Bobby Pins – apparently I haven’t been using them correctly for the most of my life

I love bobby pins, they keep my hair out of my face and are so conveniently small that I can shove them into any crevice and crack in my personal belongings until such time I find myself desperate for something to keep my hair out of my face and bobby pins come to the rescue! Alas, they always have a pesky habit of slipping out of my hair – mostly due to the fact that my hair is straight, so I’ve been resorting to using twice as many pins and pin them in a cross. This works – mostly, other than the fact that it still slips to some degree.


Can you guess how I’ve been using them? Yes. Wavy-side up – just like almost every single person who uses bobby pins. It has recently been brought to my attention that bobby pins were meant to be worn wavy side down – it was a revelation to me when I found out. More importantly, I realised that the pins stayed put in my straight hair! Maybe wavy-side up was meant to be for people with curly/wavy hair but damn! Straight-side up works so much better for me! This makes me wonder if the way you use bobby pins is dependent on your hair type… I don’t think there is a ‘wrong’ or ‘right’ way to use bobby pins but I think there is an optimal way to use them and it can be summarised as follows:

Wavy hair = wavy-side up
Straight hair = Straight-side up

So how have you been using your bobby pins? Do you think the rule above works for you?

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  • chee

    oh gosh I just found out about this recently too on a podcast! Mind blown, all these times I’ve been wearing them upside down haha. but it just feel so natural to have the wavy side up. I guess I gotta try it wavy side down now, since my hair is straight. lol

    • Samthebear

      It seems to work better flat side up for me than wavy side up, but try it and let me know how it works for you! and totally, agree! When I found out I was like “No Way. My whole life is a lie.”

  • Fräulein Schnee

    This is really an interesting point! Since I’ve got wavy hair I did it correctly by chance..haha.Next time I straighten my hair I try the other side…hihi
    Just discovered your blog and I like it a lot 🙂

    • Samthebear

      Hope you find it to stay in better the other way around with your hair straightened! I’m glad you like my blog! Hope you will visit again soon!

  • stephanie

    wow it actually makes sense if you really think about it huh (friction from the wavy side to your straight hair etc opposite to the slip that would be caused from the straight side)! but its news for me and now that it’s clear as crystal, I can’t believe I never actually looked up how to use a bobby pin properly!
    Probably one of the most informative post I have read ahahhhaha 🙂 thanks!

    • Samthebear

      I’m glad you enjoyed reading this post and you found it informative ^_^!

  • Shu Ting

    Wow that’s like a huge lightning bolt has just passed through my whole body. I have ALWAYS worn it wavy side up and I have dead straight hair. I need to try it with wavy side down!!!!

    Thanks for sharing. Just discover your blog and I really love the name and the cute animals as header!!! <3

    • Sam Bear | A Curiosity

      I’m glad you found this helpful! Thanks for dropping by ^_^