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Bobby pins are so useful, so functional, that it’s easy to forget that they can also be attractive. There’s something clean and beautiful about the small, unobtrusive accessory. You can use it to pin back unruly bangs, to keep hair out of your eyes when wearing a dramatic side part, or to pull one side up and back. However you chose to wear it, the humble bobby pin works just as well on the surface of things as it does buried in the depths of your favorite updo. Learn how to let it shine in the style notes. –– Laura Martin 

Monochrome or contrast? Bobby pins come in a variety of hues designed to blend in with natural hair colors. You can select one in a shade that’s close to your hair hue for an understated monochrome effect or amp up your intention with a contrasting color.

Don’t overburden. Bobby pins are usually quite small, which makes them good for anchoring thin sections or sliding across the top layer of a denser section. Don’t attempt to use one for anchoring a thick area, you’ll stretch the pin and loosen its grip.

Smooth side up. There’s a great debate in the hairdressing world about which side of the bobby pin should face the scalp. When you’re using it to accessorize the answer is clear: the smooth side which will give you a sleek line instead of a bumpy squiggle.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter  @LarMarStyle

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