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The ‘90s Claw Clip is Back — and Here’s How to Wear it

a variety of claw clips, in different sizes, on a nightstand
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From baby tees to slip dresses, trends that were popular in the ‘90s are having a moment. We can’t resist — we’re a society of nostalgia. Now, we’re welcoming back claw clips — those simple plastic accessories that fasten tightly around your hair. Throughout the ‘90s, this look was everywhere. The accessory was most popularly sported by women in TV and film — think: Jennifer Aniston in Friends and Gwyneth Paltrow in Great Expectations. Their classic up-dos couldn’t be achieved without a claw clip. Over time, the claw clip has secured its place as the hair accessory of the decade.

See also: Style cues to steal from ’90s teen dramas.

Even if your hair isn’t long enough to easily wrap into a ponytail or bun, you can still pull back the top half with a claw clip (as a curly-haired gal, I often sport this look.) Wearing a claw clip makes any hairstyle look effortless and easy to achieve — which we fully support. Today, models like Bella Hadid and Kaia Gerber have channeled this ‘90s hair moment in their own street style, sweeping back their locks with the staple accessory throughout 2021.

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Claw clips are iconic — and have maintained their relevance — for many reasons. They’re cute, but their practicality is even more important to their acclaim. Unlike other hair accessories, claw clips work for a variety of hair textures and lengths. It can instantly lift the hairs off of your neck on hot summer days or when you’re just not in the mood to deal with your hair. The popularity of the claw clip is also its accessibility. You can find many stylish options at your local drugstore or ethical retailers online, as seen below. Depending on your budget, you can find claw clips at various price points to keep your mane at bay. They are the kind of accessory that is simple to use, easy to find and looks incredibly chic in your hair. It’s a triple threat!

Related: The 6 beauty products you need to recreate a modern ’90s vibe.


Our top claw clip picks to get you in on this nostalgic trend:

a variety of colourful, checkered claw clips
ChunksLarge Checker Claw Hair Clip$17.50

The checkered print is everywhere these days, so why not incorporate a clip variation of the popular pattern into your hair accessories and tackle two trends at once?

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a pink claw clip against a white background
BP.Large Jaw Clip$14

If you want to test out the claw clip trend, but don’t want anything too flashy, tortoise shell or a simple one-colour option (like this hot pink one) are classic, neutral options that will go with almost any outfit.

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a purple claw clip in a woman's long brown hair
Lisa Says Gah
Lisa Says GahCurve Claw$45

Sure, this claw clip has a higher price point, but the two-toned accessory is chic and cool and will turn heads with its bold ivory/lavender combo. You can also choose from a variety of other colour combos.

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