Bobby Pins: 10 Expert Tricks You Need To Know

Bobby Pins: 10 Expert Tricks For Keeping Your Hair In Place

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07 September 2018
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Jessie Amato

Junior Beauty Editor

07 September 2018

When it comes to simple hair styling, no other tool rivals a bobby pin. The tiny accessory has been a holy grail in our styling routines for years. Even after years of using bobby pins to pin back your bangs and tame flyaway strands, you may be missing out on a few tips and tricks to get the most out of using them.

We’re sharing a few of our favorite hacks that make using bobby pins easier (and more fun) than ever before.

Let your hair completely dry before using them.

If you spend a lot of time styling your hair, you know there’s no worse feeling than removing hair accessories and seeing the awkward bumps and indents they can leave behind. To prevent this, be sure that your strands are completely dry before using bobby pins. 

Insert them the right way.

Even if you’ve been using bobby pins for years, you may be surprised to learn there’s a right and wrong way to use them. Since the flat side of the bobby pin is sleeker insert your bobby pins with the wavy side against your scalp to get the best hold possible.


Use hairspray for added grip.


Fine-haired ladies, we know the struggle of getting any hair accessory to stay put—and bobby pins are no exception. If you’re struggling to keep your bobby pins in place, we recommend applying a few spritzes of hairspray like Redken Control Addict 28 on the inside of the bobby pin before using it. The hairspray will give your bobby pin extra grip to ensure your style lasts all night long.


Upgrade your ponytail.


Feel like switching it up from your regular ponytail? Use a few bobby pins to create a wrapped ponytail look. Once you’ve secured the pony, take a one-inch section of hair and wrap it around the base, completely covering the hair tie. Insert a bobby pin into the base of the ponytail to secure the look.


Pin your curls up to make them last.


Struggling to keep your ringlets from falling flat? This bobby pin trick works like a charm. As you finish curling each section of your hair, simply roll the curl back up and pin it to your head. Once you’ve pinned all of the sections, wait for your hair to completely cool down and remove the bobby pins. This will allow your curls to set and keeps them from falling out as you style.


Use bobby pins to stay on trend.


Bobby pins are the Holy Grail tool for setting hairstyles in place, but they’re more than just a tool. Many people love to use them as a stylish hair accessory. If you’re searching for some ideas, we’ve gathered our top favorite exposed bobby pin looks below.



Geometric Triangle Half-Updo

Looking to enhance your half-up hairstyle? Swap out your traditional hair tie and lock in your look by using bobby pins to create a triangle design. Start by taking two even sections of hair from each side of your head and crossing them over each other at the back of your head. Take two bobby pins and slide them in horizontally over the crossed section.

Then, take two more bobby pins and place them diagonally facing upward to hold the right side in place. Repeat this step in the left side to complete the triangle.


Half Up Twist


To begin, take a two-inch section of hair from the middle of your head. Backcomb for volume and secure it at the top of your head with a few bobby pins. Then, take two-inch sections of hair from each side of your head. Working with one section at a time, twist the entire segment until you reach your ends. Repeat this step on the other side. Bring both sections of hair to the back of your head and secure the look with a few bobby pins and a splash of hairspray.



Slicked Back


Instead of concealing your bobby pins, let them be the star of the show. We love the look of slicked back, textured hair with bobby pins as an accent.



High And Tight


Looking for a fun way to accessorize your party pony? Once the style is secured, place a few stylish gold bobby pins on each side of the ponytail.

Looking for more expert tips and tricks? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.




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