A gorgeous hairstyle doesn’t just happen. There’s usually an entire infrastructure behind it, and, more often than not, the glue that holds it all together is the bobby pin. It’s the resident, pint-sized powerhouse of any beauty toolbox, but it’s rarely given the credit it deserves. We decided it’s time to showcase the bobby pin’s versatility. Of course, a bobby pin without hair to pin does very little to help our cause. Luckily, actress Zoey Deutch graciously agreed to have her tresses tousled and pinned.
The brunette beauty, who’s graced both the big and small screens, told us she usually keeps her look clean and simple (lately she’s been loving a laidback low ponytail). But in the very capable hands of celebrity makeup artist Andre Sarmiento and hairstylist and co-owner of Ramirez|Tran Salon Anh Co Tran, Deutch let us get her all dolled up.
Flip through to see the step-by-step instructions on how to create three totally chic (and insanely easy) hairstyles using only three bobby pins!
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Tran positioned Deutch’s ponytail up high—a little above her crown. “Using a rubber band wrap with two hooks on the end, wrap it around and hook it in,” Tran says. Tran prefers Hair Bungees ($10) because “With rubber bands you have to twist and that sometimes messes up the hair too much.”
Next, Tran took a bit of loose hair from the bottom of Deutch’s ponytail and wrapped it around the band.
“Take three bobby pins and criss-cross them in the back, right behind the ponytail, to give it some height,” Tran says. He says this little trick helps the ponytail stand up more and prevents it from collapsing.
Tran wrapped Deutch’s strands around a 1-¼ inch wide curling iron, leaving the ends out, and alternating the direction of the curls. Then he raked his fingers through the curls to break them up.
Tran sprayed Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray ($42) onto Deutch’s roots and did some light backcombing.
To finish the look, Tran brushed Deutch’s hair out and added three bobby pins to anchor her deep side part.
Before launching into this bun, Tran sprayed more Dry Texturizing Spray ($42) from Oribe (he goes through a can a week!). “The most important thing is having the hair dirty—it’s the texture that keeps everything together.”
“Smooth the hair around to the point where you want it and twist,” Tran says. He positioned Deutch’s cool-girl top-knot slightly off to one side.
Once you’ve spun all of your hair into a bun, pin it in place, using the same bobby pin technique—the first pin goes down into the bun, and the rest cross it.
Photographer: Justin Coit
Creative Director: Katherine Power
Hairstylist: Anh Co Tran
Makeup Artist: Andre Sarmiento
Fashion Director: Laurie Trott