Female Doctor and a claw clip used in hair
Leah Berenson
Leah Berenson
February 6, 2024 ·  4 min read

Doctors Issues Warning Over Wearing Claw Clips

Although some people spend hours perfecting their hair, bad hair days are an inevitable part of life from time to time. As a result, accessories like claw clips are a popular choice for women, wanting to put their hair up quickly and easily. However, an emergency room doctor is warning women against the popular accessory, suggesting that women should use a hair tie instead.

Dangerous Claw Clips

Woman holding claw clips
Photo Credit: @emergencyroomemily | TikTok

Emergency Room Doctor, @Emergencyroomemily on TikTok, recently shared went viral after sharing a video with her more than 110,000 followers. She explained in the video that wearing claw clips while in the car can have some severely damaging results. She further disclosed that she and her medical team have had to “surgically remove claw clips from patients’ skulls. “So, take these out when you drive and put in your rubber band or scrunchie or something.” She told viewers. The short clip, captioned, “ARE HAIR CLAW CLIPS DANGEROUS?! Yep! Can be,” goes on to explain the dangers associated with claw clips.

Wearing claw hair clips when driving is dangerous if you get into a car accident. In the Emergency Department and in the Operating Room we’ve had to surgically remove these from skulls,” she disclosed. “I wear these hair clips to work, and when I get in the car, I take it out to switch with a rubber band or scrunchie. So, keep those in your car.” Emily concluded.

Sparking Some Fear

As it turns out, this piece of advice is actually relatively popular as the video has more than 9 million views and countless comments. “New fear unlocked.” Said one user.

I got rear ended not too long ago. And as I was leaving work, a little voice in my head told me to take my claw clip out. So glad I did.” Shared another.

Meanwhile, a third user explained, “Yeah… I was rear ended, and ambulances came and said, ‘the back of your head is bleeding’…. I didn’t know why, until I seen my claw on the floor…”

“Makes sense but totally blows my mind,” said an additional TikTok user.

Claw Clips Commonly Pose a Threat

Unsurprisingly, Dr. Emily isn’t the first person to share the dangers of wearing claw clips. On the contrary, another woman named Paisley Nicole, who has nearly 80k followers shared her own experiences with claw clips. She explained that there isn’t much a story except that she was taken the emergency following a car accident. She happened to be wearing claw clips in her hair when the accident occurred, and they immediately began testing her for signs of damage.

When we got there, they immediately took me back to get a CT and X-rays of my head and chest to make sure I didn’t have any brain damage, which I was very lucky I did not,” she shared. Although she didn’t suffer any brain damage, she shared that she did have to have 5 staples. “They didn’t move my hair or nothing. They literally stapled my hair in the wound.” Paisley explained.

Woman in front of medical machine with a claw clip
Photo Credit: @emergencyroomemily | TikTok

Luckily, her boyfriend and cousin were present at the time, and “literally ripped the roof off of the side” to help get her out. Ironically, Paisley has since referred to herself as the “claw clips girl”, explaining to her followers the possible dangers associated with the popular hair accessory. Surprisingly, despite the need for further medical treatment, the claw clips Paisley used were actually “still totally intact“.

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Worst Case scenario

Thanks to the help of social media platforms like TikTok, wider audiences can easily be made aware of dangers that most people don’t think of. In fact, for most, death is the “worst case scenario”. However, that’s far from the truth. In many cases, people become severely injured and have to learn to live with and overcome challenges associated with the injuries they sustain. This is true of veterans coming home from war, adrenaline j**kies who get injured ice climbing or paragliding, and now, seemingly, women who choose to wear claw clips in the car.

Interestingly, this warning isn’t the only of its kind. A woman went viral on TikTok after explaining that her post car accident injuries included partial blindness and several surgeries, thanks to the dangers of wearing non-shatterproof sunglasses.

Most people know of the dangers associated with plastics. The effects on the environment, the fact that plastics take hundreds of years to break down, and the notion that many of the world’s water sources, including the Arctic, contain microscopic bits of plastic. These plastic sources not only expose us to toxic chemicals but also increase the risk of illnesses like cancer. However, it turns out that there are more dangers than just how these chemicals impact our health. Apparently, as seen by Doctor Emily and experienced by Paisley, plastic accessories like claw clips can shatter on impact causing severe injury.

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