The Hair Accessory That's Going Viral On TikTok

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It's been a big year for TikTok trends. Some were incredible — we're looking at you, curtain bangs — while others were just plain entertaining. (You know, like watching people cut their own bangs on the app.) But one of the best-kept secrets on the social media platform was the variety of hair accessories. If you're a fan of minimalist hair, then you likely already know all about the hair claw, aka the '90s throwback that TikTok users embraced with open arms. But it turn out there was an even better-kept secret: the hair pin.

When we say "hair pin," we're not talking about actual hair pins to set curls. We're talking one, singular acrylic pin that serves up a chic updo in seconds. While it seems like a whole lot of hair magic when you see it in action, Byrdie tells us that the hair pin is just as easy to use as a claw clip. So, whether or not you saw this hair accessory on TikTok, here's everything you need to know about how to nail the accessory. Chances are, it's not going anywhere anytime soon.

The hair pin is an upgraded claw clip

Is there anything better than minimalist hair accessories? And when it comes to tools you need, the hair pin does not disappoint. According to Byrdie, the acrylic gadget is an elevated hair pin that makes a gorgeous updo in seconds. It's taking over TikTok, and for a good reason. In part, that's because hair pins have become structural works of art that are meant to make a statement, in addition to holding up your hair. 

The publication even notes that hair pins were one of the best trends on TiKTok this year. "I love a good claw clip as much as the next person, but I caught a glimpse of this elevated pin on my TikTok feed and knew that I must have it," said Holly Rhue, senior editor at Byrdie. "It's perfect if you hate doing your hair but love to feel put-together (and it looks a bit more sophisticated than a run-of-the-mill claw clip). It takes some practice to get the hang of putting it in, but once you get it, it'll be your go-to night-out accessory."

The TikTok hair trend is super affordable

In 2021 alone, there were tons of different hair tools and gadgets that went viral on TikTok. Some, like the Mermade Hair OG Waver and the Dyson AirWrap, were on the expensive side. (But for any curious TikTok aficionados, InStyle reported on hair hacks for a fraction of the price). Unlike the fancier tools, the hair pin trend is very affordable — so much so that you won't have to worry about looking into knockoff versions. In fact, a six-pack of hair pins is currently available on Amazon for just $7. And if you're looking to go the eco-friendly route, there are additional options. For example, Tikkhu Jewelry makes gorgeous tortoiseshell hair pins that are both natural and biodegradable. At $13, they're slightly more expensive, but that's a small price to pay for helping the planet.

Overall, the texture and decoration of the hair pin gives it an elevated look, but you can also try it out with a pen or pencil before deciding to buy. At the very least, anyone with thick hair will need to invest in a tool that keeps their locks in place all day.

Hair pins are easy to use

In addition to the affordable price point, you'll likely be pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to use a hair pin. Though there are some seriously intimidating hair accessories out there, this is not one of them. According to one user on TikTok, all you have to do to achieve the look is hold your hair in a ponytail, wrap your hair around the hair pin twice, and then shove the pin down. Say hello to a gorgeous updo in seconds.

The same TikTok user also shows her followers how to use the hair pin for an easy, secured bun. Simply hold your hair in a ponytail, twist in place, and wrap into the bun, before securing with the wand. It's just like an upgraded, and much more comfortable hair tie. You can also use the same technique for a half-up updo as well. If you don't try any other TikTok trends this year, this is one that you might want to jump into. It's super affordable, chic, and way easier to learn than a TikTok dance. Who says you can't have it all?