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How to Use Hair Sticks

Hair sticks are an easy way to add a touch of elegance to an updo.


  • Step 1: Comb hair Comb any tangles out of your hair.
  • Step 2: Gather hair at crown Gather your hair at the crown and twist it tightly along the entire length.
  • TIP: If your hair is heavy, use bobby pins to hold it in place before inserting the sticks.
  • Step 3: Make a bun Twist your hair into a tight bun.
  • Step 4: Hold hair in place Hold the bun securely in place at the bottom with one hand.
  • TIP: If your hair is especially fine, braid it first.
  • Step 5: Push in the stick Using your free hand, insert one stick through the hair at the top left-hand side.
  • Step 6: Push through gently Push gently up and down, catching small locks as you go, to end in a slant from top to bottom.
  • TIP: Pushing sticks all the way down to the scalp allows for a secure fit.
  • Step 7: Insert second stick Push in the other stick, through the right-hand side, perpendicular to the other stick.
  • FACT: Hairpins were considered a luxury item in ancient Egypt, and were usually made of ivory, bronze, or hand-carved wood.

You Will Need

  • Ponytail-length or longer hair
  • A comb
  • Two hair sticks
  • 5 to 9 inches long
  • Bobby pins (optional)

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