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coastalnicole
March 11th, 2012, 01:10 PM
What was your first, er, upscale hair stick, comb, fork etc? How did you pick? I love looking at hair forks, especially wooden ones, but I have no idea what kind to buy for my type of hair. How did you choose?

Sillage
March 11th, 2012, 01:38 PM
It was a Ficcare and I bought it because I wanted something practical. I've got a lot of hair toys now but I still use my Ficcare everyday (weather it's for wearing my hair up all day or just putting it up while I wash my face). It's so easy to use, gentle on my hair, and holds a bun all day. You can't beat it!

ratgirldjh
March 11th, 2012, 01:40 PM
Mine was a twisted dymondwood hair stickI found on the swap board.

PixxieStix
March 11th, 2012, 01:49 PM
For me, it was a fairly easy if several step process. First, I picked a budget for the hair toy (or in my case, several), and had spent months looking on etsy.com for ideas, keeping track of what sort of toys caught my eye and which colors looked like they would work well with my wardrobe. I tend to be pretty consistent about what I like, so from there it was narrowing it down to sellers with good feedback and knowing what hairstyles I can do at my length, which was also a determining factor, no use in getting a toy I wouldn't be able to use right away. Then there are other factors, like if you put your hair up wet or dry, and preferences on wood vs. metal vs. acrylic vs. glass vs. bone, etc.

That's pretty much how it went for me. Once I fell in love with some toys that fit my needs and wants, they were mine. There are two other toys out there that I'm itching to own but have to remind myself that I am fairly practical and don't want a toy that I can't use yet.

As for as forks go, have you used them before? If not, I think a 2 or 3 prong would be easiest to start off with, and some come curved to fit more snuggly to your head while others are straight. I have a 3 prong italian olive wood fork, and I LOVE it! The prongs are about 4 inches functional length, it is sturdy and the prongs are decently spaced, but it is certainly more difficult to get it into my hair than my 2 prong metal forks, and both of those are a little harder to manage than a stick. With your hair texture, you would probably be able to get away with almost any wood fork since your hair will have more hold to it. The only thing I wish my fork had was some curve because my hair is stick straight, but I love it nonetheless.

Wow that was long, sorry! So which forks are you looking at, and do you know what functional length you need? :)

Amber_Maiden
March 11th, 2012, 01:56 PM
My first hair toy was from the swap board- a pair of 8-9in sticks.

The first thing I bought myself as a hair toy were two flexi-8s.

Jing
March 11th, 2012, 04:09 PM
Lovely, lovely, pretty, dark wooden two-prong fork from the swap board. It was my commitment present to myself (as in, I can't go buying this thing and then giving up on the idea of growing my hair long enough to wear it). :p

WaterMusic
March 11th, 2012, 04:54 PM
This (http://www.etsy.com/transaction/60659458) was my first quality hair toy. I really didn't know anything about what kinds of toys I would prefer, and frankly I don't use that one all that often... But it's so beautiful!

Scarlet_Heart
March 11th, 2012, 05:31 PM
This (http://www.etsy.com/transaction/60659458) was my first quality hair toy. I really didn't know anything about what kinds of toys I would prefer, and frankly I don't use that one all that often... But it's so beautiful!

Wow, what a way to start!

This (http://www.etsy.com/transaction/48289233) was my first hair toy. I wanted to try a wooden hair fork but didn't want to spend a lot until I practiced and made sure I could use one. I highly recommend South4h because this one was only something like $20-22 and I believe shipping was free. It worked out great too. I was totally hooked after that.

For beginner forks you might also want to consider:

Pacific Mercantile (http://www.etsy.com/shop/PacificMerchantile?section_id=10435999)

Ideasinwood (http://www.etsy.com/shop/ideasinwood?section_id=7565683)

JeterForks (http://www.etsy.com/shop/jeterforks?ref=seller_info)

OruAka (http://www.etsy.com/shop/OruAka?section_id=7774158)

Good luck!

SC
March 13th, 2012, 01:44 PM
My first hair toy was a beak clip, a beautiful with both blue and black colors. I picked it because I couldn't stand having my hair on a ponytail anymore and it was just something pretty. It has quite sharp edges so I haven't really used it in my hair. My golden beak clips don't have those teeth so I can use them :).

Venefica
March 13th, 2012, 02:37 PM
My first hairsticks for when my hair started getting long this time was a pair of simple plastic sticks but my first upscale one was this one, here sown in my very first braided Chinese bun.

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I picked this because I am Pagan and I just love the Triquetra and I came across it on ebay and I just could not pass it up.

Vanilla
March 13th, 2012, 10:16 PM
My first hair toy (not sure if it counts) was a set of spin pins. I was then on the lookout while on vacation to find wooden hair forks, and I was able to find a couple at a good price.

Johanna
March 14th, 2012, 01:29 AM
I had a set of chopsticks with vibrant pink feathers glued to the top when I was about 13. I think they were free with a magazine I purchased. They were awesome.

coastalnicole
March 16th, 2012, 03:37 PM
I just wanted to thank everyone for their responses...I do have a set of spin pins that I LOVE, but other than that not much beyond metal-free hair elastics and such.

sun-kissed
March 16th, 2012, 04:11 PM
I found my first hairstick on the floor in the hallway at school.
It's brown, square, plastic with three fake diamonds in a row at the top of the stick.
It was also broken.
So, I took it home, washed it really well, and sanded the broken end to a point. :p

ETA: It's the one in my avatar, actually! The stick is five inches long - perfect for my length/thickness at the moment. It is very cheap, though, so I just use it around the house and in the shower, lol.

Sherene
March 16th, 2012, 05:57 PM
My first hairtoy was a brown plastic hairstick from Bijou Brigitte with some flower ornaments painted on the topper. It broke after the first two or three days and I bought a new wooden one with a metal slide (which I never used).

The first "special" hairtoy was this Flexi:

http://jizenbiki.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/flexi8_starfish_emerald_m.png

I still love it very much, although I wear it very seldom.
I think that was the start of my hair toy addiction :rolleyes:.

dwell_in_safety
March 16th, 2012, 08:03 PM
I ordered two flexi8's and a hairstick from larkshairsticks on Etsy. :) Since then, I've been allowing myself one hair toy purchase every other month, and as that was in December my collection's only grown by one more flexi8 in December. :p The stick I have holds like a rock.