Pincurling Her Way To Success!


Pincurling Her Way To Success!

The best part about my job isn’t just seeing queues at the door of our events or the thrill of a trader booking in whose stuff I adore, it’s meeting all you fabulous folk traders & visitors alike who have become really good friends. One of these is the lovely Sarah of ‘Pin Up Curl’ who has gone from being a regular visitor to our fairs to resident stylist at our fabulous events! I’ve wanted her to write a guest blog for a while now & I’ve finally got my way! Take it away Sarah…

“For me, vintage style hair isn’t just something I like, its something I love and a real passion. Its the icing on the cake, the crowning glory of a look, for a lady who is dressed in full on vintage regalia, or just wants something different with her jeans and cute top.

Sarah Bloor Pin Up Curl Vintage Hair Stylist Derby

I began by styling my own hair back in 2009, when I joined my parents at a 1940’s weekend at Crich Tramway Museum. The chance of going to a 1940’s event opened up a whole new decade for me, and, never one to do anything by halves, I researched how to style my hair in the authentic way – sleeping with a head full of pin curls and a headscarf! I’d been going through one of those periods where I wasn’t happy with the way I looked. Nothing felt quite right, quite natural, so when I went out into town and received so many compliments for looking like a ‘pin-up’ something clicked into place. And so my obsession began!

Sarah Bloor Pin Up Curl Vintage Hair Stylist Derby

I researched vintage hairstyling and watched online tutorials, practising every night till I mastered the art of pincurling and how to adapt them into the many styles. Victory rolls eluded me for months, until I finally did them right and realised that I didn’t even like them on me! I also learned about the different looks of the era’s, from the 20’s to the 60’s, and how they reflected the society of the time. Years went by, with me styling my hair differently nearly every day. I began to style my friends hair and then I was asked to style a bride to be for her hen party. In late 2013 I spent a day in a local vintage shop, styling ladies who had pre booked. It went so well that I had another day at another location, where I booked my first wedding! In March 2014 I decided that it was time to do something more with my hair styling, and Pin Up Curl was born.

Sarah Bloor Pin Up Curl Vintage Hair Stylist Derby

My next step was to set about promoting my business on social media & contacting event organisers to see if they needed a vintage hairstylist to complete their fair. One of my first port of calls was, of course, The Vintage Suitcase & I left my details with Gemma should there become a space free at one of their fairs. A few weeks later she contacted me to ask if I could step into the breech as their regular stylist was unavailable & I began taking books for ‘The Summer of Vintage Festival’ at Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire. I styled 9 ladies including singer Bexi Owen who headlined the event. It was a huge success & I went home high on hairspray fumes & had secured my spot as their resident stylist! I’ve been a part of 4 events with The Vintage Suitcase & each one of them has been fully booked!

Sarah Bloor Pin Up Curl Vintage Hair Stylist Derby

I’ve also been nominated for ‘Breakthrough Business’ at this year’s National Vintage Awards. I’d love to win this not only as an endorsement for my business but I’d love Gemma to pass the crown to me as The Vintage Suitcase won in the same category last year! You can vote for me right here too.

To book for fairs I have my pop up salon at, or for a private appointment, including bridal, photoshoots and tutorials, please contact me via my facebook page or email

Don’t forget you can still book in for hair stylist as any of our 2015 events with the lovely Sarah!

Much Vintage Love,

Gemma xx


  1. kerry stewart
    kerry stewartReply
    May 28, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    You are amazing! Always loved every style you have done for me. I recommend you to all my friends who ask about my hair. Roll on july for my next ‘do’. Hope you win the award as you deserve it

    • vintagesuitcase
      May 29, 2015 at 11:36 AM

      She’s fabulous isn’t she?! We’re so lucky to have her with us!

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