Hair Fix: Bobby Pin Basics



It’s high time for a bobby pins basic video here on the blog.

So many of my tutorials require pins and over the years I’ve gotten several requests for a basic bobby pin video. So today you won’t learn a new tutorial, but I hope you learn how to use bobby pins better!

Ever wonder what the difference is between a hair pin and a bobby pin?

A hair pin typically isn’t closed at any point in the structure. It’s a long “U” shape and used to hold hair in place just like bobby pins. Hair pins are good for soft styles that may not need a whole heck of a lot of hold. A master hair pin user, though, could probably get a hair pin to work as well as a bobby pin. They are more challenging to work with, but have their own specific purpose.

Bobby pins are a “U” shape that are clamped together Β in order to hold the hair more firmly. Typically one side has ridges and one side is flat. Always insert the bobby pin into your hair with the ridge side against your scalp as it will hold the section of hair being worked with much better. It will also look much more polished once you complete the style.

It’s important to note that there is huge difference in drug store versus professional pins.

Occasionally, when I had a bridal client, they would offer to provide bobby pins for me and I always kindly declined. Drug store, or non-professional grade, bobby pins simply don’t hold as well. They typically have a slick coating of plastic along the metal that allows the hair to slide into the pin more easily, but that also means the hair will slide out of the pin more easily as well.

If you even remotely enjoy styling your hair, do yourself a favor and invest in professional pins. Since they are stronger and tighter than the others, it’s very likely that they can be used more than just one time. It’s a worthwhile purchase that will only make your hairstyles better.

My favorite brand is Diane. Diane pins can be purchased at professional hair supply stores, and I’ve also seen them on amazon.

Learning to use bobby pins may take a bit of practice, but as soon as you figure out how to work them with your hair texture, it should make hair styling a lot easier.


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Comments (162)

  1. Jessica says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    It’s as if you read my mind, Kate. Thank you.

    • Kate says
      Posted June 2, 2014

      I aim to please πŸ™‚

      • Sandra Leach says
        Posted June 3, 2014

        I learn so much watching your videos. Even us Sr. citizens pick up lots of styling tips. Thank you for being such a good teacher. I’ve been guilty of putting the bobby pins in wrong.

    • Jen says
      Posted June 4, 2014

      This was so helpful!!! I have been using bobby pins wrong all along! Thanks for the tutorial!

    • Tammy Reiss says
      Posted July 15, 2014

      Not only r u just ADORBS…. But super helpful & creative!!!! Thanks KATE!!!!!

  2. Angela says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    I really need to invest in some of those professional bobby pins. I had no idea they are suppose to go ridge side down. I think this may be a game changer. My oldest daughter who is five is in ballet and they are getting very particular about the ballerina bun. Mine keeps slipping out. I am hoping these tips and tricks will help. Your hair looks super cute by way.

  3. Molly says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Kate-you are amazing! I’ve tried several of these methods (found via Pinterest, typically) but have been slightly off in executing them. Thank you for this simple, yet very informative tutorial!!

  4. Angel says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Game changer!!!! :O

  5. Steph says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Off topic but I’m wondering if you whiten your teeth and if so, do you have it done or do it yourself?

    • Kate says
      Posted June 2, 2014

      2 months ago I did Crest white strips for about a week and then I forgot to finish it. So, yes, but not recently πŸ™‚

    • Meredy says
      Posted June 2, 2014

      I was thinking the same thing. They look so white and pretty!

  6. Franziska says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    I really had not idea that the ridge side has to go down! I am sure, this will change my life, so thanks for that!
    also your trick to hide the pins when pinning a braid in place, just amazing!
    Hugs from Germany!

  7. Diane says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Thanks for the helpful tutorial!
    I always had problems that my hair just fell out of the pins and i think its due to the cheap pins that i have. Totally have to invest in professional pins! Love your blog!!

