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Barrettes, Hair Clips & More – A Brief Product Guide

Barrettes, Hair Clips & More
Styling companion, life saver, hair helper: Bobby pins, hair pins similar styling aids are absolute all-rounders
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Which little helpers are used with what hairstyle? We clarify and tell you how to use these small accessories correctly for pinning, tying and styling

  • Practical, stylish, indispensable: Barrettes and similar styling aids are THE tools for the perfect hair look. Before we reveal which little helpers are best used with what hairstyle, here is a brief product introduction:

  • Bobby Pins

  • Barrettes, Hair Clips & More
    Decorative and practical: Bobby pins for all needs
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    Bobby pins top our list for good reason since these practical hair clips are super handy: They pin back small strands in next to no time or attach hair accessories to the mane. With a bit of finesse, the pins can even become works of art. We show you what that looks like >> Bobby pins: The essential hair accessory

    Features: One smooth and one serrated side, made of metal. Rounded, plastic-covered ends to help protect the hair.

    Application: Not the smooth side but the serrated one belongs down. Why? The uneven edges adapt to the shape of the head especially well, for improved hold.

  • Hair Pins

  • Barrettes, Hair Clips & More
    Cheater: Hair pins for updos
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    Hair pins are the silent manipulators among the styling tools, ideal for invisibly pinning back or securing strands and braids. They also serve as perfect support for updos. Their slim shape and straight, tapering ends allow them to be bent into the desired shaped depending on the hairstyle and application. 

    Features: U-shaped and with symmetrically serrated sides, tapering smoothly towards the end. 

    Application: Pull the ends apart slightly and only slide the pins halfway into the hair at first. Then: Turn once and make them disappear entirely. 

  • Barrettes

  • Barrettes, Hair Clips & More
    Quickly secured: The fast hair clip
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    Barrettes fared really badly regarding the trends of the last few years: Dismissed as uncool and dowdy, these clips are actually hair geniuses. With a simple movement, the serrated clip snaps closed and comfortably holds the hair without pulling. The styling tool can also be taken seriously again when it comes to matters of style. More about that in our gallery.

    Features: Elongated clip with interlocking teeth and tension spring.

    Application: Hold back a section of hair, open the clip and slide it in, let it snap closed, done!

  • Hair Clips

  • Barrettes, Hair Clips & More
    Beautifier: Hair clips to upgrade your style
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    The genius of the hair clip: It makes any hairstyle an eye catcher! Round, triangular or rectangular – these decorative accessories are available in many shapes and colours. Metal hues like gold and silver come out especially well in hair, lending timeless beauty.

    Features: Decorative design and secure spring closure.

    Application: Open the closure, slide the metal bar under the hair and let the spring snap closed again.  For extra hold: First tie up the section of hair with an elastic and then put on the clip.

    For styling ideas with these small and big helpers, visit our gallery.

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    Barrettes, Hair Clips & More


    Bobby Pins for Added Hold

    In a bind? No way, because bobby pins take care of just about anything – at least when it comes to hair styling. The even make it really easy to secure trendy hair nets on your head.

    How It’s Done: Distribute a tennis ball sized amount of mousse in towel-dried hair and then blow dry it. Comb your mane back and tie it into a chignon in the messy look at the back of the head. Take the hair net and apply it from the hairline over the tops of the ears to the back. Here you knot the ends over the chignon. Secure each end of the net at the back of the head with a bobby pin. For optimum hold, apply plenty of hairspray to the style

    Barrettes, Hair Clips & More


    Bobby Pins as Cheaters

    Partner in crime: The clips are also ideal to fake a hairstyle. What for example would a faux bob or faux fringe (see picture) be without the elongated pins? Only half as stable and beautiful!

    How It’s Done: Apply heat protectant spray before working your hair strand by strand with the straightening iron. Then form a very low side parting, style the hair across the forehead and secure it on the side with a bobby pin. A bit of gloss spray makes a brilliant finish

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    Hair Pins for Hold

    Would you like a sophisticated braided hairstyle? If so, hair pins are your most important styling tool! Discreet, practical and not distracting from the hairstyle itself, these U-shaped helpers really hold your hair in place.

    How It’s Done: Apply volumising spray to your hair to add extra volume and grip for styling. Part your hair into two halves and then braid it to the left and right starting about at ear height. Part your hair into two halves and then braid it to the left and right starting about at ear height. Finally secure the hairstyle with hair pins. Hint: The messy look adds a modern touch to the Gretchen style. Simply pluck the braided sections apart a bit to achieve this

    Barrettes, Hair Clips & More

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    Barrettes for Pinning

    The barrette is enjoying a styling revival and becoming respectable again. Thank goodness because few styling aids are as practical as the clip with the tension spring.

    How It’s Done: For the perfect glow, apply some hair oil to the lengths. Bring your hair back into a half-up and secure the style with the barrette. Et voilà!  

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    Hair Clip for Styling

    This decorative hair accessory is a true highlight, even in the most classic style! Simply gather individual sections with the clip or insert it as a decoration, for example clipping it into the side of the hairstyle. Trend tip: Secure the ponytail to the side of the head with the hair clip for extra hold (see photo).

    How It’s Done: Use dry shampoo for extra grip. Then brush the hair well and tie it up into a very high ponytail. Lay the ponytail to the side behind the ear and attach it with a hair clip at temple height. This completes the wow look