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Types Of Hair Clips

There are several types of hair clips and they come in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes and they serve different functions. Whether you’re trying to keep your perm together or you want to adorn your hair for a special occasion using these hair accessories, here are the different hair clip styles.

Bobby Pin

These are the most common types of hair clips. You simply have to slip a bobby pin into your hair to hold your hair together and the pin stays in place without tugging your hair or poking your scalp.

Two Golden Bobby Pins. One long bobby pin and one short bobby pin.
Two Golden Bobby Pins. One long bobby pin and one short bobby pin.

bobby pin (also known as a kirby grip or hair grip in the United Kingdom) is a type of hairpin, usually of metal or plastic, used in coiffure to hold hair in place.

It is a small double-pronged hair pin or clip that slides into hair with the prongs open and then the flexible prongs close over the hair to hold it in place.

Claw Clip

Claw clips or butterfly hair clips have a comb-like look mouth that you open by pushing the handle of the clip. Once you have your hair in the way you want it, you release the handle to snap the clip in place. Their common with pull-back hairstyles.

Snap Clip

Snap clips or contour clips are the types of clips you use to style your hair by adding a bit of color. Because they come in all assortments of colors and you can use a small snap clip to hold a lot of hair. The good thing is that they also come in larger sizes so there’s something for everyone.

Rose, Gold, Silver, Snap Clips

Hinged Barrettes

These hair clip styles are popular with young kids. Hinged barrettes are made of plastic and fold in half. There’s a hinge that helps separate the two parts when you press the ends together.

Banana Clip

Banana clips are larger clips. About 6 inches in length. They get their name because of the curved banana-like shape of the clip. These types of clips are great for holding thick hair together.

Double Prong Clips

Double prong clips can be used to secure rollers in your hair and are commonly used when doing a pin curl perm. These hair clips feature two prongs for a durable grip. You can use double prong clips at home to add some volume and create curls on a daily basis if you’re into styling your hair on your own.

Alligator Hair Clips

Alligator hair clips come in a variety of styles and sizes for creating hair-bows, clippies, and other hairstyles. Double prong alligator clips are available and look like regular double prongs but with teeth.

There are also flat alligator hair clips with teeth which have a larger flat surface to attach bows to and which also have more grip for holding your hair in place.

Duckbill Clip

Duckbill clips are the types of hair clips that your hairdresser would probably use to section out your hair when you go in for a cut. They bundle smaller sections of hair together.

These clips are also used to hold small pieces of hair out of the way. For example, in a subsection. You can divide your hair in half and then use these clips to divide that half into quarters.

Those are the main types of hair clips and you can read more on how to use hair clips or how to wear them for different occasions.

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