My daughter is blessed with a ton of gorgeous hair. While she hates when I brush it, she looooves to demand different hair styles (how she expects me to execute her hair demands without brushing her hair, I’ll never know). I slave away on her vague hair requests like, “I want princess monster hair,” or “Mommy, give me preschool baseball style,” only to be rewarded with, “Mommy…this isn’t beautiful enough.” This is where colored bobby pins come in handy to help jazz things up.
I used to buy Annie all sorts of cute barrettes, but they inevitably got lost. I hate wasting money, so I started customizing my own bobby pins to help make Annie’s hair, “beautiful enough.” It’s so easy and CHEAP to make your own – all you need are bobby pins and nail polish, two things you likely already have in your house.
In my experience, the bobby pins meant for blondes work the best for this, but for dark colors or sparkles, the standard brown will work!
I start by putting my pins on a sheet of paper, grouping together the ones I’m going to paint the same color.
You might notice I’m showing you the flat side – that’s because technically, the flat side is the top.
It’s not wrong to wear a bobby pin with the bumpy side on top, but you’ll get a much better grip on your hair if you wear it with the bumpy side against your head.
Give each pin at least two coats of nail polish. Some colors might need more coats – you’ll be able to tell as you go.
I always let my bobby pins dry overnight…mostly because I paint them after Annie goes to bed so I don’t get the constant, “Mommy, will you paint my nails?!?!” requests.
When your pins are dry, wiggle them a bit and then pull them off the paper. They may pull some paper with them, or have extra pieces of paint sticking off the sides. Just scratch the excess off with your fingernail.
Annie says these pins are “beautiful enough” to go in her hair. She now makes requests for different colored bobby pins, which I use as an excuse to buy more nail polish!
Have fun customizing!