Hair Trend: Clips and Grips

Hair accessories have often had a bad rep. They’re either associated with anyone under the age of 16, the 90s (two words: butterfly clips) or over-fussy wedding hair. Fashion saw a brief resurgence a few years ago in the form of Celine’s circular, minimal masterpieces - a modern take on the hair accessory that brought it back onto our cool-radar once more. However, traditional clips and grips have long fallen out of favour. We might use them to clip up some stray hairs at the gym, but we haven’t been using them as the focal point of our ‘dos.

Things are changing. Barely a look went by for SS18 and AW18 without a different designer sending their models down the catwalk with a clip, a barrette or an old-fashioned kirby grip positioned artfully in the hair. Perhaps it’s something to do with maximalism storming back into our wardrobes in the form of oversized silhouettes, prints, patterns and slogan dressing. Or it might be down to the popularity of Insta-friendly throwback culture - side partings positioned with bejewelled clips certainly have an air of nostalgia about them.

At the SS18 Dior show, revered hair stylist Guido Palau pulled half the hair back off the face, clipping with a Dior-branded bobby pin. He said of the look, “I love the way that something that’s been around and has a funny connotation can come back” he explained, “Look at the mullet haircut: three or four years ago it was a no-no, and now it’s super cool. I love the way that something is reintroduced into fashion and we look at it again in a different way.”

Image: CR Fashion Book
Image: CR Fashion Book
Image: Popsugar
Image: Popsugar
Image: Vogue
Image: Vogue

We agree with Guido. Although clips and grips can be uber-feminine, at Glasshouse we prefer the slightly more sophisticated, pared back versions. Two kirby grips either side of a middle parting or a tortoiseshell hair slide feel significantly fresher and less girly than their fussy counterparts. For instance, we love JW Anderson’s simple take on the trend; sending each model down his SS18 catwalk with a single, barely-visible grip slotted into a side part. There’s something upfront and unapologetic about it. Why bother trying to artfully style your hair into place when you can just slide in a grip you found at the bottom of your purse?

Despite us being charmed by the simplest of clips and grips, admittedly there’s room for something a bit flash and a bit throwback in this trend. Cue the jumbo, silver chrome-finish banana clip by Alexander Wang (stamped with Wang’s logo, naturally) spotted on the catwalk last year. A hair accessory we’re more used to sporting when washing our face in the evening, the banana clip has connotations of corporate power dressing from the 80’s. Wang’s take on it certainly had an air of the executive about it, proving that hair clips needn’t be something childlike or ultra-girly.

Image: Vogue
Image: Vogue
Image: Christian Dior
Image: Christian Dior

From a practical perspective, there’s something appealing about the functionality of a clip. Used as the centrepiece of a hairstyle (and not just to hold back a few stray flyaways), they can be an instant transformer. We love them with a strong lip or eye - pulling the hair off the face can be a great framer for a bold beauty look and ensures this look isn’t just for the daytime (nor the school playground). Likewise, hair accessories have - and always will be - a great dresser-upper. If jewellery isn’t your thing but you’re keen to add a final flourish to an outfit, clips and grips can be a great middleman. Margot Tenenbaum in a fur coat with smudgy, smokey eyes and a pink barrette slotted into a side-part is a good place of inspiration to start…

So, there you have it. Clips have done some growing up and they’re ready to be salvaged from the bottom of your handbag/your bathroom cabinet/down the back of the sofa. There’s no better time than now to demonstrate a good dose of individualism when it comes to fashion, hair and beauty and getting a grip (or two) for 2018 seems like a good way to do so. Clip away!

Words: Lucy Vincent
Cover image: Vogue

Share this:

More From The Journal

  1. Glasshouse Christmas Gift Guide

    To help ease the busy Christmas shopping period, we’ve put together our top picks from Glasshouse Shop that prioritise artisan crafts, natural and organic ingredients, sustainability and design.

