Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Because I Just Can't Let This Go

Okay People.

I will be honest with you. I can admit that I have a somewhat obsessive personality. Sometimes its just whatever, and sometimes its really hard to deal with. Something gets under my skin and it just itches and itches and ITCHES until--I don't know--I've scratched it until it bleeds? (Thats metaphorical. I don't actually scratch an itch until it bleeds. Usually.)

So I've talked before of the addictive qualities of Pinterest. One of the things I've seen repinned quite a few times is this one lady's hairstyles. So I clicked on the link and started browsing through her hair blog. When I came upon this post.

Let me just preface this by saying, NO I am not a professional hair stylist. So YES, maybe I should just keep my mouth shut-- BUT I can't. In my defense I've been using bobby pins for a LONG time. I've done countless prom hairstyles, I've done people's hair for fun events, weddings--for both bridesmaids and BRIDES. I DO know something about hair and bobby pins whether I went to school for it or not (besides I'm POSITIVE there is not a section on the correct side of bobby pins...).

ANYWAY, if you didn't read the post, she says the the CORRECT way to wear bobby pins is the wavy side down. Where she came up with that is beyond me. Look at the package, the wavy side is UP. Why would they put it that way if it wasn't supposed to go that way in the first place? There is a little thing on the end of the wavy side that sticks up, why would you stick that into your head? It works to stick your thumbnail under that thing and open the pin up, you couldn't do it the other way. If you look at any product that has something stuck to a bobby pin, its on the WAVY side. Indicating that that is the RIGHT SIDE UP.


Okay. So now, IF she had said "Hey peeps, do you have a hard time keeping a bobby pin from sliding out your hair?! Guess what?! Put it in upside down and it works so much better at staying put! Awesome huh?!" I would have been like: cool beans.

Its just the fact that she said its SUPPOSED to go that way, it was MADE to go wavy down. Then I start reading the comments, SURE that someone was going to say, UM NO. And of course not, there are hundreds of people with their "minds blown they've been doing it wrong their WHOLE life!!!" and I don't know why it bothers me but it SO DOES.

So I left a comment. Just basically saying what I told you in a much shorter version, like: just needed to say, bobby pins really *are* meant to be zigzag side up, if you'd meant it as a tip to help people I would think thats great but it bothers me to say its wrong to put them in the other way...kind of thing.

And she left a comment back, saying in her professional experience everyone who does hair does it zigzag down and it works so much better, but keep doing it the way I feel like...


And so I went and looked at pictures of people with their hair done up where you can see the bobby pin, and you know what?! I COULDN'T FIND ONE where it wasn't zigzag side up. Huh. Interesting. (This is from Goody's website and this one too...AND also there's this...and I may have possibly looked up more...)

And so I replied again. Saying that it wasn't about what works better, it was about the wording of which way was actually correct. I also told her I thought she did great hair and I thought it was great she shared tutorials on how to do hair--because I'm not a total jerk.

So please, PLEASE validate me. Not whether or not it works better either way but do you think Goody made bobby pins to go zigzag side up in your hair or zigzag side down? (I don't trust big blog mindless readers who will comment on every stinking post with "I LOVE IT! THATS THE MOST BRILLIANT THING I'VE EVER SEEN!"even if its the stupidest thing I've ever read in my life, just because that blog is popular and they want them to like them. I DO trust you guys, who are awesome and honest. So do the right thing and tell me I am actually correct and she's a big fat doodie head.) ;)

Also, yes I know this is incredibly pathetic and ridiculous. I KNOW. But like I said, I can't stop scratching until it bleeds, so this is what I have to do to feel better, alright? help me.


  1. Okay. She is CRAZY. Seriously. Bobby pins HURT to put them in zig-zag way down! Also - the flat side is meant to be the bottom side. Seriously. I've done hair for myself a bazillion times as a ballerina and for myself and sisters for Prom. And honestly....it's just better, easier and MORE CORRECT to do it zig-zag way up. Sigh. this is me validating you. I think you're totally in the right - especially when it comes to the original blogger's wording. who is she to decide which way is the "correct" way to use bobby pins? punk face. ;) (fyi - I've been a long-time follower. I'm just a lurker. You're awesome. and hilarious.)

  2. I don't wear bobby pins. However, I'm sure if I did, YOU would be right and I'd wear them wavy side out.

  3. My SIL was a hair dresser and use to do my MIL's hair and always did the zigzag side out.

  4. I have a bobby pin in right now, holding hair in place for my ponytail. I just stick it straight into my head. That way, I don't have to worry about this debate.

  5. Why is it that you always have a way of cracking me up? I just love you!

    Anyway, I agree with you... she is a big fat doodie head. And yes, YOU are correct! Why would you want the pointy end poking your head all day long anyway???? That's just stupid! I'm on your side.

  6. You're right. She's wrong.
    You're smart. She's dumb.
    You're big. She's small.

    And that's that. :)

  7. never heard of such a thing...wavy side down. NEVER....makes no sense.
    just do it the way you always do it. Maybe she was high on meth or something. (tee,hee)
    My daughter is a hair dresser and doesn't put the wavy side down.
    but, after all, it's just a bobby pin. Do it however you like, right??

  8. Bahahahaha!

    Okay, whoa.

    Breathe in, breathe out...

    (Sorry, still laughing...)

    She's retarded. that's right, the very "PC" retarded. The good old fashioned, "Say it to your third grade best friend in 1983" retarded. And the fact that it's making you so bent out of shape is making me giggle.

    Because you're right...

    ...but I have a confession...

    ...I wear them her way. The "wrong" way. They won't stay in when I wear them "wavy up"!

    But you're right. Super duper 100% very very VERY right and I'm wrong. And so is she.

    And I LOVE YOU for being so crazy mad over the whole debacle. Horribly irrational and super cute and I love love love that you're out to educate all of us. Because I do this on a VERY REGULAR BASIS. I have to be right and you're GOING to hear about it and the fact that there's two of us in the world makes my heart warm and fuzzy and oozy.

    Love. You.

  9. Who knew that it mattered!?

    "There's no wrong way to eat a Reeses."

  10. Gee Heather, it obviously mattered to me. Passionately, if you couldn't tell. :)


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