How to Use U-Shaped Hairpins - 4 Cute Hairstyle Ideas

by Laineymariebeauty
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When it's hot outside, there's nothing you want to avoid more than long, heavy hair on your face and shoulders. In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to use u-shaped hairpins, also know as French pins or hair forks.

I don't know where you guys live, but I live in Florida, and if you've ever been to Florida during the summertime, it is hot - and when I say hot, I mean hot! You do not want to have your hair down. Here are four ways to keep your hair up using large u-shaped hairpins

Tools and materials:

  • Two French pins
Large u-shaped hairpins, aka French hairpins

Here are the French pins. We're going to create some trendy hairstyles that will keep your hair off of your face and shoulders.

Wrapping and twisting hair at the back

Hairstyle 1 - Twisted

1. Wrap and twist

Take your hair in the back and wrap it around your index finger and middle finger. Then, twist that section of hair and bring it upwards. 

Tucking hair under the twist

2. Tuck

Take the rest of your hair that is sticking out and just tuck it underneath that twist.

Securing with u-shaped hair pins

3. Pin

Now you're going to insert your pins. Make sure that the curved side of the pin is up and then place it to the right of your little twist. You want your pin to catch some hair, so you might need to wiggle it a bit. It should be super secure and feel like it’s not going to move.

U pin design for hair 1 - twisted

Here is the look!

Twisting and tying hair in a knot at the back

Hairstyle 2 - Tied 

1. Twist and tie

Start by gathering your hair in the back and then twist it around itself. Create a little opening with your hand and pull the ends through that opening, basically just tying a knot with your hair. Pull your hair through and press the bun flat against your head. 

Securing with large French hairpins

2. Pin

Next, insert your pin into the right of the bun, and you want it to catch hair, so you're going to wiggle it a little bit up and then push it through. If you still have hair sticking out and your bun doesn't feel secure, you can insert a second pin just under the first one.

To finish, you can pinch the hair around your head to give it some texture.

U pin design for hair 2 - tied

Doesn’t it look cute!

Twisting and wrapping hair into a basic bun

Hairstyle 3 - Basic bun

1. Twist and wrap

Here, you’re just going to do a basic bun. Twist your hair and then wrap that bun around itself, continuing to twist it as you are wrapping it. Then, tuck the ends underneath the bun, so the wrap part is hidden, and press it against your head to lay it flat.

Securing with large u-shaped hairpins

2. Pin

Insert the pin and push it right through. If you have any ends sticking out, you can take them and wrap them around to hide them.

U pin design for hair 3 - basic bun

So chic!

Twisting the top section of hair down

Hairstyle 4 - Double bun

1. Divide and twist

Take the top section of your hair and divide it into two. Then, twist those two sections around each other. Do that all the way down.

Securing with French hairpin

2. Pin into a bun

Next, you want to take that twist and wrap it around itself to create a little bun. Make sure your ends are tucked in, flatten it against your head, and then insert the pin. 

Twisting the bottom section of hair

3. Repeat for the bottom section

Now, do the same thing with the bottom section: divide it into two and twist those two sections around each other, going all the way down. Wrap it around itself to create a bun, push it up against your head to flatten it, and insert your pin.

This is optional, but you can pinch and pull out the buns a little bit for a looser look.

U pin design for hair 4 - double bun

How to use u-shaped hairpins tutorial

It is a bit of a learning curve using this tool, but it's super easy once you get the hang of it. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to use a large u-shaped hairpin.

These four hairstyles are perfect for summer, they keep your hair off your shoulders and out of your face, and I really like them - I hope you do too! Which one will you be trying?

Suggested materials:
  • Two French pins

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  • Lavonda Sullivan Lavonda Sullivan on Aug 28, 2021

    Wow, each of these styles are beautiful! ❤️ I can't wait to try them. I've never used these pins but I'm definitely willing to learn how to use them for those great results. Thanks so much for sharing. 🥰

  • Norma Norma on Aug 01, 2022

    I follow her on YouTube. I'm nearly 60 and my hair is waist length. I have learned so much about updos from her! Love her!