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A few years ago, I started keeping my hair up in a bun with one or two sticks, rather than using an elastic and pins. It’s easier on my hair and definitely less time consuming to put up. A few twists around, a stick or two through the resulting knob, and I’m ready to go!

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Hair sticks are difficult to find in your average store. Online there are many people selling particularly gorgeous ones, but they’re also superbly expensive, meaning I can’t afford them.

Two Christmases ago, I asked my brother to buy me some pretty chopsticks with the plan that I’d make hair sticks out of them. Gene and I worked out how to shorten the long sticks using a pencil sharpener – otherwise the long pointy end looked ridiculous and stuck me in the neck more often than not. Then we filed the ends smooth with a nail file (since I didn’t want to go buy sandpaper) and varnished over them with discount nail polish. Masking tape around the end gave the nail polish a clean demarcation line when the colored differed too much from the stick itself.

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It worked really well and I had some pretty looking sticks as a result.

I asked for more chopsticks for my birthday earlier this year. Just last week, I got around to shortening and painting all of them and now I have more hair sticks than I quite know what to do with!

Here they are afterwards – minus the two I already had in my hair:
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Here’s how Gene figured out how to store them and my jewelry – a silverware tray. It’s perfect.
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