Hair clips have a fastener or closing mechanism that secures the hair in place; we stock 'bar and bump' clips, snap clips (also known as click-clacks), alligator clips, beak clips and barrettes.
Traditional Clips & Snap Clips
The history of thetraditional 'bar and bump' hair clip goes back hundreds of years, when such hair clips were handmade by jewellers out of the finest precious metals and jewels then afforded only by the very wealthy. The brightly-coloured hair clips, with their array of different finishes and designs that we know today, really boomed in the 1960s with technological advances in plastics technology. It was then for the first time that manufacturers succeeded in designing and mass producing good quality hair clips, imitating expensive or rare materials such as gemstones and tortoiseshell.
'Bar and bump' clips like the Caramel Stripe Hair Clips and snap clips like the Heart Shimmer Snap Clip can be used in all hair types and lengths. Whether you hair is long or short, thick or fine, or somewhere in between, these type of clips are perfect for adding instant style, glamour, or sparkle.
Stop snap clips slipping and sliding out of fine or freshly-washed hair by applying hair spray to your hair before clipping your hair clip into place.
Also known as concorde clips, beak clips have a distinctive beak-like
shape - hence the name! Best suited to mid-length and long hair, beak
clips create elegant and secure French pleats and other up-dos in all
hair types. The beak clip is very comfortable to wear too; the clip
curves to the contour of your head, so it won't dig in - not even when
Available in either plastic or metal, in a vast array of colours,
designs and finishes, our range of beak clips typically measure between
8cm and 13cm long. It may seem obvious but we would recommend that the
longer and thicker your hair, then the longer the beak clip you should
choose to secure your hair in the style of your choice; be it up do or
For a funky look in long thick hair, try using two smaller 8cm beak
clips instead of a single longer beak clip to secure a French flip.
Resembling a small beak clip, our range of alligator clips measure on
average 5cm to 6cm long. Easy to use in all hair lengths and types
(simply pinch open at hinged end, place in hair and then close), we
think that they can add a colourful or even glamorous (try a crystal
clip) touch when clipping small sections of hair away from the face. If
youre growing out a fringe (bangs) then these little clips can be
invaluable use to clip hair stylishly away from your eyes whilst its
in that irritating in-between stage.
For extra grip and hold, look out for our alligator clips with small internal teeth - don't worry, they won't bite!
Barrette is the general word in French to describe a hair clip. Meaning
little bar, the word barrette has been used for centuries to describe
clips with a traditional 'bar and bump' clasp. However, in the UK the term barrette is used to
describe a very specific type of clip - that with an auto-clasp
mechanism as pictured on the right. Also known as a French spring clip,
this auto-clasp mechanism originated in the 1960s and is a relatively
modern invention. The reason the barrette's auto-clasp mechanism
revolutionised the production of bar clasps is that, for the first time,
a 'bar' hair clip was able to adjust to the thickness of the hair being
clipped thus ensuring a firm and secure grip in all hair types.
A barrette can be used to hold everything from a small section
of hair away from the face in short hair, to a ponytail in long thick
hair. The larger a barrettes clasp, the more hair it can clip into
place. If you are looking for something to keep hair off your face then
go for one of the smaller barrettes; if you are looking for a barrette
to hold all of your hair in a ponytail or chignon, go for a larger
barrette. For everyday use for those with thick hair, be sure to try the
Thick Hair Auto-Clasp Barrette.
For a barrette that will stay in place all day (even in the finest of
hair), look out for patented No Slip Grip® and Non Slide® technology.