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I know this is a weird thing to have a strong opinion on, but Ban.do’s $12 Everyday Bobbis are the best bobby pins I’ve ever come across.
A year into growing out a pixie cut — I can put most of it in a ponytail now, and when I wear it down, it’s so close to my shoulders — I still need all the help I can get. (There’s only so many days in a row I can wear a half-bun!) About a month ago, rummaging through my junk drawer of makeup and random crap in search of a barrette, I found a small acrylic case of golden bobby pins I bought and forgot about well before I had reached the awkward phase.
But in the time since, these things have been clutch. For one, they’re way thicker than the kind you’d normally pick up at CVS; this means they don’t break or get bent easily, but also that they look substantial enough to just stick one or two pulling my once-bangs to the side, and it’s a whole look.
But the real reason I love them is the color! They come in rose gold and black, but I like the yellow gold best; it feels more like wearing jewelry than just a method for plastering your unruly hair to your head.
If you don’t want to spend $12 on bobby pins (I get it), you can find similar-looking ones at H&M for $2.99. But it’s worth noting here that Ban.do, a company that, for me at least, is now synonymous with graphic T-shirts, pins, and patches bearing cheeky millennial slogans, actually got its start selling hair accessories. So there’s a reason why these are so good — they’re made by the experts.