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Bobby Pins: The Trendy Hair Accessory

Bobby pins: The trendy hair accessory
Retro flair: Designer Zac Posen not only uses hair clips for hold but mainly for decoration
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Trend in sight! Bobby pins stop playing hide-and-seek: Rather than merely serving as invisible styling aids, fine clips are now boldly announcing themselves as hair accessories. The handy clips are gracing the most beautiful hairstyles like pieces of jewellery: From the accented ponytail to the dramatic updo

Good old hair clips. Everyone knows them, everyone has them. Usually they lead a lonely existence under the hair, concealed deep in the hairstyle. Those times are gone: We welcome bobby pins in public – gold, silver, black or even in neon colours, the metal clips are now being used as accessories making a statement as small works of art. In our hairstyle gallery, we reveal how you can use the simple clips for the greatest possible effect.

  • Gallery: The five best hairstyles with bobby pins

    Bobby pins with half-back

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    Bobby Pins with Half-Back

    The half-back hairstyle is eye-catching enough on its own – hair half up and back, half down and open – but bobby pins create a special effect (seen with the Cushnie Et Ochs fashion label). In order to accomplish this, the clips in the hair colour are inserted in the straight hair above the back of the neck. Parallel to the ears and going up. The more pins, the better the hold. The best thing about it: You can also do this hairstyle on your own because the clips do not need to be accurately positioned. They can complement the wild wavy look of the lengths

    Bobby pins with updo

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    Bobby Pins with Updo

    Do not fear the clips: Designer Taoray Wang bets on the all-around look, inserting over-length bobby pins in a colour contrasting the hair into the twisted updo. Inserting them crosswise is the special kick. This gives the updo in the elegant swirl look a new twist. Sensational!

    Bobby pins with ponytail

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    Bobby Pins with Ponytail

    Nice and simple! Pimping up the ponytail is less demanding but just as effective and lovely. We discovered this classy clip look backstage in the hair of a Burce Bekrek model. The designer inserts the delicate clips in pairs at intervals over a low-tied ponytail. Proof that less can often be more and yet give a style that something extra

    Bobby pins with updo

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    Bobby Pins with Updo

    Well-behaved breaks out... With hair that is styled in a neat updo, bobby pins can bring purposeful chaos to the hairstyle. Designer Zac Posen shows us how, inserting clips in contrasting colours into the classic, clean updo of his models. What makes this look so wild? The accessories are criss-crossed in the styled mane, seemingly with no structure. But only in the lower section at the back of the neck. The rest stays free of clips. Classy and exciting in one!

    Bobby pins as a work of art

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    Bobby Pins as a Work of Art

    A true masterpiece can be seen with the Maison Margiela fashion label. The hair is naturally and rather conservatively styled in the sleek look. Now comes the artistic show-stopper: the clips are inserted into the catwalk hairstyle in patterns so they form large circles. The star-shaped clip pattern covers the entire head for an impressive, eye-catching look. Hair-tastic!

  • Clipping Correctly – The Right Way to Use Bobby Pins

    1. Most people do it wrong, sliding bobby pins into the hair with the smooth side down. Yet the wavy side is the right one so the clips adapt better to the shape of the head.

    2. For individual strands or to clip back the fringe, proceed as follows: Insert the clip (ideally a short one) from above or below, then turn it and slide it into the strand in the opposite direction.

    3. If you have thick hair or lots of it and want to create an updo, there is a trick for optimum hold: insert two long pins into the hairstyle crosswise or from above and below.

    4. Only use clips protected by plastic on the ends. Otherwise the sharp edges can easily damage your hair and scalp.

    5. For extra hold, apply hairspray to the pins before inserting them.