I'm a sucker for fun, hair-accessory trends. For years, I was head over heels for those cute headbands for face washing, long before they got famous on TikTok. More recently, however, I’ve fully embraced claw clips. And it’s been a surprising delight, because for the longest time, I thought that my fine hair simply wasn’t cut out for the accessory.
In reality, I just had to find the clips that worked best for my slippery strands. Knowing I’m not alone in this endeavor, I went ahead and rounded up the best hair clips for thin/fine hair. To do so, I scoured the web for best-selling products and chatted with hairstylists for their top-recommended accessories.
Best clips for thin hair, at a glance:
- Best overall: Teleties, Medium Hair Clip, $13
- Best Amazon find: FRAMAR, Large Claw Clips (Pack of 4), $18
- Best for curly, coily hair: PuffCuff, Mini 2.5" Hair Clamp, $18
- Best non-slip: Scunci, No-Slip Grip Claw Clip, $6
- Best looking: Machete, Mini Claw Clip, $17
- Best gold clip: The Hair Edit, Gold Loop Claw Clip, $14
- Best mini clips: Anthropologie, Speckled Mini Hair Clip Set, $24
- Best half-up clip: Free People, Fine Claw Clip, $30
- Best non-slip jaw clips: Scunci, No-Slip Grip, $10
- Best for long hair: Gimme Beauty, Fine Hair Claw Clips (Pack of 2), $9
- Best jumbo: Owiizi, Large Claw Clips, $8
- Best splurge: Crown Affair, The Clips, $54
What to look for when buying claw clips for thin hair
Any time you pull your hair back, there’s a risk of damaging it, says celebrity hairstylist and founder of Phenix Salon Suites, Gina Rivera. However, if you opt for a claw clip, you’ll likely find that your strands feel less strained. That’s because they’re designed to contain and secure your hair without applying tension, the way so many hair ties do.
As for the kind of clips that are best for fine or thinning hair, Rivera says to opt for small hair clips. “A smaller claw clip is best for fine hair because it won’t slip as easily from the hair,” she explains, noting that larger clips tend to be too heavy for fine hair to support. “Additionally, since a smaller clip is likely lighter in weight, it will not place as much stress on the hair. This is especially important for fine and thin hair textures.” For thicker hair, consider these hair clips for thick hair and giant hair clips.
Teleties might be best known for its coily hair ties, but in 2022, the brand launched its collection of hair clips and let me tell you: They’re good. No, actually, they’re the best. The clips—which are sold in three sizes—are designed with flexible plastic complete with bendable teeth, so the clips move with your hair instead of aggressively pulling against it. It’s because of this that the clips are fabulous for all-day wear, including at the gym. In fact, they’re the only claw clip I’ve ever used that actually stays put while running. Need I say more?
Of course, I’m not the only fan of these fantastic clips—Rivera is, too. In particular, she likes the tiny and medium sizes for fine hair. “They’re small and comfortable on the head, making them ideal for all types of occasions,” she says. “The tiny clip is a great clip for pulling small sections of the hair back when creating different looks.”
- Sold in three sizes
- Sold in 11 colors
- Designed with flexible plastic, so they never slip
- Has a strong hold for thin hair
- They sell out very quickly
Best Amazon find
If you have long, fine hair, the Framar Large Claw Clip is a great option. While marketed for thick hair, many shoppers report that the narrow barrel of the clip makes it ideal for containing long, fine locks. And celebrity hairstylist and DIY Expert for Sally Beauty, Gregory Patterson, agrees. “What I like about the Framar Claw Clip is its size and matte texture,” he says. “With fine hair and claw clips, it’s about finding a size that can accommodate and hold all of your hair [without it being so heavy that it falls out].”
The Framar clips fit the bill. “With finer hair textures you can create your French-Girl-esque rolls and secure the entire roll into one clip,” Patterson says. “The bonus here is that matte texture helps to add a friction to the texture so any slipping that you would normally experience from a more glossy polished clip would be minimized.”
- Very affordable
- Narrow barrel clip great for long, fine hair
- Matte finish
- Only sold in one size
- Only sold in one size
Best for curly, coily hair
As popular as claw clips are, hair-clamp clips are right up there—particularly for folks with fine curly, coily hair. “I love the PuffCuff for its intentional design and hold factor,” Patterson says, noting that it’s designed for curly/coily textures. “The PuffCuff is great for high-intensity activities for fine curly hair textures because you can get a lot of hair up and secured while minimizing damage from tension and removal.”
- Designed specifically for coily, curly hair
- Sold in black and clear
- Easy to use
- Can break with ultra-thick coils
You don’t have to spend beaucoup bucks for top-notch hair clips for fine hair. According to Rivera (and nearly 2,000 Amazon shoppers), the Scunci No Slip Jaw Clip is great for all-day wear. “This is a great clip because rubber teeth will help keep the clip from slipping without causing too much tension on the hair that could lead to damage,” Rivera explains.
The only downside is that some Amazon shoppers report that the retailer may send the non-rubberized version. Additionally, some shoppers say that the clips easily crack. But if you’re looking for a budget-friendly non-slip clip, you can’t go wrong with this Scunci duo
- Designed not to slip out of strands
- Squared silhouette for stronger hold
- Super affordable
- Ideal for all-day wear
- Can crack easily
- Only sold in one color combo
- Only sold in one size
If your goal is to pull your fine hair up in the most Instagrammable way, it’s time you add one (or a few) of the Machete Mini Claw Clips to your accessories arsenal. “These clips are extremely cute and perfect for fine hair,” says hairstylist Amy Chin. “Whether [you have] short, long, wavy, or curly [hair], this clip secures fine hair into place without tugging or damaging your beautiful locks.” Additionally, Chin says that the clips, which are made of Italian acetate, are very high-quality and extremely durable, so while they cost more, they’re absolutely worth it. “I also love how this brand offers a warranty on any of their pieces within that one year of purchase,” Chin says.
