Shop Our Favorite Claw Clips, the Throwback Accessory That Is Back in a Big Way

Create chic, easy styles with this timeless hair accessory.

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J. Crew Mini Claw Clip in Italian Tortoise
Photo: Courtesy of J. Crew

Here's the fun thing about trends: They're often cyclical. What was once all the rage a few decades ago is suddenly the piece of the moment—which is something you could say about claw clips. While these jaw-style pieces (they are held together with a flexible hinge and often feature combed teeth to enhance their grip) never truly went out of style (they were a '90s mainstay!), they are certainly experiencing a modern-day revival. It's easy to understand why: They make everyday updos so easy. Work them around a ponytail and you have an instant chignon-inspired style—or clip half your strands up for something a bit more effortless. Needless to say, these accessories are a must in your hair care kit, which is why we went ahead and curated some of the best-looking iterations on the market. Built to last, these claw clips meld function and form. You'll have them for years—and be able to pull them out when they experience yet another resurgence down the road.

Top Picks


Censtar Matte Banana Clips
Courtesy of Amazon

Build an instant claw clip collection by purchasing this set of 12, which boasts iterations in all kinds of fun colors, from rose pink to yellow.

Shop Now: Censtar Matte Banana Clips, $15.99 for 12,

Alexandre de Paris

Alexandre de Paris Langeur Hair Clip
Courtesy of Shopbop

Looking for a claw clip with a touch of cottagecore flair? We love this option's lavender plaid; pair it with a sundress for good measure.

Shop Now: Alexandre de Paris "Langeur" Hair Clip, $109,

J. Crew

J. Crew Mini Claw Clip in Italian Tortoise
Courtesy of J. Crew

If you have fine or short hair, a mini iteration might be best. These tiny tortoiseshell clips work well for half-up, half-down styles.

Shop Now: J. Crew Mini Claw Clip in Italian Tortoise, $22.50 for two,


Machete Midi Heirloom Claw in Sea Shell Checker
Courtesy of Machete

This Italian acetate piece will last a lifetime: It's double-walled, hand-screwed design is ultra sturdy.

Shop Now: Machete Midi Heirloom Claw in Sea Shell Checker, $35,

Emi Jay

Emi Jay Big Effing Hair Clip in Oasis
Courtesy of Revolve

Searching for a sustainable accessory? This checkered clip's acetate is biodegradable.

Shop Now: Emi Jay Big Effing Hair Clip in Oasis, $34,

Kristin Ess

Kristin Ess Curved Claw Clip in Curved
Courtesy of Target

We love this classic, curved iteration which can be used to create all types of styles.

Shop Now: Kristin Ess Curved Claw Clip in Curved $9.99,

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters Round Metal Claw Clip in Gold
Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

Do you have thick hair? If so, this barreled, extra-large clip is for you—it offers extra grip for heavy strands.

Shop Now: Urban Outfitters Round Metal Claw Clip in Gold, $12,


BP. Large Jaw Clip
Courtesy of Nordstrom

Just gather, twist, and clip—that's all you need to do create a chignon with these simple piece.

Shop Now: BP. Large Jaw Clip, $10,


Canitor Rectangular Jaw Clips
Courtesy of Amazon

The rectangular shape of this good-looking clip is so chic.

Shop Now: Canitor Rectangular Jaw Clips, $12.99 for four,


Anthropologie Resin Claw Hair Clip Set
Courtesy of Anthropologie

Make a statement with one of these resin-coated baubles, which are more like jewelry than hair accessories.

Shop Now: Anthropologie Resin Claw Hair Clip Set, $38,


Winona Irene Thistle Hair Claw
Courtesy of Madewell

Dainty and whimsical, this oblong hair claw features a paint thistle motif.

Shop Now: Winona "Irene Thistle" Hair Claw, $22,

Free People

Free People Fine Hair Claw in Ivory Cream
Courtesy of Free People

Comb accents and an elastic closure gives this ultra-skinny clip its grip.

Shop Now: Free People Fine Hair Claw in Ivory Cream, $24,

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