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Bobby Pins Reinvented

Bobby pins are always something I seem to find laying around, but never really think to use since my hair routine on a day-to-day basis is pretty basic. They’re such a common hair accessory — half the time you never really know when people are wearing them because they are generally meant to be hidden, pinning back loose hairs or securing a style. For this post, I wanted to try using bobby pins in a different way — having them visible!  Here are three easy ways to reinvent the bobby pin.

bobby pins and nail polish

Painted Pins

All you need for this trick is a few long bobby pins and some nail polish.

painting bobby pin

Slide the bobby pins onto a thick piece of paper and line them up so they are touching each other. With your nail polish, paint your design directly on top of the pins and wait until the polish is dry. I chose to do a geometric design with red and grey polish.

painted bobby pins


Once the polish is dry, you can slide the pins off the paper.

painted bobby pins in hair

I added a little braid and pinned my bobby pins just below it. If you have dark hair and use dark pins, it looks like the design is printed right onto your hair!

Bun Crown

bobby pin fan

This style is super easy to do. Throw your hair into a low bun, then place your bobby pins in a crown form at the base. I used metallic bobby pins for Brigette’s red locks.


bobby pin chevron

This style looks best when your hair is pulled back into a low side bun. To get the chevron shape, slide one bobby pin onto the hair, and then slide the next one through the end of the first pin, creating a secure angle. I made 5 chevrons, but feel free to add more for a more dramatic effect!

chevron in the light

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Eva -August 13, 2013, 7:42AM

love this —>> <3

Priscilla Ivette -August 13, 2013, 10:38AM

This is so ingenious and beautiful I love this, and have got to try this!


Julenecakes -August 13, 2013, 11:23AM

So creative! Must try this ASAP.

celine -August 13, 2013, 12:54PM

this is awesome, I assume we would paint atleast two coats… anyways I’m trying this today!

Juliette Laura -August 13, 2013, 2:46PM

Ahhh i love these! I painted some with nail polish a while back, but I seriously love the chevron look. Definitely trying it!

xo, Juliette Laura

stylonylon -August 13, 2013, 6:35PM

Such a brilliant idea – love these! Gonna try them out! :)
Julia x

Alexa Sonken {Invitations for Creatives} -August 14, 2013, 1:41AM

This is so fun. Love the chevron idea :) Great creativity

Caitlin Dohrenwend -August 14, 2013, 7:28PM

How does it work for light hair? What color would work painted On the light brown bobby pins?

fp jana -August 16, 2013, 11:21AM

Hi Caitlin! You could use the gold metallic bobby pins that I used on Brigette’s hair for the bun crown and chevron style. Any color polish would work too! Using a chrome silver polish might look really cool on the gold metallic :)

Stephanie -August 20, 2013, 1:57PM

I absolutely adore this!

Asia -August 23, 2013, 2:36PM

This is so cool! I have curly hair so when I put my hair back I want it to have an interesting look! This is perfection!

Caitlin Dohrenwend -September 5, 2013, 3:55PM

@fpjana thanks!

Rakesh Botadkar -December 28, 2013, 1:25AM

Being a manufacturer of bobbypins in India, I just love these designs have been created. Please do visit our blog and also watch the SAIMAN Strong Bobbypins Video Test, to check the strength of bobbypins, because feel that the consumer deserves a certain degree of quality, which is not prevalent with manufacturers nowadays. But am trying to that difference, because I love this industry so much and very close to my heart. Thanks. :-)

Andrew Tillotson -October 12, 2015, 3:02AM


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