How to Use Bobby Pins to Make Three Cute Hairstyles

All you need for a quick new look is a handful of run-of-the-mill bobby pins.


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You Will Need

  • Medium to long hair
  • A brush or comb
  • Styling gel or mousse
  • A ponytail holder
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray


  1. Step 1

    Do the supermodel poof

    Why fool around? Unless you’ve got short bangs, go straight to the supermodel poof. Gather a one- to two-inch section of hair from the forehead, brush it back, lift, twist, and push the resulting poof forward. Tease a bit from the back for extra height, and secure with bobby pins. A spritz of hairspray will help keep your look sleek.

  2. Step 2

    Create a half updo

    Pull a section of hair from the forehead straight back and criss-cross two bobby pins to hold it in place at the back of the head. Then take a section of hair on the right and left sides of the head, cross them over the bobby pins, and pin them to the crisscross with upward-facing pins.

  3. Bored of your bangs? Comb them back, secure with bobby pins, and cover them with a wide headband.

  4. Step 3

    Make an edgy, messy bun

    Apply styling gel or mousse to damp hair, pull into a high ponytail, and divide and twist into three sections. Bring each section back to the ponytail base, and secure with a bobby pin. Loose hairs? That’s part of the style!

  5. The term 'bobby pin' was coined in the 1920s in reference to 'bobbed' haircuts then popular with the flapper set.