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 binging 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."
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 a number of hair lengths and textures love wearing one. 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 to 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. A vibe that's easy to get behind when many of us are doing the bare minimum with our hair while social-distancing at home during the pandemic.
Check out some of our favorite ways to wear a claw clip below, then shop our picks for your all of your '90s-inspired styles.
The Best Claw Clips for '90s Updos
Scuni Effortless Beauty Basic Jaw 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 buy: $6; amazon.com
Callie Claw Clip
Leopard isn't the only animal print that should be considered a neutral. A tortoise shell claw clip is just as versatile, whether you want to quickly twist your hair up or wear it half-up half-down.
To buy: $12; urbanoutfitters.com
Goody Color Collection Mini 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 buy: $6; amazon.com
Kitcsh Elevated Claw Clip
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 buy: $8; amazon.com.
mle Mini Cloud Claw Clip
In lieu of tugging hair elastics, stack mle's marble cloud-shaped claw clip with other colorful ones to create a bubble pony. Or, simply wear it on its own as a statement piece.
To buy: $14; madebymle.com.