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How to Use the Viral Deborah Pagani Hair Pin

I’ve been obsessing over a certain luxury hair pin ever since seeing it on Ella Potter’s TikTok. If you’re unfamiliar, Potter and her mom cover all things style, and the Deborah Pagani hair pin popped up in one of their videos as the best things they were sent that week in a PR package.

Ever since, I’ve seen the infamous and now viral Deborah Pagani pin everywhere. Multiple friends have even asked me if I have one—and now, I finally do. Somebody pinch me.

Now that I’ve gotten a taste of the Deborah Pagani pin myself I don’t know if I can use my others. I love nothing more than a good gold accessory and a chic, damage-free way to put your hair in a bun. The weight of the DP hair pin is what sets it apart from most hairpins on the market, making it easier to use and for a more secure hold.

Read on if you’re looking for a dupe, how to hop on the hair pin trend without the DP price tag, and how to use the DP pin itself.

How to Use the Deborah Pagani Hair Pin

Most of the questions floating around the internet have to do with how to use the Deborah Pagani Hair Pin and of course, Deborah Pagani hair pin dupes. I must say, there’s definitely a learning curve with hair pins and I was never able to nail how to secure one in my own hair until I tried the DP pin.

I was able to master how to use the DP Hair Pin with just two videos. All along I thought you could just stuff the pin into your bun and it would hold, but it does take a special technique. I watched this video from Potter where she explains how to weave the pin into a bun for a stronghold.

This video from the Deborah Pagani YouTube also helped, as they explain both how to use the large pin and the small pin for various styles. The biggest difference being that the small pin will be more concealed in a bun versus using the large pin you’ll be able to see the metal for a chic look.

Step-by-Step Tutorial:

  1. Twist and wrap your bun.
  2. Take the pin upside down.
  3. Put the pin through a small amount at the top of your bun.
  4. Anchor it and flip the pin back up to glide it through the rest of the bun.

Best Deborah Pagani Hair Pin Dupes

While the Deborah Pagani hair pin is truly the best of the best, I know it’s not in everyone’s budget. With the large pin costing $99 and the small pin costing $79, that’s a nice chunk of change. So, I took the liberty of rounding up a few hair pins like the Deborah Pagani one that are a bit more accessible to the everyday person.

Kristen Ess French Pin Gold Set

$10 at Kristenesshair.com

These pins are thin, so you’ll definitely want to use both to secure your bun. Follow the same steps to secure them above!

Kristen Ess French Pin Gold Set | Mane Addicts
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The Hair Edit Large Gold French Hair Pin

$10 at Thehairedit.com

This one is thicker than the Kristen Ess pins but still not as thick and durable as the Deborah Pagani pin. However, it has a great hold and matches the look perfectly.

The Hair Edit Large Gold French | Mane Addicts
(Image Source: Thehairedit.com)

Amazon U-Shaped Hair Pins

$8.49 at Amazon.com

Amazon always comes in clutch for hair accessory dupes. These have a little extra bling with their pearlescent tops. Use one or two, they’re thick enough for a secure hold either way.

Amazon U-Shaped | Mane Addicts
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Bachca Gold Hair Pin

$9 at Smallable.com

We love the slight curve this one has towards the top of the pin. It’s very easy to learn how to secure and the curve definitely helps hold everything in place.

Bachca Gold | Mane Addicts
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Scünci Metal U Pins

$8.79 at Target.com

These are short like the small Deborah Pagani pins but definitely not recommended if you have super long or thick hair. Try these with shorter hairstyles or jazz up a ponytail by sticking one in your elastic.

Scünci Metal U Pins | Mane Addicts
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Free People Chimmi Chantilly Hair Pin

$10 at Freepeople.com

These are adorable and durable—I love the contrast between the color options and recommend using both at once. They might take a bit of practice to get the hold secure given the space between the prongs is much thinner than the Deborah Pagani pins.

Free People Chimmi Chantilly Hair Pin | Mane Addicts
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Willbond 6 Pieces Silver & Gold Metal U-Shaped Hair Pins

$13.99 at Amazon.com

Amazon strikes again! These feel similar to the Deborah Pagani hair pin in terms of weight and length. Plus, I love that they come in a pack with a couple of different metals.

Willbond 6 Pieces Silver & Gold Metal U-Shaped Hair Pins | Mane Addicts
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Mae Mae Hair Pins

$32 at Maemaenyc.com

Who wouldn’t look stunning in these? They complement every hair color with their beautiful pearl reflection.

Mae Mae Hair Pins | Mane Addicts
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Oribe Hair Pin

$80 at Oribe.com

This one is the most similar to the Deborah Pagani hair pin in all aspects: style, weight, secure, and size. It’s not much cheaper than the actual DP pin though yet still beautiful.

Oribe Hair Pin | Mane Addicts
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Soko Large Kali Textured Hair Pin

$68 at Shopsoko.com

This pin comes highly recommended and is great for all hair textures and types, including fine hair. It’s large enough for a tight, secure hold.

Soko Large Kali Textured Hair Pin | Mane Addicts
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Love hair pins and accessories? Check out THESE 10 accessories you need to score during your next trip to Target.



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