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Hair Basics: How to Use a Bobby Pin

Bobby pins are good for more than littering your bathroom—if you know how to use them correctly. Try these three techniques to master this hair essential.

 

The first technique is simple and straightforward, just slide the bobby pin, ridges down, into your hair. The second option is for girls with thick hair that requires a little extra hold, begin with the first technique, then slide another bobby pin over the first to create an X. If you want to hide the pin use your pointer finger to separate the prongs of the pin and then use the longer prong to scoop a section of hair before pushing the pin into that section. Hone these basics, and soon you'll be creating extravagant updos in a snap.

Reagan Breinholt

Reagan is a hairdresser and blogger living in New York City.

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