How to Use Hair Clips for Holding and Binding

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Whether short, medium or long, there are literally hundreds, perhaps thousands, of hair accessories available for women to use on and in their hair. Out of all the barrettes, hair clips, rubber bands, scrunchies, flowers, headbands and ribbons available, hair clips can be a versatile and practical hair accessory. There are several names for hair clips---including jaw clips, claw and mini-claw clips---but any will do the job for almost any hair type or occasion.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Hair brush
  • Medium-sized hair clip (claw)
  • Small hair clips (mini-claw)
  • Styling gel/holding spray
  • Curling iron

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Instructions

    Complete updo

  1. 1

    Brush and smooth hair back as if styling into a ponytail and firmly grasp hair at nape of the neck.

  2. 2

    Make sure bulk of hair is placed in a comfortable spot at the back of your head.

  3. 3

    Pull hair up toward the top of your head and remove any lumps or separation of strands

  4. 4

    Holding hair smooth and close to your head, begin twisting to either the right or left, keeping the twisted hair centred.

  5. 5

    Continue to twist hair towards the top of the head until you reach the crown.

  6. 6

    Secure with one hand and apply medium-sized claw clip.

  7. 7

    Tuck loose strands of hair until all hair is satisfactorily contained.

  8. 8

    Adjust the clip (open and move) to tighten to accommodate more hair, if necessary.

    Pulled back

  1. 1

    Brush and smooth hair back as if styling into a ponytail. Firmly grasp hair at the nape of the neck.

  2. 2

    Allow fingers to "sift" through hair to allow a portion of hair to fall down in back.

  3. 3

    Grasp remaining hair from each side and lightly twist at middle point.

  4. 4

    Secure small hair clip at point of hair intertwining.

  5. 5

    Brush to smooth hair together.

    Partial updo

  1. 1

    Brush hair in upward motion in V-shaped formation from the base of neck.

  2. 2

    Apply styling gel or holding spray lightly to hair.

  3. 3

    Pull both sides of hair together towards middle of head, similar to a Mohawk (from top of ears and below).

  4. 4

    Hold hair tightly and twist under (to either side) going upward.

  5. 5

    Secure with several mini-claw clips, going up from the base of the head or twist to the crown and secure with medium-sized claw clip.

  6. 6

    Leave front and side of the hair loose to style.

  7. 7

    Use a curling iron to add ringlets from still-loose hair. You can also slightly curl hair under and pull back to create loose waves to cover the top of the clip.

Tips and warnings

  • For thicker or very long hair, a large hair clip may be required.

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