Boots Essentials Hair Grips are good old fashioned clips. My mother used to clip a ribbon into my hair with these type of clips back in the 1960s!
I also remember wearing them in my hair as a teenager when I had to keep my hair out of my eyes in school. I went to the sort of school where floppy fringes just weren't acceptable.
Nowadays there’s a much larger choice of hair clips to be found and so these hair clips are not something that I thought I would be buying in this day and age.
I don’t actually find them very easy to use and so when my own two daughters were growing up these weren't the type of hair grips that I chose to use very often on their hair.
Once my youngest daughter started attending a Saturday stage school some years ago and then appearing in stage shows and being entered in competitions we have had to have a good supply of these clips.
For singing competitions and shows the hair should be kept well back from the face keeping the eyes clear and in view.
These clips seem to be the choice of most singers and dancers.
For the past few years I have always bought a pack or two of these hair clips for a stocking present for both of my daughters. My younger daughter also uses them to style her hair for special hair styles but her main use for them is for stage shows. A pack of these doesn't last long because they tend to get lost or lent out back stage at shows.
Sometimes they are used on my hair when my daughter decides to curl or to straighten my hair on a mother and daughter’s night in.
Boots Essential Brown Hair Grips are priced at £1.49
As a woman with long hair I have many different packets of these, I forever loose them but they are so cheap to replace I am always grabbing a new pack. I currently have some of these in my handbag, I have kept some on the actual card so they are not falling around the inside of my handbag.
These grips are sold in three different colours, blonde, brown and black. My hair being a red colour, the brown ones are the nearest to my natural colour. Unlike most hair grips these are not designed for decoration but to blend in with the hair while gripping and holding it into position.
I love these grips, you can by a bobby style grip from many stores but some are better quality then others, these are quite matt where as many are very shiny, I find the colour on these is more natural but also stays on longer than on many of the cheaper ones.
To use you basically separate the two sides a little with your fingers then slide into place so they are gripping the hair as you want it and they will stay in place thanks to the ridges.
These can also be used to keep hats and bands in place, I find they work really well to clip wool hats onto my head in the winter if I am out for a while and its windy.
I have never counted how many you get on the card but its enough to get me through about 4 months before I need to buy more.
A strip of these in boots is really cheap costing only £1.49
I have no problems suggesting these to anyone, they are so handy and really a must have for anyone with long hair.
I have big curly hair which at times can be a pain to keep neat when put up in a bun or a ponytail, especially when I go to work. I regularly shop in boots since it's my favourite drugstore, and I decided to try out brown hair grips. At £1.49 I feel is a very price especially for the amount you get in the pack. After I bought the hair grips I tried out an up do style straight away and I loved it , my hair was kept in place and kept neat. I use the grips everyday I go to work and go out for a special occasion and I recommend them to all my friends and family. The only disadvantage I would say is that sometimes my hair can get caught in the hair grips by that shouldn't put anyone off from buying them since the price is a bargain.
When it comes to styling my hair, I do find that no matter how I put it up I often get a few fly aways that come out of my hair clip and fall around my face. As a result I am regularly buying hair grips and one such brand that I have used a lot of over the years are these Boots Essentials grips. When looking in Boots for a new set of these grips over the weekend, I liked the fact that they came in two colour choices those being a slightly gold tone for blond hair and brown grips for darker hair and as a result I purchased the brown colour as I hoped these would blend in to my hair tone.
The grips are presented on a blue section of cardboard with text at the top to tell you that these are part of the Boots Essentials range. Each grip is slid onto the card in a slight groove ensuring that they stay neatly housed in between uses. I find the presentation of these hair grips excellent as the cardboard is a neat way of housing the grips after each use and ensures that I always know where to find them rather than having them distributed around the house as and when I have removed them from my hair. You get 30 hair grips in a set and this is adequate in my opinion for a number of uses and ensures that when I want to create curls without a heated appliance I have enough grips to secure the little knots of hair over my head.
To use these grips is really a case of sliding them off as and when they are needed and slightly opening the head of the grip to slide it over the section of hair which requires controlling. The head of these grips is coated in a soft finish and this ensures that they do not snag in my hair when they are put in and pulled out and do not scratch my scalp if I accidentally push them in too hard. The colour of these particular grips is a medium shade of brown and I find that this ensures that when in my hair is put up they are practically invisible to sight.
