The Art of Styling With Hair Sticks

Written By Wilfredo Allen on Saturday, May 3, 2014 | 1:00 PM


Hair styling is an art and the better you master it, the brighter are your chances of improving your persona. It is interesting to find that every religion and culture nurtures its own sense of style. While westerners prefer open hair styles, women of the Orient prefer tying their hair in various kinds of buns.

There are a whole lot of options when it comes to choosing various bun styles, some of the best known being the cinnamon bun, the Chinese bun, the Chinese braided bun, the sock bun, the figure-eight bun, the hair knot bun, the Dutch braid bun, the half bun, the Japanese big bun, the ballet bun, and the loose bun. These different buns have their own charm but what draws gazes are the beautiful hair accessories adorning the bun.

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One of the most popular hair accessories are the hairsticks which made its way as early as the emergence of early Egypt. These sticks were made of gold, silver, wood, ivory, and other metals and were mostly popular with the Romans, Egyptians, Greeks, and the Japanese. Later, hairsticks also made its way across the Chinese border and today they have become highly popular across the globe on account of the elegance they exude.

As part of tradition, hairsticks are still popular in Japan and China. The use of the highly decorative Kanzashi hair stick is very well-known in Japan. The Kanzashi hairstick reminds us of the Japanese Geisha women who dressed their hairs in big buns. Though the Geisha hairdo is traditional, yet it is loved by the modern generation. The Geisha hairdo looks best on women with long hair. However, women with short or mid-length hair need to play with their hair more so as to add volume to the bun.

For the Geisha hairdo, styling cream is applied to shampooed, dried hair. A comb is used to slightly tease the hair to create volume. The hair is then pulled into a high ponytail through a chignon foundation and secured using a bobby pin. Small sections of the hair are then wrapped and tucked under the chignon foundation. The final look is made complete by crisscrossing the decorative Japanese hair sticks through the chignon foundation.

Unlike the Geisha hairdo, a simple Chinese bun involves partitioning sections of the hair in two parts, rolling them over a Chinese hair stick and finally tucking them under the chignon foundation. Chinese hair sticks are mostly ornamental while Japanese hair sticks are based on floral or mythological motifs. Whatever be the theme or the design, hairsticks serve one great purpose - to highlight the beauty of women - reason enough to seal its popularity for generations to come.

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