7 Trendy Ways to Wear Bobby Pins

Wendy Rose Gould is a beauty expert for hair tutorials and advice at, and she kindly shared with us the latest escapade of her slaying hair skills. Her most recent tutorial features bobby pins in all their prime and glory, as she explains that they “sort of get the short end of the stick. I mean, they’re super utilitarian, obviously, but pretty much every single tutorial out there tells you they should be tucked away, hidden from the world and never to be seen by a single soul.” Not only is Gould talented, but she’s also sweet and down-to-earth in her approach to breaking down her hair tutorials, so there’s no need to feel intimidated by these easy tips. Gould knows that most women aren’t hair gurus or hair stylists. If anything, Gould reminds us that the less perfect, the better, as it’s more about exploring something different, having fun, and being just a little daring. However, if you’re up for the challenge, she encourages you to take things a step further by experimenting with brightly colored or metallic bobby pins. So get your bobby pins ready as we explore Gould’s 7 incredibly chic ways to wear bobby pins.
#1 The Half-Up Bobby Pin Nest
After teasing your hair at the crown and gently combing it out, pull back half of your hair to create a half-up hairdo; instead of securing hair with an elastic, though, twist it twice to the right and then begin inserting bobby pins to secure. Don’t worry about being strategic, uniform, or symmetrical. Instead, create a messy nest of bobby pins. Not only will your hair be very secure, but it’ll look cool. The more bobby pins and the more haphazard their placement, the more “on purpose” it will look.
#2 The Half-Up Braided and Bobbied
Create two small-to-medium braids on either side of your head. Pull them to the back until they meet and then insert four crisscrossed bobby pins. For an additional touch, and so people know you’re not ashamed of your bobby pin game, insert three horizontal bobby pins above the braids at the center of your head.
#3 The Messy Bun Meets Bobby
Gather your hair near the crown of your head as if you’re going to put it in a messy ponytail. Begin wrapping it around itself, then secure the entire bun with a clear elastic. Keep your bun very loose, very casual, and very undone. From there, add three sets of two bobby pins around the bun.
#4 The No Reason Zigzag
This one’s great because the bobby pins serve no purpose other than to look pretty. Just above your ear, insert two diagonal bobby pins. From there, create a zigzag by adding two additional bobby pins on top and then two below.
#5 The Super Side Swept Lattice
Create a very deep side part, pulling a large portion of your hair to one side of your face. Insert two bobby pins and point away from your face. From there, fold over a small section of the pulled-aside hair and insert two additional bobby pins (this time toward your face) to keep the fold in place. Repeat, this time pulling hair from the front portion of your pulled-aside hair and folding it over. Insert two more bobby pins to keep it in place, again with the bobby pins pointing away from your face. Repeat once more on the other side of the pulled-aside section, bobby pins pointing toward your face again. Don’t get too caught up in making this look perfect or the same as the image featured here. Just keep folding sections of hair back and forth and securing with alternating bobby pins to create a lattice.
#6 The Covered Pony
Divide your hair into three sections, with the largest section in the middle and two smaller sections on either side. Gather the middle section into a low ponytail and secure with a clear elastic. Drag one section of hair over the top of the ponytail and wrap it around, securing with a bobby pin. Repeat on the other side. On either both sides or one side (your choice), insert four fanned out bobby pins.
#7 The Pinned Rosette
Gather a small section of your hair above your ear and gently twist the hair around itself to create a spiral. Place the rosette flat against your head and insert two crisscrossed bobby pins.
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