Everyone Is Ditching Their Hair Elastics for '90s Claw Clips

Even Bella Hadid and Hailey Bieber are fans.

Real talk: Pulling my hair up into a ponytail gets the job done whenever I want my hair out of my face and off of my neck. But, it doesn't matter what kind of elastic or scrunchie I use; I always end up with a headache an hour or so into wearing one.

That's where a giant claw clip comes into play. The quintessential '90s hair accessory has been making a comeback as of late, thanks to models like Bella Hadid and Hailey Bieber, and everyone else who's been finding comfort in nostalgia. Whether it's from bingeing old favorites like Dawson's Creek and Moesha on Netflix or revisiting the sparkly eyeshadows and lip liners of your youth.

"I think the big, exaggerated claw clip is on trend because fashion and hair dictate each other and we're all just reminiscing about another time right now," says Ted Gibson, celebrity hairstylist and co-founder of STARRING by Ted Gibson in LA. "The clip can bring out a fun hairdo, and I love that it's versatile in the way that you can use it."

Bella Hadid wearing hair back in a slick bun held together with a claw clip
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Retro beauty trends aside, the hair accessory is also a practical alternative to an elastic. "Especially when used on wet hair, elastics can cause breakage over time," Gibson shares. "A claw clip is an alternative to putting your hair up without the risk of damaging it."

If you want to take your claw clip styles beyond a basic twist-up, Gibson suggests trying a half-up half-down look or even using it as an anchor to pull one side of your hair over to the other.

Along with the styling possibilities, what also makes the claw clip so versatile is that it works with a number of hair lengths and textures. For curly hair, Gibson recommends prepping hair with a texturizing mousse to enhance and define your coils before pulling them up.

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"My Shooting Star Texture Meringue is a versatile product that can be used on wet or dry hair," he says. "It gives you shine, and texture, especially if you have naturally curly hair and want definition before putting it up."

Wherever you decide to place a claw clip on your head, just don't worry about it looking too perfect. As long as we're still riding out this pandemic at home, doing less feels like the perfect hairstyle vibe anyway.

Check out some of our favorite ways to wear a claw clip below, then shop our picks for all of your '90s-inspired styles.

Bella Hadid wearing a high, loose updo held together by a claw clip
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Kendall Jenner and Hailey Beiber walking together and wearing hair back with claw clips
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The Best Claw Clips for '90s Updos

Scuni Effortless Beauty Basic Jaw Clips

Best Claw Clips

The OG of claw clips, these three neutral shades cover all the bases, whether you're looking to coordinate the accessory with your hair color or outfit.

To shop: $3; riteaid.com

Large Yoga Claw

Yoga claw clip

Leopard isn't the only animal print that should be considered a neutral. A tortoiseshell claw clip is just as versatile, whether you want to quickly twist your hair up or wear it half-up half-down.

To shop: $28; freepeople.com

Goody Color Collection Mini Claw Clips

Best Claw Clips

Secure your bob or lob with one of these mini clips, or simply embrace the nostalgia and go full '90s by pulling your front layers back like you used to with butterfly clips.

To shop: $5; amazon.com

Kitcsh Elevated Claw Clip

Best Claw Clips

This isn't a regular claw clip — it's a fancy one. Secure your hair with Kitsch's minimalist rose gold clip when you want a simple half-up half-down style or twist to look extra special.

To shop: $5; amazon.com

mle Mini Cloud Claw Clip

Best Claw Clips

In lieu of tugging hair elastics, stack mle's cloud-shaped marble claw clip with other colorful ones to create a bubble pony. Or, simply wear it on its own as a statement piece.

To shop: $16; madebymle.com

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