Hair Pins versus Bobby Pins

Monday, June 03, 2013

Just a quick post since I shared on my Facebook wall the hairstyle I did for my daughter for her sister's (my eldest daughter's) graduation.

I wrote:

So my daughter has been bugging me since yesterday to post this. I did her hair for her sister's graduation. Keep in mind her hair is stick straight, does not hold a curl and hate to go buns because it slips right out of any style.

I put her hair up in a high ponytail then did a loose braid before wrapping it onto itself and securing with a ton of bobbypins (I didn't have hairpins). I sprayed her hair with Sexy Hair Corp Spray & Play (from our Ipsy bags) and secured the sides with the gold clips. At the base I had to use bobby pins and sprayed her hair, allowed the hairspray to dry then removed the pins and hair stayed for several hours before it finally came loose. LOL

What's funny is she wants her sister's hair (wavy) and her sister wants her hair (stick straight) and spends hours flat ironing her hair (but it becomes frizzy like mine which hates the flat iron).

I was then asked, "What's the difference between a hairpin and a bobby pin?"

Hair pins and bobby pins are very similar as both secure the hair in place. The difference between a bobby pin and hair pin is in the shape and what type of hairstyle you're doing. Many updos you'll want to use a hair pin because it's easier to slide into the hair to secure the style however most people use bobby pins because it's more commonly sold in drugstores.

Hair pins on the left, bobby pins on the right.

Keep in there are various shapes of both hair pins and bobby pins with some hair pins having completely straight sides and bobby pins coming in very tiny sizes as well as large sizes.

Source: Humblebee and me

By using a bobby pin in her hair rather than a hair pin the bobby pin jabbed her in the head and that's because bobby pins were not designed for the hairstyle I did. It's hard for me to describe it since I can picture it in my head, when you slide a hair pin in you kind of put it in "backwards" so it "hooks" the hair and "flip it" then tuck into the hair. I'll have to buy some hair pins to do an actual tutorial on that since it's easier to show then describe. Here's one video I found that shows what I mean by putting it in backwards to hook then flip. With bobby pins you just slide it into the hair rather than do the whole hook and flip process but it typically doesn't hold as much hair as a hair pin and tends to be more visible.


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