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