual. 🙂 have a happy monday!

  • terri on said:

    cute! i might be able to pull this one off. i love these hair ideas. i feel like i was born without that gene to tell me what to do with my hair. thanks!!!

  • Barbie on said:

    Cool, been looking for a new style for ballet class! Thanks, love your hair posts!

  • MommaExpat on said:

    Lovely! And will actually work in my curly mess of a head!

  • Christa on said:

    Super cute! And it fits you so well!

  • Meghan on said:

    That animation make me dizzy, haha. Can I hire you to do my hair every day? Because I just suck at it and you're so fantasic at it! Seriously tho, this is really cute. Maybe once my hair grows out I can try it.

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I think maybe you could try it with your hair. You just wouldn't have the side bun. 🙂

  • Julie on said:

    It's so pretty! Sadly I'm not sure there are enough bobby pins in the world to make my hair do that. Hot glue?

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Ha ha ha! I bet your hair could do it! My hair is pretty slick…. So a lot of hair spray helps. 🙂

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