Bobby pins are a curly girl’s best friend. And we’re not the only ones who think so! No matter how useful and amazing bobby pins are…we all know how out-of-control they can be. They are tiny and so easy to lose that by the end of the month, it’s time to buy a new pack already! For the love of bobby pins, we’ve gathered our 5 favorite bobby pin hacks to keep the pins in control! And to get the best styling results you can get at the same time:
1. Magnet Strip
You may already be aware…that bobby pins are magnetic! This answers the one seemingly impossible challenge of keeping bobby pins organized. Simply glue or tack a magnet strip inside of your drawer, mirror, vanity — or anyplace you typically style your hair most often — and store all of your pins along the strip! No dropping them on the floor or having to remember where one may be…they will all hold securely in the same spot.
2. Coat with Hair Spray or Gel
The smoother your hair is, the easier it is for bobby pins to slip out throughout the day which will kill your style and deplete your bobby pin collection…Make sure those bobby pins stay in place by spraying them first with hair spray or coating them in a mixture of water and your favorite gel.
3. Wavy Side down
Another trick to secure the bobby pins to your hair and to preserve your style is to use them correctly! It may be counter intuitive, but bobby pins are meant to be placed into the hair wavy side down.
4. DIY Clips
With a little bit of glue, buttons, flowers, and/or nail polish (and a little bit of time) bobby pins are a great accessory to use in making your own DIY pins. Simply glue on your favorite buttons or small flowers to add a subtle pop of color to any hair style. You can also paint plain gold, silver, and black pins with your favorite nail polish colors, let dry, and then pin throughout your hair to accent your style with color, rather than just holding it in place.
5. Exposed Pin Styles
This may be our favorite — get creative with your bobby pins! Bad hair day? Pin your hair into a messy top knot or side bun and then distract from the messiness with an interesting pin arrangement. Create stripes, shapes — whatever your inner artist desires.
Do you have any bobby pin hacks we missed? Share them in the comments!
Dora Sobze is a PR associate, writer, and social media strategist by day — and freelance blogger by night. If you’re feeling crafty, hungry, stylish, or in need of natural hair tips, check out her blog latidoe.blogspot.com or spinachblog.com for her latest spinach recipes. She’d love to chat with you on twitter! Follow her @la_ti_doe