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There are countless trends we didn’t expect to return in style: Birkenstocks, low rise jeans, scrunchies, flared leggings (or yoga pants if you’re a millennial) and fanny packs, for to name just a few notable returns. But claw clips? I don’t know why we didn’t see this one coming. Looking back, Rachel Greene wore one in just about every episode of Friendsso we should have known that they would never really go out of style.
Now that they’re back in full force thanks to Gen Z and stars like Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber, and Kaia Gerber, we’ve obviously caught some for ourselves. But there’s been one constant problem: some of us have struggled to find the right ones for our hair type – it’s always too heavy, too big, too small, or somewhere in between.
So if you too are having a hard time getting into the hype, we understand. A few of our editors with different hair types join forces to look at different sizes, shapes, and styles of claw clips, so whatever your hair type, you can also find the claw clips that are right for you.
Clips Garri has tried:
I was so excited to try this clip only to be super disappointed with how it turned out. I could barely fit all my hair inside, and once I did, the outfit was tenuous at best. That said, this clip would probably be great to use for styling curly hair. It’s just not optimal for all-day wear.
Giant Claw Claw
I really thought this clip was going to be awesome. It’s billed as “jumbo” but compared to other clips I’ve tried it wasn’t as big and I had a hard time getting my hair into it. It’s a beautiful style, though, and like every other Kitsch product I’ve tried, it’s high quality. It would be perfect for someone with a little less hair than me.
Hypernova clip with two springs
I have to say when I first saw this clip I laughed at how big it was. That said, I’m so glad it’s on the market for people with extremely long and thick tresses. Although my hair is both long and thick, it’s not long or thick enough to require a clip of this size. For my Rapunzels over there, however, your search for the perfect clip is over. The double springs make it more secure and the gorgeous colors make it the perfect finishing touch to any outfit.
XL Dreamy claw clip
If not for my eventual winner, Toni Rose’s claw clip would have been my undisputed MVP – it really was that close. This clip is big and sturdy enough to hold all my hair still, even after a full day of running errands. Bonus: it’s absolutely gorgeous. I want all the colors.
Supernova clip with a spring
Ding, ding, ding! I found the claw clip of my absolute DREAMS with the Acrasia Supernova clip. The material is high quality and strong, and while I think the single spring version was good enough to hold my hair (I even did some flips with it to test how it held), there is a dual spring option for a little more security. Curly girls with long hair, this is the claw clip for you. I promise.
Clips Jess has tried:
Large matte black claw clip
I grew up with Scünci hair accessories, so I just had to try one of their current clips. I liked that this one had a different shape – it’s shorter and wider, compared to the narrower design of the other clips. If you are looking for a clip meant for a more bun style than a traditional claw clip twist, this would be a good option. The teeth are also longer, so it can hold a lot of hair. However, now that I’ve tried the cellulose acetate clips, the quality of the plastic clips just isn’t up to par.
large hair clip
I’m a fan of Teleties hair ties so I wanted to try their claw clip. I was also drawn to the unique design of this one and the fact that it’s built to be unbreakable. It comes in three sizes, and this is the largest. It worked for my hair, but I wish there was a larger size for extra long and thick hair types – however, I do appreciate that there are so many stunning colors. All in all, I think this one is a great option for medium hair and I can definitely see myself using it as a ponytail clip.
XL Dreamy claw clip
This whole claw clip review idea was inspired by Bethany Simko’s TikTok series, so when I saw she crowned this clip as her winner, I knew I had to give it a try. Not only does the clip look beautiful, it has a great hold and a very high quality feel. It’s made from cellulose acetate, which is eco-friendly and more flexible (AKA much harder to break than plastic). If your hair is long, you’ll love this one – it’s actually big enough to fit all my hair and I don’t have to constantly readjust it.
Joey XL pliers
I chose this one because I was drawn to its unique design and wanted to try something a little different to see how it would hold up in my hair. I love her look in my hair, and I can see myself reaching for this one when I want to add a fun and stylish touch to my outfit. Apart from its design, it held my hair very well and I didn’t have to readjust it. It’s also super lightweight, so it’s easy to throw it in your bag for a day. Plus, it’s economical at just $12!
Hypernova clip with two springs
I’ll start by saying this is the biggest music video I’ve ever seen. If your hair is super long and thick and you never find a claw clip that really holds, this is the one for you. It’s designed in both length and width to secure plenty of hair, so you can wear it all day without readjusting it. There is also a dual spring option for extra grip, which I love. Acrasia’s clips are also made with eco-friendly cellulose acetate (and come in all recycled or biodegradable packaging!). The quality of this clip is amazing – I have never felt another like this.
Clips Hailey has tried:
Mid-Century Marble Claw Pliers
First, I knew I liked the look of this clip online, but it’s stunning in person. Even though it’s marketed for mid-up hairstyles, I thought I’d test it out to see if it could hold all my hair at once. Usually I opt for smaller claw clips because my hair is thin and larger clips are usually too heavy, and after trying I’m glad I kept this size, however, I wish let it be a little bigger. This worked wonders for a half-up hairstyle!
Large claw pliers
I had really high hopes for this claw clip just because I think Lululemon has some of the best darlings in the game, and I figured if they could do a scrunchie well, their claw clips would be just as good . But unfortunately for me, that is not the case. It’s the “Large” size, and I had a hard time getting it to hold all my hair. Since the spring isn’t super strong, I had too much hair (a rare issue for me) for it to stay in place. I was sadly disappointed with this clip for my hair type, however, my mum who has finer hair than me tried it and it worked great in her hair. So overall, if you have short, thin hair, this clip is perfect for you. Otherwise, I would look elsewhere.
Medium claw pliers
I’ll be honest: I liked this more than I thought after getting it in the mail. When I first opened the 2-pack, I wasn’t as impressed with the look or the material as the other claw clips I’ve ordered, but I underestimated them. Some of the reviews for this clip say the spring isn’t as strong as other claw clips, and I totally disagree. It holds strong and feels comfortable in my hair, and I even think it would work for girls with thicker hair than mine too. As a bonus, they come in a 2-pack for $8, which is a price you don’t often see for claw clips.