In terms of the durability of these hair grips I have to say that they are much better than others I have used in the past. They do not bend out of shape very easily and therefore are great at retaining a tight grip on my hair for use after use. The only time that I do find the shape of them a problem is when I use them on a particularly large section of hair at which point the sides do begin to be pulled out of shape, however having thirty in a pack I simply throw the misshapen grip away and replace it on a smaller section of hair.
These grips cost £1.49 at Boots making them around 5p per grip. Although they are not the cheapest option of hair grips around I still feel this is a good price to pay particularly considering their quality and colour options.
As a result of this review I would have to recommend these hair grips and as a result they score an excellent five stars.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
My hair isn't very well behaved so when tied back I get fly away pieces and bits falling down. When down it'll stick up in places just to drive me mad I'm sure. I've used hair grips or bobby pins as my granddaughter calls them, to tame my hair for quite a while now.
The bobby pins are made of metal and are very small and thin and slide into your hair easily to hold stray hairs down. One side is smooth and flat, the other is ridged though I'm not sure why, they're all the same. They come in black, brown and blonde so you're able to make them less noticeable in your hair. You get about 25 pins on a cardboard slide for £1.49 at boots which isn't the cheapest but they are good quality.
The grips are good for pinning an unruly fringe to one side, securing hair styles I.e with a hair donut and just keeping stray hairs tidy. I rarely go out without having a couple of these taming my hair.
Although these grips are a bit more expensive than some others, they're worth he extra bit as the small bobble on the end doesn't break off. If you've ever used a bobby pin that doesn't have the end on, you'll now it scratches your head and pulls your hair so to have better pins that don't break is a bonus.
My only issues with these pins is their ability to disappear. I seem to buy lots of them but when I'm really in need I can't find one anywhere. I don't know where they all go but I'm sure they grow legs and run off. My other issue is finding them in the washing machine. I always take them and pin them on my collar or sleeve for use later and they end up in the washing machine clinking around.
Aside from my own mistakes, these bobby pins are brilliant and can change the way your hair looks for a very small price. Plus, you get 4 points on your advantage card when you buy them which is always nice :)
*Boots essentials hair grips*
I am forever using bobby pins (as my mum calls them!) in my hair, either to fix fly aways or do something a bit more impressive. Last year I was a bridesmaid along with my cousins and we fixed our dos with hundreds of these bobby pins. Since then I have always made sure to buy a pack when I am out.
Unfortunately it's as easy to lose hairgrips as it is to use them. I have found them in the hoover and once under the spacebar of my boyfriend's laptop! How do they get under there?
Anyway I usually get them from the chemist's when I pick up a perscriptions as they are around 99p there but this time I went and bought some from Boots when I was in town. At the chemist's these are around 99p. Boots are more like £1.50 for around the same amount. I didn't count but I imagine there would be 50 on a packet. So essentially each grip is 3p.
The grips are metal and have a kind of ridge that helps it go into your hair and stay there. The metal ends have a kind of plastic blob on the end to protect your fingers and scalp. Also they are brown so if you have dark hair these will be mostly hidden. I have dark hair right now but I am naturally blonde and when I am back to my natural colour as i do sometimes these don't look out of place in my lighter hair.
I find these are great for updos or general hair maintenance but they aren't really any better than the 99p no-brand ones honestly.
Boots essentials hair grips:
I used to always buy my hair grips in discount stores but more often than not they would only stock black ones that would stick out like a sore thumb in my medium brown hair. I started buying them in boots at £1.49 for a pack of 30 so they worked out at 5p a per grip. I was stunned to see how hidden they were in my hair as they aren't shiny like most grips are and they held very well. These grips are the biggest pain in the bum for losing. I must buy a pack of these every 2-3 months as my house seems to eat them. I will put them down somewhere and then go back to get them and they have disappeared. I keep a handful of these in my handbag for when I get caught in the rain and need to clip my hair up to stop the frizz taking over and I usually style my hair with these everyday.
Using them in my hair:
I use these hair grips for all sorts of hair pinning. I have a centre parting and will plait the front of my hair either side and clip it up at the back making it look like a plaited halo which looks nice. People always thing I look a bit folk/hippy with this hair. The grips are very strong and hold this in place really well. I have thick curly hair and these grips are probably the only ones I have used which never lose their shape. When I would buy them at discount stores, they wouldn't be tight enough or would just slip straight out and feel too loose. These ones feel very sturdy and I don't need to worry about my hair falling out of place. I have also used these when using a donut (for buns). I grip the straggly hairs into the donut to keep it in place and they work perfectly for my needs.
