The 8 Best Claw Clips for all Hair Types of 2023
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The saying "Everything comes back around" is especially true in the beauty industry. One of the many throwback trends making its return is the claw clip. This ’90s and Y2K staple is a fashionable and functional accessory that everyone should have in their kit. It effectively holds your hair up and out of your face while adding a stylish twist to any hairstyle and outfit. Not to mention, it's a gentle alternative that doesn't tug or pull on your strands, so you can say goodbye to tension headaches.
Despite the recent influx, not every claw clip is made the same. There are a variety of styles, colors, and sizes to choose from. "One important tip to note when shopping for claw clips is to take your hair density into consideration," says Katie Cartwright, a professional hairstylist at Nine Zero One salon. "If your hair is fine, you should use a smaller clip. However, if you have thick, dense hair, a bigger clip will fit all your hair." You'll also want to think about the style you want to achieve, says Jennifer Korab, a celebrity hairstylist. "If you want to create a loose, messy bun, a large open claw clip works. For a sleeker look, a small clip is a better option." Ready to dive into the world of claw clips? Keep reading for our favorite picks and professional go-to's.
Sarah Klein, a hairstylist at Nine Zero One salon, says she loves these claw clips because they're affordable, lightweight, and great for holding all your hair.
For those who want their claw clips to be as fashionable as they are, you'll love this chic option. "If you want decorative claw clips, I love the tortoiseshell ones from J.Crew," says Glenn Ellis, a celebrity hairstylist. "They're available in various sizes, and the pattern goes with a lot of different outfits."
Large-sized claw clips with wide teeth are great for those with thick, curly hair or achieving loose hairstyles, like a messy bun. They are also generally more comfortable to wear and don't tug on the strands, says Klein.
Material matters when shopping for a claw clip, says Korab. "Plastic clips may be lighter, but they may not hold up as well over time," she says. If you want a sturdier option that will keep your hair in place for hours, opt for a metal clip, like this one.
A pack of two clips that are sturdy and long-lasting. They easily hold long and thick hair in place, whether you're doing a full updo or half-up, half-down style.
Those with fine hair will appreciate how light and comfortable these clips feel. They don't dig into the scalp or tug on delicate strands, and they feel secure whether you put up all or some of your hair.
No matter what your hair type or texture, everyone should have a set of small claw clips like these. They make it easy to recreate a variety of hairstyles and are perfect for travel—throw one in your purse, gym back, or makeup kit. They're also made with sustainably sourced plant-based materials.
Cartwright loves Teleties clips because they have bendable teeth, so they are super durable, she says. They are available in three different sizes (tiny, medium, large) and come in a variety of colors, from neutrals to brights.
Genesis Rivas is the Beauty Editor at Oprah Daily, where she covers hair, makeup, skin, nails, and more. Before joining the Oprah Daily team, she wrote for several publications, including InStyle, Real Simple, and Shape. When she’s not testing, researching, and writing fun and educational beauty content, you can find her dancing and eating her way through New York City. Follow her on Instagram or TikTok
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