10 Ways To Style Claw Clips

10 Ways To Style Claw Clips

Let’s talk about the hottest hair accessory that’s had everyone hooked – claw clips! We’ve all been there, rushing out the door and needing a quick, stylish solution to tame our hair. That’s where claw clips come in to save the day. But did you know that these versatile accessories can do so much more […]

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Let’s talk about the hottest hair accessory that’s had everyone hooked – claw clips! We’ve all been there, rushing out the door and needing a quick, stylish solution to tame our hair. That’s where claw clips come in to save the day. But did you know that these versatile accessories can do so much more than just keep your hair out of your face?

At RUSH, we love helping you unleash your hair’s full potential, and claw clips are the perfect tool to achieve effortless, chic styles on a time crunch. Our expert stylists have put together a list of trendy and easy-to-create claw clip hairstyles that will have you looking and feeling fab, whether you’re running errands or attending a glamorous event. So, grab your favourite claw clip, and let’s dive into the different looks you can create!

Claw Clips: What To Know

  • Claw clips are versatile hair accessories that can create a host of various updos and styles for casual or formal looks
  • They come in different sizes, colours, and materials to suit different hair types and occasions
  • They are a great alternative to hair ties, as they don’t cause breakage or damage hair
  • They are easy to use and can quickly transform your hairstyle without much effort
  • Experiment with different placements and techniques to find what works best for your hair

The Different Types of Claw Clips  & How to Choose the Right Type

Claw clips have been around for decades, with their popularity peaking in the ’90s. After a brief hiatus, claw clips have made a triumphant return, thanks in part to the pandemic’s influence on fashion and beauty trends.

There are several types of claw clips available, each with their features and benefits:

  1. Large Claw Clips: These clips are perfect for thick, long hair and can easily hold up voluminous updos or ponytails.
  2. Small Claw Clips: Ideal for shorter hair or for securing smaller sections, small claw clips are versatile and can be used to create half-up half-down styles or to pin back bangs.
  3. Flower Claw Clips: These decorative clips feature flower designs and add a feminine touch to any hairstyle. They come in various sizes and colours to suit different preferences.
  4. Butterfly Claw Clips: Similar to flower claw clips, butterfly claw clips showcase butterfly-shaped designs and can add a whimsical element to your look.
  5. Matte Claw Clips: With a non-glossy finish, matte claw clips offer a more subdued and sophisticated appearance, perfect for professional settings or minimalist styles.
  6. Glitter Claw Clips: For those who love a bit of sparkle, glitter claw clips can elevate any hairstyle and add a touch of glamour to your look.

When choosing a claw clip, consider your hair type, length, and the style you want to achieve. With the wide variety of claw clips available, there’s a style to suit every taste and occasion. 

10 Popular Claw Clip Hairstyles

From casual, everyday looks to more polished and sophisticated styles, claw clips offer endless possibilities for styling your hair. Here are some of our favourite popular claw clip looks and how to achieve them:

Half-Up Hairstyle

To create a half-up hairstyle with a claw clip, start by gathering the top section of your hair from the temples to the crown. Secure this section with a medium-sized claw clip, allowing the rest of your hair to fall naturally. This style is perfect for showcasing your hair’s natural texture.

Messy Bun

For a chic and effortless messy bun, begin by gathering your hair into a high ponytail. Twist the ponytail and wrap it around itself to form a bun. Secure the bun with a claw clip, allowing some loose strands to fall out for a more relaxed and undone appearance. This style is perfect for casual days or when you want to look put-together with minimal effort.

Low Ponytail

To create a sleek and sophisticated low ponytail, gather your hair at the nape of your neck, twist and flip it before secure it with a large claw clip. This style works best with smooth, straight hair and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. For a more polished look, use a small amount of hair serum or oil to tame any flyaways and add shine.

Twisted Updo

To create a twisted updo, start by gathering your hair into a low ponytail and twisting it upwards. As you twist, incorporate more hair from the sides until all of your hair is included in the twist. Once you reach the crown of your head, secure the twist with a large claw clip. Tuck in any loose ends and gently pull out a few face-framing pieces for a softer, more romantic look. This style is perfect for special occasions or when you want to showcase your hair’s length and texture.

Side Sweep

To create a side sweep hairstyle, start by parting your hair to one side. Gather the hair on the opposite side and secure it with a claw clip just above your ear. This style works well with both straight and wavy hair and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

Curly Updo

For those with curly hair, claw clips can help create a beautiful and effortless updo. Start by gathering your curls into a loose ponytail at the crown of your head. Twist the ponytail and wrap it around itself to form a bun. Secure the bun with a claw clip, allowing some curls to fall freely around your face for a softer look.

