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Doctor issues urgent warning on dangers of wearing claw clips

Rhiannon Ingle

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Doctor issues urgent warning on dangers of wearing claw clips

Featured Image Credit: @emergencyroomemily/TikTok

Whether it's a scrunchie, Alice band or a simple bobble - it's clear that many of us love a good hair accessory that gets all those pesky strays out our face while looking cute all at the same time.

Arguably, one of the most popular hair accessories is the claw clip, but they come with hidden risks after one emergency room doctor issued an urgent warning on the dangers of wearing them.

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The doc, who goes by the handle @emergencyroomemily online, took to TikTok to share with her 112.7k followers exactly when they should never wear the accessory.

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She began by telling viewers: "Did you know that we surgically remove these out of patient's skulls?

"So take these out when you drive and put in your rubber band or scrunchie or something."

Say no more.

Emily captioned the short clip: "ARE HAIR CLAW CLIPS DANGEROUS?! Yep! Can be.

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The Emergency Room doctor revealed she's had to surgically remove claw clips out of patient's skulls. Credit: TikTok/@emergencyroomemily
The Emergency Room doctor revealed she's had to surgically remove claw clips out of patient's skulls. Credit: TikTok/@emergencyroomemily

"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 continued: "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."

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Since then, TikTok has clocked up a staggering 9.1 million views and hundreds upon hundreds of comments from people eager to share their reactions to the top tip.

One viewer penned: "New fear unlocked."

A second shared: "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."

"Yeah… I was rear ended and ambulances came and said, 'the back of you head is bleeding'…. I didn't know why, until I seen my claw on the floor…" a third said.

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A fourth chimed in: "Currently in bed, and I took mine off, that's how scared I am!"

"Makes sense but totally blows my mind," added a final TikTok user.

That makes two of us.

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The doctor advised people to take their claw clips out when in the car. Credit: TikTok/@emergencyroomemily
The doctor advised people to take their claw clips out when in the car. Credit: TikTok/@emergencyroomemily

Paisley Nicole, who has since described herself as the 'claw clip girl', took to TikTok to share with her 78.2k followers the cautionary tale.

In one video chronicling the incident, she explained: "Everyone's been asking for storytime, there's really not much of a story.

"I just posted those videos to spread awareness of girls that drive around with claw clips because I was very lucky that I just needed staples."

So if that's you - you may want to listen up.

It all started when Paisley and her friend were riding in the car when she 'had to go pee' and the friend 'turned really hard'.

"We were going just under 20 miles an hour," she recalled, "and the back of my head hit a metal bar, which lodged the claw clip in the back of my head."




Thankfully, Paisley's boyfriend and cousin were nearby and 'literally ripped the roof off of the side' to get her out.

She was immediately rushed to the emergency room.

"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," Paisley went on.

She ended up having 'five stapes' in the back of her head.

"They didn't move my hair or nothing," the woman continued. "They literally stapled my hair in the wound."

And the kicker?

Apart from a few splotches of blood here and there - the sturdy claw clip was totally intact and didn't even break.

Topics: Hair, Health, Life, TikTok

Rhiannon Ingle
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