Whatever you need grips for, I definitely recommend you try these from Boots. They have worked really well for me since I started using them. Just by looking at them and feeling them you can see the quality is far more superior than the cheaper packs. I now choose quality over quantity when it comes to grips as after trying these, I definitely won't be going back to any other brand. I just need to keep them all in one place now and stop losing them!. Obviously these are best for people with brown hair but can be bought it black or blonde too for the same price.
These are only available in Boots stores for £1.49. If you have an advantage card for this store, you can collect 4 points on this purchase which is worth 4p. I give these 5/5 stars for being such a helpful and useful product. I have already converted a few friends to these are they were complaining for the poor quality of some grips and after they borrowed mine or bought their own, they noticed the different of how good they are. If you use grips often then you should definitely give these a try!
Thanks for reading my review!
My hair is quite long at the moment and it has grown nicely over the past year or so. I like to wear my hair up some days and especially when the weather is hot like it has been recently. I use hair grips to grip my hair in place so it doesn't fall onto my face etc. I bought these grips because I had bought the blonde ones and thought I would give these a go too.
The grips come on a purple sleeve and the grips can be taken from the sleeve and replaced again if need be. I just take them all off the sleeve and place them into a plastic tub where I like to store my grips so I know where to find them when I need them.
The grips are quite strong and very easy to place into the hair, they are very easy to unclip and simply pull from the hair at the end of the day or whenever you want to take them out of your hair. These grips hold my hair in place really well and don't part when in my hair. These are quite sturdy grips and don't bend easily when pinning the hair in place.
I use them to pin my fringe back sometimes so that it isn't falling into my face and when it is really hot I know my fringe will stay in place until I am ready to take the grips from my hair.
They feel really comfy in my hair and don't feel too tight but I can feel a firm grip but it isn't that tight feeling when grips may tend to feel they are jabbing into the head. These just feel soft in my hair and extremely comfortable.
They are brown glossy grips, I have blonde hair and I find these grips don't look too out of place against my colour hair, I don't use these grips when I am going out anywhere special but I do like to use them when at home during the day and not too fussed who may come visit me.
I use them to grip back my hair at the side of my face when I wear my hair in a pony tail and the sides of my hair keep falling down my face, these grips just hold the sides of my hair back really well and do a good job.
I think these grips are ideal if you have darker hair than I do and are wanting to blend the grips into your hair and them not being too apparent they are in your hair. I think they would blend really well for darker hair.
There are 30 grips on the card and I think this is a huge amount for the price of just £1.49. I think this is an excellent value price for strong grips and the amount you get for this price.
They would be suitable for teenagers to use for gripping their hair in place when at school or college or university etc. I think they are cheap and affordable for students to buy and to save some money if they are constantly losing grips as I am, I constantly lose grips but I don't know where they actually land up sometimes and I am sure we have all experienced losing grips.
They are fab ones to use if you like to experiment with hair styles like I often do now my hair is longer. The grips easily can be gripped over each other if you find you need to use a lot of them in one area. I experimented with them when my friend came over a few weeks ago and we were having a girlie day together. She placed my hair into a bun and used these grips to place around the bun area to tuck it around my hair band. They did a really good job of holding the bun in place and it didn't come from my hair until I took the grips from my hair at the end of the day.
I really do recommend these grips if you are looking for ones which hold hair in place and are sturdy enough to hold thick or thinner hair. I have quite thick hair and they hold my hair in place nicely and in the way I expect grips to work being a shops own brand. These cheaper grips work extremely well for holding hair in place in my opinion.
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I give these grips 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
I decided upon buying the boots own hair grips as i have very long hair which gets in the way a lot, and this product really did help with this. The grips are standard of what you'd expect for this sort of thing, plastic and neutral colored. However, they weren't particularly strong, the plastic bent a bit under my thick hair, and they were a bit on the cheaply made side. However, the price of them is pretty reasonable, a lot cheaper than other branded hair products, and this reflected the quality. Also, if you have a boots card you can earn 4 points per pound on this. Overall, i liked the colour, it blended in with your hair, and for small jobs they worked well, yet if you need a lot of strength in your grips then choose a metal version of these. Try them out though, and see whats good for you.
I really like to try shops and supermarkets own brand of products. Sometimes they are just as good as the more expensive branded products but of course sometimes it is better to pay a little bit extra and buy the well-known brand. Boot's essentials is a really good own brand to try especially when it comes to items like hair grips.
