12 Different Types of Hair Clips

12 Different Types of Hair Clips

Whether you are someone looking to switch up your hairstyle and do it in the fanciest way possible or someone who is just simply looking for a solution to get your messy, uncooperative hair into place, there is no better way than using hair clips.

They will not only help you manage your hair and hold it well in place, but also rev up your style like never before!

Well, the best part about using hair clips is that there are multiple types to choose from and try out, so you can have a good amount of experimenting you can do with these pretty little hair accessories.

So go ahead and check out the various types of hair clips you can try and how to use them the right way.

12 Types of Hair Clips that you could try out

There are different types of clips that include clips for styling, haircuts, decoration or maybe one just to hold your hair in place. So remember that it is important to keep in mind the purpose of the clip to help you decide on which clip to use.

Types of Hair Clips

Minimalist Clips

The minimalist clips look super beautiful and very elegant and can literally be worn to any occasion be it a formal meeting at work, to a wedding or even a surprise birthday party.

Different Types of Hair Clips - Minimalist Clips
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These clips are very easy to use and all you need to do is throw all your hair to the back, grab a few strands from the sides and clip this clip on and there’s your hairstyle!

Even though these clips can be worn on any hair type and length, I’d recommend it be best suited for those people with straighter or wavy hair with hair lengths at the shoulders or below.

Spin Pins

Are you someone with wavy or curly hair and find it to hold your ever-so uncooperative hair in place? Well then, I’m sure these spin clips will come in handy for you.

Spin Pins
Instagram @curly.square

You can use these clips to secure a ruffled ponytail or a messy bun. All you need to do is put all your hair back into a ponytail, twist it upwards and insert two clips to form a cross, so that they stay secure, before letting your hair down. You can also simply tie a messy bun and twist in two of these clips to hold it in place.

These clips work best for those with thicker and coarse hair that is more voluminous and dense.

Duckbill and Double Prong Clips

Duckbill and Double Prong Clips
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If you are someone who likes giving yourself a haircut, dye your hair at home or often use hair styling tools, then these clips should for sure become a part of your vanity kit.

Duckbill and Double Prong Clips
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These clips are perfect to help hold up sectioned hair in place and let you do your hair up hassle-free. The duckbill clips are more suited for those with thicker, coarse and more voluminous hair types, while the double prong clips will work better for those with finer and thinner hair types with lesser hair volume.

Snap Clips

These clips are literally my go-to clips, even though I can almost never find one when I need it the most because they always tend to get lost or misplaced. They not only look very pretty but also prevent hair damage because they do not tug on the hair strands when in use.

The snap clips can be used by anyone with any hair type and they are the best clips to help hold all those stray hair strands in place.

Alligator Clips

If you are sometimes busy with some urgent work or held up doing house chores and find that your hair is coming in your way, then all you need is an alligator clip. These clips are super easy to clip on and can hold up your hair in a bun or maybe even just hold up a small section of your hair.

Alligator Clips
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These clips work well on any hair type because they have a strong hold over the hair, but are best suited for those with shoulder-length hair and below.

Claw Clips

Claw clips cater to the needs of people with all types of hair. Fine, thin, thick or coarse, there is a claw clip for everyone out there. These clips come in different sizes because one size does not fit all after all!

Claw Clips
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Whether you are looking to put your hair up on a warm summer’s day or try out a half up and half down hairstyle to wear to a casual outing or maybe you just want to hold up your messy bun while you’re at the gym, these claw clips will do the needful.

These clips are easy to use and have a good grip over the hair because of its clasp like design that holds the hair firm.

Bobby Pins and U-Shaped Hair Pins

Bobby Pins and U-Shaped Hair Pins
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Bobby pins and U-shaped hair pins come in handy for those looking to style their hair and hold a certain style in place for a long time. These pins can also be used to hold in place a few strands of hair that do not make their way into the main hair clip or hair tie you’re using.

Bobby Pins and U-Shaped Hair Pins
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These pins are very versatile and can be used by people with any hair type.

Banana Clips and Banana Clutches  

Banana Clips and Banana Clutches
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If you are looking for an easy but classy hairstyle to use on the go, then banana clips have got you covered. These clips are strong enough to be used by people with any hair type of texture and are very simple to put on in no time.

Banana Clips and Banana Clutches
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If you are someone with longer hair, these clips are the perfect ones for you. Fasten them on and you’re good to go!

French Barrette Clips

I love that these French barrettes are not just sturdy and durable clips, but they also make your hairstyle look so pretty and elegant when in use.

French Barrette Clips
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These clips can be used by people with any hair type, as they come in different sizes and designs to cater to everyone’s needs, while they also have the clamp mechanism that holds the hairstyle in place very firmly, yet beautifully.

Wooden Hair Pins and Hair Stick Pins

If you are looking for a retro look, that can take you through any occasion with elegance and class, then these wooden hair pins are the right ones for you. These pins usually hold up buns in place by just passing the pin through the hair.

Wooden Hair Pins and Hair Stick Pins
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These pins are best suited for those with finer and semi-voluminous hair types.

Comb Clips

Comb clips, often known as “side combs” are clips that can add essence to any regular hairstyle. These clips can be used by people with any hair type, hair texture or length as they are sturdy and durable.

Comb Clips
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These clips are most often used for the purpose of decoration once a certain hairdo is in place, but can also be used to create fancy hairstyles.

Feather Clips, Bow Clips and Tiara Hair Pins

Feather Clips, Bow Clips and Tiara Hair Pins
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Most people think that these clips are out of fashion, but while in fact they are very much in fashion and look incredibly beautiful while worn on the hair. These clips add a lovely charm to the hairstyle and are most often used once the hairdo is in place, for the purpose of decoration.

Feather Clips, Bow Clips and Tiara Hair Pins
Source: Instagram @_girlycollection20

These clips can be used by anyone irrespective of their hair type, texture or length. 

Types of Hair Clips: FAQs

Can using hair clips damage your hair and cause hair loss?

Using hair clips can be damaging to the hair to a certain extent if the clips are worn in for too long or worn in while sleeping. Another reason could be that the clips are clipped onto hair that has been pulled too tight or worn too close to the scalp, tugging onto the hair roots thereby causing the hair to break and fall out.

Are using hair ties better than hair clips?

Using hair clips is better than using hair ties. Not just in terms of hair damage, but also in terms of hair styling – using clips can make it easier to style without making the hair get dented, but in fact making the hair look more voluminous.

Also, using hair ties can put a certain pressure on the roots and can cause hair damage.

Why shouldn’t you use clips on wet hair?

There are also some people who use these hair clips while their hair is wet. This is a common mistake that can cause hair loss because the clip will tug on the hair roots, which is most susceptible to damage while the hair is wet (because it’s at its weakest when wet).

Why does my scalp hurt when I wear certain hair clips?

When you wear certain types of clips like bobby pins, snap clips, duckbill clips, double prong clips etc, the chances that the hair clips you have used were metal with a sharp edge that could have grazed your scalp causing it to bruise.

Another reason could be because you’ve worn the hair clip in for too many hours and it has put too much pressure on the roots causing the scalp to hurt.

The Final Takeaway

Finding the right hair clip for yourself may be a hard choice because of the multiple types of hair clip types you can choose from.

So maybe you could consider aspects like your hair type and texture, your hair health, your hair length and purpose of use, which can help you choose the right ones to use on your hair.

Also make sure to also look for good quality hair clips that will not only last you longer but will also protect your scalp and hair from damage.

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