How to Use a Hairstick
Using a Hairstick Explained
Some have told me
they don't know how to use a hairstick. Here is a
description of how to use a hairstick.
First off, they work best on styles in which hair is
twisted gathered or rolled.
This is how I do mine and it works the best for me.
Grab the hair with your hand in a pony tail at the back
of your head. Twist the hair tightly in a counter
clockwise direction. Get it as tight as possible. Make a
loop (not a bun) on top and make sure the loose end is
under the loop, then:
Grip the stick at its blunt end.
Insert the stick so that the tip and end are pointing to
the top of your head, the opposite angle of their final
position. Instead of sticking the stick into the twist,
barely catch the roll or coil so that it collects about
a 1-inch section of hair. Push the stick until the tip
protrudes at least a fingertip in length.
Lift the stick like a lever, catching some scalp hair as
you rotate it 180 degrees from the insertion point. Hook
a small amount of the hair that's pulled flat against
the head while pushing the stick through the hair and
weaving it a little in the bottom twist of the hair near
the scalp. If using a ribbon stick, twist the stick
counter clockwise to insert - do not 'push' it in.
A lot of people tell me that even pens break when they
try using them on their hair. Using this method, even
those with very long and/or thick hair shouldn't have
problems with any sticks breaking because there is not a
lot of pressure on the sticks.
That is about it; insert a second stick if desired
either in the same position or cross it under the first.
Adding the second stick tightens the sticks and helps
them hold the hair in place.
There are many variations and styles. One favorite of
mine is to French braid my hair and then put the sticks
It does take practice to learn your hair and what works
for you - the way to learn is practice, practice,
practice! It took me quite some time to learn to keep my
hair up and the sticks in. However, it is worth it in
the end. Now even if I forget my sticks, I know I can
use almost anything to hold my hair up.
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