Visible Bobby Pins Think you’ve gotta hide your bobby pins? Think again—and look at Emma Watson’s latest hairstyle at the Madrid premiere of Noah

Emma Watson Noah premiere Madrid 2014 2 Think youve gotta hide your bobby pins? Think again—and look at Emma Watsons latest hairstyle at the Madrid premiere of Noah

Today’s hair-spiration is coming your way via Madrid, where Emma Watson walked the red carpet to promote her new movie, Noah. (I’ll first give you a moment to take in the makeup—combed-up brows, plummy shadow, flushed cheeks and a strong berry-red lip. For a similar shade, try NARS Lipstick in Scarlett Empress.)

Now on to the hair. At first glance, the side-swept style looks a lot like the last one I went gaga over, on Amber Heard. There’s the same deep side par and a similar tousled texture, with one side pulled back (although Emma’s hair is a bit looser and more subdued).

But then you get a look at the side view and realize the hair accessories are the real showstopper:

Emma Watson Noah premiere Madrid 2014 1 Think youve gotta hide your bobby pins? Think again—and look at Emma Watsons latest hairstyle at the Madrid premiere of Noah

Instead of the usual side-swept styles we see on the red carpet, where the bobby pins are carefully hidden from detection, there are at least seven of them here in plain view. They’re not only holding Emma’s hair in place, but they’re also serving as a slightly punky decorative accessory.

Emma Watson Noah premiere Madrid 2014 3 Think youve gotta hide your bobby pins? Think again—and look at Emma Watsons latest hairstyle at the Madrid premiere of Noah

I kinda love this, not just for how it looks but also because it’s SO much easier than fiddling around trying to hide your bobby pins. The key is to make it deliberate, though. If you’re only using, say, two or three bobby pins, then it might look messy and like you didn’t know what you were doing. A whole mass of them, like Emma has here, is necessary to transform the visible pins into a statement.

To get this look, I’d blow-dry my hair with some volumizing mousse, scrunching it to create the slightly wavy texture. A bit of texturizing spray (like my fave from Oribe) and/or dry shampoo (I use Dove’s) can also help, once dry—you just don’t want the loose hair to look too straight or smooth.

After creating the deep side part, you can spray some Elnett hairspray on a paddle brush before brushing it perfectly into place—that way, you’ll get a bit of hold but the hair will still look clean. (I think a gel might be too much, and would change the texture.) Spraying the pins before putting them in is a great backstage trick to give them more “grip” and help them stay in place.

The fun part is choosing the pins! You could do flat gold like Emma is wearing, or mix it up with some fun shapes and patterns. Here are a few that I love:

What do you think—would you try this?

Where to buy

Have your say

Do you love Emma’s hairstyle here?
Have you tried the visible bobby pin trend?
Found any other cute bobby pin styles?


Wednesday, March 19/2014 at 11:50 am

Wow how long can her real hair actually be right now? Whoever is doing her extensions is working some magic


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, March 19/2014 at 12:10 pm

Seriously! Her hair looks fantastic if they are in there – I always forget that she must have extensions. Was it 2012 when she had the pixie haircut? I guess it couldn’t have grown out this long that fast.


Friday, March 21/2014 at 4:08 pm

It was in 2010, almost 4 years, I guess is her real hair, she looks lovely, I’ll try this for an upcoming wedding… How does she manage to look always so flawless?!


Friday, March 28/2014 at 6:43 pm

Just to mention – I had my hair cut into a pixie around the same time as Emma. My hair is nearly down to my waist! So it’s definitely possible, though I imagine she’s had many more colourings and cuts than I have ;)


Wednesday, March 19/2014 at 12:51 pm

I really love this makeup look on her. And her outfit, too :)


Wednesday, March 19/2014 at 1:09 pm

That girl is just gorgeous.


Wednesday, March 19/2014 at 9:07 pm

More good examples of deliberate bobby pin styles can be seen in backstage and runway shots of the Zac Posen Fall 2014 show.


Thursday, March 20/2014 at 4:41 am

How beautiful!! I’m going to try!


Thursday, March 20/2014 at 1:21 pm

Ugly, looks comfortable and messy.


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