Different types of hair clips are in use for different purposes. Just for instance, while some are specially designed for holding thick masses of hair whereas some others are meant for baby fine strands. They are available in a variety of shape, size and styles. They may be plain, for using as an accessory during styling, or very exquisite and as costly as a piece of fine jewelry. Below are some of the most preferred types of brooches.
Barrette- Most types of brooches are better known as barrettes but to be very specific, a barrette is an ornament that is either a single piece of molded plastic that folds and snaps together or a thin strip of metal bent into a flat chip. They are mostly mean for holding hair in place, but sometimes they are also worn as an ornamental adornment. Cute, small and colourful barrettes are often worn by the children.
Alligator- Also known as Gator, it is a pinch snip with a spring that allows the snip to grip the hair lightly, similar to that of an alligator’s mouth. They are mostly preferred by the stylists not only for gripping purposes but also for its ornamental styles. These come in different shapes and styles and can be used for almost every occasion.
Snap- Better known as sleep snips, these are metal snips that usually in a pointed oblong shape that lay flat against the sculp when shut. It needs to be bent backwards in the process of opening it. When it is in place, a light bent is enough to shut it. Similar to the alligator type, these can be also used for all styles and purposes.
French Barrette- Also referred to as “Auto lock”, this is a larger barrette that is ornamental. It has a metal bar with a tension design underneath the barrette whose sole function is to lock when closed, so that the hair is held firmly in place.
Condor- Another popular type of hair accessories, in the form of Condor snips is an elongated version of the Alligator variety. Having a pointed end, they resemble a beak and a rounded top. They are best suited to hold a bun or up do in place and sometimes used for a more formal cause.