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June 24, 2011

The Banana Clip: Who Knew...

by Shelli of Hairscapades


So, I was reminded of the banana clip by Kim of Kimmaytube. She used it to secure her twists. I picked up a pack of three from Sally’s a few months ago to use with my twists. That worked out fine. Buuuuuut, liked it even more for these styles. My hair is stretched with a Twist-n-Curl (TnC) first. In the first two pics, I left the front section of my hair out of the banana clip. The remainder of my hair was secured in the banana clip. Then, I just pin-curled about inch wide sections with bobby pins. This lasted about three days, I guess.


Then, on day four, I released all of the pin curls and released the banana clip. I put the banana clip back in securing all of my hair in it this time. I used a couple of bobby pins to keep the front hair directed to the middle and longer pieces secured along the banana clip to create the appearance of the “hawk.” I enjoyed this style. Got called Rihanna (in a good way;) a few times at work and received several compliments=).

The banana clip is also great for creating a massive, messy bun as it creates a wide base/foundation around which to loosely wrap the hair. For me, it’s great because I have fine hair, so it allows me to make my hair look thicker with a more voluminous bun. Also, it doesn’t snag or pull any hair like a scrunchie (even satin) or hair elastic does. I tend not to pull out any hair releasing the banana clip whereas a scrunchie always has a few shed strands wrapped around it when I take it out of my hair.

1 banana clip. 3 modern styles. Who knew?!?!


Have you revisited the Banana Clip lately?

37 Chime in!:

Anonymous said...

OMG! I'm LOVING that style and the texture of her hair. Who is that girl? Does she have a YouTube page or a blog? I'd love to follow her and see hair tutorials :-)

Michelle said...

Her name is Shelli and her blog is http://hairscapades.com

komirra said...

hehe tried to get my hair into a banana clip like i used to when i was transitioning and broke the clip! lol i think i just have to let my banana clip go.... but ur hair is really cute. i just think mine is too thick

Dani @ OK, Dani said...

My hair eats banana clips for breakfast!! No way I can get them to work in my hair.

xo,
Dani
www.okdani.com

Julissa said...

Komirra & Dani, maybe if you use the big clip it'll work for your thick hair. I love the banana clip, you can do so much with it

CURLYNIKKI said...

LOL @ Dani. Y'all are really funny today. Happy Friday!

Nikcoils said...

I've tried the banana clip multiple times and various brands and they keep breaking. I have a big head and a ton of thick hair. Cute style tho!

Jeannette said...

Great style! My hair is so densely packed that bannana clips just don't work on my hair. @Dani...that is funny!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I use a slender banana clip like the pictured for my buns. Not the big clunky banana clips that are hard to hide. I was wondering why more people didn't use them for buns. Like you I have fine hair the clip allows me to create nice fat buns.

Anonymous said...

Your hair looks great. I'm in love with banana clips...makes my buns look fuller.

Anonymous said...

I have recently rediscovered banana clips as well. I too love them for the reasons listed by Shelli. My hair is not very dense at all, and the banana clip gives the illusion of full hair. I love them for my buns.

For those with thick hair, have you tried putting the clips in while the hair is still wet. I've hear some other women say that makes a huge diference for them. They are able to get their hair in the clip and the clip doesn't snap on them. Maybe you can give that a shot.

Anonymous said...

WOW! VERY PRETTY!!

LainaLain said...

Her hair can get it. xD

Anonymous said...

Thank yooooou! I LOVE this! i have a wedding coming up and i was wondering what to do but this looks awesome. I hope it works for 4c hair :)

mood_indigo said...

I have tried them a few time sand love 'em. If you have thicker hair you have to wet your hair a bit first before you start coaxing it in the direction you want it to go.

sassncurlz said...

Very pretty styles. I love using banana clips, they are all I use for puffs and various updos. I find that they work better then a elastic because all of my hair can fit and it doesn't snag/pull at it.

hairscapades.com said...

Thank you ladies! Anonymous @ 4:22, I have some other styles and tutorials on my site that might be helpful too. I think many styles can be modified based on length, texture and thickness with a little creativity and ingenuity=). Hope you ladies check out Hairscapades and leave comments. I just started my blog a two Fridays ago. So, let me know how I'm doing and the type of things you like to see and read=)! If you like pics, I post a lot=). Thanks again and thank you Nikki for giving me some "shine" on your site. You know it's my favorite and I only hope to live up to half the example that you have set!!

