Kirby Grips as we know them in the UK are referred to as Bobby Pins in the USA as they were invented in the 1920s at the same time as the Bob hairstyle specifically for the Bob hairstyle. Both terms “bobbie pin” and “Kirbigrip” were originally trademark names until they found themselves in general use.
Photo: Dancer Irene Castle was the Bob trendsetter who started it all by cutting her hair for practicality in 1915.
Kirby Grips come in natural hair colours as well as bright colours. They can be plain or bedazzled with jewels and sparkles. You can turn a plain Kirby grip into a stylish fashion accessory by wearing it in unusual and innovative ways.
Here’s a small selection of Kirby grips available from Tegen Accessories:
Above: Vintage Style Coloured Flower on Metal Kirby Grip
Above: Pair Of Crystal Clear Daisy Kirby Grips by Rosie Fox
Above: Handmade Bird Hair Slide by Lady Muck of Whitstable.
We also stock the everyday, natural hair coloured Kirby grips but how fab are these neon ones featured below?
Neon Kirby Grips are a great way to add a splash of colour to any outfit. They’re quick and easy to style and can make a plain outfit appear more fun and fresh.
Bright Neon Kirby Grips 4.5cm Available from Tegen Accessories in store and online.
Photo Above Left: American Actress and Pop Singer Katharine McPhee on Day 1 of NBC Universal’s ’2013 Winter TCA Tour’ at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena.
Over 90 years old and they're still going strong, the Bobby Pin/Kirby Grip is an essential item for any girl’s styling arsenal. From Toddler to Granny, the Kirby Grip has never let us down. May we continue to find them stuck in the hoover, scattered over our bedroom floors, in pockets everywhere and cherished by all for centuries to come.