Hair Clip

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Introduction: Hair Clip

About: I helped start Instructables, previously worked in biotech and academic research labs, and have a degree in biology from MIT. Currently at our parent company Autodesk, learning new things, and trying to catch …

As anyone with long hair knows, forgetting a hair clip or ponytail holder can be a real pain in the neck. 

There's no need to resort to plain rubber bands and damage your hair in the name of convenience - here's a quick and easy bun slide you can make using basic office supplies and one of those spare cards you're certain to find in your wallet.  

I've worn this one at work all day, and it's kept my hair safely up and away from my 6-month-old's grabby fingers.  Success!

Step 1: Find a Card

This is probably easy - raid your wallet for expired cards.  If you don't have one, peek over the cubicle wall and ask your coworker.  I'm using an expired Duane Reade loyalty card, but most anything* will do.


*I'd recommend against using credit cards for security reasons, but otherwise go to town.

Step 2: Punch Holes in Card

This is best done using a hole punch, but my office doesn't have a hole punch.  It does, however, have a drill press, so I used a 5/16" drill bit.  Use whatever you've got on hand - a Dremel or an exacto knife would be fine as well.

Make sure to punch (or drill) your holes about one hole diameter away from the card's edge for maximum strength.  Sand off any rough bits left from your hole punching.

Note:  if you've got lots of hair, punch the holes in opposite corners of the card - the resulting diagonal will hold more hair.

Step 3: Find a Pen or Pencil

The last piece you need is a pen, pencil, or even a disposable chopstick from yesterday's lunch.  Simply fit it through the holes in the card, and you're good to go!

I tested this with a pencil, but decided on a slightly thinner and pointier ball-point pen to avoid hair snags.  Your mileage may vary - just use anything readily available that won't bleed ink on you.

Step 4: Pin Hair Up

Form your hair into a bun.  I found it easiest to twist my hair, then loop it around to create an oblong bun (instead of the standard round one) to best accommodate this bun slide.

Use one hand to hold the bun in place, then slip the card around it.  Shove the pen (or pencil, or chopstick) through both holes, threading it underneath most of the bun as it passes under the card.  This will bow the card, and pin the hair in your bun against it. 

Nice work - you've done it!  This clip should be more than enough to hold your hair in place all day.

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    20 Discussions

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    cristoph
    cristoph

    6 years ago

    It might look cooler if you use a iTunes card

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    zuzubird
    zuzubird

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I love your name, headlessbubble! What a hoot!

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    crashwg
    crashwg

    10 years ago on Step 4

    Hey, you're not supposed to use a drill press with your hair down.

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    destructopop
    destructopop

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I'm nearly a year late, but I just saw this comment and had a good laugh! ;D

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    Sagi
    Sagi

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Looks good! I will try it! Thank you for sharing!

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    insomniaSAH
    insomniaSAH

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Alas, I have too much hair for the average card to hold x3

    But this is an excellent idea! Good job.

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    crickle321
    crickle321

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Maybe you could use one of those 'Bed Bath & Beyond' 20% off coupon cards they send in the mail. ;-)

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    PoeDunkMae
    PoeDunkMae

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Interesting!  I think my hair is too thick, but will have to give it a try sometime.

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    hishealer
    hishealer

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Ditto here, but I might do this when it's short in the hot months.

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    Kiteman
    Kiteman

    10 years ago on Introduction

    "...my office doesn't have a hole punch.  It does, however, have a drill press..."

    >daydreams<


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    glitteringsky
    glitteringsky

    10 years ago on Introduction

    This is SO five stars! I am going to do it NOW to get my hair up! Thank you!

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    Lithium Rain
    Lithium Rain

    10 years ago on Introduction

    >claps hands< Much nicer than the plain 'ol pen trick. Nice. 

    So hard to believe she's 6 months old already! :0

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    AngryRedhead
    AngryRedhead

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Very inventive!!  I think I have too much hair for it, but I've always envied people who could use these.