The Notorious Bobby Pin StylesDon’t take these bad boys for granted. They are the most used and misplaced item in our hair cabinet. I bet you can relate. Bobby pins are the ultimate product to have! If bobby pins were at a concert, they would most likely work backstage, making sure everything, from the performers to the lights were always in place and on point. They are the go-to item. They bring easiness and security to hair.
What Are Bobby Pins?A bobby pin is a type of hairpin that holds and secures sections of hair in the desired place. The “bobby pin” is a flexible and straightforward double pronged metal hairpin used to keep hair in place. For a grip on the hair, it ridged on one side, and other is straight. Some bobby pins have either both ridged sides or both straight sides.
History of the Bobby PinThe bobby pin was invented in the early 1900s by Luis Marcus, a cosmetic manufacturer that popularized this hair tool because of the hairstyle, the “bob cut” or the “bobbed hair.”
Variety of Bobby PinsBobby pins come in different shapes and sizes: some jumbo, some mini. Different types can serve individual purposes. Within each type of bobby pin, there can be differences in the type of pins: those that have ridges and those that do not have them.
The Regular Bobby PinThese regular bobby pins are standard. The traditional structure is a pin with a straight side and a ridged side. In a Refinery 29 interview with Clay Nielsen, a stylist, Nielsen shared a detailed description of the bobby pin. Neilson described four parts of a bobby pin: the eye, ridge, balls, and blade.
- The Eye- “The eye is the loop that holds the bulk of the hair.”
- The Ridge- “The wavy side of the pin that is for compression and those spaces help extra hair fit between the blade and the ridge.”
- Blade- “The blade is the flat side of the pin, and you apply it against the scalp.”
- Balls- “Supposedly they are for comfort” Some bobby pins do not have this feature.