Shelli

YoungMiss said...

This is one of my fav styles! I actually did this style today. Not as neat as Shelli and with a slightly different twist. I got tons of compliments. Hated banana clips when I was young. Love them now!

XOXO,
Rece

http://AHairStory.Wordpress.com

hairscapades.com said...

Okay Rece, where are the pics then missy?!?! Are you posting them on the GOC blog? Let me head on over there=).

Shelli

IcyLillies said...

Beautiful hair and style! I like banana clips and I revisit them every so often, but sometimes it really pulls on the root of my hair (and I use them when my hair is wet) or it gets caught in the tip so I give my self a break from them every so often.

Jasmin said...

Banana clips are the only hair accessory I use to tie my hair up. I have used it since I was relaxed and will continue to use them until my hair cannot fit into one! I do my high low tension bun everyday with it. I love it1 it is so voluminous.

That second style was adorable BTW!!!

kiss0my0curlz said...

They need one for thick coarse hair :( I break all of them... :[

Anonymous said...

Very pretty style! Gorg curls too! I may have to try the banana clip...IDK why I've been so scared lol.

http://www.youtube.com/user/KinkycurlyTree03

Kai Roxcurls Washington said...

Sooo gorgeous!!! I never thought about using a banana clip! Now I am definitely going to give this a try!! So cute!! Thanks so much for sharing this!!

It's Kai, btw lol (hey girl)

indigo. said...

My hair LAUGHS at banana clips. I love the styles that can be accomplished with them, though.

hairscapades.com said...

OMG Kai, that rod set of yours would make a FIERCE faux hawk when the curls have fallen to the end. Though, given the way your set was lasting, that might not be ever! LOL!! But, seriously, that would look soooo good on you (not that much wouldn't;)!! (Btw, your videos are up=)!

To all you thick-haired lovelies who eat banana clips for breakfast, you can pull off those lush twists, twist updos and puffs for which I have no hope of pulling off=). You win some, you lose some=). BUT .... you can use those hair combs or large bobby pins to do the first and second styles, if the banana clip doesn't work for you and the advice above regarding using it on wet hair doesn't work.

Thanks again all.

Shelli

Anonymous said...

Yep i used my banana clip to tie up my ponytail and it gives me a nice full look which i love! I have now misplaced it....... lol

MelMelBee said...

I'm so trying this tomorrow :)

iri9109 said...

i tried the little wimpy banana clips and my hair broke them...but i saw a vid by chakakhanian and this post and realized i need a thicker sturdier one...ill try again next month

keisha said...

Very cute! Will have to try the clip on a bun. I want a thicker bun cause otherwise it just looks limpy! ;(

nanda said...

You are wonderful, so this clip is great. The hair seems to grow, it is bulky, with beautiful curls. You could tell me please some stores that sell this clip online? Thanks

hairscapades.com said...

Hi Nanda, I got my clips from Sally's in a three pack. Looks like they have something similar online, but they don't appear exactly the same. All three in my pack were black, whereas this appears to contain three different colors, though one is black.

http://www.sallybeauty.com/banana-clips/SBS-424101,default,pd.html?cm_vc=SEARCH

Amazon.com also seems to have a variety of banana clips from which you might find ones you like. Hope that helps and thank you so much=)!

Shelli

YaYa said...

I love the banana clips. I used them after I've done a wash and go and wanna create the faux-hawk look

Christa said...

Banana clips = epic fail for my thick hair!!! My hair is so thick that sometimes I even pop the elastic in ponytail holders. =(

Can someone provide me a link for banana clips made for thick hair?

hairscapades.com said...

Hi Christa,

I have no idea if any of these work, but this is a link to multiple clips that I found when I googled "banana clips for thick hair."

http://www.epinions.com/t-banana-clips-for-thick-hair

Have you tried it on wet hair like some suggested above?

Anonymous said...

I love the banana clip it is sooo versatile. I rock mine all the time!

Anonymous said...

my hair is wayyy too thick for drugstore variety banana clips! has anyone heard of a banana clip that's designed for thicker hair?

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