Hair Claws Do Work In The Hot New Half-Up Style. Here’s How To Do It
This weekend I was startled to come across a picture of Hillary Clinton attending a UN event last year (captured by The Huffington Post) with her hair done in a shocking quiff-with-a-hair-claw style.
It is easy to assume that the half-up should never be done ever with a hair claw, but like most things, it’s all in the execution. This is why a hand-held mirror should be a woman’s best friend (after her diamonds … so, I guess that means it should be her second best friend).
Use your mirror, ladies! Check your profile before leaving the bathroom and you’ll always look great.
Inspired by Hillary’s haste (turns out she had been swimming and found she was running late for her UN reception), I have gone through the right way to use hair claws to make yourself a half-up or half-back.
(Feel free to click on the pictures to enlarge them. I know they’re a bit hard to see in this small format.)
Hair Claw, The “Hillary” Style
This Half-Up Is Too Severe From The Side
I recreated Hillary’s style using what should have been a more appropriately sized claw, our Classic Mini claw in Silver Shell, which tones in with my hair.
From the front, I look like I just created a sort of quiff, which looks okay. But I pulled the hair from over my ears into the style which is where it started to go wrong for me.
From the side, this does two unattractive things. It show off my less-than-shell-like ears and my lovely (not) jowly jawline.
A Better Quiff Using A Hair Claw
Keep A Few Wispy Bits To Soften Your Quiff Style
Using Less Hair Prevents “Clumping” Behind Your Head
Still using a very small hair claw, I only pulled back the bits of hair I really needed to create a quiff.
This stops your hair “clumping” behind your head and leaves more movement in your hair to soften the lines around your face.
More Hair Around My Face Softens My Profile
You can see that the hair falls more evenly at the back of my head, while my profile is much more gentle. Even better, I don’t look like I’m about to go wash my face, which is the effect Hillary’s style had.
The downside, shown in this picture, of using even a small claw in a quiff is that the height of your quiff competes with the height of your hair behind the claw.
This is almost approaching a Faux-hawk style, which is very on-trend, but only if you have a Fashionista personal style. You need to be rocking the outfit (or rocking your personality!) to carry off this look.
Evolving The Hair Claw Half Up Style
The More Classic Half-Back Style
Still using our Classic Mini Hair Claw, I gave up on quiffing and just took small sections of hair from the sides.
You can add volume to your crown by bouffing your hair properly, or just lifting your hair at the roots around the crown to give your head a more rounded shape.
Personally, I don’t think this looks great on me because I have such a long face. Taking back the sides of my hair just emphasises this length.
A Small Hair Claw Finishes This Style Nicely
From the back, you can see that having sectioned off the hair from the sides, there is a pretty layering.
I do see this style a lot at the moment, with people using elastics to hold their hair. The main problem I have with this is often the elastics themselves are a bit scabby and grotty looking, but worse, if you use a thin elastic it can damage your hair.
Using a small hair claw is infinitely more gentle on your hair, and easier to take out or re-do if you need to during the day.
Choosing Hair Claws That Are The Right Size
I wanted to show you what happens when you use a hair claw that is bigger than you need to create this style.
The Hair Claw Is Much Too Big For My Style
First, I used our Swarovski Banded hair claw, which for a French Pleat looks stunning.
But in a half up that isn’t to the same scale as the size of this claw, you can see the hair just gets pulled in too severely and ends up bushing out at the back.
First you need too much hair to fill up the claw, all that hair gets clumped together, and the cascade down below the claw isn’t as elegant as it could be.
The Generous Half Back Style Using Hair Claws
An Example Of A Generous Half Up Style
Larger hair claws can look lovely in a half back style, but just keep in mind that the overall shape of your style needs to be in scale.
Here I’ve done my current favourite Generous Half Back style, which is almost like a half ponytail, with the hair claw worn near the nape of your neck.
The hair claw I’ve used in this first picture is our new, just in Crevee hair claw in Mint Green, which I’ll talk about again down below.
The Safari Claw In The Generous Half Up
Another claw that looks lovely, but which is slightly larger is our Safari hair claw.
As you can see, a pretty decorative hair claw can really work well in this style without looking overly casual.
You could easily wear your hair like this, with the right claw, for an evening out.
The Classic Half Up Style With A Larger Hair Claw
Side View Of Bouffed Hair Using The Safari Claw
You can also make your hair bigger so that the scale of the claw you want to use works with the style.
In this example I’ve boosted the volume of my hair around the top and back of my head so that the claw doesn’t dominate the look.
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