    • Posted July 9, 2014

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    • Mark says
      Posted July 21, 2014

      Thanks for your visit, Diana. Glad you like my tippy workspace – you’d like it beettr if it wasn’t such a mess at the moment, I think. The flowers are coming on well, despite ongoing glue gun problems – new one from Ebay even worse than my existing one – it only worked at all after I tweaked it, and when it’s hot, the glue pours out all over the place when I’m not pulling the trigger! Decided to get a seriously good one, but it’s cost me. Worth it in the long run as I use a glue gun a lot. If you want decent tools, I find you have to pay for them… I wasted most of the afternoon coming to this decision!Shoshi #10

  8. Posted June 2, 2014

    Yes! In the summers I style hair for weddings, and there is usually someone who provides their own bobby pins in an effort to be helpful (usually this person has a lot of hair). I then pull out my mega box from the professional beauty supply store, and say, “I think I have enough for you!” Haha! A good bobby pin goes a long way. Great tutorial! And thanks for spreading the word on how to properly use a bobby pin wavy side down.

  9. elise richardson says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    love this! i took your advice a while back and ordered the diane pins from amazon. they are so much better than the store brand or even the ones i had found from sally’s. thanks for sharing your insider secrets with us! πŸ™‚

  10. Susan Wright says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Wish I’d known this 30 years ago when I had longer hair and styled it everyday. I always put too much hair in a pin. And of course always had the wavy side up^. LOL Thanks, I WILL pass this on.

  11. Beka says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    First time commenting, I’ve watched so many of your tutorials and have learned soo much about how to have better hair! Thanks for always making it achievable and easy to learn πŸ˜‰ this was very helpful, esp how to pin loose hairs from a messy bun, I deal w those all the time.

  12. Lauren says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    I figured out a while back that ridge side was supposed to go down, but it still baffles me that all the decorative bobby pins I find put the decoration on the ridge side! (Can we please tell these companies they’re doing it wrong??)

    Also- is there any truth/validity to doing a “cross” with two bobby pins, pinned in opposite directions, for a better, more secure hold? When pinned, it makes an X shape. I have incredibly thick hair, and while I’m probably putting too much hair into a cheap pin, I’ve heard from many places to interlock pins and didn’t know if this has benefits, or if it is better to use multiple pins in multiple places.

  13. Dannon says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Ah! Thank you so much!

    Like The Yogurt Fashion. DIY. Beauty

  14. Jennifer Veloso says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Great video Kate! I found it very informative!

  15. Amy says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    This is great Kate! I have very thick and fine hair and can never seem to get these pins looking right. Definitely going to practice these tips. Thanks so much!
    PS- would you mind sharing the color of your bathroom walls. Absolutely love the color!!

  16. Christy says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    That was awesome! I’ve been doing the braid bobby pin hold since the first tutorial of yours that I saw and it really does make all the difference!! One question I still have is:
    How do you open the bobby pin without using your teeth?? πŸ™‚ Thanks, girl!

    • Cheryl says
      Posted April 17, 2016

      That is my question as well. You never show how you open the pin. It just magically comes up to your hair open! How do you open them?

  17. Stacie says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    I bought some Diane bobby pins a few months back (on your recommendation), and I can attest to the difference in quality! I could not hold my thick hair in a bun or even simply wrap hair around a pony tail, when I was using the regular drugstore brands! Game changer! I have no problem achieving these hairstyles now that I am using Diane pins! Woot!

  18. valerie dagostini says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    I totally agree on the use of professional pins. Diane are great bobby pins, Marianna are second best, but I have to say Flamingo hairpins are no contest the best hairpins. Thin and lightweight. They sit in the hair undetectable and effortlessly.

    • Kate says
      Posted June 2, 2014

      FLAMINGO IS THE BEST. I haven’t been able to find them for nearly 8 years. Hook a sister up, where do you get them?

      • Kathy says
        Posted June 2, 2014

        Amazon? Or are these the wrong ones? Qty. is huge. 1 lb.

  19. Beth says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Good stuff! I am using bobby pins more these days to try new, cute styles and these are great tips. Thanks, Kate!

  20. Posted June 2, 2014

    Genius!! I remember a while back reading that most women put bobby pins in upside down. I tried to switch mine but for some reason it was like learning how to use bobby pins all over again, so I just gave up. I’m SO excited to try some of your tips out!!! I deal with so many of these hair issues on a weekly basis πŸ™‚

  21. 2paw says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    I had never realised I was putting my hairpins in upside down!!! Thank you, it makes such a difference, and I love watching your videos.

  22. Allison says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    This is so helpful! Thank you so much!!

    Allison from

  23. Christin says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Love your Tutorials! Thanks for the Bobbie Pin Pointers!

