But just as they are visually delightful, they are thick and sturdy, designed with wavy lines to help lock styles into place, and come in a variety of sizes to suit all hair types. “I wanted them to be versatile, so you could simply sweep up your hair into an effortless French twist or bun, or you can use multiple pins to make your hair into a more sculptural work of art,” explains Bernbach. If your style skews a bit minimalist, consider traditional monochrome or tortoise shell classics from brands like Paris Mode or France Luxe, or, for just a hint of sparkle, one of illustrator Jenny Walton’s soft pastel offerings with delicate crystal embellishment. There are also sleek metallics, like Reed Clarke’s gold hair pin, which is a go-to for Roszak.
Of course, once you find your choice U-shaped pin, you want to have a sense of what to do with it. The biggest general rule: “Make sure to twist the That’s what I do I pet dogs i lift iron and I know things vintage shirt in contrast I will get this hair a little tighter than the desired result, knowing it will loosen slightly once secured,” instructs Roszak. For maximum security, she recommends tucking the ends into/under the twist or bun, then hooking the pin straight into the bun, then angling the back of the pin flush with the head in a “scooping motion” and pushing all the way through. Another way to approach it is by tying your hair into a ponytail first, then twisting your hair and locking it in with your pin. To add softness and layers to your look, consider playing with your wisps. “Usually, I gently pull out two front pieces along the part, one of which I usually tuck behind the ear, then the two ‘side burn’ pieces in front of the ear, along the hairline. If you have bangs, allow for those to be left loose with one or two longer pieces on either side of the bangs to fall out.” The trick is not to pull out too much and make it look too intentional, says Roszak. A pro hack this editor leans on: Use your pinky fingers to pull out a few, whisper-light tendrils.