17 Life-Changing Ways to Use Bobby Pins Enjoy DIY

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.

1. For better grip, flip the bobby pin over so that the wavy side is against your head.

makeup tipsIf you have a hard time keeping your bobby pins in place, try flipping the pin over. The straight side is slicker and won’t grip as well as the wavy, more textured side.
2. Spray dry shampoo or texture spray on the bobby pin before insertion to prevent slippage.

hairstylesSpritz a spray like Oribe Dry Texture Spray on the inside of the bobby pin to give it a little more grip. For the above look (tutorial here), tease the ends of the hair with a rattail comb before slipping the pins in for added hold.

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3. Use the “locking” technique to ensure that your pin stays in place ALL DAY.

hair style for girlsUsing 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 completely secure.

4. Secure the end of a braid with a hidden bobby pin to make your style look more chic.

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Tie the ends of your braid into a knot, and then slide a bobby pin upwards into the knot to secure it. 

5. Keep your hair from falling in your face with hidden bobby pins.

simple hairstyleFor 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,” stylist Pucciarello told Cosmopolitan.com. “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.”

6. Secure tiny braids with a concealed bobby pin.

how to set hairsBraid 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.

7. Twist your hair, and slip your bobby pin underneath to secretly pin back your strands.

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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.

8. Cover the elastic of your ponytail with a section of hair pinned around the base.

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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.

9. Try the exposed bobby pin trend with #fun designs.

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Pin back a section of hair with two bobby pins in an upward direction. Complete the hashtag by inserting two more bobby pins perpendicular to the first two.

10. Pin back a half-up hairstyle with a cute triangle design.

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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. 

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11. Pin your bangs back with a cool ombré chevron bobby pin design.

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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.

12. Cross pins on top of eachother for reinforcement and a cool look.

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To make sure the first pin stays closed, pin another one over it in an “X” shape to help keep it shut.  

13. Fix any wispy pieces or bumps with cute bobby pins instead of redoing your entire updo.

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If your hair has a lot of shorter layers that stick out of your braid, tuck them in with pretty pins. 

14. Insert bobby pins into your ponytail holder vertically to prop up your ponytail.

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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. 

15. Make your curls last longer by pinning the sections after curling them until they’ve cooled.

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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. 

16. Give your side pony more volume by teasing and pinning the hair at your crown first.

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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. 

17. Give yourself a faux bob even if you have long hair.

long hairstyleAfter you’ve given yourself some fingerwaves, tuck the ends under and pin them into place. Source:cosmopolitan

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