  24. Sheila says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Mystery solved! This was so helpful. It’s the little things in life, right? I use Marianna Supreme pins from Sally, and they are good, but I am definitely going to order the Diana’s from Amazon. I, too, had been using them upside down at the suggestion of a professional. Turns out, they hold just as well the correct way, and look better to boot!

  25. Abby says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Thanks, Kate, this was super helpful! I see that Diane offers a few different sizes and shapes. Do you have one go-to size?

    xo Always, Abby

    • Kate says
      Posted June 2, 2014

      I like 1.5 inch or 2 inch!

  26. Shannon D says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Your tip for thick hair is so helpful! I can never seem to get my hair to stay in place with bobby pins which is extremely frustrating. Thank you!!

  27. Bridgit says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Kate love your tutorials!! not only helpful for me but for styling my 14 yr old daughters thick hair!!! off topic-what blush are you wearing in the tutorial? Looks so pretty πŸ˜‰

  28. Karly says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    This is seriously life-changing when it comes to my hair styling-inabilities and for my fine hair that refuses to hold a bobby pin. We thank you.

  29. Kelsey says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    I can totally attest to the quality of professional bobby pins; for years I was using cheap ones from the drugstore and I went through a package a month, because they’d slide out or even fly out of my hair. On a whim one day I stopped by a Sally’s and bought a tub of professional bobby pins (I can’t recall the brand, this was several years ago and I’ve lost the label) and I’m still working my way through it, with at least half of the tub still untouched.

  30. Posted June 2, 2014

    I had no idea I was using bobby pins wrong!! Yikes!
    I definitely agree with you on drugstore vs professional though, I went to Sally’s and bought some nice ones a few years ago and I have never gone back to drugstore!

  31. Meredy says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Wonderful tutorial!! Love how you give helpful hints for different hair types also.

  32. Posted June 2, 2014

    I have very fine hair (so fun to cut I’m sure) so I always have a to use a lot of bobby pins…and they always seem to fall out! I bet I’ll have better luck with the Diane bobby pins! Thank you ma’am!

  33. Kristen says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Thank you! This will make such a difference for my very thick hair!!

  34. Kate says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    All this time I was using Bobby Pins the wrong way around! Thanks Kate! x

  35. Christen S says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    I always pin my bangs back since they’re growing out and I only use the bobby pins I had in my hair from my wedding….you are right, professional ones hold the best!!

    Also, I saw you were reader’s choice beauty blog in Better Homes and Gardens, congrats!!

  36. Kylie says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Wow thank you!!! Okay quick question though, I cannot get my hair to tease…is there something I could be doing wrong? I try and try and try and it just falls down and won’t stay teased…I have tried product like dry shampoo but can’t get it to work? Should i be trying a different hairspray or something to that effect?

  37. Posted June 2, 2014

    So helpful! Those basics are something I never learned, so I feel like I have a new world of hair opportunities now :). Have you ever done tutorials on working with Day 2 hair? I recently started using dry shampoo to help, but I try to only wash my hair every other day. On Day 2, I sometimes struggle with styling, but I find my hair slightly less cooperative…

  38. Olivia Lobrigo says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    My absolute FAVE SmallThings tutorial!! Can’t wait to learn from the next one. Thx so much K8 πŸ˜‰

  39. Sami says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    I completely agree about the quality of bobby pins! I actually came to that conclusion on accident. I just happened to be at the beauty supply store, so I picked some up and they worked so much better. There were several very useful things in this tutorial that I didn’t know too. Thanks!

  40. Stephanie says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    I loved this post!!! I can’t believe there are so many things about bobby pins I did not know about!! Thank you so much for doing this!! I love your blog!

  41. Allison says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Oh my goodness, thank you for the video. It’s always nice to have a little refresher on how to use an every day item.

    Allison over at Allison’s Eye

  42. Jackie says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    So simple, but so informative! thank you! Things you never knew, you never knew lol. LOVE.

  43. Mandy says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Loved that! Thank you so much. πŸ™‚

  44. Tanya says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Wow I can now say I’m a Bobby Pin expert. LOL… never thought I would say those words. I loved the hair styling ideas too like the braid. I’m not a braid kind of a gal but it looked super cute on you.


  45. Breanna Carroll says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    From the moment that I started doing my own hair, I put the bobby pin in ridge side down. EVERYONE told me I was doing it wrong so I switched. I have always felt “off” with doing my hair with bobby pins with ridge side up. It always looked and felt weird to me. Thank you for sharing this so I know I am not crazy!….and I have now switched back to the proper method.

