Tuesday, 2 August 2011

What a 6 Year Old Can Teach You About Hair Clips

What Truly Makes a Hair Clip Perfect And Other Philosophical Questions

Here we are, in August and true to seasonal form, my kitchen is infested with flies.

Spoon collection, Jurgen Lehl, 2008
Good for rice. Not good for flies.
I’m stalking the house with my damp teatowel, making my husband jump every few minutes with an enormous “THWACK” pounding the furniture.

At lunch yesterday my youngest daughter, who’s six-and-a-half-and-don’t -you-forget-it, was getting herself a spoon from the drawer to finish off a bowl of rice when she got a rude fly-by by a fly.

“Oh!” she said. “I nearly whacked that fly with my spoon.”

“That wouldn’t have been nice,” I said.

“No. Spoons are no good for whacking flies.” Then she paused while she contemplated this new philosophy. “And fly swatters are no good for rice.”

This is just so true.

Things usually are only good for one job, and terrible for others.

This is true, of course, about hair accessories too.

Hair Clips That Are Good Not Good

I’m sure to you this is totally evident, but we get calls – very rarely, mind – from people who’ve ordered something from us and shout down the phone, “This clip is terrible! The WORST hair clip I’ve ever seen. WHO could even wear this?”

The WORST hair clip ever?
So obviously, the clip was not suitable for this person’s hair.

That’s fine.

She can send it back.

Not a problem.

However, what we then find this sort of person has difficulty understanding is that there is no such thing as the perfect all round, good-for-everybody hair clip.

And no, she doesn’t want any suggestions of a clip that might work better for her.

How dare we.

Good Not Good In Action

Last week I was lucky enough to visit a customer for a Personal Consultation in Oxfordshire. 

She has such a gorgeous cottage style garden, absolutely alive with butterflies and bees. Wonderful.

She also has extremely fine hair, but she likes it long and being an active person she needs to be able to put it up securely.

The claw that turned out to be the great success of the morning was our new Debouche Cutout Narrow claw.

Perfect hair claw for very fine hair
Other claws that could close down securely on her hair either had teeth too long, that stuck out through her hair, or were too deep and sat proud of her head and joggled about.

But the Debouche claw had the perfect balance of design elements that made it work brilliantly for her hair type.

She also, as I expected, got on very well with our Moana Etched Beak clip, which is superb if you have very fine hair.

It is also selling like hot cakes, and you WILL want to grab one for yourself soon-ish, if you're interested.

So the Debouche claw is fantastic for fine to very fine hair.

But it is TERRIBLE for thick hair. The WORST hair clip I’ve ever seen!

See? Good, not good. That’s how it is.

Better Hair Clips For Thick Hair

I promised last week I’d stop being so darn helpful to our fine haired readers, so good news for you if you have thick hair.

I’ve got a bevy of new clips just for you today.

Rectangle French Large Claw
If you have thick hair, this claw is the one for you. Handmade in France, this claw is easy to use and will hold your hair all day. 

This French Claw has interlocking, rounded teeth that provide a really firm hold. What better than keeping all that hair off your neck? 

And if you like barrettes, I’ve got two pretty new large barrettes for you here.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8/25/2011

    You make good points about one person's good clip being another person's bad clip, but in the case of the Ficcare Maximas, there's actually a way to get them to work for thin and fine hair!

    My hair is neither, but I have a small Maximas which I used to use for French twists and which I've now outgrown. Since the clip is made of metal rather than plastic, I have been able to modify it to hold a half-up securely by bending the lower jaw to increase the curvature and reduce the amount of space between it and the upper jaw. Now that it clamps down securely on less hair than it did in its original state, I can use it for half-ups. And if I can do this, then so should someone with thin/fine hair!