Bobby pins are often treated as a shameful little secret. Like, “I’m keeping my hair back somehow, but you’ll never figure out how and I’ll never tell you.” I think we should take some runway and celebrity inspiration and wear our bobby pins loud and proud!
These little metal friends are also cool for transitional, neither-long-nor-short haircuts. It’s difficult to find a nice way to put your hair back when it’s at that awkward length, but bobby pins have got you covered on this.
2 Quick Bobby Pin Tips
Ziggy Side Down: Place pins in your hair with the squiggly side facing down and the smooth side facing up.
Make Your Own Colorful Clips: There seems to be an absence of colorful bobby pins, especially in the grown-up department. This can easily be remedied by placing a few pins on paper...
...and painting them with nail polish.
Now, here are some snazzy ways to wear your bobby pins.
Inspired by Kate Mara’s bobby pinned-back look at the House of Cards season 2 premiere, I slicked my hair down and began pinning right next to my ear, forming criss-crosses with the bobby pins as I went along. The pins should form a row under the bulging part of the back of your head. (The only word I can think of for this is occipital lobe, thanks to my psychology major).
Side Bang Action
...or create fake side bangs by pulling some hair forward before pinning.
Chevrons & Shapes
Take a couple of bobby pins and link them in the middle while pinning, making a triangular shape.
You can make any shapes using your colorful bobby pins. I’ve even seen a hashtag.
Fake Finger Waves
Remember that easy-to-follow tutorial for chic 1930s-style finger waves? Me neither, because it doesn't exist. At my ripe old age, I still can’t really do finger waves. So I use bobby pins to fake the look.
Starting near the beginning of your side part, pin your hair down. Now push the hair underneath it into a wave and pin again. I pinned three times to finish my look.
- Tell me all the creatively cool ways you use bobby pins in your hair!
- What other hair accessories are you loving right now? Headbands? Fancy vintage combs? Pics if you've got 'em!