  46. Kristen says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    This was so helpful Kate! The trick of sectioning thick hair into two parts but making it look like one swoop of the bobby pin is genius!

    I’ve been reading your blog for 2 years and you never disappoint! Thank you!

  47. Maria says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    I can attest to the Diane bobby pins as well. Bought them on Kate’s recommendation a few months ago, and they make all the difference. I have a lot of hair, but the texture is fine, and the cheap ones just slide out of my hair. They are easy to get on amazon.

  48. Jenny says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    THANK YOU. I have in my Amazon cart already the Diane Bobby Pins. My hair is dark brown; I trust the black ones would be better than the Bronze. My generic bobby pins biggest issue is they twist; once they have been used once or twice. Guessing because I have thick hair, or they are just cheap. I cannot get them untwisted, hence, they are useless.

    Where on your blog do you talk about how to open up a bobby pin without your mouth? I watched one of your hair tutorials and you mentioned that you instructed us at one time, but I cannot find it in your search engine. Would love to see this.

    Absolutely love your blog and all that you share. Very talented; and you are definitely blessed with a wonderful family.

    Thank you!

  49. Rebekah says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    I have never used Diane bobby pins, but I will give them a try. I have been using these: Curved bobby pins for a while. I love them. They fit more snugly against your head since they’re curved. You can get them at Ulta. Just wanted to pass on that little nugget. πŸ™‚ Love your blog!

  50. Megan says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    It’s like you just CHANGED MY LIFE. So glad I took this work break. πŸ™‚

  51. Ronni-louise says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Perfect timing Kate, I am attending a wedding this weekend (village in Melton in Suffolk UK) I have been watching all your tutorials and am going to attempt a an up do. So showing me how to use pins is great. I have also been mastering the GHD curl, thanks to The IPad playing you tube whilst my two little boys munch on their cornflakes as I get ready for work and school run.

    Your films have been a great find!! Keep up the great work!

  52. Jen says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    I was just yelling at my Goody bobby pins the other day (they provide little to no hold for me)… then I looked online and discovered that I was wearing it wrong and that Goody is not really that good. πŸ˜‰ So I bought some Sally Beauty Supply ones and they are soooooooooooooooo much better.

  53. Katie Sheldon says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    This was awesome! I can’t believe I was so ignorant about Bobby pins…LOL

  54. Jackie says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    I also had no idea the bobby pins were supposed to go wavy side down. Now I get why you have the bobby pin on your logo straight side up. πŸ™‚ I’ve been following your blog for a few years now and I’ve been getting better at trying new hair styles thanks to your tutorials. Keep up the good work!

  55. Melanie says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Kate your hair tutorials are always so helpful! I have fine hair so I plan to try many of these tricks. Also, I was one of those ladies wearing their bobby pins upside down until I saw one of your previous tutorials a year ago πŸ˜‰

  56. Raeanne Macklin says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Thank you for doing this video! I love all your tips. And I just recently found out the correct way to use a bobby pin and I’m 29 years old lol.

  57. Crystal says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Best hair tutorial ever! I’m so simple when it comes to hair but am always wanting to use bobby pins. I knew the trick of putting them in with them flat side up, but could never seem to master a good hold! Thank you!!

  58. Christine says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Great tips! Thanks, Kate!

  59. Sabrina says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Thanks for the tips!

  60. Michelle says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Great tutorial! Bobby pins don’t like me! I recently watched your messy bun tutorial and have been practicing it on my own hair. But what to do with the bobby pins has been a problem. I’ve been pushing each one in towards the elastic so they end up pushing each other out if you understand what I mean. In what direction should I put them in? Thanks!

  61. Karyn says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Such great tips… thank you!!! (now all I needed was for you to do a full turn so I could see your haircut from all sides without any pins/styling so I could show my stylist….I am thinking of adding bangs back into my look and your length all around is just what is was thinking!)

  62. Beth says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    You are amazing! Thanks so much for this video!

  63. Marlene says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    I have a random question and I didn’t know where to ask it! My question is: are there any products that actually help your hair grow faster?
    I’m growing mine out, and it is healthy, moisturized, and never been colored. My hair grows at a regular pace, but I’m getting a little impatient with it since I want it to be another six or so inches longer πŸ™‚

  64. Alex says
    Posted June 2, 2014

    Looks like a lot of us didn’t know about the ridge issue originally. It was such a huge eye opener for me, too! Kate, do you have any favorite ways to organize your bobby pins?

