You know those big, usually ugly claw clips that everyone was hoarding in the 90s? Well, they’re back and better than ever, and obviously here to stay. The question on everyone’s lips: How can you make them beautiful? There are people (look at you, Matilda Djerf) who have that effortless style when it comes to clips and claws, but it’s actually not that easy to perfect your technique. If you’re having trouble, read on for expert advice.
The return of clips is a popular trend among hair experts. “I love that they’re used by everyone – there’s no specific way,” said David Lopeza celebrity hairstylist.
“I love a good ’90s hairstyle,” says Stephanie Angelone, master stylist at RPZL hair extension and blowout bar in New York City. “My favorite look is to combine a claw clip with textured waves that look like a full waterfall ponytail like Kim Kardashian did. [her hair] a few times recently. JExturizing spray is essential when trying out claw-in hairstyles, for hold and longevity of the look, Angelone said.
The good thing with clip-in hairstyles is that they can be as glamorous or romantic as you want them to be. “I love low, twisted, and chunky hairstyles,” said Raven Hurtado, stylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago. “You gather the hair into a low ponytail, twist it, and secure it with the claw clip. Pull the pieces in the front and through the temples and back for added softness.
Can a clip look chic?
Absolutely, according to the experts. This is partly due to the endless clip options available these days. “The clips don’t look the same as they did in 1989 anymore – they’re embellished with crystals and can be used all day and even night,” Lopez said.
In beauty, nothing is ever unique, given the personalization of our routines, from skin to body and hair. “A lot of people love the easy to do ‘twist and pin’ hair that takes hair off the face, but it’s all about the accessories,” Lopez said. “Play and experiment.”
Finding the Right Clip Size
It all depends on the style you want to achieve, as well as the type of hair you have and how heavy it is. For fine hair, smaller claw clips are preferred; for thick curly hair, the bigger the better.
“Depending on the hairstyle, small claw clips (one to two inches) are ideal for thinner or shorter hair, half-up half-down hairstyles and buns,” Hurtado says. “Medium claw clips are best one-size-fits-all and are also ideal for twist hairstyles.”
Techniques for different hair
Each of the experts we spoke with has their own way of doing things. Below are their tips.
Hurtado: “Section your hair on top like a half-up, half-down style and secure it in a loose bun with a claw clip. Repeat this same step for the bottom half. You should have two loose buns secured with claw clips. Let pieces of your hair fall naturally and around your face for a chic look.
Angelone: “For curly hair, I would recommend using curl creams. wash your hair [and] add your favorite curl cream and curl-enhancing products to keep hair looking full and structured after you cut it.
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Lopez: “When it comes to heavy hair, you want to create a bit of base underneath. So if you find the clip is slipping out of your hair, you want to either add a bit of texture spray or hairspray to hair to the clip itself, to get a bit more grip.If you want to do a half hairstyle, you can also add a texturizing spray directly to your hair.
Hurtado: “Tie your hair in a low ponytail, securing it with a rubber band so you know your hair isn’t going anywhere. Twist it up and secure it with the clip and let the ends of the hair fan out over the claw clip.
Lopez: “I would even suggest embracing the frizz!” Have fun with it, put a clip here and there and tuck some hair behind the ears. Make it useful!”
Hurtado: “Gather your hair into a ponytail in the back and cut it in half, then braid the sections together, forming a rope braid. Once you’ve braided all the way, bring it up, wrap it around, and secure it with a claw clip. You should have a textured style.
Angelone: ”Most frizzy hair tends to look its best on the second day, when the natural oils have run through your hair and tamed the frizz at this stage, so it will be easier to style, straighten and to have a structured result.”
Hurtado: “Part the top half of your hair and gather your hair like you would into a ponytail. Wrap the ponytail around your fingers once then secure it with the claw. The ends of the hair should be out and visible from the bottom of the claw clip. This style should be a tousled look.
Angelone: “Tie your hair up and curl it section by section. I would recommend curling with a waver like Brand Beauty Babe Waves. This will help enhance your natural waves and give extra hold.
Hurtado: “For straight hair, it’s easy to run out. If you’re in a hurry, quickly roll your hair up once and secure it with a fun claw clip.
Lopez: “I embrace straight hair and love snap clips [old school metal clips]. The embellishments look great and are so easy to use on the front of the hair. They just snap into place.
Hurtado: “Brush the fringes of your curtain until you get a swoop effect. Roll up your hair quite high and secure it with a claw clip. Pull random hair pieces. This style gives Pamela Anderson vibes.
Lopez: “I love using clips to hold the side of the curtain fringe and show the center of the fringe”
Angelone: “Hair clips are literally made for those with curtain bangs! It gives you that little extra volume and a lifted look in the front while your hair is cut. I cut mine off on purpose so I could do this hairstyle!