How To Use Side Combs in Your Hair

Side Comb Kate Upton Wavy Downdo HairstyleSide combs, in case you’re unaware (as I was), are those clips with a comb attached to them that some women may know best from their being attached to wedding veils in bridal hairstyles. But side combs are more than just veil clips – they’re also an awesome and versatile hairstyling tool.

But how do you use them, really? I got a pack to play around with and I gotta admit, at first I was confused. But here’s an easy way to start:

How to Use Side Combs in Your Hair

  1. Hold the comb so the curve bows out toward your face. As in:
    Your Face (
    ) Your Face

    Here, I just drew it for you.

  2. Comb into the section of hair you want to be pulled back.
  3. When you get just past the point where you want the comb to sit, flip the comb so it curves down toward your scalp, like a frowny face.
  4. Push the comb forward toward your scalp and wiggle it gently into place until it’s secure in your hair.

Side Comb Rockabilly RedheadIf you’re anything like me, after reading that your mind is blown. I finally get the way girls use those cool decorative combs in their hair.

The cool thing about side combs is you can use them either to add volume in a rockabilly style or to make a style sleeker. There are lots of options, so let go and get creative.

Have you ever played with side combs?

7 thoughts on “How To Use Side Combs in Your Hair”

  1. Thanks, I needed yet another reason to hate Kate Upton today…
    Seriously though, this is cool – I honestly never knew how to use those things so I learned something today!

  2. Thank you so much! This is a WAY easier way to work the ’40’s hairstyles than just plain ol’ bobby pins! They were super cheap at the grocery store, too–though I plan to get some nicer, prettier ones someday, now that I realize how awesome they are. (:

  3. How do you keep from getting that little ‘rooster tail’ of hair sticking out? I always get a tiny bit of hair the flips out on the bottom end of the comb. I HATE this.

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