Picture of Hairstyles for Hair Sticks
Here are several hairstyles, gathered from my own experience as well as various places on the web, that demonstrate different ways hair sticks can be used.

Hair sticks are fun, and actually pretty easy to use. The best way to insert a hair stick is to push it gently into your hair and sort of weave it up and down as you draw it through your style (bun, braid, ponytail, etc.) so as to anchor it. Don't be afraid to push the stick all the way down to your scalp; it makes the hold even more secure.

Hopefully I haven't missed any steps, and everything is clear enough to follow. The pictures were all taken in my kitchen by my friend, and they all feature my hair. But don't get too excited--it has since been cut.
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Step 1: My Favorite Bun (Cinnamon Bun Variation)

Picture of My Favorite Bun (Cinnamon Bun Variation)
I start putting my hair in this bun as soon as it's long enough; adding hair sticks makes it look much more elegant and keeps it very stable. Just a note--my hair is quite long in these photos (just past my butt), so my finished product may look kind of different from what you do with your hair. But you DON'T need hair as long as this to successfully use hair sticks--if you can put your hair up, chances are you can use them.

On to the bun!

1. Gather hair together at crown; twist entire length.

2. Coil entire length of hair, putting each successive layer beneath the previous one, so that you end with a column of hair (the height of which varies depending on the length of your hair).

3. Take top coil of column and pull out, pulling it down so that it surrounds the column, flattening the entire bun. Tuck ends. Insert one or two hair sticks to secure bun.
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Imaneisraa2 months ago

Awesome. Your hair is great!

Thank You so much
I have really long hair that I love but need out of the way some times.
I used a pen going to invest in a hair stick now.
XofHope7 months ago

You hair's actually longer than mine (butt length), that's amazing!

Thanks for the great ideas!

Lovely! You have beautiful hair and I love the styles:)
Mauigerbil2 years ago
Awesome! My friend Sam has reeeaaalllyy long hair (beyond her hips) and she would love this!
Judith7563 years ago
I have been using "hairsticks" for 30 years now. Of course mine are all chopsticks that came decorated and I added charms on the ends or are Love that you did the pictures, but consider a video. I have tried to show my younger friends how to twist their hair, unfortunately I am left handed and they are right. I seem to confuse them. You did a great job with the pics, but a bit more would be wonderful.
Thanks for posting your ible.
black_lily3 years ago
I have natural curly hair, so most of these are useless for me, but i recommended to a friend who was looking for good instruction on hairstyles with hairsticks and she loved it. Great instructions :D
ariadani3 years ago
Very pretty. I have long hair, too, so it's nice to see different variations than my usual "stick it up in a bun with a stick" style :)
You have beautiful hair!
gswhite19594 years ago
What do you use to keep your hair shiny and what do you shampoo it with?
Thanks, I want long hair like yours. Thanks
heyy i was wondering if u could do a vidoe about treating your hair and im not a freak but your hair looks amazing and im trying to grow my hair out so i was just wondering thanks great job by the way
panvirgo4 years ago
Screamo4 years ago
Chop stickeys :D
I use hair stick for special occasions but use 3 inch long hair pins or claw clips the rest of the time. I usually just wind it around like the cinnamon bun. It's really exciting to find something new to do with my long hair!

I'm also excited to see your hair sticks! I don't know how to get in tough with your aunt and find out if she could make some for me. Can you have her get in touch with me?


Trollgunn5 years ago
This is gorgeous. Too bad I just had my hair bobbed!
tonic45 years ago
Love it! I'm starting to grow my hair out again but was worried about what different styles I would be limited to. Now there is hope.
MeowKitty495 years ago
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medellia_4 (author)  MeowKitty495 years ago
You're very welcome! I'm glad I was able to help you out. ^_^
Thank you for the instructions on the sock bun! I looked everywhere for a "bun doughnut" for my daughter's highland dance hair style and never did find one.. A sock is perfect substitute!! I like all of the great pictures on all of the steps. You gave really good instructions. Thank you so much for posting!
medellia_4 (author)  starshipminivan5 years ago
I'm ridiculously late in replying, but you're welcome! I'm glad you were able to find what you needed.
wheedee5 years ago
Even thought it's not a figure 8, it's a very nice treble clef XD
medellia_4 (author)  wheedee5 years ago
You posted this a while ago, but still, thanks, lol.
I was wondering what you do with the ends. It sort of looks as if you tuck them under the outermost coil before putting in the sticks? Is there a trick to making them stay underneath?
medellia_4 (author)  EarlyMusicDiva5 years ago
You posted this a while ago--sorry I haven't replied! I would leave a length of about a few inches and then yes, tuck them underneath the coils. I think leaving it a bit long helps the ends stay tucked.
blackchibi5 years ago

I tried it on my medium lenght hair and it turned out great. thanks for the inst. :)

medellia_4 (author)  blackchibi5 years ago
You're welcome! I'm glad you were able to use it with your length.
Nettiemac5 years ago
I used a pair of clean chopsticks in my hair yesterday, and got lots of compliments from people about how it looked.  Especially from my youngest son.  He thought I looked beautiful and Japanese.  grin.

Thanks for showing how to wear these - it gives me a more adult option than just a ponytail. 
medellia_4 (author)  Nettiemac5 years ago
You're welcome--it's amazing what a difference a pair of sticks can make, isn't it?
planethalia5 years ago
Ditto to Mama29... I'm so sick of ponytails and buns I was pretty close to make the great hack.... this gives me more options for awhile!
medellia_4 (author)  planethalia5 years ago
I'm glad you liked it!
hopenui5 years ago
I'm not personally interested in this, but seeing my gf trying to do this and usually fail is funny
lindsy5 years ago
the "sock hair bun" is how we had to do our hair in the Marines... Except NONE could be hanging down.. It my favorite "clean looking" bun :)
tannpopo5 years ago
It's great to learn this. by the way,your hair is so long.
veeisme5 years ago
I love this one, it's the first bun I've ever tried that I was able to wear until it went droopy of its own volition without it giving me a headache!
XkytsuneX6 years ago
Lovely styles! I want to try the sock bun style! One thing is bugging me, though... the crown is much closer to the hairline than where you indicate in your photographs. It is defined as the top-most part of the head, and I think of it as the highest point of the forehead, right at the hairline.
Maureclaire6 years ago
Love them ! You have beautiful, thick hair ! My hair is so damn thin, you'd see that freakin' sock clear as can be ! Ugh !
Cayt6 years ago
Wonderful guide! =D Even with my relatively shorter hair (just a few inches past my shoulders) I can still use a few of the styles you've listed. Braided stuff tends to use up too much hair, but the simpler buns work just fine! And I may just be endlessly jealous of your beautiful long hair. XD<br/>
Thank you so much for these cool instructions! My hair is nearing knee length and these updo's will be a joy to play with.
Wow !!!! great instructable... You have lovely long hair and I'm surely gonna try these hair styles.. I hope you come up with few more like this... -Pink
Fantastic Instructable! My daughter and I are going to have a blast trying these out! Thanks for sharing. :)
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