Summer is approaching fast, which means updos that keep your hair off your neck and out of your face are about to be your new go-to style. Cue the claw clip hairstyle (aka TikTok’s favorite hair trend at the moment). The quintessential ’90s hair accessory is back and better than ever, and it can be used to create a range of stunning summer-weather hairstyles, from sleek updos to loose buns. Not only are claw clip hairstyles super l0w-maintenance, claw clips themselves come in a ton of cute patterns and colors—plus, they’re less likely to cause hair breakage and split ends than traditional elastics used for ponies and buns since they don’t put as much tension on your hair.
Sold on making a claw clips hairstyle your new summer style? You’re in luck, because I hit up three expert hairstylists to come up with this list of the 15 prettiest and most versatile claw clip hairstyles to try for 2022. From ’90s-inspired updos to high ponytails, there’s an option for everyone.
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This Mermaid Claw Clip Hairstyle
This Quick and Easy Claw Clip Hairstyle
My personal favorite hair trend of 2022 so far? Checker claw clips. If you are trying to quickly run out of the house and need to keep your hair out of your face, just bend your hair at the base of your head, hold it up toward the ceiling, and open your claw clip to wrap around strands.
💫Re-create it with: Aileam Checkered Claw Clip
This Piecey ’90s Claw Clip Hairstyle
Love this ’90s Pam Anderson-inspired? Alex Brown, a Chicago-based hairstylist and owner of Space by Alex Brown, suggests gathering all of your hair into your hands, twisting it one direction to create a vertical bun, and then securing it with a claw clip to quickly DIY at home.
💫Re-create it with: WHAVEL Big Hair Claw Clip
This Sideswept Claw Clip Hairstyle
Hot tip for creating this sideswept hairstyle with a claw clip. “Whenever you’re using a claw lip, be extra careful with your strands if they’re wet or damp, says master stylist Andrea Hans, owner of Broome Street Society in New York City. Wet hair is more elastic, which means it is easier to accidentally pull it too tight and create hair breakage.
💫Re-create it with: Afroani Cherry Blossom Claw Clip
This Double Clip Claw Clip Hairstyle
This Messy Bun Claw Clip Hairstyle
NGL, this isn’t exactly the easiest claw clip bun hairstyle to achieve, but it looks damn good once it’s complete. Start off by splitting your hair into two sections and twist the top part into a half bun. Move your clip right under the half bun to anchor your hair and then move a few pieces out of place to get the messy look.
💫Re-create it with: Naisier Tortoise Shell Butterfly Claw Clip
This Half-Up Half-Down Claw Clip Hairstyle
After you’ve styled your hair with heat tools, grab a medium size claw clip to pull some pieces back so they’re tucked away and out of your face. Annie Montgomery Rush, editorial hairstylist at Marie Robinson Salon in New York City, likes to use small ones with accents for a fun, pretty look.
💫Re-create it with: Bowear Vintage Checkered Claw Clip
This Chic Chignon Claw Clip Hairstyle
This claw clip hairstyle just screams *elegance*. Opt for a hair accessory that looks like a work of art so that it can transform into the centerpiece of your hairstyle. To re-create this look, you’ll want to pull your hair into a low ponytail at the base of your head and bend it in half. Then use a large claw clip to pin your hair to your head and pull out a few loose ends at the bottom.
💫Re-create it with: Vanity Edit Bubble Claw in Cocoa
This Loose and Playful Claw Clip Bun
Seventies hairstyles are trending, and this soft and wavy claw clip look is one of my fave looks inspired by the decade. Rush suggests pulling your hair into a ballerina style knot on the back of your head first, securing it with with a vertical claw clip, and then pulling some pieces forward to frame your face.
💫Re-create it with: Jeefnaik Thick Non-Slip Claw Clip
This Low, Twisted Claw Clip Hairstyle
Rush says that claw clips can be used as a fuss-free statement hair accessory for a variety of Y2K-inspired hairstyles, including this low twist. It’s giving me allllll the Regina George vibes.
💫Re-create it with: Kitiin Black Strong Hold Claw Clip
This Claw Clip Hairstyle for Long Hair
Long hair looks beautiful on its own, but adding in a claw clip can be a quick and easy way to add some oomph to your look with minimal effort. If you have straight hair, use a wand to give your strands a little wave and movement first, then pull some thicker pieces from both sides of your head and fasten them together with a claw clip at the back of your head.
💫Re-create it with: Owiizi Big White Claw Clip
This Low Tension Claw Clip Hairstyle
“You can use claw clips to create a classic updo look or get creative and split hair down the middle and use two clips for a funky style,” says Rush. Her favorite thing about this specific claw clip hairstyle is that it’s simple, low-tension (aka it won’t damage your hair or give you a headache), and effortlessly cool.
💫Re-create it with: May Foltren French Celluloid Claw Clip
This is my go-to hairstyle when I’m running errands but still want to look cute while I’m doing it. If your hair is on the finer side, you’ll love how easy it is to wrap it up in a bun and put a large clip on it. Make sure you leave two strands in the front to perfectly re-create this undone look.
💫Re-create it with: Elelax Large Hair Claw Clip in White
This Curtain Bang and Claw Clip Combo
This claw clip hairstyle proves that you can create a high ponytail with any type of hair accessory. “Just put your hair up the way you would with a hair tie or bobby pin and secure it with a clip or two instead,” says Hans. Finish everything off with some hair spray and you’ll be good to go.
💫Re-create it with: Vsiopy Medium Large Claw Clip
This Pretty Half-Up Claw Clip Bun
If you’re looking for a claw clip hairstyle to wear to a special event, then you’re going to absolutely love this style. This look requires a few steps, but I promise it’s worth it in the end. Separate your hair into two sections (don’t forget to leave two money pieces out to frame your face), twist the top section into a bun, and then let the ends of the hair plume out. Et voilà, you’ve re-created this refined, half-up bun.
💫Re-create it with: Seven Style Medium Large Claw Clip
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Valeriya Chupinina is the beauty assistant at Cosmopolitan with five years of experience researching, writing, and editing haircare stories that range from heatless hair curlers to dry shampoo. She’s an authority in all haircare categories and regularly tests and analyzes hairstyling tools for efficacy, while working with the industry’s top hairstylists to assess new hair trends, products, and brands.
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