They’re not new or flashy, and they don’t contain any buzzy ingredients or require a charge to get the job done. Bobby pins are just bobby pins—a simple yet essential tool in every woman’s beauty arsenal. But they’re good for more than just tacking back flyaways and keeping your bun in place. In fact, we would go so far as to say they’re the most underrated beauty multitasker out there. Keep reading and we’ll clue you in on all the wonders of bobby pins!
If your curls fall flat before you even leave the house, you need—we repeat, need—to try pinning them. Release your curl from the curling iron, roll it up, and pin it to your scalp with a bobby pin. Don’t release the curls until your hair has cooled. When you do, they’ll be set for longer than you’ve ever imagined possible.
Droopy ponytail? Fight back with bobby pins. Crisscross a pair of bobby pins behind your ponytail right at the base to prop it up. When you drop your hair down, your pony will be sitting up nice and high.
Nothing ruins a beautiful braid quite like a chunky hair tie at the end. Instead, secure the braid with a hidden bobby pin. Tie the ends into a knot, pinch them together, and slide a bobby pin into the center of the knot. (See the tutorial here.)
Bobby pins are one minimalist hair accessory we can definitely get behind. Give them a little something extra by painting them your favorite color. We love Smith & Cult’s Nail Lacquer ($18) in Regret the Moon for brunettes and Chrome Girl’s Nail Lacquer ($12) in Bed Head Blue for blondes.
Leave no drop of toothpaste behind. When your toothpaste gets low, just slide a bobby pin onto the end of the tube and use it to push down the remaining paste.
Short on brushes? You can turn your powder brush into the contour/bronzer/highlight brush you’re missing. Pinch the bristles together, and then slide a bobby pin onto either side of the brush to maintain the shape. Use the slimmer brush to apply your contour, and then remove the bobby pins to bring your powder brush back to normal.
When you don’t want to see them, hidden bobby pins are great. But we also happen to love the visible bobby pin. Stack a bunch on one side, make a geometric shape to hold your hair back… The possibilities are endless.
The tiny prongs of bobby pins make them ideal for applying a thin line of eyelash glue along your favorite set of falsies. They’re also perfect for adding a single dot of polish to the base of your nail and resetting the time on electronic devices (why do they make those buttons so tiny?).
So many snacks, so few chip clips. Luckily we live in a world where bobby pins come by the dozens. When you’re short on chip clips, slide a few bobby pins onto your Tostitos to keep your snacks fresh. Bobby pins can serve as a makeshift paperclip or bookmark, too.