Step Up Your Style: 5 Ways to Put a Spin on the Bobby Pin

A little bobby pin inspo so you'll know what to do with the thousands of little black pins all over your bathroom.

The bobby pin is a hairstyle’s best little sidekick if it needs extra security and hold. Many people only utilize bobby pins in a traditional way, to smooth out lumps, bumps and maintain stubborn baby hairs. What many neglect is the bobby pin’s or barrette’s ability to step up your style by being the main focus of a look and adding an edgy color and texture to your hair. These styles are especially perfect for those who don’t do well with complicated tutorials since they’re all quick and there really is no right or wrong.

ATH provided some bobby pin inspo a while ago, so we thought it’s worth it to give an update and remind everyone just how great the bobby pin is if you want to step up your style. Read on and get inspired for the warmer, hair-off-your-face days to come:

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A subtle pin, for the win.

1. The Sophisticated, Low-Ponytail

Let’s start with something simple, shall we? A low-ponytail is an easy style that is great for women on the go who want to know they will look sharp in no time at all. If you need to maintain this style without any layers falling out during the day, secure the sides of your hair with a bobby pin. You can choose to hide the pin down low or put it higher up your head to show off the mature “barrette.” You can even create a deep part to give your low-pony more flair and use a bobby pin on the hair-heavy side to ensure the strong part stays in tact.

step up your style add some bling
Use your bobby barrettes to add some bling.

2. “Bobby Barrettes”

These bobby pin/barrette hybrids are fun because they step up your style by adding some bling to your hairdo. They can serve the same functional purpose as a bobby pin but also steal the show by adding texture and glam to the look. Create some faux bangs by adding some TRESemmé TRES Two Mega Firm Control Gel for a slick and controllable texture, then sweep and twist the front of your hair up and to the side, and secure it with the “bobby barrettes” to give the appearance of side bangs.

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Give your hair some twists and secure it with multiple pins.

3. Hair Twists

Put a fresh twist on the half updo look by twisting your hair and securing it with multiple visible bobby pins. Having a delicate twist contrasted with the metal of the bobby pins will help step up your style and create a cool look that seems complex but is really simple. Secure the end of the twists with as many pins as you desire, you can even connect the ends of the twists together to make it look more complicated. Finish with TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Smooth Hold Level 2 to prevent baby hair from falling out of your twists and creating a frizz effect.

step up your style ponytail
Take your ponytail to the next level with a bobby pin.

4. The Ponytail Wrap

There are so many ponytail trends we love, but this bobby pin hack makes ponytails go from basic to cosmopolitan in no time at all. Conceal your hair tie by grabbing a small section of hair in the ponytail (preferably starting from underneath) and wrap the hair around the ponytail until the tie is covered. Once you’ve wrapped until you have reached the end of the hair, secure it with, you guessed it, a bobby pin. Push the pin up into the ponytail to hide the pin to give the effect that your hair is solely tied by your hair wrap.

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Frame your face with an army of body pins.

5. Frame Your Face

Using bobby pins to keep your hair back and frame your face is easily our favorite way to step up your style game. Within this one style, there are so many ways to make it your own. Choosing the size and color of the bobby pin will make a bold statement—try a metallic finish like silver or gold to stand out against your hair color. You can also choose how close you want your bobby pins to be to each other and how many you want in your hair. Placing each pin up against each other will create a more uniform and shiny finish while creating greater separation adds more structure. We suggest adding some Dove Style+Care Volume Amplifier Mousse to the ends of your hair to bring back some texture and body, since the top will be laid flat with the pins.