I love wearing my hair up in a bun or topknot, but I don’t love constantly having to tuck the bobby pins back in when they inevitably start to fall out. A low-maintenance updo quickly becomes a high-maintenance one if you always have to make sure it’s still up there and you don’t have large sections of hair hanging down in the back or on the sides.
Goody Spin Pins, which I found at Target for around $6.00, don’t let the hair budge once they’re in there correctly (unless you have some really short layers, of course).
To style, you just pull your hair up into a ponytail (sans elastic), wrap it around the base, and twist one Spin Pin in from one direction, then the other from the opposite direction, making sure they don’t get intertwined as you go. Goody claims that they do the work of 20 bobby pins, and I have to agree.
Just like bobby pins, these come in shades for dark and light hair, so the Spin Pins will blend in. You get two per package, which you use at the same time each time.
Since the initial release of Spin Pins, Goody has come out with a Mini Spin Pin, which is perfect for half-up, half-down hairstyles, or maybe even for kids (I haven’t tried it, but I suspect they would be the perfect thing for my daughter’s ballet classes). The mini version is also good for short and fine hair.
Photo credit: Goody