Fashion week hair alert: The claw clip is back!

Mitch | 25 February 2018

Ready to welcome the claw clip back with open arms?

Last season, Mansur Gavriel brought the scrunchie back from the dead as it sent its models down the New York Fashion Week runway wearing the 90s hair accessory to hold their low messy ponytail. This time around, at Alexander Wangs’s Fall 2018 show, the catwalk witnessed another hair trend resurrection: the claw clip.

Those of us who grew up in the 90s know this hair clamp too well. We lovingly called it “shok shok” and wore it everywhere—at home, in school, to our weekend barkada hangouts. We wouldn’t exactly call it fashionable, but it sure was a big thing.

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The has gotten a fancy upgrade.

Enter Alexander Wang’s fancy designer shok shok, and we. are. shookt! Not only is it back, but it’s made its debut on the New York Fashion Week runway, no less. Now it’s officially a stylish piece of accessory, especially with the fancy upgrade it’s gotten. See the designer logo stamped along the side? Yea, that definitely changes the claw clip’s style status!

Styling with a claw clip

If you’re suddenly itching to get yourself one, you’d be glad to know that it’s easy to put together a claw clip adorned hairstyle. The clip is usually used for updos, conveniently holding a long vertical bun in place. You can do this by either parting your hair in the middle or on one side, or brushing all of your hair back and then creating a roll. If you’re looking to cop the looks of these Alexander Wang models, get your hair sleek and straight before you start putting it in an updo.

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We recommend washing with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Conditioner to reduce frizz and make it sleek and straight, then apply a thin coat of TONI&GUY High Shine Serum Drops for added gloss.

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Use two claw clips on top of each other to secure extra long hair and extra cool style. Credit:

If you have extra long hair, you can also use two claw clips on top of each other so no part of your bun is left loose and wiggly. You can choose to keep your look super sleek and polished, or you can go for a more relaxed vibe by making your updo a bit messy, or leaving a few strands loose on either side of your face for a pretty framing effect.

Now that we’ve got all of that out of the way, we want to ask: do you think the return of the shok shok is a yay or a nay?

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