Little Things: Bobby Pins

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hairstyle tools, bobby pins, how to use a bobby pin


Sometimes all it takes is  just a small amount of direction and your life’s view of a seemingly useless object can change forever.

Bobby pins always seemed like a good idea but they never worked for me.  Other people could get them to work…but they fell uselessly out of my hair whenever I tried to use them.

My hair has grown longer this past year, and SuperGirl has amazingly long hair.  As a child I never really learned how to “fix” my hair, ponytails and regular braids aside, so I’ve been spending some time on the internet learning how to twist and turn our hair for a little bit of variety.  In my search, I came across Kate at TheSmallThingsBlog  and a whole new world opened up for me.  She is classy and knowledgeable and her tutorials are so helpful.  I know, I know.  I feel a little silly researching how to fix my hair….but better late than never, right?!

So what’s with the bobby pins?  In reading through Kate’s tutorials, I came across a comment where a reader said, “This seems so easy but the bobby pins never stay in my hair.  Everything falls out right away.”  That’s my problem!  Kate’s answer: “Make sure you are using your bobby pins with the bumpy side down.”

Down.  Do you hear that?  That little bumpy side that appears to be the top of the bobby pin is really the bottom of the bobby pin.

I can’t be the only one who was deceived by this little metal object for so long.  I mean, I’ll be 38 years old next week and I had no clue.

I tried it last night on my “I’ve been in the house for three days” hair and sure enough,  I pulled back the top half of my hair and just pinned it around back with two….two pins and it stayed in place nice and tight.

I’m going to try curling my hair and pinning it up next.  My hair has never been able to hold a curl…but I can’t help but wonder what else I might not know.

Knowing how to use the tools you have on hand is such a little thing…..but it can make all of the difference in the world.


  1. Well you’ve done it now! I’ve learned something today! Thanks Super Jenn!

  2. Yeah!!!!

  3. Oh girl. Am I ever glad i read this today!! I am FOREVER putting bobby pins in wrong! THANK YOU!! I would have never known! They should really put that on the packaging – ATTENTION: You’ve been using these all wrong, please see Super Jenn’s blog for more details.

  4. What!?!? I had no idea. This’ll make Bun Season (aka: My daughter’s in “The Nutcracker”) so much easier.

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