This page is about barrettes: what they are, how they work, why they fail, and care instructions. The information here will be useful for anyone interested in purchasing a barrette from Kisatchie Studio. We’ll help you get the right size. We’ll also help you understand why a barrette may not be a good choice. Reading this information will help you to be confident in your purchase and happy with your selections.
Kisatchie Studio barrettes out on the trail
What is a barrette?
A barrette is a tool to hold hair with 2 parts, a clip and base. The clip does the work and the base is the artistic side, or the side that you see. Both parts do important work. Barrette clips are designed to hold hair in a flat manner. Clips don’t work on a huge bun or wad of hair. Remember, a barrette is a tool, and tools that are used properly will last a long time. Any tool that is used improperly will fail, no matter how well it is made.
Barrette won't close on bun
Why clips fail - they won't bend around a wad
Clips are made of metal with 2 or more pieces. Modern French clips have 2 pieces and Chinese clips have 3. The clip is curved and has a hinged bar that snaps into place. Tabs are squeezed to release the hinged bar. The clip is attached to the base, most often with glue, screws, or metal tabs.
At Kisatchie Studio we only use French clips in 70mm (2 ¾ inches) and 80 mm (3 1/8 inches). Most hair will fit into these sizes. In our opinion, French Clips are the best. The 2 piece construction is simple and strong. Once the hinged bar is snapped in place, it stays in place until taken off. What makes it a French clip? It’s made in France and says so in large letters for everyone to see.
The base of a barrette is the part that you see. It’s the artistic side of the tool. Kisatchie Studio barrettes are all hand made from glass. The clip must be glued on. The glass is ground or sand blasted to make a very rough surface for the glue to grip. This glass is sturdy and the glue is very strong.
They come in sizes…..really.
As mentioned above, we use 70mm (2 ¾ inches) and 80 mm (3 1/8 inches) clips. Use common sense here. More hair wants a larger clip. Is the barrette a gift and you don’t know what size to order? Maybe you’ve never purchased a barrette and all of this is news. Here are some helpful ideas:
- If the person already wears barrettes, ask what size. If this is supposed to be a surprise, then have fun and make a game of it. Or, get a ruler and measure one of the clips from end to end. That is the size needed.
- No barrettes in the house, but you know someone would just love to have one? That’s a little harder, but not impossible. Use these household items for comparison. A medium size Arrow shirt sleeve will hold a 70mm clip nicely. Athletic socks are very useful: An 80mm clip will fit comfortably on a pair of womens socks. No socks? Try a bandana.
70 mm barrette on shirt sleeve
80 mm barrette on 2 womens socks
70 mm barrette on rolled bandana