Our beloved bobby pins have been a tried and true favorite hair accessory since we were kids. No matter what your texture is or the length of your hair, you can always make the most of a handful of bobby pins. So much so that we make sure to keep a few in our bags at all times. And there are actually tons of other really cool bobby pin hairstyles that go way beyond their functional appeal. Let us introduce you to the reinvented way to use bobby pins to create some refreshingly modern styles. From updos to side hairstyles and more, read on to discover new ways we are loving to wear our bobby pins:
15 Bobby Pin Hairstyles
1. Half-Up Circular Bobby Pin Style
While we adore the half-up look, we are always seeking ways to mix up that classic look. Using long bobby pins, you can create a similar look. After you brush your hair, gather hair from both sides of your face, bringing these sections towards the back of your head. Smooth out the sides with some serum. Then, using one hand, clip the style in place in a circular and even design. Once the hair is in place, use another collection of bobby pins pinned upward, featuring a practical and stylish take on this look.
2. Dramatic Side Part with Bobby Pins
You may have just found your new party hairstyle of the season with this one. This look is ideal on dry hair, so make sure to wash and condition your hair beforehand, or use some dry shampoo like Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Dry Shampoo. Then, brush your hair and grab a section of your hair from your preferred side as you place medium-to-large bobby pins in your hair in a neat row. Start at the front and work your way around, concentrating on tight spaces in between each pin for the best results.
3. Bobby Pins to the Side
If you have long bangs or hair that always falls in your face, you’re probably already using bobby pins to help you out. Take that look a step further by sweeping your hair to one side and then placing a collection of small bobby pins to hold it together. We love the look of the tight grouping of bobby pins that almost look like one big hair accessory. This looks particularly stunning on those summer wavy hairstyles you might be eyeing.
4. Criss-Crossed Bobby Pins
Another take on the updo involves the crisscrossed method for bobby pin hairstyles. Brush your hair and take two pieces from each side, bringing your hair towards the back. Each mini section will get two small bobby pins – place each pin in the opposite direction to create this look, forming a criss-cross like pattern. Follow this pattern throughout your entire head for a stunning look that’s bound to turn heads.
5. Easy Top Knot
Top knots are an uncomplicated style that can be easily created with the help of some bobby pins. To get the look, start by gathering your hair into a high ponytail that sits on the top of your head. Then, use your bobby pins to pin and tuck your pony into a top knot bun style. Finish with Dove Style+Care Extra Hold Hairspray to secure your bun into place.
6. Try a Twist
A twist works on any hair type or length, as it gives your hair a playful look in under 5 minutes. To achieve this fun style, simply twist two strands of your hair, adding in more hair as you continue to twist. Use your bobby pins to secure your twist into place.
7. Bejeweled Bobby Pins
Bobby pins are great as an added hair accessory if you’ve already got a style in mind that doesn’t need a pin to secure it. Try adding a few bejeweled pins to spice up your look and give an updo a bright accent piece.
8. Dress Up a Side Part
Great for those who like minimally styled bobby pins hairstyles, pins can be used to create deep dramatic parts in the hair. To get the look, use a wide-tooth comb to create a deep and dramatic part on the side of the hair. To play up your part, stack your pins together to create a sexy finish.
9. Try a Retro ’50s Look
Like victory rolls, a retro ’50s bouffant looks stunning on medium and long hair lengths. To get the look, start by using a good foaming mousse, like TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse, on damp hair in order to give it some extra volume. To form your bouffant, use a comb to backcomb the hair into a lifted style. Be sure to use bobby pins to secure your look.
10. Play Up Your Lob
While lobs can be styled in a variety of different ways, using bobby pins can help dress up your style in seconds. To give your long bob a polished and flirty effect, create an easy side part, and use longer pins to secure your hairstyle into place.
11. Create a Faux Bob
If you want to create an easy short bobby pin hairstyles look, check out our full tutorial on how to create a faux bob.
12. Try a Finger Wave
Finger waves are another great option for bobby pin hairstyles, as they give shorter lengths that fun flapper-inspired style. To get the look, use a good styling gel to create your finger waves. Use embellished pins to keep your style in place.
13. Tight Curly Twist
If you’ve got a naturally curly hair type then a tight twist secured with some bobby pins is great for adding volume. By twisting one section down nice and tight you will be creating the illusion of the other side being much fuller and voluminous. Voila! You’ve a fun new twist style.
14. Half-Up Curly Style
Your curly hairstyle is bound to stay put with the addition of a classic bobby pin. We particularly love this look in a half-up style where you can get your hair out of your face as you accentuate your curly hair.
15. Milkmaid Braid
We are all about braided bobby pin hairstyles and the milkmaid braid is up there as one of our favorites. Make sure you get a few pins that match your hair color to securely hold your cool style in place.