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Ugh. Why won't bobby pins stay in my hair?!


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#1 Ghee

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:06 PM

I'm trying out a new hairstyle. We have to attend a wedding and I thought I'd do a messy bun. Weeelllll... I forgot that my hair apparently repels bobby pins. I put them in, they immediately start backing out. Even making an X with two pins, they both start to back out. What am I doing wrong?

#2 Pippen

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:09 PM

Are you using old or cheap bobby pins?

My dancer daughter swears by these:
http://www.amazon.co...heads hair pins

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:11 PM

Have you tried Spin Pins? They're little corkscrew-shaped pins that claim to do the job of 15 bobby pins (or somesuch marketing hyperbole). They really do work very well, though. I got mine at Walgreens, and I've seen them at Target, as well.

#4 Mrs Mungo

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:21 PM

Are you using them correctly? Most people don't.

http://shine.yahoo.c...-173100992.html

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:23 PM

They don't work for me either, but I think it's because my hair is just too thick. I mean yeah I could use more pins and less hair in each, but then I'd need 100,000 of them on my head.

#6 Ghee

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:33 PM

Thanks Ms. Mungo. I am not using them right. I'll try that way :p

Me, too, WendyK. I have very fine individual hairs, but a bunch of 'em. I never think of my hair as thick, because it is so fine, until I get to the salon and my stylist says "Gah. You have so MUCH hair!"

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:46 PM

Are you using them correctly? Most people don't.

http://shine.yahoo.c...-173100992.html


I have never heard this--thanks!

#8 Mrs Mungo

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:49 PM

I have very curly hair, so I never had to worry about this. I had to learn when eldest was in dance because I could not get her hair to stay. Thank goodness for the Internet!!

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:59 PM

Are you using them correctly? Most people don't.
http://shine.yahoo.c...-173100992.html


Soooo . . . upside down is actually right side up???? I have curly hair too, so I never knew this. I always had to get my daughter those clips that snap into place because bobby pins wouldn't stay in her thick hair.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 11:39 PM

Get the really long ones

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 12:05 AM

Is your hair freshly washed? I have to wash mine daily or it feels icky, but I will put dry shampoo in clean hair to get a bit more texture if I'm trying to put it up somehow.

The Goody spin pins work for me too. I really want to try bobby pins upside down/right side up now! Thanks for that tip. :)

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 12:20 AM

I have never had luck and a stylist told me it was because my hair is so thin?? Maybe I just need to try a different method...

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 12:31 AM

I have very thick stands, and about a trillion of those thick strands on my head. Bobby pins are completely useless to me. Feeling your pain here.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 06:44 AM

Also, bobby pins are not designed to hold to great chunks of hair. If they are backing out as you put them in, it's because you're trying to jam too much inside. Hair pins work better in that role, with bobby pins to hold strands in place when you're doing finish details.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 07:01 AM

Have you tried Spin Pins? They're little corkscrew-shaped pins that claim to do the job of 15 bobby pins (or somesuch marketing hyperbole). They really do work very well, though. I got mine at Walgreens, and I've seen them at Target, as well.


I love me some Spin Pins!! I can put my below-the-waist hair up in a bun in a few minutes with three Spin Pins. If I use hair pins or bobby pins, we're talking boatloads of metal in my hair, lol.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 08:12 AM

I use them upside down and they work fine for my hair. I'm going to have to try using them the correct way.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 08:31 AM

Is it your hair texture? I gave up on bobby pins eons ago. things were more likely to stay for me if my hair was wet when I put them in. is you hair long enough for hair sticks? a French roll comb? I loved the octopus clips - they were the only thing that would hold my hair/stay in place.

#18 Ghee

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 12:08 PM

I got the bobby pins to work pretty well by turning them over, as Ms Mungo suggested. It could be the thickness of each section so I will look for hairpins this week.

I've seen spin pins. They are too large for this particular style. If it were a regular bun, maybe.


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