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Bobby pins can help you do some pretty magical things to your hair, but they aren’t without their downsides. For one, the removal process isn’t nearly as magical. Pulling out a ton of bobby pins can get pretty tiresome. We could go on, but let’s just say this: It isn’t every day that you’ll want to deal with a hairstyle full of bobby pins. Save them for special occasions! On days you’d like to avoid using bobby pins, or times when you don’t have any bobby pins available, all you need to do is try one of the four bobby pin-free, easy hairstyles below. Don’t worry, you won’t have to compromise on style or complexity. Passing on bobby pins doesn’t mean you have to rock your locks completely down. With the aid of hair spray and hair gel (and more) you can style your hair in updos and braids—without the assistance of a single bobby pin. Here’s how.
Think back to all the recitals from your dance class days. Mixed in with memories of tutus and pirouettes, will be ones of lots and lots of bobby pins. How else would you secure a perfect ballerina bun atop your head? Well, we’re here to tell you, you can accomplish the same style without any bobby pins.
Step 1: Use heat protectant. Spray your strands with a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray.
Step 2: Straighten your hair. If your hair has lots of natural texture, you’ll want to smooth it out with the help of a hair straightener. (This is The Right Way to Use a Flat Iron.)
Step 3: Apply hair cream. Spot any frizzy hair? Go ahead and smooth it out with a hair cream, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream.
Step 4: Create a bun. Gather all of your hair high on your head, as if you were about to secure it in a ponytail. Begin twisting the ponytail, wrapping it around its base to form a bun. Slip a hair tie over the bun to secure and ta-da!
Just because you’re steering clear of bobby pins doesn’t mean you have to be totally hair accessory adverse. As long as you have a headband on hand, you can create this updo—which looks way more complicated than it is.
Step 1: Tease. Using a teasing comb, create volume at your roots.
Step 2: Use hair texturizer. When you elect not to use bobby pins, you have to find different ways to give your hair grip. A hair texturizer, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It Air-Blow Texture Mist, will do the trick. Just spritz throughout your hair.
Step 3: Put on a headband. Slip an elastic headband of any style over your head, leaving the ends of your hair hanging out underneath.
Step 4: Tuck your hair into the headband. Working your way around your head, begin tucking the hair into the headband. Section by section, pull the hair up and over the headband, then tuck the ends inside. Once there isn’t any hair left out, your updo is almost complete!
Step 5: Finish with hairspray. Don’t let this style budge. Use the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray to help hold it in place.
Whether you’re headed into an important meeting or standing up in a wedding, you’d be hard pressed to find an occasion a chignon doesn’t suit. That’s why you’ll be pleased to hear you can create one anywhere, anytime, with just one hair tie.
Step 1: Use wave spray. Don’t be afraid of natural texture! You can play yours up with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray.
Step 2: Start creating a low ponytail. Begin putting your hair into a low ponytail, but as you go to pull your hair through the hair tie one last time, don’t finish. Pull just a small portion of the ponytail through, leaving a small look at the top, with your ends hanging out.
Step 3: Twist and wrap the ends. Taking one half of the hair that’s hanging out, twist it and wrap it up and around the loop. When you finish wrapping it, simply tuck the ends into the elastic. Repeat the same with the other half. Chignon complete!
Step 4: Finish with hair spray. Before you get going to that big event, spray the entire style with the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold.
One thing you can always turn to bobby pins for is getting your bangs out of your face, especially during that awkward growing out phase. So, what’s a girl to do when she can’t pin her bangs back? Braid them, of course.
Step 1: Braid your bangs. There isn’t much more we can say! Braid, then add a (tiny!) clear elastic at the end.
Step 2: Braid the rest of your hair. Now, you can’t leave that mini bang-braid hanging in your face, but you also can’t pin it back. You’ll have to keep the braid away from your face by adding it into a bigger braid. French braid the rest of your hair, incorporating your bangs. When you reach the end, add a hair tie.
Step 3: Use hair gel. Using a small amount of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel, smooth down any stray pieces of hair that you would normally pin.
What should you eliminate from your styling routine next? Heat. Try our 8 Adorable No-Heat Hairstyles.