French Twist

The French twist is a classic and sophisticated hairstyle that can be easily achieved with a claw clip. To create this look, start by brushing your hair back and to one side, as if you were creating a low side ponytail. Begin twisting your hair inwards, rolling it towards the centre of your head. As you twist, tuck in the ends of your hair and secure the twist with a large claw clip.

Pinned Back Bangs

If you have bangs that you want to keep out of your face, claw clips can be a great solution. Simply gather your bangs and twist them back, securing them with a small claw clip. This style works well with both straight and side-swept bangs and can be combined with other hairstyles for a more polished look.

Voluminous Half-Up Hairstyle

To create a voluminous half-up hairstyle, start by separating the top section of your hair from the temples to the crown. Gently tease this section to add volume, then gather it and secure it with a claw clip. Allow the rest of your hair to fall naturally, creating a half-up, half-down look with added volume at the crown.

Boho Chic Braid

To add a bohemian touch to your braid, incorporate a claw clip into the style. Start by creating a classic braid or fishtail braid, then secure the end with a small elastic. Gently pull apart the braid to create a more relaxed and voluminous appearance. Finally, add a decorative claw clip to the top or side of the braid for a chic and unexpected detail.

Tips for Styling with Claw Clips

  • Ensure your hair is tangle-free: Brush your hair thoroughly to remove any knots or tangles before securing it with a claw clip. This will help prevent snags and ensure a smoother, more polished look.
  • Tease your hair for added volume: Before securing your hair with a claw clip, tease the roots of your hair using a fine-tooth comb. This will add volume and create a more substantial base for the clip to grip onto.
  • Twist and secure: When creating updos like French twists or buns, twist your hair before securing it with the claw clip. This will help keep your hair in place and prevent the clip from slipping.
  • Use the right size clip: Make sure to choose a claw clip that is appropriate for the amount of hair you have. If the clip is too small, it may not hold your hair securely, while a clip that is too large may be visible and look awkward.
  • Secure the clip properly: Open the claw clip and gather your hair, ensuring that the teeth of the clip are evenly distributed throughout your hair. Close the clip firmly, pressing it against your head to ensure a secure hold.
  • Finish with hairspray: To keep your hairstyle in place and add extra hold, finish with a light mist of hairspray. This will help prevent flyaways and keep your hair looking neat throughout the day.

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Experimenting with claw clip hairstyles is a fun way to switch up your look and embrace the ’90s trend. We’d love to hear about your favourite claw clip hairstyles and any tips or tricks you’ve discovered along the way. Share your experiences in the comments below!

Have an event coming and would like your hair styled? Find your nearest hair salon and  Book your appointment at RUSH today and let our skilled stylists help you achieve your desired look. Whether you’re looking for a chic updo or a casual, everyday style, we’ve got you covered. 

FAQ's

What are claw clips?

Claw clips are hair accessories that feature a hinged design with teeth that open and close to secure hair in place. They come in various sizes, colours, and materials, making them a versatile tool for creating different hairstyles.

Why are claw clips popular?

Claw clips have gained popularity due to their versatility, ease of use, and nostalgic ’90s appeal. They offer a quick and simple way to style hair without causing damage, making them a go-to accessory for many people.

How do I choose the right claw clip for my hair?

When selecting a claw clip, consider your hair type, length, and the style you want to achieve. Thicker hair may require larger clips with stronger teeth, while finer hair may benefit from smaller clips with finer teeth. Also, consider the material and occasion when making your choice.

Can claw clips be used on all hair types?

Yes, claw clips can be used on all hair types, including straight, wavy, curly, and coily hair. The key is to choose the right size and style of clip for your specific hair type and length.

How do I prevent my claw clip from slipping out of my hair?

To prevent your claw clip from slipping, ensure that your hair is tangle-free and teased at the roots for added volume and grip. Choose the right size clip for your hair thickness and secure it properly by distributing the teeth evenly throughout your hair.

Are there specific hairstyles that work best with claw clips?

Claw clips are versatile and can be used to create a variety of hairstyles, such as half-up styles, messy buns, French twists, and low ponytails. Experiment with different styles to find what works best for your hair type and personal preference.

Can claw clips damage my hair?

When used properly, claw clips are less likely to cause damage compared to hair ties or elastics. However, be gentle when opening and closing the clip to avoid snagging or pulling your hair. Also, avoid sleeping with claw clips in your hair to prevent potential breakage.

How do I clean and maintain my claw clips?

To clean your claw clips, simply wipe them down with a damp cloth and mild soap, then dry them thoroughly. Store them in a dry place away from direct sunlight to maintain their shape and colour.

Can claw clips be used for formal occasions?

Yes, claw clips can be used for formal occasions. Choose a sleek, decorative clip in a metallic finish or embellished with crystals to elevate your hairstyle. A French twist or a sophisticated updo secured with a claw clip can be a perfect choice for weddings, galas, or other formal events.