    More +
  2. Hair Trend: Chocolate Brown

    Leaving summer balayages behind, we’re all about moody, glossy chocolate brown shades - simple yet big on impact and the perfect match for a rich winter colour palette.

    More +
  3. Bug x Glasshouse: Anti-Waste Accessories

    Working with our East London neighbours Bug Clothing, we are launching a collection of handmade hair accessories, including Scrunchies, Hair Ribbons and Head Wraps made from leftover fabrics.

    More +
  4. Masterclass: Toners

    ​With the help of our Senior Stylist Ashleigh, we’ve put together a guide on toners to help you understand the basics of the service; what they do, why they are used and how they can help you achieve your perfect colour.

    More +
  5. Q&A: Shereen Jupp of Mother Muse

    Celebrating motherhood in all forms, Mother Muse is a bi-annual coffee table book focusing on slow living and both the beauty and vulnerability of becoming a mother. ​In conversation with Glasshouse founder Olivia Crighton, model Shereen Jupp shares the story behind the publication and the experiences that drove her to create it.

    More +
  6. Meet The Founder: Laura Rudoe of Evolve Beauty

    ​On Monday 19th November we are hosting a Q&A and skincare session with Evolve beauty founder Laura Rudoe and Glasshouse founder Olivia Crighton, covering everything from ingredient sourcing to sustainability and the story behind the independent British brand, plus the chance to try out some of our favourite products from the range.

    More +
  7. Beauty: Boyish Brows

    ​Defined yet wearable with a touch of boyish charm, the latest eyebrow trend makes the most of the brows you’ve got. Here are our top tips on giving your natural brows some extra character to make just enough of a statement.

    More +
  8. Photography: Ilsa Wynne-Hoelscher Kidd

    Ilsa Wynne-Hoelscher Kidd is an Australian photographer who’s sensitive style lends itself to capturing the subject she resonates with most: motherhood. We catch up her to find out more.

    More +
  9. Guy Morgan: Flower Of The Five Wounds

    Verified Organic, suitable for pregnancy and ideal for those with sensitive skin, we explore the new Flower of The Five Wounds range from Guy Morgan Apothecary with imagery from photographer Thea Lovstad.

    More +
  10. Rituals: Elizabeth Bennett

    To kickstart our new Rituals series on Glasshouse Journal, we speak to freelance Journalist Elizabeth Bennet to find out what a balanced lifestyle means to her and what how she stays motivated, energised and calm in modern life.

    More +
  11. Work with us at Glasshouse Salon

    Fancy being a part of our close-knit Glasshouse team? We are looking for a talented Hair Stylist to come onboard.

    More +
  12. Rule Of Three

    Celebrating the diversity and freedom of colour on different skin tones, Glasshouse’s resident makeup artist Emily and photography duo Al and K collaborate for a shoot that bends the rules of colour theory.

    More +
  13. Period Matters

    As more and more topics are placed under the sustainability spotlight, we have turned our attention to an interesting one: periods. As menstrual products start to modernise and with attitudes towards our monthly cycle becoming more open, we are delving into the subject and taking a look at some of the consciously-created menstrual products that we’ve introduced in the salon and online.

    More +
  14. Fashion Month: Round-Up

    As the curtain falls on the Spring/Summer 2019 catwalks, we have gathered together some of our favourite hair and beauty looks from all four cities.

    More +
  15. Reads: 11 by Jasmine Deporta

    Jasmine Deporta has been a favourite photographer of ours since her series Sofa Safari, where she matched her models outfits with the furniture they were sitting on. Now she’s back with the release of her first ever book, 11 - a personal journey through her last 4 years of work. We caught up with her to find out more.

    More +
  16. Hair Story: Ayesha McMahon

    As part of our Hair Story series at Glasshouse Journal, we spoke to up and coming model Ayesha McMahon about her natural hair and the story behind it. From free flowing curls to intricate braided styles, Ayesha walks us through her favourite looks and her love for her fro, along with her thoughts on the misconceptions of black hair in society.

    More +
Load more posts