7 Best Bobby Pin Hairstyles

7 Best Bobby Pin Hairstyles
7 Best Bobby Pin Hairstyles

7 Best Bobby Pin Hairstyles: Bobby pins are the workhorses of hair accessories. Recently they have become used for so much more than just holding a bun in place. Bobby pin hair art has been seen on runways around the world in recent years. They are a fantastic way to embrace hair or any length, colour and texture. Here are 7 bobby pin hairstyles All Things Hair love, that are easy to do at home.

French Roll

Comb medium to long hair to the side. Place the bobby pins in an overlapping vertical line. These bobby pins can be any colour as the goal is to have them completely hidden by your hair. Pull the hair back from left to right, over the pins. Now roll the ends around your hand, creating a rolling effect.

Hold this roll in place using pins that are close to your hair colour. To properly secure this roll push the pins into the side of it. Tuck the ends into the bottom of the roll to get the full effect. Use a mirror to see how neat it looks. Slide-in more pins to create a neat finish and to hold the hairstyle tightly.

If you prefer a messier look, use a texturizing spray before creating the roll effect. Pull out strands of hair, to make it look a little more loose and casual.


Geometric Shapes

This is a style that has been seen in runways around the world. Create a unique geometric shape made from bobby pins that contrast your natural hair colour (silver pins on black hair, pink on blondes or black pins or redheads, for example). They can be incorporated into any hair cut from long curls to undercuts and jagged bobs.

Use double x bobby pins to point your curls in the right direction but placing them about your ear, or amp up a top knot with bobby pins that form a triangle down the back of the head. Creating hashtag shapes to fix hair in a side-swept style or a half-up-half-down style is one of the most popular bobby pin hairstyles.

If you’ve already got an updo you love but want to add a simple bobby pin style to it, a geometric shape can add some sparkle. Try adding big statement bobby pins in bold colours, with embellishments to make your hairstyle stand out even more.



Faux Bob

If you’ve been lusting after a collar skimming bob haircut but are afraid of taking the plunge and getting the chop, you can create the illusion of a bob with bobby pins. This method of hiding your length is ideal for fine, shoulder-length hair.

Start by dividing your heart into two sections. Part your hair horizontally from ear to ear, to make it easier to use a duckbill clip to keep the hair separated at the part. Divide the bottom part of your hair into two-inch sections.

Fold or roll each two-inch section up towards your scalps and secure them with bobby pins (one to three, depending on the thickness of your hair). Let the top part of the sectioned hair flow free.

If your hair has layers, leave the short layers unpinned so they can cover the bottom layer. If your hair is all one length or has long enough layers to cover the pins, roll the ends under the bottom section and pin them securely to your scalp with bobby pins. This gives the effect of a chic bob.


Finger Wave

Finger waves can be professionally done with bobby pins, no heat styling tools necessary! Start working on damp hair, using a hair gel or cream for hold. Give your hair a deep side-parting, traditionally finger waves are created using a deep-parting but you can keep your centre parting if you prefer.

Use bobby pins to create the spiral shapes that finger waves are famous for. Take small sections of air and push the bobby pin inside to those sections. Spritz hairspray and leave the curls to sit with the bobby pins for between 15 and 20 minutes.

The way a finger wave is created can be customised to suit the length and texture of your hair. You can create this style at the front of the head and then work the hair into a bun. Or you can pin it all the way down for classic Hollywood waves.


Milkmaid Braid

A celebrity staple for many years, the milkmaid braid is easy to achieve yet incredibly chic and bohemian. If you know how to achieve a classic plait, that you’re halfway towards this classic updo.

Use your fingers to section your hair all the way down the middle, the great thing about this style is that it doesn’t have to be neat and precise. Leave out small sections of hair to frame your face if you wish. Then take the bulk section of your hair and create a classic three-strand braid above your ear.

Stop plaiting your hair about 3 inches from the bottom, either leave it loose or secure it with a clear hairband. Repeat this plait on the other side, trying to make them as even as possible. Take your left braid and place it across the top of your head.

Secure it with bobby pins every few inches along the plait so it sits flat against your head. Now do the same with the right braid, placing it behind the left one. Add bobby pins that blend into your hair or add jewelled ones that make a statement.


Stacked Slicked

Create a new version of the slicked-back hair with bobby pins. It keeps your hair pulled back like a ponytail, but the bobby pins give it some edge. Create this style by spritzing mist all over. Then create a deep side part.

Apply a watery wax on the part, smooth the hair back. For a clean finish use a blunt toothbrush to brush the hair back, this should help control flyaways. Carefully stack bobby pins, creating a wave-like pattern above your ear.

This style works best when you use a bobby pin colour that contrasts your hair colour. Additionally, choose bold bobby pins with patterns, diamantes or spikes. Add strong hold hairspray so your style stays in place through the night, no matter how much you dance and sweat.


Deep partings have never been more in fashion, whether it’s down the centre or to the side. Minimally styled bobby pins can be added to make sleek but simple hairstyles look more dramatic.

Use a wide-tooth comb to create a deep and dramatic part. Stack bobby pins together to create a deep finish. Use bobby pins that are bold and stand out against your hair colour