While fashions may fade, some accessories will always be in vogue. Take the humble bobby pin; your school-girl-staple turned up-do-saviour that just. won’t. quit. It’s latest incarnation? Certified style maker; capable of transforming just about ANY hair look. Just ask Creative Director for Toni&Guy Australia, Katy Reeve. We did.
At this year’s Heavenly Bodies themed Met Gala, our girl Gigi looked aptly ethereal, sporting soft waves and a clean middle part – with two gold pins for extra cred. “To wear the sides flat and contoured you need to create the volume first,” says Katy. “Blow dry the hair with a volume mousse and a large round brush; alternatively set on hot rollers.”
“Using dry dustier products will give the look a softness. Next, part the hair in the middle using a soft brush, and tuck behind the ears first, keeping a small piece of the hair out from in front of the ears – spray a lightweight hairspray then re-brush flat. Apply your pins last and re finish the top with spray.” Amen indeed.
What came first.. the Gigi or the Kaia? In the case of the pin-slash-middle-part combo, Kaia takes the gold (literally) donning these gilded pins at the Versace SS17/18 show. “This is a really natural look and is more about the statement pins. Keep the hair light and clean for a youthful look. After parting your hair down the centre use your fingers to smooth and tuck the hair back.”
Katy’s tip for keeping strands in place? “If the larger pins don’t hold the hair well you could “pre-pin” the hair with normal bobby pins and then clip the embellished pins over the top, especially useful if you have very thick hair. Encourage soft flyaway hairs by rubbing a makeup brush over the surface of your hair.”
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Ever the trendsetter, Rihanna exposed her pins (ha!) at the 2015 Met Gala After Party; stepping out with her fiery red lob, little-black-dress and more than a couple of tress-tamers. Rhi Rhi’s millennial take on the Carol Brady (google it) wasn’t her only foray into bobby town, with the songstress going on to rep the trend on numerous occasions including her 10th Anniversary cover for W Korea. Oldie but a goodie.
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Twilight alum Kristen Stewart appears to have taken cues from Queen Rih, sporting this pin-tastic Red Carpet ‘do at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Created by celeb hair stylist Bridget Brager, (who also fashioned these iconic numbers over the week’s course) the rockin’ look featured a deep side part, front quiff and over one hundred bobby pins laid in criss-cross formation.
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We love this simple albeit effective styling on the future Ms. Bieber. For this look, Hails has clipped crystal embellished pins in alternate directions, opting to keep her locks suitably textured. “Getting the texture right first is the key. If your hair is clean you need to layer the products to create a more lived in effect. Using sea salt sprays will give you a salty texture and slight movement. Then use a cream pomade or wax cream to add more definition in the shape.”
“I would use a deep side parting through this look and use your pins asymmetrical as well. Once you are happy with the texture, use your palm the hold the hair flat to your head then slide pins in. If you don’t hold the hair they may dislodge the shape. Make sure then pins sit at different angles and follow the shape of the head – this way they look more effortless.” A hundred times yes.
Instagram star Negin Mirsalehi made a case for smoothed out strands, wearing her trademark tresses straight and sleek in this picture perfect snap. “Smooth and straight hair work with the oversized pins as they accentuate the look. Creating a low side part then placing the pins on the opposite side parallel to the parting, this ensures the look still looks balanced. Using two pins makes the look more stylish.” Get pinning.