Which hair pins do I use?

by Hair Romance on March 13, 2012 · 34 comments

in Hair Products,Twist and Pin

Let me tell you, the right hair pins make all the difference.

My hair falls out of my Twist & Pin hairstyles if I use cheaper hair pins. Sometimes the cheaper brands from the supermarket or pharmacy work the first time but they bend too easily so the second or third time you use them so they fall out almost straight away. Or worse, halfway through the day.

I buy professional quality pins from a hairdressing supply store. The brand I prefer is Goriki 555 pins, not because they pay me, but because I pay for them and I really like them.

I’ve mentioned this brand to many of you who’ve asked and I know it is difficult to track them down. Try searching for retailers of 555 pins near your or ask your hairdresser if they can order some in for you.

My all round favourite pin is the #3000 gold bobby pin (comes in a 250g pack). This is your basic bobby pin that will work in all the Twist & Pin styles. It’s available in other colours so buy one that is the closest match to your hair colour. I also use Goriki 555 ripple pins and fringe pins.

Top tip for using bobby pins

Don’t open up the pin before you push it into your hair. If you open the end of the pin up, you catch more hair than the pin can hold. This means it can’t get a tight grip and will often work its way out of your hair and fall out.

Sometimes I open the pin a little to make sure I’m pinning the right section of hair, but I make sure not to overload the bobby pin with too much hair so it can close tightly. That’s why there is a little tilt at the opening of the pin. That’s to show how much hair it can hold and it will guide just the right amount of hair into the bobby pin. Don’t force it to hold more than it can or it will fall out.

Now have fun with your hair and try some new Twist & Pin hairstyles!

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Miki March 13, 2012 at 7:29 am

Thanks a lot for sharing this info! I bought these pins at Walmart, which were relatively cheap, but have their ends too open, so when I do maiden braids, you can see them :/. I’ll try to get there :).

Have a wonderful week!

Miki.
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Hair Romance March 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Thanks Miki, strong pins make a big difference. You can also try ripple pins which are good for securing braids.

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Elli March 13, 2012 at 8:34 am

Oh, I always open my pins. That was a good tip!

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Hair Romance March 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Thanks Elli x

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laura March 13, 2012 at 6:35 pm

I agree with Elli! I had no idea!! I feel like such a fool, wondering why my pins won’t stay! ha! .. and I’m immediately trying out the twist and pin again tomorrow.

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Hair Romance March 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Thanks Laura! Let me know how you go

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Smileyfacegirl:D March 13, 2012 at 9:12 am

Do u have updo suggestions? I know NOTHING about hair :( (help)

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Hair Romance March 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Hi! Yes I have an ebook of updos – 30 Hairstyles in 30 Days – plus some video tutorials as well as lots of hair style advice here. Lots of hair tips and inspiration everywhere on Hair Romance x

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Larita March 13, 2012 at 9:58 am

Excellent timing on this post! I just tried a twist and pin hairstyle this morning and was about to swear off all hairstyling because my bobby pins kept coming out. I was just doing it wrong.

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Hair Romance March 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Thanks Larita, hope this helps!

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Kylie March 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Great tip Christina! I never knew that about opening the pins. Once my hair is actually at pinnable length I plan to try some of your twist and pin styles… ;)
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Hair Romance March 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Thanks Kylie x

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Lianne March 13, 2012 at 8:48 pm

When I got married I remember my stylist used to twist and overlap the ends of the BPs as she fixed them in to almost lock them in. It seemed to bend to pins but my hair didn’t budge so when she was fixing in the tiara this was very important. Sadly the same wasnt done with my veil so that fell out (!) as I reached the bottom of the aisle. I would have happily sacrificed some bent bobbys for a veil.
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Hair Romance March 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Oh no! That sounds like a great trick for bending the pins. Crossing them into an X also helps

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Nadia March 13, 2012 at 10:42 pm

I want these pins but non hairdressers can’t buy stuff from the hairdressing supplies shop here in Canberra :(

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Hair Romance March 13, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Maybe see if your hairdresser can get them for you?

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Stacy March 14, 2012 at 12:43 am

I wonder if those pins would actually work for me? I have yet to try a bobby pin that would stay in my hair. I use 3″ pins…the open kind. I close them up a bit before putting into my hair, but those seem to work best on my long hair. I bought a whole box of them from Amazon, which is good because I seem to leave them everywhere LOL!
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Hair Romance March 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Your hair is amazing Stacy! I think the larger pins are best for your hair. The same things happens to me, no matter how many pins I buy I always lose them, then find 100 hidden an old handbag!

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nicola lynde March 14, 2012 at 8:19 am

Thanks for sharing. Good to know that good pins make the difference. I’ve been obsessed with spin pins for buns and they have filled most of my bobby pin void, but these would be perfect for simple little pin-backs.

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Hair Romance March 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I still haven’t tried spin pins, I don’t think they sell them in Australia!

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Megan March 20, 2012 at 11:07 am
Hair Romance March 20, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Will have to try them, just need to find a way to get them in Australia…

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Katie March 20, 2012 at 11:14 am

I *think* these are available in the US from Sally’s Beauty Supply under the name of MetaGrip Premium Bob Pins, $6.99 for 300 available in black, bronze, and gold. The package only says Made in Japan and doesn’t mention Goriki by name, hence the *think*. My mother-in-law picked up a smaller packet today at my urging, and she said that after hours her hairstyle didn’t slip, as it does with drugstore pins.

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Nadine April 11, 2012 at 10:16 am

Hey Christina, that ‘don’t-open’ tip has changed my life! I’ve had trouble with bobby pins for years because I’ve been doing it wrong! I’ve been rocking some awesome updos (with $2 Shop pins!) since I read this entry. Thank you, gorgeous! :)

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Hair Romance April 11, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Yay! Thanks Nadine!

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Amelia December 16, 2012 at 3:56 am

Your bobby pins tips are great. Never open them up!
If you want to create a ballet bun though, you’ll need to use a hair pin!
http://www.ameliasgirlfriends.com/2012/11/what-kind-of-bobby-pin-are-you-using.html

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Stephanie January 15, 2013 at 9:10 am

Has anyone tried Amish hairpins? I have extremely long, thick hair. I wondered if they might work better for me. Currently, I mostly use small claw clips as they do a better job of holding my hair…but you can see them in the hair. Any suggestions?

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Hair Romance January 16, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Hi Stephanie, I didn’t realise there were Amish hairpins, so I’d also love to hear if anyone has tried them. I will say professional hair pins are so much better than regular pins. They make an incredible difference.

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Debbie Smith July 27, 2013 at 8:42 am

Amish hairpins are the only hair pins I use!! They are U shaped with no squiggle, straight and quite a bit thicker than the ordinary U hair pin. My hair is below my shoulders and very thick. My hair laughs at the skimpy pins, they never stay in. They have almost a rubberized coating on them that helps them stay secure. They are 3″ in length. The last set of 8 I bought at Kmart. However, they no longer sell them so I was hoping someone here would know where to find them. Any information would be appreciated. Thank you!

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Hair Romance July 27, 2013 at 8:48 am

Maybe try Sally Beauty? They have a good range of professional pins

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STRESAU February 22, 2013 at 6:42 am

Love the pin idea…
where in the States can I purchase the bob pins
two and a half inches in length?

Thanks so much for your tips!

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Hair Romance February 24, 2013 at 9:15 am

Thank you! Try Sally Beauty Supply x

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