  65. Andrea says
    Posted June 3, 2014

    Great video! I didn’t ever realize how much of a difference the quality of pin makes! I even went to hair school and never caught that and I swear I paid attention! The video fixed a couple problems I’ve had, like now I’m using hair spray on my crap pins until I lose them all. I still have one big issue and that is no matter how hard I press these babies in against my scalp, no matter how much hair I fold over to go back over top later, you can still see the pin it’s just there as if I made no effort at all to hide it ( yeah styling wasn’t a strong suit in school ;)). Is this a practice makes perfect deal or am I doing something wrong? I do have fine hair but theres a ton of it so I feel like I’m making more effort than should have to.

  66. Anne says
    Posted June 3, 2014

    Awesome tips! Can’t wait to try them out. Thank you!

  67. Ingrid says
    Posted June 3, 2014

    Hi! Thanks for this really helpful post. Also, I LOVE your makeup.

  68. Breeze says
    Posted June 3, 2014

    I’m embarrassed to say I’m 34 years old and after watching this have realized I’ve been putting in bobby pins wrong way!:) thanks for taking what should be known to useful knowledge!:)

  69. Melissa says
    Posted June 3, 2014

    Super great tips!!! Thank you!!!

  70. Marie says
    Posted June 4, 2014

    This was AWESOME! Thank you! πŸ™‚ Off to order some new bobby pins! I will have to practice on pinning the braid back because I feel like mine would just fall apart. πŸ˜‰

  71. rebecca Bulvanoski says
    Posted June 4, 2014

    I did know to put bobby pins ridge side down but only because you taught me a few years ago…still loved the video. So excited to try the pony tail trick!! Love the pictures of David and I’m so happy that things are going well for you. Love, Becca

    P.S. I dreamt you did my hair the other night…. πŸ™

  72. Posted June 4, 2014

    Kate, this is an absolutely AMAZING video! So informative and helpful! Thank you for this!

  73. Sara Anastos says
    Posted June 4, 2014

    With this video’s help and my new professional bobbi pins, I was able to put together an updo. Thank you for your help.

  74. laura Rocke says
    Posted June 4, 2014

    You’re amazing! Your tutorials are so helpful and its so generous of you to share your expertise with “the world”

  75. Lisa Cowart says
    Posted June 5, 2014

    Love this video! I always have trouble with bobby pins and this will help. Thanks again and you’re gorgeous πŸ™‚

  76. Mareike says
    Posted June 5, 2014

    Love your video, Kate!
    Helps a lot!

    Best from Germany πŸ˜€

  77. Nancy Warkentin says
    Posted June 5, 2014

    Thank you so much Kate. Loved the informative video!

  78. Posted June 5, 2014

    Hi Kate!
    What lipstick are you wearing? I absolutely LOVE it.
    Great video!
    Thanks πŸ™‚

  79. Jodi says
    Posted June 5, 2014

    LOVED THIS!! At 43, I am so hair-illiterate and I work in a glass shop, so pony tails are must 99% of my days! Love all of your hairstyles and the tutorials! I don’t think I have ever commented before but thank you so much for teaching us the basics!! And for all the cute hairstyles that even non-fashion hair people like me can do!

  80. Alesha says
    Posted June 5, 2014

    I learned the correct way to put in a bolo by pin a few years ago an it revolutionized my hair styles! But the other tricks you showed…amazing! I can’t wait to try them! It looks so much better how you did it on all of those. Lol! Thanks!
    Alesha <3

  81. Megan Bilodeau says
    Posted June 6, 2014

    Your tutorials are awesome!

  82. Alice says
    Posted June 8, 2014

    Growing up without a mom, I missed out on opportunities to learn anything about beauty/beauty tricks. Your videos and tutorials have taught me so much. Thank you for all you do!

  83. Vicki Molnar says
    Posted June 9, 2014

    Ive been using bobbi pins wrong all along! Embarassing! How do you open them without using your teeth???

  84. Amber says
    Posted June 11, 2014

    I have a question thought after learning that the ridge goes down.. I tried it yesterday and on that side of the bobby pin, and you can see it on your picture at the top as well, it arches up so it scratches the heck out of my scalp. Why would they make it like that? I know that’s why I have always done it “backwards” my whole life.

