Secret Beauty Weapon: Hair Pins From Japan
When I was at Ted Gibson salon the other day getting my hair done (stay tuned for an I Tried It post about my new Inoa haircolor!), I discovered these basically-life-changing little hair tools–check them out!
The stylist who cut my hair, Devin Toth, mentioned that he only uses hair pins and bobby pins from Japan; because Japanese women have such shiny, slippery hair, their pins tend to have way better gripping power than our own. Makes sense, but who would have thought of this?
After doing an awesome demo (I finally learned how to use a hair pin, vs. a bobby pin–do you guys want me to post a how-to separately?) Devin was sweet enough to give me a whole handful of Japanese pins to take home for when I do my DIY French twist for bridesmaid duty this weekend. If you look closely at the hair pins, you can see how they have textured prongs to give them more holding power; they also are super thin so they disappear right into hair. The bobby pins, meanwhile, are extra-strong and tight.
Devin gets his Japanese hair pins from Shear World in NYC, and you can order your own on the Shear World website. If you’re getting married anytime soon, you definitely should get some of these suckers!
Do you guys often use bobby pins and/or hair pins? Have you found that some brands work way better than others?
Related: Are visible hair pins in an updo a Do or Don’t?
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