Claw clips are extremely versatile and can help you keep your hair in place. They are quick to insert into your hair and also offer sturdy support, no matter what kind of look you are going for.

These clips come in a variety of sizes. It can help to have clips of multiple sizes with you so that you can clip segments of different thicknesses while also making your hair look fantastic. Note that hair type matters here, larger claw clips are much more suitable if you have thicker and curlier hair.

Go through this guide for some inspiration on how to put in and style a claw clip.

How to Put In a Claw Clip

To put in a claw clip, all you need to do is bunch a segment of your hair together, pull the claws of the clip apart using the clamp and release the clamp to bring the claws together around your hair.

A spring mechanism helps make this clamping and releasing process simpler.

There are various ways in which you can style a claw clip to achieve different looks. Here are some options you can try out.


A half-up look is one of the simplest ways in which you can style a claw clip. Make sure you choose a clip of a suitable size so that it can hold your hair segments in place without the risk of it becoming loose.

To achieve this look, all you need to do is to bring a section of hair on each side together such that they meet at the crown. Hold them together by clamping them using the claw clip. You can also turn the segments into braids or twists to create a unique look.

Twisted Ponytail

Twisted ponytails are great ways to add a nice spin to a standard ponytail. You can achieve this with a claw clip by fastening your hair with it and then pulling your hair into the gap created by the clip.

Alternatively, you can also make a half ponytail by twisting it using your fingers to create a distinct knot and clamping the knot using the claw clip. Let the rest of your hair hang loose.

Hangover Ponytail

The name might sound funny, but a hangover ponytail is cute and extremely simple to achieve using just your fingers and a claw clip to hold it all into place. For this, you will need a large enough clip to hold all your hair together.

Take all your hair into your hands and twist it together in an upward motion to hold it together firmly. Clamp the twisted part using the clip and let the rest of the hair hang over the clip.

Slick Updo

Slick buns are professional and elegant. No matter what kind of hair you have, styling your hair into a slick bun will allow you to keep your hair out of your face while also giving you a clean look.

You might need to spend a bit of time on this bun by using your fingers and creating a tight enough bun that will stay in place. Use a large claw clip to firmly hold the bun together. You can also use multiple small clips to affix different parts of the bun together.

Messy Updo

A messy updo is perfect for a quick fix or even a casual occasion or event. Instead of using an elastic band to hold the bun in place, you can use a claw clip to achieve a more stylish look while also covering a larger area of your hair.

Take your fingers and twist your hair into a high bun while letting some strands of your hair hang loose. Take the clip and clamp it atop the bun. You can also clamp a small section together before twisting the rest of your hair around the clip.

Sparkly Bun

For more important and sophisticated events like weddings, receptions, formal dinners and more, you can twist your hair into a neat bun while also incorporating unique twists or braids into the hairstyle.

Use sparkly and high-end claw clips with different shapes and patterns to hold your hair together. These can serve as accessories and aesthetic pieces too.

Bubble Ponytail

Bubble ponytails involve tying your hair up at multiple intervals to create multiple sections that pop out. This can look eccentric and fun while still providing a neat and tight look.

Instead of elastic bands, however, use small claw clips to hold each section in place. This can work well for casual occasions and parties.

Low Bun

A low bun is useful for loose and messy buns, especially if high buns are too uncomfortable for you. They can also provide you with a distinct style.

Achieve this look by twisting your hair right below your neck to create a messy bun. You can also artfully keep a few strands out. Secure the claw clip right at the top of the bun to keep it in place.

Half-Up Knot

Half-up knots are excellent for both casual and professional occasions. Take the upper half of your hair (falling above the crown) and twist it into a knot or small bun. A few simple twists should be enough, although you can also try out some different styles here.

Secure the knot in place using a medium-sized claw clip.

Loose Braid

There is nothing quite like a loose braid for a deliberately messy and disheveled look. A great way to do this is by keeping most of your hair loose and braiding only a part of it. Secure the end using a small clip to hold the braid in place.

You can also attempt various types of braids like French braids, fishtail braids or Dutch braids here.

Now that you know how to put in and style a claw clip, you can select a style and try it out in your own hair. You can also pick and choose different styles based on the event and look you want to achieve while also keeping your hair texture and type in mind.