  85. Megan says
    Posted June 11, 2014

    Could you talk about how to hide bobby pins? I have coarse-textured hair but not a lot of hair and my bobby pins always seem to stick out all over! Thanks! You are a great teacher.

  86. Michelle says
    Posted June 12, 2014

    You are a hair genius! Ha! I never knew I was wearing pins all wrong! This should be on BBC news!

  87. Rachel Ray says
    Posted June 15, 2014

    Hi Kate!
    I purchased the Diane bobby pins and they have such a large opening that I cannot get it to hold any hair! Is this normal or did I get a bad batch? I was feeling even more hair-challenged when I popped these babies opened and started to pin away. Help!

  88. Gabrielle says
    Posted June 17, 2014

    Love this!!! Kate, you’re so talented! I wish I had half your talent! πŸ™‚ xo

  89. Chelsea says
    Posted June 25, 2014

    Yet another great tutorial! Thank you! I wondered if you had a specific brand of clear elastics that you use. The type I have recently bought seem to snap before the day’s end!

  90. Shelli Jo says
    Posted June 26, 2014

    Kate… I am so very sorry I have been using booby pins my whole life…

    { { { THE WRONG WAY!!! } } }

    It was very educational to watch this video… I am sure my hair will stay put now!!!
    Thank You Very So Much!

  91. Posted July 7, 2014

    Fabulous site you have here. I’m working to build up a little site too, so if you have just one minute, it’d be perfect if you could click through here

  92. Natalia says
    Posted July 7, 2014

    Thank you for your videos! Amazing! I am jut wondering if the ridged edge has to go down then why all the pins with designs on them(flowers or stones) have design on the ridged line?

  93. Angie says
    Posted July 27, 2014

    You are amazing! I wish I had found you years ago. I love doing new styles but I don’t have the knowledge that you do so I cannot wait to try your tutorials! Yay for
    You and sharing you talent!!! Thank you so much!

  94. melinda says
    Posted August 2, 2014


  95. Emma says
    Posted August 19, 2014

    I started watching your styling tutorials last night and I am officially addicted. Discovering I’ve been putting bobby pins in upside down all my life is a revelation, like OF COURSE! Loving all your tips for getting more volume in my very soft, silky, fine straight hair – it just doesn’t hold curl (even hairdressers have failed to hold curl in my hair) but I’m hoping your tips will help! Cheers

  96. Bronnie says
    Posted August 21, 2014

    OMG, luv the last bit as I always have this problem. Thanks Kate, your a lifesaver.

  97. Samah says
    Posted August 26, 2014

    I find that most people use the bobby pins upside down too! Whenever I tell anyone that they are meant to go ridge side down, they are amazed! I will make sure I buy professional ones from now on too, thank you!!

  98. Stacey White says
    Posted August 27, 2014

    Oh.My.Goodness. I am 44 years old and just realized I have been putting my bobby pins in the wrong way my entire hair styling life…. :/ I love your blog and your tutorials. It has helped me with so many up do’s and messy buns. πŸ˜‰ I have a question….what comb do you use for your teasing? I have a teasing comb but my hair doesn’t seem to stay “teased” or keep the volume. Thanks so much for making it easy to have beautifully styled hair every day. Your tutorials and tips are marvelous!!!! πŸ˜‰

  99. Sasha says
    Posted September 13, 2014

    Do you remember what shade of lipstick you are wearing? You usually have it listed, but i don’t see it in this post?! I love it!

    And Thank you so much! I’ve been having so much fun with my hair since I discovered your tutorials!

  100. Kirsty says
    Posted September 30, 2014

    Just discovered your blog and binge-watched 8 tutorials (anti socially sitting on the sofa next to my fiancΓ© with my headphones on, while he watches Top Gear)… All brilliant! Very much enjoyed your makeup posts too, and will definitely be exploring your other topics tomorrow – probably while I should be working…!

  101. carm says
    Posted October 3, 2014

    I just can’t believe I have been using bobby pins the wrong way for years!!!! And, my bff is a hair stylist. Can’t wait to try Diane.


  102. Natasha says
    Posted November 6, 2014

    I learned so much. Thanks to you, I know how to use bobby pins the right way that will hold my styles in place. Thanks very much for the tips!

