Get more root volume – clipping curly hair with bobby pins

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I’ve tried so many ways to get more root volume and every technique of clipping I’ve tried before didn’t work for me: My curls got tangled in the clips, the clips didn’t stay in place and made my roots look even flatter…

Most curlies don’t just get voluminous curls without some help along the drying process. During my routine I don’t just blow-dry my curls to get more volume, but also clip my curls and finally scrunch out the crunch.

I bought some clips that are made for clipping curly hair, but they just wouldn’t work in my curls. I got really frustrated and was about to accept my fate of being unable to get some nice root volume until one day I couldn’t find my clips and used normal bobby pins instead. And that was it – the solution of my clipping problem!

clipping curly hair

The bobby pins I’ve used for clipping

You’ll need:

  • 5-6 bobby pins like the ones shown in the picture above
clipping curly hair

1. Add a bobby pin at the front of your curls. Make sure to take some hair strands from both sides of your crown.

2. Continue clipping along your crown always adding hair from both sides of your crown. My goal is to not see my hairline anymore while clipping.

2. Continue clipping along your crown always adding hair from both sides of your crown. My goal is to not see my hairline anymore while clipping.

3. If you like to get a lot of root volume I suggest adding two more bobby pins at the fron: one on the left and one on the right side of your crown. This will push the first bobby pin a bit higher leaving you with more root volume.

3. If you like to get a lot of root volume I suggest adding two more bobby pins at the front: one on the left and one on the right side of your crown. This will push the first bobby pin a bit higher leaving you with more root volume (see the following picture for more details).

4. This picture shows the positions of the bobby pins right above my forehead pretty well.

This picture shows the positions of the bobby pins right above my forehead pretty well.

When is the right time to clip during the washing routine?

For my curls it’s best to put in the bobby pins while my hair ist still damp. I usually put them in my curls when I’m about half-way done blow-drying. This way they’re not yet dry, but I don’t need to be extra-careful while diffusing as not to unconsciously remove a bobby pin. If you prefer air drying your curls, I suggest putting in the bobby pins right after styling your curls.

The longer you leave the bobby pins in your curls the better your root volume will be, so if I go somewhere important I remove the bobby pins as late as possible (sometimes in the car in front of a restaurant). After taking them out I scrunch out the crunch and shake up my curls (yes, I’ve also done exactly that in public before and got some funny looks).

8 Comments
  • Fleur
    September 27, 2014

    Love, love, love your blog. Inspiring and really genuinely so helpful.
    Thanks so much for creating it x

    • Sandra
      September 29, 2014

      Thanks so much for your comment!

      • Liz de Graaf
        June 25, 2018

        Hi there. Can you sleep with these bobby pins in with dry hair? I have very fine hair that I have just permed and it falls flat by the morning? You have STUNNING HAIR.

  • Ann
    July 23, 2015

    Your hair is stunning! Thank-you so much for helping me deal with my curls. I have had many “curly experts” tell me their systems but yours is by far the best- and so simple!
    Also, I love your videos and blog-elegant, informative and to the point. Well done!

  • Katie
    February 19, 2018

    Do you only put in one row of pins down the middle to get the effect in your picture?

  • Deniese Cornelison
    February 25, 2018

    Hello!
    I have naturally curly hair and I just read your blog about blow drying them! Ugh, can you tell me a couple things:
    1. What kind of hair dryer and diffuser do you use. Can you refer me to a video of how to do it?

    2. Can you refer me to an older video of how to step by step, wash, condition, get the moisture out as well as blow dry your hair?

    3. What products do you use and what order do you put them in?

    Thanks!

  • Anonymous
    June 23, 2018

    My hair is straight and flat on top and on the bottom my hair is wavy and thick. I wish it were the opposite. Im hoping this root clipping method will work for me.

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