How to find cool hair clips
There is quite a deal of variety when it comes to hair clips, so much of it in fact that choosing the right one can become a head-scratching endeavor, especially if you never gave much thought to all the options available out there and the advantages or disadvantages each one can offer. Hair clips reviews often don’t go into the details of the particularities of each design, and how these translate to everyday use, preferring to concentrate on things like style and current fashion.
We decided to focus on the practical side of things with this short guide, which might not be so glamorous but it might be useful for the few young girls who haven’t given such great care to hair grooming until now or for women who want to try out new solutions for holding their hair together.
Since the best hair clips for your needs can’t be said to belong to any particular style, feel free to try all of them out to see which one might fit best. After all, most hair clips for sale out there can be said to be dirt cheap and can be procured in bulk for a price no higher than that of supermarket wine.
How we chose the coolest hair clips
A good hair pin must first and foremost do its job properly, and that means keeping your hair together. It has to be comfortable to wear and resilient enough not to break in just a couple of weeks. With that being said, what are the particularities of each design?
The bobby pin
This is a simple strip of metal bent against itself with the purpose of keeping small strands of hair together. They are generally used for dealing with loose hair and their small size makes them inconspicuous, so most often they won’t serve a decorative purpose, although bobby pins that feature discreet embellishments can still be found.
Their small weight makes these comfortable to wear but the pointy ends can dig into the scalp if not placed properly or without an adequate hair cushion, especially if a layer of paint isn’t applied to provide a softer surface. For these reasons, bobby pins are best kept away from small children.
Most parents choose either this or hair bows — and there are some great hair bows out there — for managing the hair of their children, but are also ever popular with young girls. Snap clips are usually made out of soft and flexible material such as plastic or metal with a plastic covering so they bend open and close in place.
This offers a more secure hold of your hair than the bobby pin can provide, so it can be used to keep bigger strands in place without as much danger of sliding off. These are more often used as decorative pieces for a youthful look and bright colors are fairly ubiquitous with this type of clip.
These use a spring for closing in place, and also feature small teeth to latch on better to relatively small strands of hair. This can make them significantly heavier than the types we’ve looked on so far and some people, especially children, might find them bothersome.
Although there are some plastic models to be found which are brightly colored and intended for a young audience, the alligator clip is most commonly used as a tool during styling, where it is employed for holding onto small sections of hair.
Duck bill clips
Despite the fact that there’s no rule prohibiting their use as part of a finished hairstyle, the duck bill clip is seen as a dedicated styling version of the alligator. These won’t latch on to the hair nearly as well, since there are no teeth present on the inner surface, which will make them easier to quickly slide off the strands when in the process of fixing your hair.
These can range in size quite a bit, as added weight isn’t really an issue for their intended purpose, and the biggest ones are particularly useful for holding on to large chunks of hair. This will make them suitable for use in up-does, although claw-shaped clips are considered to provide the ideal solution for such styles.
These are significantly more complex than other types of hair clips, as they use a clasp system combined with spring tension to lock them in place. They are also generally heavier but can come in a wide range of sizes with the more delicate models being comfortable enough to be used with small strands, generally at the front or on the sides of the head.
The biggest ones offer a firm enough grip for holding on to ponytails or half ponytails at the back, and since their surface area allows for a lot of decoration, the stylistic aspect can be said to take primacy with this type of clip.
For this reason, barrettes can vary in price quite a lot, with designer models reaching into the hundreds of dollars. Overall quality can also become a significant issue, with cheaper items being potentially harder to lock in place, or too flimsy for extended use. Good hair clips of this variety should require a closer inspection before purchase.
As a final note, women with thinner hair might find that their strands might snap between the two metal bows used to hold them together, and might want to opt for a less rigid clip.
These use a spring mechanism to open up and push against larger or smaller quantities of hair, latched in place by claw-like bits on one end. A fairly noticeable hair accessory, hair claws can be well decorated and might serve for making an effective fashion statement as well as more utilitarian purposes.
Large hair claws are considered to be the best solution for keeping a good amount of hair twisted up and away from the neck, such as you find with various buns or high riding ponytails. As the interlocking teeth present in this variety of clip might allow for a lot of strands to get through, women with thinner hair might find that they will be left with a “messy” look, if not careful enough when styling.