How to Stop Your Barrette From Sliding Out of Your Hair

A celebrity stylist shares tricks to keep the accessories in place, even if you have fine hair.

Profile of a person with blunt cut, dark haired bob wearing several barrettes
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For me, wearing a barrette also means fussing with said barrette nonstop. That's because they always slip and slide out of my straight, fine hair no matter how many times I re-clip them through the day.

After almost losing a rather pricey crystal Lelet barrette (thankfully it fell into my handbag and not onto the subway tracks), I said enough was enough and reached out to celebrity hairstylist Bridget Brager, who works with celebrities like Sarah Paulson and Kate Bosworth, for suggestions.

Ahead, her four essential tips for keeping barrettes, hair clips, combs, and accessories in place.

Plan Out the Placement

Before you do anything, you should know exactly where you plan on placing the barrette. Brager's suggestion? Try placing the hair accessory in spot that doesn't seem so obvious. "Typically, you might be used to seeing a barrette at the back of the head, but more and more, the best placement is places where it might seem slightly imperfect," she says. "Just behind the ear, the temple area... if your hair is pulled back, you might put a barrette or clip just to the side of the ponytail. I love seeing barrettes in places you wouldn't typically see them. It adds a bang to your outfit instantly!"


After you pick where you'd like to place your barrette, Brager says to create a "pad" for the barrette by backcombing. But just backcombing isn't enough. In order to get that little "pad" to stick around, you have to set it in place with heat. Brager suggests using a tool like the GrapheneMX Styling Iron by Bio Ionic, which uses a Nobel Prize-winning technology called Graphene that conducts heat in a way that's not damaging to the hair. "Using the Stying Iron, tap the hair you just back combed," she says.

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Clip Back the Correct Amount of Hair

So how exactly are you supposed to know how much hair to secure? The section of hair you're clipping back should coorespond to the width of the barrette. "If you have straight, fine hair, make sure to pick up at least the same width of the barrette, if not a bit more.Taking too little hair doesn't give a good enough base for the barrette or clip to successfully stay secured all day," she tells me.

Secure, Secure, Secure

Simply clipping that section of hair in place is not enough, even if you did backcomb. Brager says to place a bobby pin just underneath where you want the barrette to sit to keep it in place, as well as spraying the secured barrette, and the hair around it, with hairspray or texture spray.

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