I Am Grateful

There is something for which I am very grateful when I started thinking about it.

It might seem like something small and perhaps a silly thing to be grateful for… but I think this particular object deserves a shout out. Ladies, I think you especially will be able to relate to this.

I am grateful….

for bobby pins.

Really, I am!

Who knows from whence the bobby pin came? I wonder what someone was thinking that made them invent such a wondrous little tool! Did the person see it before they actually invented it? Was it named after someone named “Bobby”? I also never knew if there was a technical name for bobby pins, or if this is what they will forever be named. I guess I got to thinking about all of this as I was using my bobby pins this evening.

They are good for tons of different things besides hair, but I’m specifically grateful for them when used for their intended purpose.

Even before I stopped using chemicals in my hair, I used bobby pins. I probably may not have used them as much as I did after going natural; however, since I’m more “hands on” with my hair these days, I’ve found them to be so very useful and nifty!

When you want your hair out of your face, when you want your hair to do something specific and it’s just too darn short, or when you want to put together the most ornate of styles, bobby pins come to the rescue every time! I remember just how many bobby pins were in my hair when I went to prom; my stylist used a TON of them! It was worth it though; my hair looked great! Also, the one time I got a false ponytail put in at the hair salon, bobby pins were there once again to hold the hair in its place. It was a long “ribbon” of hair that was continuously wrapped around my own small ponytail, and it was held in place with bobby pins.

In both cases when I took my hair down, a serious handful of bobby pins came out of my hair. I doubt either style would’ve held without them.

So this is a shout out to bobby pins! They’ve averted and diverted hair crisis after hair crisis, kept hair (and bangs that are at that awkward length) out of our faces, and have held together elegant and ornate hair styles. I can assure you that if you look at any good or even stunning hair style, the foundation of how it holds up starts or ends with the bobby pin.

Like I said earlier, I don’t know who it was that thought of the bobby pin. I’m sure it was a smaller version of an already existing hair tool that did the same thing; however, this is smaller, easier to handle, and portable! Best of all, if you put a whole bunch in your hair, they don’t hurt (not unless you put them in the wrong way).

They’re even great for creating curls! They’ll hold rollers in (which is how I used them for years), but a type of curl has been created if you lack rollers, but have bobby pins: that would be the pin curl. This is exactly what I did to my hair tonight.

I used to have rollers, but when I cut all my hair off 4 years ago, I thought I didn’t need them anymore… so I got rid of them. Granted, I didn’t need them at the time; no roller is small enough when your hair is caesar cut length. Fast forward to now, here I am with ample hair, rolled into curls held with bobby pins as I type this post.

I wonder what my hair will be like tomorrow, but for now, I will simply be grateful. Thank God for putting it in someone’s mind to invent the bobby pin.

Any woman that has ever used one is forever in your debt.

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