20 Life-Changing Ways To Use Bobby Pins
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By Brooke Shunatona for Cosmopolitan
Bobby pins are one of the few beauty tools with endless uses. Here's how to use them to give your look a "wow" factor that will leave everyone asking what your secret is.
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Get a Grip2 of 21
For better grip, flip the bobby pin over so that the wavy side is against your head. The straight side is slicker and won't grip as well as the wavy, more textured side.
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Spray Away3 of 21
Spray dry shampoo or texture spray on the bobby pin before insertion to prevent slippage. Spritz a spray like Oribe Dry Texture Spray on the inside of the bobby pin to give it a little more grip. For the look on the left (tutorial here), tease the ends of the hair with a rattail comb before slipping the pins in for added hold.
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Lock & Key4 of 21
Use the locking technique to ensure that your pin stays in place all day. Using a larger bobby pin or hairpin like Nishida Hair Pins, aim the open end of the pin against the direction that your hair is pulled. Next, rotate the pin so the open end is now facing the same direction as the hair, and push the pin in toward your head to secure it. If inserted correctly, the pins will pull your hair tighter and be unnoticeable. Repeat these steps until your style is secure.
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Braid Wars5 of 21
Secure the end of a braid with a hidden bobby pin to make your style look more chic. Tie the ends of your braid into a knot, and then slide a bobby pin upwards into the knot to secure it. (Check out a tutorial for the fishtail braid pictured here.) Voilà! A braid with no unsightly hair ties.
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Neat As a Pin6 of 21
Keep your hair from falling in your face with hidden bobby pins. For a sexy, blown-back look like Chrissy Teigen's, you'll want to discreetly pull your hair back with pins. "For the Academy Awards, I put a bobby pin on both sides of Chrissy's head right behind her ears so no one could see them," says stylist Pucciarello. "That way, she wouldn't have to keep running her hands through her hair and it wouldn't fall forward or off to the sides."
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Hidden Agenda7 of 21
Secure tiny braids with a concealed bobby pin. Braid a section of your hair (about the width of your pinky), and pull it back. With the open end toward your face, place one foot of the bobby pin against your head and below the braid and the other side against your head above the braid, and slide the pin forward into place.
Twist & Shout8 of 21
If you're looking for a way to pull back the sides of your hair but don't want the pins to show, try this simple technique: Insert a bobby pin with the open end pointing toward your face and in the opposite direction of the section you're pinning back. If one bobby pin isn't strong enough, try using a larger one or reinforce it with a second pin right below.
Pony Up9 of 21
Cover the elastic of your ponytail with a section of hair pinned around the base. After you've tied off your ponytail, grab a small section (about the width of your pinky) from the tail and wrap it around the base. Tuck in any loose ends and secure it by inserting a bobby pin into the base.
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Try the exposed bobby pin trend with a fun hashtag design. Pin back a section of hair with two bobby pins in an upward direction. Complete the look by inserting two more bobby pins perpendicular to the first two.
Love Triangle11 of 21
Pin back a half-up hairstyle with a cute triangle design. Pull small sections of hair from each side of your head and cross them in the back. While holding your hair in place, take a bobby pin and slide it in horizontally over the crossed section. Then take another bobby pin and slide it upward at a diagonal angle to set the right side. Repeat this on the left to complete the triangle.
True Colors12 of 21
Pin your bangs back with a cool ombré chevron bobby pin design. Start by pinning your bangs with one bobby pin with the open end toward the ceiling. Complete the V shape by sliding one leg of another bobby pin at a downward angle inside the looped end of the first pin. Repeat as many times as you'd like to get the look you want.
X Marks the Spot13 of 21
Cross pins on top of each other for reinforcement and a cool look. To make sure the first pin stays closed, pin another one over it in an X shape to help keep it shut.
Nip & Tuck14 of 21
Fix any wispy pieces or bumps with cute bobby pins instead of redoing your entire updo. If your hair has a lot of shorter layers that stick out of your braid, tuck them in with pretty pins.
Higher Ground15 of 21
Insert bobby pins into your ponytail holder vertically to prop up your ponytail. Once you've put your hair in a ponytail, insert two or three bobby pins halfway inside the elastic and facing downward toward the crown of your head. Then, fluff your ponytail and flip it over for a fuller look that won't sag or droop.
Curl Power16 of 21
Make your curls last longer by pinning the sections after curling them until they've cooled. After you've released a section of hair from your curling iron, immediately roll the strand back up and pin it against your head. Once you've pinned all the sections up, wait for them to cool to room temperature and then take out the pins. This technique will help your curls from falling flat right after you've curled them.
What a Tease17 of 21
Give your side pony more volume by teasing and pinning the hair at your crown first. To make your side ponytail look more voluminous, backcomb small sections of hair at the crown of your head and then smooth them over and pin them back. Gather all of your hair into a ponytail for the finished look.
Do the Wave18 of 21
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Store your pins in an old Tic Tac container. Never lose your bobby pins again.
Nailed It20 of 21
Use the end of a pin to create nail art. Dip the open end of a bobby pin into a bottle of nail polish. Use the tip for polka dots or other designs.
Lash Out21 of 21
Apply eyelash glue to false lashes with the tip of a clean bobby pin. Use the tip of the pin to evenly disperse the glue along the base of the falsies.