  103. zbara says
    Posted November 17, 2014
  104. Posted November 19, 2014

    I know you are too good in your work. Your friend lists is very good commented on your post.

  105. Dee says
    Posted November 29, 2014

    I love your blog..just found it today. How is your haircut? I’m getting ready to get bangs an my layers cut an I would like it cut like this.

  106. su says
    Posted December 8, 2014

    Hello, I have recently posted about some of the hair growth fallacies on the internet on my blog. Check it out if interested! Take care..

  107. Kathy says
    Posted January 31, 2015

    i love your blog and would love you to check mine out. it is
    i give tutorails and hair tips and trick. I put up an new tutorial almost everyday.
    Love You and Thanks!

  108. Becca says
    Posted February 5, 2015

    Woah. I’d never thought of the thick hair thing. You are quite possibly literally my hero.

  109. emily says
    Posted February 5, 2015

    This just changed my life. Thank you.

  110. Jill says
    Posted March 22, 2015

    great blog, love that you use both a video tutorial and text… bobby pins can be girls best friend.. I always suggest to keep a few in your purse just incase you need to pin back your bangs or on a windy day

  111. Posted April 7, 2015

    Thanks for this! Bobby pins have puzzled me for my whole life. And I may or may not have bought bobby pins at the dollar store yesterday. Will work on that. = )

  112. Penny L. says
    Posted April 14, 2015

    Great blog/video! I have fine hair and have been so restricted with hair styles because I could rarely get bobby pins to work. This video has helped tremendously!

  113. Karli says
    Posted April 25, 2015

    This video is fantastic!!!! Thank u so much for sharing! My daughter has a dance recital next weekend, and I was in a panic knowing that bobby pins always slide right out of her hair. (They have to sweep back one side and clip with a flower). I learned several tips and tricks in this video that will help greatly! Thank you!!

  114. Kai says
    Posted May 3, 2015

    I use these things everyday for ballet! Good to know a little bit more about them <3

  115. Jennifer says
    Posted May 6, 2015

    I braid or twist the side log my hair back a lot and always feel like I have use a ton of boy pins to hold it in place! You’re tips are great! Thanks so much!

  116. Cristie says
    Posted May 7, 2015

    By no stretch or exaggeration, this tutorial changed my life!!!! You’re my new guru!!!!

  117. Cindy says
    Posted July 27, 2015

    Thank you! I’m one of those women who put their bobby pins in upside down… I’m 56, and still have no idea how to put my hair up, or even pin a small braid at the side of my head like that. Thank you – I’ll be watching your tutorials and, hopefully, will get my curly long hair up into lovely ‘dos’.

  118. Sara says
    Posted August 1, 2015

    I’m wondering if you or another reader could provide a photo or details about the Diane bobby pins you use, or make any other recommendations for bobby pins? There are a couple of different kinds of Diane logos on the bobby pins on Amazon and I want to make sure I get the right kind! thanks so much!

  119. Jill says
    Posted October 14, 2015

    I see that you haven’t replied recently, so I hope I’m not too late to this discussion. πŸ™‚
    How do you pick up your Bobby pins & not have to use your teeth to open them? This baffles me in all your videos. This tute was very helpful for me–I love to do hair, but I’m Bobby pin challenged. Lol

  120. Posted December 22, 2015

    Great tips! I always have had trouble using bobby pins, they never seem to stay in my hair… can’t wait to try these, thanks!ο»Ώ

  121. alicia alexander says
    Posted February 16, 2016

    I watched it yesterday and this morning tried your suggestions for the twist/braid pinning of bangs. AMAZING. I have a lot of thin, baby fine hair (the kind that suction cups to my head) and i have never had this success with my bangs not falling out 30 seconds later. And I just wanted to say thank you for this video (and the others, really gives helpless girls like me some hope)! πŸ™‚

  122. Tashia says
    Posted December 10, 2016

    Game changer.

    Love love love!

  123. Posted May 11, 2017

    You have brought up a very good points, thanks for the post.

  124. Posted October 16, 2017

    I love this tutorial! Your are amazing!

  125. Brandi Ince says
    Posted February 21, 2020

    I’ve raised 6 boys and Sliding into 7th place God blesses us with a girl. That girl is now 12 and is wanting to start doing her hair (remember I’m a boy mom) I cant even open a Bobby pin with one hand or without my teeth. Help! Do you have a video for that?