The Right Way to Use Hair Grips (Bobby Pins)?


You’re probably thinking what the?! The most simplest hair tool used daily and most people are using them incorrectly, even myself. Then a friend told me the “right” way. In these 22 years of my life (well make that around 13 years counting from when I had first started using these), I’ve always believed that the way to use them is the way they’re shown when you purchase them, the wavy side up right? Wrong. It’s the wavy side down. Having the wavy side down, means the end of the grip can scoop the hair into the grip. The waves is designed to keep your hair in place and the straight side is meant to push the hair into the waves and to prevent hair from sliding out.
Thinking about this, I have noticed that when I’ve used it wavy side up, I do get bits of fly away hair coming lose and out of the waves meaning I’d have to constantly take them out and put them in again. Since using it the “correct” way, there is a massive difference. Bits of fly away hair doesn’t come lose anymore. It’s the little things that makes a difference.

Did you know about this? Do you think there is a right and wrong way of using them?


  1. Georgie Colloff
    30th January 2014 / 12:43 am

    Amazing, thank you for this revelation and life lesson. I feel a fool for not using hair grips on the correct way!

    Georgie xx

    Life in Loafers

  2. Louise Smith
    30th January 2014 / 2:03 am

    Well! I never knew this lol. No wonder my hair never stays in right. Will try this tomorrow. Thanks.

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper | An Undomestic Goddess

  3. Terri
    30th January 2014 / 6:45 am

    Hahaha! As I was reading this, my hand slowly went up to my head to remove the bobby pin so I could fix it to the "correct" way. WOW. This totally makes sense though! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Erika
    30th January 2014 / 9:08 am

    I had no idea!! I will be testing out this later, thank you for the tip!

  5. Maya Bogaert
    30th January 2014 / 12:49 pm

    Ooh so cool! Thanks for clearing that up 🙂

  6. lisa prince
    30th January 2014 / 1:17 pm

    who would have thought there was a right and wrong way of using them but now i know it looks like ive been using them upside down for years x

  7. Smallnhot Sarah
    30th January 2014 / 4:57 pm

    great tips ! I din know we can use the bobby pin in such way… #giglove

  8. Hannah Layford
    30th January 2014 / 9:00 pm

    the first time I saw this my mind was blown!! It does kind of make sense though

  9. Jing-Jing
    30th January 2014 / 11:31 pm

    I only learnt about the "right" way of using bobby pins a few months ago, and I do find that it does work better than the way most people do it!
    Who would have known right haha

  10. Maddison Bell
    31st January 2014 / 5:07 am

    I've heard of this before but thought it was just one of those myths! I must try it as i'm constantly having flyways 🙁
    Maddi x

  11. donnarence
    31st January 2014 / 6:08 am

    I did not know about this!! gosh! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. 31st January 2014 / 11:20 am

    This should be shared all over. I've only known about it recently as well. 🙂

  13. Monica Calangian
    1st February 2014 / 11:10 am

    Honestly, I don't like using bobby pins since I don't know how to correctly use them. Haha! Thanks for the tips though. GIG

  14. Cindy Tong
    1st February 2014 / 4:31 pm

    wow i didn't know it should be used that way!!!i should follow this the next time!

  15. 2nd February 2014 / 7:20 pm

    Ohmygosh! Someone told me this is the Fall and I was DUMBFOUNDED! I had nooooo idea!! <3 #GIGlove

  16. marina rauso
    2nd February 2014 / 10:34 pm

    I didn't know that. I've always used it without thinking…up or down simply by chance.

  17. Marxie ♔
    3rd February 2014 / 2:45 pm

    I've seen a post about this before and I still do the incorrect way of using it even after knowing the right way to use it. XD

  18. Yuh Jiun
    3rd February 2014 / 2:50 pm

    omg hahaha I didn't know about this! I've been using it the wrong way :/

  19. Agata Pokutycka
    3rd February 2014 / 7:19 pm

    haha this got my thinking… I went to check it out but because I have your post in mind I lost my natural way of doing it… maybe sometime soon I will check which way round I normally use it

  20. 4th February 2014 / 3:11 am

    I've read about this tip before, but somehow I go back to using them the incorrect way, LOL!

  21. Nina Gonzalez
    4th February 2014 / 5:14 am

    ahahaha are you serious?!?! that is mind boggling ahahaha, I am still inshock! will have to see if I can notice a difference when applying them the right and wrong gigloe

  22. Porshia
    4th February 2014 / 8:57 am

    This totally makes sense! And all these time I kept thinking that maybe my hair is not bobby pin friendly! I have to check this asap! Thanks!

  23. Somdyuti D. Ray
    4th February 2014 / 5:50 pm

    What? Oh my God.. and all this while I was confidently doing it the wrong way? I would never know till now. Thank you so so much for sharing it. I'm totally going to RT this. 😀

  24. Heena Shah-Dhedhi
    4th February 2014 / 6:33 pm

    Hahah… so silly did it almost wrong all the time. Thanks for sharing this. GIGLove

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