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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Styling Hair Chopsticks

Finished style with hair chopsticks
You know how in old movies, a woman can always let down whole waterfalls of hair simply by removing one bobby pin? I have yet to find a style that makes this possible, much to my chagrin, but the one I'm about to demonstrate comes pretty close. If you do it right, the only thing necessary to keep it up are the two chopsticks I taught you how to make here.

I wore this hairstyle back when my relationship with James was a just a serious flirtation. "Nice hair," he said. "I really want to pull one of those chopsticks out, but it probably wouldn't do anything."

My response is inadvisable when dealing with most men, or with most members of the human race, for that matter, but I just came right out and said it: "These chopsticks are load-bearing -- if you pull them out, the whole hairstyle goes with it."

Fortunately, James has always been pretty good about respecting my hair. (He knows that's one of the first rules for dating me.) But he loves this style anyway, because when it's time to let my hair down as it were, I usually let him do the honors. Even if he isn't around, there's something so romantic and fun about letting all that hair fall with a flourish. I also love this style because it's easy, it looks like it took way more time than it did, and it can instantly dress up any look. Here's how to do it:
Chopstick hairstyle step one
Start with hair that is at least a day removed from its last wash. If it's still slippery, I just spritz it with a little hairspray and brush that through -- this usually gives it enough grip to stay where it should.
Chopstick hairstyle step two
Chopstick hairstyle step three
Chopstick hairstyle step three
Gather the hair into a low ponytail and twist it up, as if you were starting a bun or a french twist. My hair is long enough at this point that I basically fold it in half as I twist. Ideally, it should be a rough column from your neck toward the top of your head. Now, grab the first chopstick.
Chopstick hairstyle step four
Chopstick hairstyle step four
Hold the decorated end, and push it into the twist, beginning at the bottom. Keep it away from your scalp -- you want it underneath the top level of hair. Once it pokes through at the top, change direction and push it back down. The end should graze your scalp as you do this, and when it is in place, both ends will be visible. Repeat with the second chopstick.
Chopstick hairstyle step five
Chopstick hairstyle step five
It is possible (though unlikely) that your hair will feel totally comfortable and secure after just one round of this. More likely, though, you'll have some uncomfortable pulling or feel as if it is about to fall out. That's usually what happens to me. Fix this by removing the first chopstick and putting it back in just like you did the first time you installed it.
Chopstick hairstyle step six
Repeat as needed until your hair is comfortable and secure. If you reach that point and aren't quite satisfied with the way it looks, you can pin a few pieces into submission with bobby pins, but I usually prefer to keep it simple. Enjoy and let me know how it goes!
Finished style with hair chopsticks
Finished style with hair chopsticks

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