Hair claws are a relatively modern invention whose introduction into the world of hair accessories is thanks to modern production techniques and materials such as plastic.
Sometimes referred to as hair jaws, or claw clips, it is easy to see from the hair claws design why it has been given these names. Two interlocking sets of teeth (resembling a set of claws or jaws) are traditionally linked together by one central spring at the top of the hair claw which, when squeezed together, open & close to fix the hair claw into the hair.
Hair claws come in a variety of different sizes and designs; in order to choose the right one for you it is important to consider how you intend to use the hair claw, as well as your hair length and your hair type.
Finding the Right Hair Claw
For a little help in finding the right hair claws for your hair, take a look at our guide to hair claws...
1a. Holding back small sections of hair away from the face
Mini hair claws are approximately 1cm long, & whether used in short hair, mid-length hair, or long hair, these hair claws are good for holding small sections of hair away from the face. If you have thick hair, wed recommend that you look out for mini hair claws with long interlocking jaws. The long jaws will hold more of your hair than standard mini hair claws.
1b. Securing ponytails, chignons, French flips and other up-dos
As a general rule of thumb, the longer and thicker your hair, the larger the hair claw youll need! The bigger the hair claw, the more amount of hair it is able to hold in place.
2. Hair Length:
2a. Mid-length hair
If your hair is mid-length, wed recommend that you try hair claws that measure somewhere between 3cm and 6cm in length.
2b. Long hair
For those of you with long hair, wed recommend that you choose hair claws that are 6cm and longer.
3. Hair Type:
It is also important to take into account your hair type when choosing a hair claw.
3a. Fine & normal hair
If your hair is fine, and your experience has been that hair claws simply fall out five minutes after securing your up-do, then look for claw clips with no-slip or non- slide technology that have been specifically designed to give a long-lasting hold. Where hair claws are particularly suited to fine hair it will say so in the product description.
3b. Thick hair
If your hair is thick, look out for hair claws with wide-spaced teeth or long interlocking claws. These types of hair claw are better designed to hold your thick tresses in place. Where hair claws are particularly suited to thick hair it will say so in the product description.