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How to use Bobby Pins

A while ago I did a post on how to use bobby pins. But that was 2 years ago and I don’t think it was the best quality, so I wanted to do another one. The lighting is definitely better in the video I’ll show you today and I think I’m a lot less boring. I almost put myself to sleep watching the other one! Sheesh!

How to use bobby pins

how to use bobby pins

Before I get into the actually tutorial I must say a bit about bobby pins. First of all – they are not all created equal! I have tried quite a few and there is one I always go back to: MetaGrip Premium Hair Pins. They come in three colors – blond, brown and dark brown so they’re perfect for any hair type. I buy them to use when I do hair for weddings because we have got to know those styles are gonna hold!!

MetaGrip Premium Hair Pins These pins are easy to open, easy to use and are strong hold. You shouldn’t have a problem using them.

Now the fun thing with hair in general is that it’s yours to have fun with! You can use bobby pins like the MetaGrip and hide them in your hair or you can use pretty bobby pins and actually have them show. That might even be a good option for those of you who are new to it and just learning how to use them!

Lori from Hair by Lori (who I collaborated with this summer!) sent me some fun Lilla Rose bobby pins to try! These ones come in all kinds of designs, but basically they are pins that can be used to actually create the design, as opposed to trying to hide the pins. These are the ones I got.

Lilla Rose bobby pins

I used them to create a fun little side style with just the gem part sticking out. In the video I show another way to style them as well!

how to use bobby pins

Once you get this handy little skill down, you’ll be able to do so much with your hair! Here are a few tips I’ve picked up along the way for different hair types.

  • If your hair is silky smooth (lucky!) try spraying your hair and/or the bobby pin before using them. It’ll help them stick.
  • If you have thin hair, try teasing the area where you are going to pin. It will give the pin more to hold on to.
  • If that doesn’t work, try dry shampoo before you tease and then secure the pin there.
  • If that still doesn’t work, try all three! Dry shampoo on the area where you will be pinning, then tease the area, then apply some hairspray to hold in the tease. It should work!
  • If you have thick hair, like me, don’t try to pin too big of sections, they will just end up slipping out. Start small and add sections instead.
  • If you have curly hair it’s actually kinda easy. You don’t have to be as precise, you can just kinda hold the hair and pin!

If I missed a hair type or a hair problem, let me know! Leave it in the comments and I’ll try to get to them!

side swept bobby pin style

Necklace: RocksBox (use code natalialsimmonsxoxo for a free month!) // Dress: Stitch Fix // Earrings: Nickel & Suede // Hair color: Madison Reed in Trieste Red 

Okay so let’s get to the video! You can subscribe to my YouTube channel here if you’d like. I do share videos that I don’t always post on the blog, so there is some extra content over there! Let me know what other basics you’d like me to cover!

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