Bobby pins are one of the most basic hair tools out there. They don’t involve harsh chemicals, tricky fasteners, or scalp-searing heat, yet they manage to keep hair in place—and they cost pennies per pin. But did you know there is a right way, and therefore a wrong way, to use a bobby pin? Over the years, I’ve relied on them to anchor gravity-defying pompadours and braided updos, but apparently I’ve been doing it all wrong.
I recently stumbled on a blog named Honey & Fitz that explained just how to use these common hair accessories, and I confirmed the information with a couple of trusted hairstylists. Here’s the deal: Make sure the grooved side of the bobby pin is facing down, against the skin. The ribbing is designed to grip hair and lock it in place, and you will capture more hair with the pin in that position. And it’s true! I immediately noticed that this little trick prevents hair from slipping and minimizes the need to readjust throughout the day. Try it—it’ll change your life.
Are you making this hair mistake?