How to Wear Hair Clips and Claws

Long, short, curly, straight: No matter what you’re working with, we all know how elusive a good hair day can be. For those days when locks just can’t be tamed, enter our secret weapon: the hair clip.

These simple yet stylish accessories have been around for ages. The claw clip was invented by Christian Potut in 1989, while barrettes and hair pins can be traced back to ancient times. In the ‘90s, clips of all kinds were the rage—and now, they’re back with a vengeance. Today’s hair accessories are now more versatile than ever, coming in an endless assortment of designs, styles, and colors. But with so many options,
where does one start? 

That’s where we come in. From the latest runway trends to timeless classics, we’re covering the latest trends, along with how to style hair clips for your best hair day yet.

What We're Working With: Types of Hair Clips & Claws

When it comes to hair clips and hair claws, the options are vast and varied. From alligator clips to barrettes, jaw clips to claw clips, and even french hair pins, there’s a hair accessory for every hair type and style.

Alligator clips are a classic option that are great for securing small sections of hair and can be easily hidden in your locks. Barrettes come in a variety of sizes and designs and are perfect for keeping hair out of your face, or for adding a touch of style to your look. Jaw clips are larger and great for securing thicker or longer hair, while claw clips have teeth that grip onto hair for a secure hold.

While not a clip or claw, French hair pins are worth mentioning as well. These accessories are delicate and versatile, perfect for creating intricate hairstyles or adding a touch of elegance to any look.

With so many options to choose from, it’s important to consider the size and design of your hair clip or hair claw, as well as the level of hold it provides, to find the perfect accessory for your hair.

How to Wear Clips: 5 Simple Styles

Now that you know your options, let’s talk styling: The key to successfully incorporating these accessories into your hair is to have fun with it and experiment with different placements and combinations.

Start by deciding on the look you’re going for and how you want to wear your hair. Then, choose your hair clips or hair claws based on the size and style that best complements your hair and personal taste. For a simple and chic look, try wearing a barrette or alligator clip to secure your hair back and keep it out of your face. Or, add a touch of drama by opting for a larger jaw clip or claw clip to secure a portion of your hair and create a half-up style.

The possibilities are virtually endless, so don’t be afraid to get creative and try out new hairstyles with your hair clips and hair claws! Check out a few of our favorite hair clip hairstyles below to get inspired.

Double Up

This look is twice as nice. Incorporating two clips makes this style feel coordinated and intentional—the perfect finishing touch for any outfit.

Shop the Jumbo Oval Clip and Jumbo Box Clip in Canyon Brown.

Shop the Look

Jumbo Oval Clip in Canyon
Jumbo Oval Barrette in Canyon
Jumbo Box Clip in Canyon
Jumbo Box Barrette in Canyon
Take Mini to the Max

Small but mighty, these mini claw clips are easy to mix and match. Because of their small size, they’re also ideal for the doubled-up look seen in the previous style. 

Shop the Twin Heirloom Claws in Sea Shell Checker.

Half Up, Half Down

Classic, elegant, and best of all—easy. The half-up, half-down ‘do is the Goldilocks of hairstyles, making it ideal for the mornings when you can’t decide between putting your hair up or leaving it down. We love the claw clip in a fun print that shows off some serious personality.

Shop the Midi Heirloom Claw in Green Checker.

Do the Twist

Elegant and effortless, “the twist” is always in style. Simply twist your hair and lock it in place with a claw clip for a chic look that takes mere minutes. 

Shop the Grande Heirloom Claw in Alabaster.

Get Creative

There are so many clips and claws to choose from—who says you have to pick just one or two? Try something fun and unique for a look that’s all your own.

Shop the No. 3 Heirloom Clip in Ochre.

Clip it Your Way

As always, the most important rule to remember is that there are no rules! Rock your claws and clips any way you want—because a good hair day isn’t just about the way your hair looks, but how it makes you feel. 

Looking for some new clips to add to your collection? Shop all MACHETE hair accessories here.