They're pretty small--about an inch long--but they hold more than the description sounds like. I have fine hair, but it's thick, and I can clip back enough hair to keep it from flopping in my face, and because they're so small they don't disrupt curls. What I usually do is take a piece of hair at the front and a bit underneath and pull that back and clip, so that it holds back the rest of the hair that wants to flop over, if that makes sense.
3a/b, F, normal porosity

I've gotten my routine down to the bare essentials, finally
Wash: Suave Tropical Coconut
Leave-in: Suave Everlasting Sunshine, detangle with Denman brush
Gel: LAL Sport or Wet Look
Scrunch with flour sack towel, plop 10 minutes, air dry
Refresh with either plain water or Suave/water mix