The Best Hair Clips For Thick Hair

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If you have thick hair, you know how difficult it can be to keep it up without triple-wrapping it with tight elastics. Flimsy clips and thin hair bands never seem to cut it — you need something much stronger and more durable. The best hair clips for thick hair are wide and big, designed with strong grips, and made of sturdy materials that won't snap at the slightest bit of pressure. And just like the best hair ties for thick hair, these clips won't damage your hair or hurt your scalp, so they feel comfortable enough for all-day wear.

Ahead, you'll find seven of the strongest, biggest hair clips out there, from octopus-style clips and metal claws to oversized barrettes and more. Though they very in terms of style, they've all been vetted and approved by fellow thick-haired shoppers; they're also all conveniently sold on Amazon (the best place to buy affordable hair accessories, IMO) and cost less than $15.

And if you're looking for some fresh new ways to style your hair clips, our friends at The Zoe Report have some tips on how to style hair clips the celebrity way, plus tons of street style roundups for your inspiration.

Scroll on to shop the best hair clips that can handle thick hair, all while adding major '90s-inspired style points to your wardrobe.

1. Colorful Comb Clips

These curved clips hold thick hair securely in place using a row of comb-like teeth hidden on the inside, while their flat bases and push-down jaws make them super easy to use. Unlike most other clips that jut out, these lie flat against your head. They come in multicolored sets featuring everything from transparent pastels to dark muted shades, or, you can buy them in classic all-black or brown.

Relevant review: “This clip is AWESOME! It kind of looks like some deep sea squid when it’s not in your hair but is really pretty and elegant when it’s in your hair [...] it is is legit the best clip I’ve ever used. I have broken the little tines of EVERY single clip I’ve used before this and this one WILL NOT BREAK!! It’s strong, the spring is perfect, it opens wide, it’s comfortable, it glides through hair easily, and holds A TON of hair. I have a ton of really long, fine hair and nothing holds it except this thing.”

2. Stylish Metal Claw Clips

These metal claw clips are a bit more fashionable (and durable!) than your standard plastic hair clips. They're sold in various shapes and sizes, in rose gold, yellow gold, and silver finishes, and are made of durable alloy that's a lot less likely to break than plastic.

Relevant review: "WOOOOHOOO LET ME TELL YOU these bad boys are STURDYYYYY. I am so incredibly happy to have taken a chance and ordered these, I usually use the large octopus style plastic nonslip claw clips for my hair which is really thick, but these are a world of difference!!!! I will definitely be ordering more of these if I ever loose any or as gifts for my friends [...] I am so surprised that these are as strong and durable as they are”

3. Chic Tortoiseshell Banana Clips

A pretty, Scandi-chic take on the classic tortoiseshell hair clip, these come in both pastel colors and traditional brown and black. Made of alloy and acrylic resin, they're much stronger and thicker than your standard plastic hair clip, though because they're not as oversized as some of the others on this list, they're probably better suited to half-up styles rather than buns.

Relevant review: "I’ve had both hair clips for over 2 weeks now and I wear them along with another clip on a daily basis to work. I have thick 4c hair and they can hold my hair perfectly in place. A good grip. I highly recommend buying if you have thick hair no matter what type of hair you may have.”

4. Jumbo-Sized Barrettes

Barrettes are often frustrating for people with thick hair because they seem to pop right back open, if you can even get them to close in the first place. But not these extra-large barrettes from Kitsch, which measure over 3 inches long and are made of durable metal. If you have thick bangs that you’re looking to hold back, these will be perfect for that; also great for washing your face, masking, et cetera.

Relevant review: "I have thick, medium to long, wavy, layered hair. Traditional clippes [...] are always way too small for my hair. These clippies can hold thick hair. They are perfect for securing thick hair that's too short to fit into a bun or ponytail.”

5. A Super-Strong Octopus Clip

This mighty, 3.5-inch octopus clip isn't messing around: In other words, once your hair is up, the octopus won't let go. Unlike a lot of other hair clips, this one is wide enough to hold back buns. It also comes in smaller 1.5- and 2.5-inch widths, in either black or tortoiseshell.

Relevant review: “I have naturally curly long hair and it held my hair great [...] If you're active then these are your best choice especially if you have long hair and you want to twist it then clasp it with these. They hold so much better.”

6. Gemstone-Encrusted Jaw Clips

With their matte finish and gemstone-encrusted design, these clips are another cute, durable choice for people with thick hair. They're traditional jaw clips, but they're quite big and strong, which is why over 80 Amazon reviewers with thick hair left them perfect five-star reviews. The gemstones just add a fun, understated touch of glamour.

Relevant review: "My hair has been up since 6 am. It’s now 1:30 pm and have not adjusted the clip. At first I regretted the purchase thinking it would not hold my thick hair but it stayed secure. Thick and sturdy. Great purchase.”

7. A Banana Clip For Curly Hair

This banana clip is a great choice for holding back curly, textured hair without disrupting your natural curl pattern. Its versatile design allows you to create all sorts of styles with ease (the brand has supplied some handy images, here) to keep your hair completely off of your face. Choose from two sizes and 15 colors, some of which feature decorative beads.

Relevant review: "This is best banana type clip I’ve ever used. It’s perfect for my thick hair and gives it a nice full look! It’s on the pricey side but I’m hoping it’ll last for a long time! So easy to use and extremely comfortable in my hair and against my scalp. No more breaking plastic clips and having them separate or open up randomly during the day. This clip is sturdy and will stay! If you’re in the fence, don’t hesitate... especially if you’re a curly girl like me!”

8. Smaller Clips For Half-Up Styles & Shorter Hair

These small black hair clips are perfect if you prefer something a little less obtrusive. They’re also handy for half-up styles, or if you don’t have as much hair to hold up (though Amazon reviewers with long, thick hair confirm they “hold [their] hair up with no problem.”). For less than $15, you get a whopping 10 clips, so even if you lose a few, you’ll still have plenty leftover.

Relevant review: “I have thick heavy hair. Most clips don't hold my hair - unless I use a huge one or more than one. I love the size of these clips. Not too big and even one holds my hair up! I'm impressed. I will be keeping these all over the place to make sure I have them nearby.”

9. A Classic Revlon 2-Pack For Under $5

Get two classic claw clips for less than $5 with this set from Revlon. They have two sets of strong, jumbo-sized teeth that are ideal for holding up long, thick hair, while their minimalist look will go with any outfit, from casual to dressy. Very ‘90s-inspired vibes (and an amazing value, of course).

Relevant review: “I've had quite a few types of hair clips in my life but these are, by far, my favorite! Others I've had break easily but not these. I have thick, long, wavy hair and don't struggle at all with putting all of my hair into these Revlon clips. There are two layers of prongs which really helps hold my hair in place. I would recommend these to anyone who wants an easy, quick way to throw up your hair.”

10. The Editor’s Pick

These claw clips are the perfect choice for anyone with a lot of long, thick hair. Sold in a pack of four, they’re made from durable acrylic with a matte finish, and have an oversized design that allows them to hold a lot of hair. They come in a wide variety of color options, from multicolor packs to sets of all black clips.

Editor’s note: “I have extremely long, thick hair, and I though that claw clips just weren’t an option for me. These changed my perspective! I love the matte finish, and how sturdy these clips are. They keep my hair in a french twist or bun all day long without needing to constantly re-adjust.” — Carina Finn

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