14 Claw Clip Hairstyles That'll Upgrade Your Everyday Look

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Wearing claw clips have become so on-trend and it makes sense. They can be incredibly chic and add a certain effortlessness to any outfit, while also being practical. You can use them to throw your hair up when you're on the run and even keep pesky flyaways out of your face. 

Even better is how simple it is to incorporate them into any hairstyle. After all, they arrive in a wide range of designs, from the standard to ones that look like butterflies or flowers. You might be thinking that there aren't many claw clip hairstyles to achieve. This isn't the case at all—and we have the proof. With the help of two pro-hairstylists, we've curated a list of different ways you can wear claw clips.

Meet the Expert

  • Clariss Rubenstein is a hairstylist and member of the R+Co Collective.
  • Kathleen Riley is a celebrity stylist and member of the Mane Addict Stylist Collective.
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The Modified French Twist

The modified French twist is one of, if not the most, popular claw clip hairstyles because of how simple it is to achieve. "Make sure you use a large claw clip that holds all of your hair," says Rubenstein. She suggests and smoothing a pomade (like the R+Co Bleu Elastic Styling Pomade) over the hairline and top layer of hair, "so the look is chic, polished, and not messy."

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Cascading Curls

To achieve this look, gather your curls into a loose bun, secured by a claw clip. Allow pieces of hair to fall from the clip and frame your face for an effortless and chic look.

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Secure A Messy Bun

Opt for a patterned clip to upgrade your messy bun. "Create a ponytail wherever you want your bun to be anchored, twist the hair, mist on R+Co BLEU Featherlight Hairspray over your twist, wrap it into a bun, and use a couple smaller claw clips to secure bun to head," explains Rubenstein.

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Half-Back Style

A claw clip is a chic, easy way to do a half-back style, so it only makes sense to add it into your rotation. "This look is feminine, easy, and romantic," says Rubenstein.

Riley's method is simple: Just drag your open clip from one side of your head and close it on the other side to create a half-up look.

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Side Twists

Swap out regular claw clips for ones that are butterfly-shaped and cue the nostalgia. For this look, grab a small section of hair on both sides of your face, twist to the side, and clip. It's the kind of look that only takes five minutes (or less) to put together, yet looks like you spent way more time on it.

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Loose Braid

Yes, a braid already looks fabulous on it's own. But, why not add in a claw clip to make it more interesting? Whether you're going for a classic braid or fancy fish tail, your hair will look even more complete with the addition of the accessory. Plus, it'll also keep the braid super secure.

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Low Pony

Can't find your scrunchie this morning? No need to worry. Depending on the thickness of your hair, you can pull it together with a claw clip. Just make sure to use a larger version of the accessory to seamlessly grab and hold onto your strands.

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Double Clip

One clip is great, but have you ever tried two claw clips? The simple addition of one clip can change up the look completely. See? It doesn't have to be complicated to be cool.

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The Low Bun Twist

Chances are you're always game for a simple, sleek style. Enter: The low bun twist. Create a loose bun toward the nape of your neck, twist up the excess hair, and clip. It'll add some much needed variety and uniqueness.

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Side Braided Clip

Position your braided style to the side of your head and secure with a clip. Play with different colors and shapes of the accessory to change up the vibe of the look.

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Clip Creatively

Sometimes you have no idea how to style your hair—and that's completely okay. For this style, just add claw clips in different locations along the lengths of your hair for a look that's so 'Grammable.

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Half-Up With Braids

Adding braids will change your half-up hairstyle completely. Create the braids along the loose part of your hairdo. You can switch it up by changing the thickness of the braids or amount of them you incorporate into the style.

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Butterfly Back Twist

Another way to upgrade your half-up, claw clip hairstyle is to add twists. Take two pieces of hair from the front, twist it backward, and secure it with a claw clip to achieve it.

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The More, The Merrier

The limit does not exist for how many claw clips you can put into your hair, so why not add a whole bunch of them? Add them to braids or ponytails to change up the style. And don't be afraid to switch up the colors, styles, and sizes of your clips.

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