As far as I am concerned hair grips are just the same no matter how much you spend so I don't see why I should spend a fortune to buy them when Boot's do them for not a lot of money. The only thing which I have to have when it comes to hair grips is that they be made of metal as plastic ones just snap when I have tried to use them in my hair previously.
These costs £1.49 from Boot's and are brown coloured to blend in with brown hair. I use these for my fringe, when I have my hair up and basically just to keep it out of my face when it needs a cut and is too long. These work absolutely fine and are a good quality, no matter how much hair I try to put in them they grip it really well and keeps it in place.
They also don't weaken after being used. Sometimes with grips they widen too much and stop gripping hair but these just ping back into place when you take them out of your hair.
The brown colour does a good job of making them less noticeable in my hair. I can still see them though when I use a lot of them but this is to be expected when using grips. I also think they are just a tiny bit long as they do poke out when I am using them even when I have tried to hide them in my hair.
Grips are an essential thing when you have long hair and need some help with keeping it off your face and these are just as good as any other grips that I have used and are strong and durable and are really good value for money.
I have medium length mid brown coloured hair but it has choppy bits which fall in front of my face a lot of the time. I buy Boots essential hair grips to cope with the problem and they always work really well for me. They cost one pound forty nine which is an okay price for thirty grips.
The main reason I buy these ones as opposed to any other type is because the quality is good, they are pretty hard wearing and they grip onto the annoying little straggly bits which I have at the front of my hair.
They do also come in a choice of two colours, one for lighter hair and then these brown ones for hair my colour. They grip even the smallest bits of annoying hair and as they are a good colour match, its difficult to spot them whenever I wear them, which I prefer.
I do lose them frequently and so I have to keep on buying more to replace them which is a bit of a pain.
They are good value though and last ages without losing their grip.
I have a bit of an issue with my hair. Basically if I could get it to stay one length forever, I would keep it short, so I wouldn't have to keep getting it cut to keep it out of my eyes/ears/face. Really, I don't like having hair that gets in the way. So I already have a short hair cut which has now become known as a 'pixie' cut, a style I have had since I was about 8 years old, but I never have a fringe cut as I prefer to pin the hair at the front back to keep it away from my eyes and face as it grows.
I can never have too many hair grips, partly because my toddler regularly gets hold of them and loses them, or pulls them out of my hair to put in her own - and loses them, and partly because when I really need one I can never seem to find one, so I keep stashes in various places including my jewellery chest and my handbag!
The Boots Essentials brown hair grips are only £1.49, but I admit to having bought a few packs already this year so I have spent far more on them than I should have. On the other hand I can usually use my Advantage Card points to pay for them so they don't really cost me that much. I have a set of black grips in the Essentials range too, but I've never tried the hair grips for blonde hair as my hair is a browny-black colour. It is quite dark in colour but in summer - as in the current heatwave - it does get much lighter so that is when I switch to using the brown grips that I am reviewing here.
These Boots hair grips are a basic design but they are also quite strong and durable. I have very thick hair but they keep it pinned back out of my face without any problems. Now that the weather has heated up I often wear a sunhat outdoors and I have never had a problem with grips falling out or moving around in my hair, which is testament to their strength and efficiency. The ends are blunted so that you don't stab your head every time you put one in. I usually use two on each side of my hair to keep it out of my face, but sometimes I use more, like if I am handwashing something and need to bend over the washing bowl for a while to do so.
I have paid more for fancier hair grips when I've needed them and a Boots store hasn't been available to me, and I can honestly say that these Essentials hair grips are the best I have come by so far. They stay in shape, they stay in the hair, and they basically last until I lose them. Only a few times have the blunted ends come off the end of the grips which has made them unusable as they have sharp ends beneath, but this has really only happened when a hair grip has been stepped on or something like that.
These hair grips are easy to put in, take out, and do not damage your hair. I have noticed though when I have used a powerful conditioner and my hair is particularly shiny, they have had a tendency to move around in my hair, but usually the solution to this is gripping more hair with them to ensure a secure hold. The brown grips are a dark brown colour that is easily hidden by thick hair, which they are in mine, but since I wear them at the front they are visible and I think they add a nice natural touch to my hair, rather than standing out like other, lighter coloured hair grips do.
I am happy with this product and I will continue to buy Boots Essentials hair grips, at least until they invent a pill that I can take to stop my hair from growing..
