Pros: Inexpensive and handy way to get the hair out of the face!
Cons: They aren't sturdy enough to unlock doors. :)
In honor of mmcphee's TRIVIAL Write-Off, I can't think of a more trivial product to review than Bobby Pins! What woman on earth has never used a Bobby Pin?
There are numerous Bobby Pin brands on the market, but the brand that my store carries is Scunci. They have a ton of Scunci hair products, from barrettes, to fancy rhinestone embellished Bobby Pins, to the plain Jane version we are all familiar with.
Growing up, we lived with my Grandmother for a few years, and as a child I always had very long hair. I well remember trying to put my hair up in a french twist, but the only Bobby Pins around her home were colored gray to match her hair color! Not what I was looking for.
Indeed, Bobby Pins do come in a variety of colors to match a variety of hair colors, such as the aforementioned gray, black, brown and even bronze for blonde hair. These are made of some sort of metal.
I run a licensed home daycare, and at this stage of my life, I only care for school aged children. Both my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law are beauticians, and I have learned the art of hair braiding. I know a wonderful variety of ways to braid long hair, and once my daycare girls find out about it, they are asking me to fix their hair nearly every morning before school! "Miss Sue, please do finger up finger down on my hair today (it sounds strange, but is a beautiful form of braiding).
I learned the hard way that I no longer spend much money on hair barrettes and those rubber band style pony tail holders, because the girls rarely bring them back to my home, and it gets expensive!
Instead, I buy items in bulk, and that includes Bobby Pins, which work quite well to keep those stray strands of hair in place. When doing a French Braid or any other style, it's inevitable that there are shorter hairs that don't stay in place, and that is where the Bobby Pin comes in so handy.
Websters classifys the Bobby Pin as a flat, springlike metal hairpin having the prongs held close together by tension. Okay, I am not going to go into a long dissertation about what a Bobby Pin is, we all know what they look like! The Scunci version contains 48 Bobby Pins, 24 brown and 24 black, which are clipped onto a piece of cardboard. They call this their "Beautiful Blends" color assortment (other color choices are mixed together as well). They are incredibly cheap, only a few dollars for the entire set of 48. I keep them in a small glass jewelry dish.
The Scunci Bobby Pins feature rubberized tips that don't dig into the scalp, and a non-slip grip. Do they really offer a non-slip grip? Honestly, that depends on how much hair you are attempting to clip! If you have thick hair, they hold quite well. If you have thin hair like mine, they will hold temporarily but will eventually slip.
I always use Scunci Bobby Pins when I take a bath or wash my face, as they are a quick and easy method for keeping my bangs out of the way. Likewise, my hair is just barely long enough to pull into a pony tail, and when I do there are shorter undercut hairs that don't get added, and Bobby Pins work well to keep this pinned up so it doesn't get wet.
Bobby Pins were ever popular in the 1920's, but are still used today for a variety of reasons. When I was in my teens, I often put my hair up in a bun to get it off of my neck on a hot day, and Bobby Pins were essential to managing this kind of "do".
The term Bobby Pin is generic, and a common name that is no longer trademarked by any company. People have come up with some unorthodox uses for the Bobby Pin, such as using it to hold several papers together, as a bookmark, or my husbands favorite use - (cringe) - cleaning the wax out of his ears! I am always telling him he is going to burst his eardrums, but he doesn't listen.
Yup, the Scunci Bobby Pin certainly qualifies as a T.R.I.V.I.A.L. product! Thanks Mary Ellen for hosting this fun write-off!