And one more thing: “These babies are compliment magnets, so beware ladies,” Chin exclaims.
- Beautiful design
- Sold in lots of colors and prints
- Work exceptionally well for half-up styles
Best gold clip
Looking for a metallic clip to dress up your office or special event ensemble? Rivera recommends the best-selling The Hair Edit Gold Loop Claw Clip. “This is a great clip not only for functionality but its creative design makes it an accessory piece that can add that extra something special to your style,” she says. “It’s beautiful to look at and functional as well. It’s a win/win.”
- More formal looking
- Stays in place
- Great for half-up styles
- Gentle on hair
- Slimmer silhouette will not hold as much hair
Best mini clips
Here we have my all-time favorite mini hair clips. I have bought more sets of these clips over the years than I care to admit. The reason? They’re sold in multi-color variety packs that make it fun to mismatch your hairstyle. I like to use them to pull back my face-framing strands and find that they work very well to do so since they’re lightweight. That said, since they’re glossy and my hair is super fine and straight, I find that they stay put best when I spray dry shampoo or dry texture spray into my strands before clipping them in.
I’m not the only fan of Anthro’s mini clips, BTW. Rivera is, too! She points out that the Aimee Claw Hair Clip Set ($24) is another great iteration of the itty-bitty clips, due to their delicate, lightweight design. “These are small clips that work great for half up half down styles plus they won’t slip so they are great for fine hair,” she says. “These come in a pack of 3 clips with unique fun designs so if wearing multiple clips at once is part of your style, this is the set for you.”
- Sold in sets
- Designed to be worn mismatched
- Works well for half-up styles
- The glossy nature makes them slip a bit
Best half-up clip
Generally speaking, classic long barrel claw clips are too heavy and too large for fine hair to work well with them. That’s what makes the Free People Fine Claw Clip so special. It’s long, but incredibly slim and lightweight, so it grabs plenty of hair and stays put in the process—hence why Chin is such a big fan. “Can we talk about how cute these are?!” she exclaims, pointing out that the slim grip and colorful design is giving retro vibes. “The closure is a smaller and tighter grip for fine, thinner hair. It really does a great job securing to the hair and tight to the head without any hairs falling out… She’s definitely is real cute on.”
FWIW: I agree! I have this clip in Orange/Turq and love that it lets me secure my hair into beautiful half-up and full styles that feel like there’s nothing in my hair—it’s that gentle and lightweight.
- Slim silhouette
- Thin hinge makes it ideal for fine hair
- Lots of teeth keep it in place
- Only sold in 3 colors
Best non-slip jaw clips
Tinier claw clips are great for styling and holding your hair up. Up-dos? No problem. Half and half? Also no problem. That’s all thanks to the no-slip, grip technology and interlocking teeth. What’s great about this pair is that you can wear them every day, or bring them to your next beauty appointment for a trim. Either way you use them, they’ll support your hair one strand at a time.
- Has no-slip, grip technology
- Interlocking teeth
- Can be used daily or for hair appointments
- Too small for some
Best for long hair
If you’ve got longer hair, chances are you’re going to need longer clips like Gimme Beauty’s Fine Hair Claw Clips. This duo—which comes in tan and black—is constructed to accommodate longer strands. What makes these great for thin, fine hair is the rubberized finish to prevent it from slipping. Twist, buns, and updos are all possible with Gimme Beauty!
- Has rubberized finish
- Comes in tan and black
- Longer clip
- Good value
- Not ideal for short hair
These French-design clips are great for creating easy hair styles, be it half-up looks or a low bun. The matte finish grips your locks and prevents them from slipping. Not only that, this pack of four delivers a strong hold, so you don’t have to worry about redoing your updo.
- Strong hold
- Matte finish
- Available in a variety of colors
If you’ve got extra coins, we’d recommend Crown Affair’s clips. This duo is handcrafted in France and has a rounded tip, sloping curve, and an added set of hidden teeth to lock in hair. Use them to create laidback hairstyle, or if you’re going for more va-va-voom looks, those are possible, too. Also nice? They’re not too wide or narrow, gripping the perfect amount of hair.
- Handcrafted in France
- Not too wide or narrow
Which clips are best for thin hair?
Raven Hurtado, stylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago, says that for fine, thin hair, smaller claw clips and plastic claw clips are best to hold up the hair. Not only do they hold thin hair in place, they prevent finer strands from slipping out unlike larger claw clips and metal claw clips, which are heavier.
Hurtado recommends Teleties hair clips because they’re “comfortable on the head and designed with flexible plastic for non-slip.”
How do I get my hair clip to stay in thin hair?
Hurtado’s secret to keeping a hair clip to stay in thin hair is by keeping the hair together. “To make a claw clip stay in longer, you can use a hair elastic or hair tie for more security,” she says.
Are claw clips good for thinning hair?
“Claw clips can be good for thin hair because you can achieve extra volume and fluff to your hairdo,” says Hurtado. To do this, you can grab bits of hair, section by section, and clip. Repeat for your desired look and volume.
Are metal claw clips good for thin hair?
Because metal claw clips are weighted and are larger, they could be too heavy for thin hair and slip out. “If you want to use a metal clip and have thin hair, try to look for a small metal claw clip that can hold up the hair,” says Hurtado.
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