5 stars from me.
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I am a quiff wearer! Nothing to big and bold like Amy Winehouse, just a little poof at the front of my head. I use four grips every day to create this style and I have been wearing my hair this way four a number of years now. When I decide to change my hair style I always have comments from people about how they preferred my hair with a quiff. So back by popular demand came my quiff. Over the past couple of years I would estimate that I have been through 1000+ hair grips and I have also lost, snapped or thrown away 1000+ hair grips. I have a love hate relationship with hair grips, I find a pack of grips which I love and I loose them all, so I buy a different brand and they bend out of shape straight away and I hate them!
I decided to try these grips from Boots because I was running low. These cost me £1.49 for 30 grips. They came on a purple, cardboard sleeve. There was brown, black and blonde colours to choose from, I purchased brown as I have dark brown hair. £1.49 is normally more than I would usually pay for grips, but I was hoping that the extra money would mean that they are better quality.
Each grip has a plastic little bobble on the end which protects the scalp when placing them in the hair. I have used grips in the past which did not have this protective bobbles and they were quite painful to insert into my hair. The grip feels strong and when I pull it apart to place it in my hair it quickly bends back to its original shape. Once I have inserted four grips my hair feels like it is secure and it stays in place all day.
These grips are probably the best grips, in terms of strength and durability, I have used. I would recommend these grips and I will be buying these again next time I am in Boots. I am going to give these grips 5 out of 5 Dooyoo stars.
Boots Essentials Brown Hair Grips.
I have long thick hair and often have trouble keeping my hair in place because it is quite heavy. I always have a stash of hair grips in my hair supplies drawer because I am constantly needing them, and they can become quite elusive to find, I lose so many.
Whenever I go into town I always buy a few packs usually from cheap beauty stores or even pound land. However the other day I was in boots, I don't usually go in there but thought as I was without the kids, which doesn't happen all that often, I would have a wander around. I saw these and decided I would buy a pack. they are a little more expensive than I usually pay as they cost around £1.50 for about thirty grips, I usually pay about £1 for 100. They are brown metal grips with plastic bobbles on the end of the metal that both stops the grip from hurting you while being put into your hair, they also help the grip to slide smoothly into place.
The grips are fairly tight which is good as I have found that often the cheaper ones can loosen after a few uses. The fact that these are brown is great because I have dark brown hair and they subtly and discretely keep your hair in place. The ones I usually purchase are black and are slightly more obvious in my hair.
You can create an amazing amount of hair styles using the grips, I generally use it to hold in place loose pieces of hair when my hair is in a pony tail, but have used grips to create buns and fancy hair twists for evenings out. They are strong and hold the hair in place with ease and comfort. They also hold your hair in place in order to use hairspray and can be removed when hair is dry.
I found these grips to be very good and far better than the cheaper options that I usually buy and will be my grip of choice from now on. They are strong and discrete and it's what a grip needs to do. they are very good value for money and well worth a try.
I often like to experiment with different hairstyles and hairgrips are an essential item in my bathroom although it never ceases to amaze me how many I end up losing! Now, at last, I think I have found the perfect ones which not only do the job in hand but are also easy to store and therefore not lose.
The hairgrips are neatly packed on cardboard so it is easy to access them as well as storing them. They cost me £1.49 for a pack of 30 which, although costing more than most, are well the extra because they are such good quality and are designed in a practical way. They seemed to be available in brown, black and blonde which was a little disappointing as I am a redhead - hint hint to Boots! The colour is not actually a problem for me as they are hidden from view.
I am sure these hairgrips are similar to the Bobby Pins that used to be around years ago? I presume this name refers to the style of pin which has bobbles at the end which prevent you scraping the scalp or damaging the hair. The bobble bits also allow them to smoothly glide through the hair whilst the good quality rigid part of the grip means the hair stays in place much more securely than cheaper brands of hairgrip.
Until recently I had long hair which sometimes drove me crazy so I used to grip it up when doing household chores or slobbing around but now my hair is in a bob I still use the grips for keeping my fringe out of my eyes when using keyboard or doing crafting - a site to behold I can assure you! My friend used some the other day when she was struggling to adjust her wedding hat and my daughter used some to secure her graduation hat - both were surprised at how good they were at doing the job.
In conclusion therefore I will be awarding a well deserved 5 stars for these due to their neat and practical design and useful packaging. Recommended!