I Tried TikTok’s Claw-Clip Ponytail Hack: See Photos


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  • This ponytail hack in the form of a claw clip is going viral on TikTok.
  • All you need to try it on is a claw clip and a hair tie.
  • One editor tested the hack on her fine hair and shared her results.

TikTok has no shortage of makeup and hair hacks to consume, especially when it comes to claw clips. As someone who frequently scrolls the platform for beauty tips, I’m sure it’s no surprise that I’ve already mastered the double claw clip hack, the half-down bun clip hack, and the viral claw clip hack for layered hair. I thought I’d tested all the claw clip hacks the app had to offer, but it turns out there was another stash right under my nose that might be my favorite yet.

Officially named the “flip and claw clip” ponytail, I’ve seen plenty of influencers experiment with the trend, but it was TikTok user Emilie Kiser’s video that influenced me to test it out myself. In the clip, which has 9.3 million views and counting, Kiser pulls her long blonde hair into a slicked-back ponytail but adds tons of volume with the addition of a claw clip. The result looks like a full Ariana Grande ponytail, and I absolutely wanted to recreate the look for myself.

When I wear claw clips in my hair, I usually wear a faux French twist, and when I wear a ponytail, I don’t do anything fancy other than wrap an elastic around my hair three times. I was interested to see if the results would work on my hair, which is not as long or thick as Kiser’s.

To test the hack myself, all I needed was my favorite claw clip—the Tocess Big Hair Claw Clips ($12, originally $19 for a pack of four)—and a hair tie. As mentioned earlier, my hair is on the thin side, so I opted for the Goody Ouchless Hair Ties for Fine to Medium Hair ($4) over my regular sized hair ties.

TikTok flip and claw clip editor experience

I started by combing my hair making sure there were no knots or snags, and also added a few drops of Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil to give it some shine. The one thing all the people in the tutorials I watched had in common was long, luscious hair, but mine is curly and gorgeous, so I wanted to make sure I was giving it the proper treatment before I started. Then I pulled my hair into a ponytail located in the middle of my head and secured it with an elastic band.

From there, I poked a hole in the top half of the pony using my fingers, then flipped the bottom half of the pony through the hole. To finish it all off, I placed a claw clip under the base of my ponytail so that my hair would hang over the top. Although it looks a little complicated, it is easy to learn just by watching the video.

The end result looked even better than I thought it would – a voluminous ponytail with absolutely no drooping. Also, the style lasted all day without touch-ups, which is a plus for me since I’m always on the go.

TikTok flip and claw clip editor experience

One important thing to note: After watching the videos and testing them myself, I’ve come to the conclusion that this ponytail hack looks best on those with long, thick hair. It worked well on my medium-length hair as well, but if I want to see some extra fullness in the future, I’ll consider adding some hair extensions to my pony.

Photo credit: POPSUGAR Photography / Renee Rodriguez