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Barrettes - How to get them to stay? 
13th-Dec-2012 11:16 pm
Hi lolitas ^^
Just a quick question.

I recently bought an AP barrette (polkadot chocolate to be exact) and am finding it difficult to clip on the top of my head so it'd be in a similar position to what a headbow on a headband would be. I try to slide it under as much hair I can, but it just ends up slipping off if I move. It doesn't help that I have quite fine hair.
Has anyone got any tips for wearing barettes in this style? Is there a good way to attach it to a headband or something that will hold it there? Are there other nice ways you can wear a barette? So far I've only been able to wear it on the back of my head clipped around a decent amount of hair.

Thanks a lot! <3
13th-Dec-2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
If your hair is very fine, you may have better luck removing the fabric part from the barrette and re-attaching it to an alligator clip or something like that. I've noticed that alligator clips tend to hold in my hair a bit better when I style it so that there's not much hair to grab.
13th-Dec-2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
This is what I do, or I take it and sew it to a ribbon-covered headband. I think if you want it on the top of your head that the headband would be the best way to go. Hobby Lobby sells them in several colors.
Is the barrette clip glued on or just sewn on?
13th-Dec-2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
I have the same barrette, it's sewn on so it wouldn't be hard to snip the threads c:
14th-Dec-2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
Ah I was thinking of doing that but wasn't sure of the best thing to sew it to and was a bit scared of altering it but I guess what's the point of being scared if I can't wear it well otherwise?!
Thanks :)
13th-Dec-2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
Try braiding the hair you are clipping it too. You don't have to Leave the hair braided. Having just the part where it is clipped will help it hold a bit better.
14th-Dec-2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
That's an interesting technique. Thanks!
13th-Dec-2012 04:14 pm (UTC)
If you tie your hair back with an elastic first, the barrette will have something slightly more solid to anchor to.
14th-Dec-2012 04:55 am (UTC)
Seconding the elastic - both clipping the barrette at the elastic or just above the elastic works. I personally find it works better with rubber bands or those colourful little hair elastic rings, rather than the hair elastic bands covered with fabric because the fabric makes it slide off.
14th-Dec-2012 02:16 pm (UTC)
I have done this! It's the best way I've encountered to keep it to stay. I just can't get it to stay anywhere else!
13th-Dec-2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
I usually incorporate a few bobby pins into the mix. They provide extra support by grabbing onto more hair. Or if it's a particularly heavy barrette sometimes I tease the area slightly so it has more texture to grab.
14th-Dec-2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
I will have to try the bobby pins, I don't use them a lot though so it might take a few trys haha.
13th-Dec-2012 05:18 pm (UTC)
If you have a wig with the two pigtails, it's relatively easy to pin the barrette style ones to one of the pigtails to hold it up and you get a similar effect to a headbow that's off to one side. If you have really fine hair though, you might not be able to get enough stable hair-volume for that with your real hair though.

My hair is pretty thin too, and one way I've worn my real hair with those barrettes is to make two little buns by first making pigtails, then teasing my hair and then making ballerina buns from the teased hair on either side of my head with the ends curled and fluffy over the buns. Then I pin the barrette on an angle to one of the buns. It's not identical to a headbow, but it's still out in front like I think you want:

(sorry, bad self-image at an awkward angle, but hopefully it shows what I mean?)

If you have a headband with a normal ribbon bow on it that matches, you can sometimes slide the bar of the barrette through the center of the bow, or pin the barrette to the bow with safety pins (tip: if possible, do it so the pin ends up inside of one of the bows; like between the layers? so that no one can see it.

A plain headband might be able to be slid through the center loop of the bow on the barrette, or, if that has stitching in the way, you might be able to take a bit of matching, thicker ribbon, and tie a bow on the plain headband, then slide the bar of the barrette through the center loop of that bow.
14th-Dec-2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
Ah that's a really cute way to wear it! I shall definitely give that a try :)
Thanks for all of your tips!
13th-Dec-2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
If you want to wear it like a regular headbow it's easy enough to slip a headband through, though they don't sit as nicely atop the head.

I have problems getting mine to stay on the back of my head though despite thick hair and having a thick hairband tied there -_-'
14th-Dec-2012 02:27 pm (UTC)
I shall try, I have to go and find a matching headband to buy now~
And aw no that's a shame :( That's what worked best for me.
13th-Dec-2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
I have thin hair and after I've cliped the barrette in my hair I secure it with a couple of strategically placed bobby pins. It usually works, but if you'd rather it be like a proper headbow it'd be better to just make it so, it's easy to do even if you can't sew.
14th-Dec-2012 02:28 pm (UTC)
I think I shall try the bobby pins first but I'll probably end up altering it anyway, since it will be much easier that way.
13th-Dec-2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
I hair spray the section of hair I want things to stay on so it's more solid. It works to varying degrees depending on the accessory, but might be worth a try.

Edited at 2012-12-13 11:09 pm (UTC)
14th-Dec-2012 02:29 pm (UTC)
Worth a try indeed! I might also try teasing the hair I'm putting it on a bit so it's a bit more grabby.
14th-Dec-2012 03:12 pm (UTC)
Like other people said- I use bobby pins to help it hold in place.

But I find spraying the loose metal bit (the one not attached to the bow) and the bobby pins with hairspray before I put them in. They stick to the hair and don't move as much.
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