7 Super-Glam Ways to Rock Bobby Pins (PHOTOS)

When we think of bobby pins, we generally don't consider them a pivotal focus of a hairstyle. They're usually the hard laborers working nonstop to keep our updos in place, hidden underneath the hair so that it looks as though we just threw our mane into a state of glamour all on its own.

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But Latest-Hairstyles.com's Wendy Rose Gould makes a case for bobby pins as an accessory we should flaunt, not make invisible -- and her style ideas are seriously cute. Below, Wendy teaches us exactly how to create each look, with the bonus being that they're pretty easy to master.

Try: The Half-Up Bobby Pin Nest

1. Tease your hair at the crown and gently pull it out, pulling back half of your hair to create a half-up hairdo.

2. "Instead of securing hair with an elastic, though, twist it twice to the right and then begin inserting bobby pins to secure. Don’t worry about being strategic or uniform or symmetrical. Instead, create a messy nest of bobby pins," says Wendy. "Not only will your hair be very secure, but it’ll look cool. The more bobby pins and the more haphazard their placement, the more 'on purpose' it will look."

Try: The Half-Up Braided and Bobbied

1. Add a little more interest to a skinny braid. Create two small to medium braids on either side of your head.

2. Pull them to the back until they meet and then insert four criss-crossed bobby pins, advises Wendy.

3. For an additional touch, insert three horizontal bobby pins above the braids at the center of your head.

Try: The Messy Bun Meets Bobby

1. This style might be our favorite of all the ideas Wendy has presented. First, gather your hair near the crown of your head as if you’re going to put it in a messy ponytail.

2. Begin wrapping it around itself, then secure the entire bun with a clear elastic.

3. "Keep your bun very loose, very casual, and very undone," says Wendy. "From there, add three sets of two bobby pins around the bun."

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Try: The No Reason Zig-Zag

1. Sometimes you just want to add a little element of surprise to your strands. "This one’s great because the bobby pins serve no purpose other than to look pretty," says Wendy. Just above your ear, insert two diagonal bobby pins.

2. From there, create a zigzag by adding two additional bobby pins on top and then two below.

Try: The Super Sideswept Lattice

1. This look is so sweet and romantic. It starts by creating a very deep side part, pulling a large portion of hair to one side of your face.

2. Insert two bobby pins pointing away from your face. From there, fold over a small section of the pulled-aside hair and insert two additional bobby pins (this time toward your face) to keep the fold in place.

3. Repeat, this time pulling hair from the front portion of your pulled-aside hair and folding it over. Insert two more bobby pins to keep it in place, again with bobby pins pointing away from your face.

4. Repeat once more on the other side of the pulled-aside section, bobby pins pointing toward your face again. "Don’t get too caught up in making this look perfect or the same as the image featured here," says Wendy. "Just keep folding sections of the hair back and forth and securing with alternating bobby pins to create a lattice."

Try: The Covered Pony

1. Typically when we create a covered pony, we're trying to hide the bobby pins (as per usual), but in Wendy's version, the pins are a star of the show. She suggests dividing your hair into three sections, with the largest section in the middle and two smaller sections on either side.

2. Gather the middle section into a low ponytail and secure with a clear elastic.

3. Drag one section of hair over the top of the ponytail and wrap it around, securing with a bobby pin. Repeat on the other side.

4. On either both sides or one side (your choice), insert four fanned-out bobby pins.

Try: The Pinned Rosette

1. This is a style that looks way more complex than it actually is -- which is why we love it. Wendy advises to begin by gathering a small section of your hair above your ear, gently twisting the hair around itself to create a spiral.

2. Place the rosette flat against your head and insert two criss-crossed bobby pins.

 

Images via Latest-Hairstyles.com

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