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As a young millennial in the 2000s, you may remember your mom, aunties, or many of the older women around you wearing claw clips in their hair, as it was quite the hair accessory trend back then. Perhaps you are a part of the older generation that has rocked this accessory yourself. Now, today in 2023, nostalgia has come knocking. Claw clips have returned to the fashion world, and naturalistas enjoy trying out different hairstyles with these accessories.
Now, even though claw clips are back on the scene, the truth is some women with thick curly hair have reported hair snagging, tangling, tearing, and breaking with their use. Not to mention that some of these claw clips break under the weight of very thick hair (which is a waste of money). Invest in high-quality claw clips with well-rounded edges that won’t cause hair damage to avoid these issues. Ideally, the right claw clip will clasp painlessly to your hair all day long, have long-lasting springs in between, and be sturdy enough to hold the weight of the hair without it breaking.
Here are some claw clips made for thick, curly hair that you can check out on Amazon:
Now that you know some claw clips that are suitable for your hair, let’s get into some banging hairstyles that you can create with them
1. Half up/Down Styling
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While this is one of the popular ways to wear claw clips in your hair, it is also the easiest as all you have to do is section your hair horizontally into two, put the top section in a ponytail, raise and clip with the claw clip.
2. Zigzag Sleek Part
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This bold part is a way to switch up your look from the regular straight part. With the tail of a rattail comb, create the zigzag part, sleek your hair down with hair gel and tie it in a ponytail. Prop the ponytail up and hold it in place with one claw clip.
3. Claw Clip With Dangling Coils
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Do not limit your claw clips to natural hair that is not in a protective style. They can be used to accentuate your length and texture between wash days.
4. Mini Claw Clips on Day 3 Curls
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While you may have come across videos or seen people use only one claw clip in their hair, the truth is you can use as much as two, three or even four mini claw clips to give your hair that pizzazz.
5.Claw Clips on Braids With French Curls
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Here, you start by weaving the braids down, tying them in a ponytail, followed by rolling the ponytail and finally clipping the rolled ends with the claw clip.
6. Claw Clips on Short Coils
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It’s a misconception – and a big one at that – that girls with short hair can join in the claw clip hairstyle fun. They sure can although they will need to braid or flat twist their hair first to keep the puff in place, ready for the claw clip use.
7. Claw Clips on Short Locs
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Even if your locs have not grown very long, with bobby pins and elastic bands, you can still keep your locs securely in place before finally clipping with the claw clip.
8. Mohawk With Claw Clips
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Put your hair into three or four horizontal parts and tie each section. Pin the claw clip to the back section and leave the hair in front to fall freely on your forehead.
9. Mini Twists With Claw Clips
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On these mini twists, the hair is pulled to the back and secured with a claw clip while some bangs hang on the side.
10. Twist Out Updo
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11. Chic Claw Clip Style
So you just took out your mini twists? Pull up your hair in this twist-out updo with soft bangs hanging by the sides and front of your hair, and secure the hairstyle with one claw clip.
Take out the flexi rods used last night to preserve your silk press, style in a ponytail or a half-up half-down style, and clip with the claw clip.
12. Claw Clip on Loose Curls
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While we can all appreciate the length of long hair, it really can prove a bit challenging to work with, but here’s one trick: if you put it in a loose, messy roll and clip with one claw clip, it will still turn out a beautiful hairstyle just as any.
Pro Tip: Another thing is that when taking the claw clips out of your hair, do not yank them but gently unclasp and untangle any hair tangled around the teeth.
Which hairstyle do you plan to try this season? Let us know in the comments.
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