14 Cute and Stylish Bobby Pin Hairstyles

Serena Norr | 23 June 2016

You’ll want to stock up on bobby pins to score these new looks.

One hair accessory that’s been a tried and true favorite since we were kids are our beloved bobby pins. No matter what your texture is or the length of your hair, you can always score some TLC from a few bobby pins. Side note: We make sure to keep them in our beauty bag at all times. While utilizing them to get our hair out of our faces, or as a simple way to grow out our bangs, there are actually tons of other really cool bobby pin hairstyles that go way beyond it’s functional appeal. Enter the reinvented way to use bobby pins to create some awesome styles that are refreshingly modern and stylish. From updos to side hairstyles and more, read on to discover four new ways we are loving to wear our bobby pins.

Bobby Pin Hairstyles: Reinventing the Classic

trendy bobby pin hairstyles
Use your bobby pins to cross over one another, creating a circular crown.

1. Half-Up Circular Bobby Pin Style

While we adore the half-up look, we are also 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 it towards the back. 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 that you pin upward, featuring a practical and stylish take on this look.

bobby pin hairstyles with a dramatic part
Use a ton of pins for a dramatic side part.

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 the Nexxus Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist. Then, brush your hair and grab a section 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, concentrating on tight spaces in-between each pin for the best results.

bobby pin hairstyles stacked
A group of bobby pins to the side will work wonders on your hair.

3. Bobby pins to the side

If you have a long bang or hair that always goes 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.

bobby pin hairstyles criss cross
Criss-cross your bobby pins for a cool look.

4. Criss-Crossed Bobby Pins

Another take on the updo involves the criss-crossed bobby pin style. Apply some leave-in conditioner, like the Nexxus New York Salon Care Hydra-Light Leave-in Conditioning Foam, to your hair to ensure that it is smooth and manageable. Then, brush your hair, take two pieces from each side, bringing your hair towards the back. Each mini section will get two small bobby pins as you work place each pin in the opposite direction to create this look.  So, you would first place your pin to the left and then in that same pattern, you would place the other pin to the right, forming a criss-cross like pattern. Follow this pattern throughout your entire head for a stunning look that’s bound to turn heads.

bobby pin hairstyles can help you create top knot
Bobby pins can help you create a gorgeous top knot bun.

5. Easy Top Knot

Top knots are an uncomplicated style that can be easily created with the help of some pins. To get the look, start by creating 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 the Dove Style + Care Extra Hold Hairspray to secure your bun into place.

bobby pins keep playful twists in place
Bobby pins secure playful twist styles in place. Photo credit: Dvora

6. Try a Twist

A twist works on any hair type or length, as it gives your hair a playful look in under 10 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.

bobby pin hairstyles to create victory rolls
Victory rolls are a quirky and chic style that requires bobby pins.

7. Experiment with Victory Rolls

If you are all about retro beauty looks, creating victory rolls is a fun and quirky style that can be created with bobby pins. To get the look, separate sections of the hair you plan to roll from the rest of your hair. Next, begin to simply the loop of the end of each desired section, and roll up to form your victory roll style. Use your bobby pins to pin and secure your look into place.

bobby pin hairstyles to create a deep side part
Bobby pins can accentuate deep side parts. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

8. Dress Up a Side Part

Great for those who like minimally styled looks, bobby pins can be used to create deep dramatic parts in the hair. To get the look, start by applying the Suave Professionals Firm Control Sculpting Gel onto your clean and damp hair. Then, 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.

bobby pins can create a retro mini bouffant
Bobby pins can be used to create a ’50s retro look easily.

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 the 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.

bobby pin hairstyles with a lob
Long bobby pins can style your lob in seconds. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

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.

bobby pin hairstyles with a faux bob
A chic faux bob with the help of bobby pins. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

11. Create a Faux Bob

If you want to create a easy short bob look, pins can be super helpful in creating this style. Check out our full tutorial on how to create a faux bob.

bobby pin hairstyles with a finger wave
Finger wave styles look chic with embellished bobby pins. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

12. Try a Finger Wave

Finger waves are another great style for bobby pins, 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.

bobby pin hairstyles on curly hair
Show-off your curly hair and get your hair out of your face with bobby pins.

13. Half-Up Curly Style

Your curly hairstyle is bound to stay put a classic bobby pin. We particularly love them in half-up styles where you can get your hair out of your face as you accentuate your curly hair.

bobby pin hairstyles with a milkmaid braid
The secret to holding your milkmaid braid? Bobby pins!

14. Milkmaid Braid

We are all about braided hairstyles and the milkmaid braid is up there as one of our favorites. Make sure you get a few that match your hair color as your securely hold your cool style in place.


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