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We say "put on your hat".

Similarly, can the word "hairgrip" be used like a hat, a T-shirt, etc?

The hairgrip is in her hair but on her head.

Is it idiomatic to say "put in your hairgrip" (imply: in the hair) or "put on your hairgrip" (imply: on the head)?

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  • I think either. If it's to keep her hair up, I'd say, "put in your hairgrip", but if she wears it as an accessory, I'd say, "put on your hairgrip".
    – gotube
    Commented Sep 16, 2021 at 7:03

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I think "in" works better.
If you use "on", it sounds like a single article of clothing.
Someone might use several hairpins in their hair; hairpins aren't like a single headband, where "on" might be better.

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