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The '90s are calling (again) — claw clips are making a major comeback

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'Tis the season to get your hair off your neck

As the temperatures and the humidity rise, our hair tends to get more and more difficult to tame. Sweat, humidity, and outdoor activities can take a toll on hair that’s worn down, so we tend to reach for hair accessories that’ll keep our strands secure and off our necks. 

Though we’ll always love a good scrunchie, this spring and summer, we’re loading up on hair claw clips to keep our tresses tucked away. Read on to learn why we love this hair styling tool so much and to see some of our favorite fun designs. 

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Why we’re stocking up on hair claw clips

Hair claw clips, sometimes called jaw clips (because they open and snap shut like a jaw) are such a fun and easy way to add a bit of flair to your hairstyle. They have an intentionally messy and casual look to them, so you don’t have to worry about every hair falling perfectly into place in order for them to look good. 

Hair claw clips are particularly trendy right now, so there are a multitude of brands out there playing with interesting and unique designs. For a low-key look, we love to reach for a simple gold claw clip or a tortoise-shell claw clip. However, if you want to make more of a statement, there are ample spring- and summer-ready items out there that are designed to become the focal point of your outfit. Think: a claw clip shaped like a giant flower or an acrylic claw clip flecked with sweet little cherries. 

How to pick the right claw clip for your hair type

The biggest considerations when choosing hair claw clips are the length and thickness of your hair and your intended hairstyle. People with longer and thicker hair should go for a larger claw clip to make sure all of their strands fit securely between the clamps. People with shorter or finer hair will benefit from smaller clips that won’t slide down. 

If you only want to secure half of your hair, you should choose a smaller hair clip than you’d go for if you wanted to secure all of your hair. Some people like to secure their strands with a small hair tie first, then add a claw clip on top for added flair. 

Best hair claw clips for spring and summer

Kitsch Gold Metal Claw Clips

This sleek 3.5-inch clip, which comes in gold or silver variations, is suitable for any occasion. The durable hair clip has strong springs and rounded teeth to keep your hair secure without tugging. 

Big Hair Claw Clips

If you have long or thick hair, these extra-large claw clips are for you. The jelly clips are over 5 inches long, and they stretch to 2.5 inches wide when open. The four-pack includes various neutral, translucent hues. 

The Hair Edit Secret Large Flower Claw Clip

Looking to make a statement with your hair clip? This flower-shaped claw clip with a soft, matte finish will do the trick. It comes in champagne or blue.

Sizobi 4PCS Bow Claw Clip

For a more sophisticated event, try this black claw clip, which looks like a ribbon when properly positioned in your hair. The clip itself measures 4.3 inches long, while the bow stretches 6.2 inches in length. 

6-Pack Large Pearl Claw Clips

Pearl fans will adore this six-pack of hair clips, which includes pearl-studded claws in various sizes ranging from 2.7 to 4.5 inches in length. They have a strong grip that’s suited for thin or thick hair. 

LILIE&WHITE Acrylic Hair Clips

Speckled with sweet little cherries with rhinestone stems, this acrylic claw clip has the perfect summery vibes. It measures 3.5 inches in length. 

Rainbow Hair Claw Clip

This multicolored claw clip comes in 2.7-inch and 3.5-inch versions. The smaller clip is ideal for very fine hair or half-up styles, while the bigger clip is better able to hold thicker hair. 

Large Rhinestone Hair Claw

With a rounded zig-zag design that’s iced out in rhinestones, this fancy clip is certainly eye-catching. The 4.6-inch hair piece is flanked by 4-inch hanging rhinestone tassels that make an even bigger statement.

Large Green Pearl Hair Jaw Clip

The 4.1-inch-long hair clip is designed to hold larger, thicker portions of hair. Adding flair: large green pearls that line either side of the hair accessory. 

2PCS Hair Claw Banana Clips

If you prefer a more classic tortoise-shell look, try this two-pack of hair clips, which contains a lighter and darker brown clip. Each accessory measures 3.5 inches in length. 

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