Kirby grips, as we know them in the UK, are referred to as Bobby pins in the USA as they were invented in the 1920s when the bob hairstyle came into fashion. Both terms “bobbie pin” and “Kirbigrip” were originally trademark names until they found themselves in general use.
Dancer Irene Castle was the bob-cut trendsetter who started it all by cutting her hair for practicality in 1915.
How to use Kirby grips / Bobby pins:
It really is simple! Just hold your hair in the desired position, take your Kirby grip, and slide it into your hair wavy side down. Repeat this as many times as you need until you have the effect or style you are looking for.
Kirby grips come in natural hair colours which can blend with your hair colour for a subtle or even hidden looks. They also come in bright colours, perfect for creating statement looks which stand out. They can be plain or bedazzled with jewels, sparkles and pearls. Neon Kirby grips are a great way to add a splash of colour to any outfit. They’re quick and easy to style and can make a plain outfit appear more fun and fresh.
You can easily turn a plain Kirby grip into a stylish fashion accessory by wearing it in unusual and innovative shapes.
Basic Kirby grips are an essential in any hair accessory collection. They can be used to pin back fly-aways, secure buns, create sleek ponytails and so much more. For a subtle look, match the grips to your hair colour, or go for a colour that contrasts with your hair for a more stand-out look.
Pearls are a timeless classic which add a touch of glamour to a sleek hair style. Use them to clip back side sections of hair with a low-ponytail or bun. Or, simply stack two on one side of the hair for an effortless style.