When's the last time you spruced up your hair with clips?
Chances are, it's been a while. You might have even been a kid. So, you associate these flash accessories with childhood — and you avoid them because of this.
But hair clips aren't just for kids. In fact, they're one of the hottest fashion trends out there at the moment. And you can make them modern and mature, too.
Here's how to do it.
1. Symmetrical Hair Clips
Start by parting your hair right down the middle. Then, grab a pair of identical hair barrettes or other stylish hair accessories that suit your texture best.
Smooth your hair back on one side of your part and place a clip to hold it in place. Do the same on the other side to create a simple, symmetrical style.
Once you have your pins in place, you can leave your hair as-is. Or, you can pull it back into a low ponytail or bun for an even more polished updo.
2. Claw Clip Updo
If you were styling your hair in the 90s or 00s, you remember the claw clips.
Some were small enough to clip back bangs or other small groups of tresses. Others had the size and grip to hold up an entire head of hair.
In this case, you should use a pair of larger claw clips to create an eye-catching updo. Pull your hair back into a slick ponytail, then use the claw clips to hold your locks in place.
This option's certainly fashion-forward, so long as you choose the right clips with which to work. Choose a pair that matches your hair color for the sleekest possible outcome.
3. One-Sided Clip
Do you only have one hair clip in your drawer? Don't worry — you're in luck. You can still create a romantic hairstyle with a single clip.
Start by parting your hair to one side. Let the fuller side flow naturally. You might want to curl your hair to give it extra body and volume.
On the shorter side of the part, pin your hair back with a single clip. Voila — you've got a polished hairstyle, and you're ready for date night.
4. Sunburst Hair Clips
Most hair clip styles require you to pull your hair back and pin it behind your ear.
This idea requires the same simple swoop, but it comes with a twist. Rather than securing your strands with a single pin, you will grab a handful of slim pins.
Imagine that your ear serves as the sun itself, and your pins are its rays. Clip your hair behind your ear and create a sunburst pattern with a half-circle of pins.
This style looks particularly special if you use a pin that contrasts significantly with the color of your hair. So, if you're a brunette, chose a light shade, such as white or mint green. If you have lighter hair, opt for a darker or brightly colored option.
5. Bobby Pin Crown
Your hair accessory doesn't have to be diamond-covered to be considered a crown.
Instead, you can grab a handful of bobby pins to create an abstract crown of sorts. Place them in clusters that are square- or triangle-shaped. Or pop them in groups that are entirely random.
Continue the line or clusters of pins around your head to complete your crown. Pair this intricate style with jeans and a t-shirt for a super edgy street style, all thanks to your hair clips.
6. Half-Up, Half-Down
This look's a classic hair clip style. It works for all hair lengths and textures. It even looks great if you have curls or loose tendrils — the more loose strands falling out, the better.
And it's simple to create this style, too. Simply pull back half of your hair and secure it in place with a hair clip — that's it.
You can use just about any of the hair clips you have in your drawer, too. A few bobby pins can hold back your hair, as can snapping barrette clips. Even the aforementioned claw clip could do the job.
Think about using a statement clip, too. An oversized or embellished accessory would make your style fancier for a special event.
7. Mix-and-Match Clips
Your half-up, half-down style is classic. In other words, it's the exact opposite of a mix-and-match hair clip style.
Grab a handful of your favorite clips and line them up side-by-side on one half of your parted hair.
You can do just about anything you want with this style option. You can choose a handful of clips that are different styles, but all the same color. Or, you could go for a few accessories in complementary colors that don't match perfectly.
Of course, more daring fashionistas could opt for a completely random mix of hair clips. It's up to you to decide what good and what speaks to your aesthetic. When you're happy with your combination of clips, you're ready to go.
Hair Clips: They Speak to Your Style
Not all of the above ideas will have spoken to you, but that's the beauty of fashion — everyone has their own style.
So, grab your hair clips and create a hairstyle that fits with your wardrobe and aesthetic. You can't go wrong if you follow your instincts and feel confident in the hair accessories you wear.
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