The Bun Style and the Hair Fork That (Mostly) Eased Me Off Hair Elastics

The Bun Style and the Hair Fork That (Mostly) Eased Me Off Hair Elastics

Edith Zimmerman
Apr 28, 2017

Last year I came across a video of a young woman repeatedly wrapping her hair into a specific bun style — a nautilus bun — and securing it with a single hair stick. It was transfixing, and it seemed to promise an old-fashioned solution to the modern-day I-don't-have-a-hair-elastic problem, as well as a potential solution to the hair-elastics-have-been-tearing-my-hair-out-for-decades problem. I'm not sure that the second problem is totally the hair elastics' fault, but in any case I was curious about this bun and these hair sticks (and hair forks).

Here's another video, from a different YouTuber, demonstrating one method of making the nautilus bun and securing it with a hair stick (although there's a whole world of these videos, too, and for all different hair types and lengths):

I started practicing the bun technique with a (smooth) pencil, and then a pen. Eventually I got familiar enough with the shapes and twists of the bun that it took me only about 10 seconds to put together, and it became my default hairstyle. Although I think I do it my own way, not quite like I've seen demonstrated; it's hard to pause the videos and rewind when both your hands are tied up in your own hair. (I tried to make my version into a GIF, but it was more difficult than anticipated, and I now have new respect for people who make videos like this.)

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Pens and pencils, always easy to find, are generally a good bun-supporting strength and length (depending on your hair — mine is medium-long and thin, although any longish hair length would work with this technique). But eventually I started looking into the world of handmade wooden hair sticks/forks, which is big on Etsy. I wanted a plain one made of nice wood, so I ordered two walnut hair forks from Canadian Woodcrafts, and I've been wearing one pretty much every day since. (Lots of metal hair sticks/forks are pretty, too.)

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Anyway, so that's the story of my conversion to hair forks. Check them out, if you're interested. I haven't used a hair elastic more than a handful of times since, despite still always wearing one on my wrist.

(Oh and if you want to get really fancy, there's a whole world of hair-stick arranging to fall into. Especially the Japanese kanzashi. Here's one place to start. And another.)

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