Bobby pins … so simple, yet so useful. When it comes to fixing hair, they’re an absolute life-saver. They’re pretty straight-forward to use, but it turns out they don’t have to be a one-trick pony of a tool. There are so many different ways to utilize the little piece of metal that most people don’t know.
1. There’s a right side and a wrong side.
Placing them with the wavy side down adds extra grip.
2. Triangles can give an instant boost to a plain ‘do.
The simple placement change makes your hair extra eye-catching.
3. Get trendy with chevrons.
The chevron pattern is everywhere. Placing your pins in a repeat of this simple V-shape is a cinch; just slide one in at a slant, then slide a second one through and downward.
4. Pep up your ponytail.
If your ponytail is falling down and flat, add a couple bobby pins around the base to pump it up.
5. Add some layers.
Pulling hair out of your face is nothing new, but add a little something extra by layering the free-flowing hair over it and hiding the pin.
6. Get hair that’s trending.
Four pins are all you need to create a look that could take Twitter by storm.
7. Create a smooth top and a free-flowing bottom.
A criss-cross crown of pins in the hair from one temple to the other would make anyone look like a queen.
8. Fix pins that have lost their luster.
While most usually throw out pins that no longer pinch, a pair of pliers is all you need to fix it.
9. Dry shampoo keeps things in place.
Just a spritz of the product makes sure pins stay put.
10. Keep elastics concealed.
Put up a pony tail, grab a small section of hair, wrap it around the elastic and pin in place for a finished look.
11. Banish bumpy braids.
A French braid can be difficult to get just right, but bobby pins can tame less-than-smooth sections.
12. Try it out before you commit.
For those who are bob-curious but don’t actually want to chop the locks, a few well-placed pins can give the same effect.
13. Keep it contained.
An empty mint box is the perfect way to corral all those pesky pins.
14. Paint it for a pop.
A few coats of nail polish will transform pins into a functional fashion accessory.
15. Try a new half-up, half-down technique.
Start out with the hair right above the airs and switch from side to side, crossing the strands over each other for a stunning effect.
16. Bye-bye, bangs!
For bangs that need to be trimmed or just banished for a few hours, bobby pins are the perfect tool.
17. Try it out on nails.
Bobby pins are just for hair. Change up the beauty routine with this impromptu nail tool.
18. Avoid replacing a pesky zipper pull.
Rather than tearing out a whole zipper and sewing a new one in its place, use a bobby pin to pull it up and down.
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