View Full Version : suggestions for starter hair stix?

September 1st, 2011, 09:37 AM
I want to try using hair stix for my APL hair. However, I'm on a very tight budget right now and am looking for very inexpensive stix. Does anyone have any suggestions for online or brick and mortar stores?

Becky Safari
September 1st, 2011, 09:56 AM
Chopsticks! I use them all the time.

September 1st, 2011, 10:19 AM
I agree, chopsticks. I found some really pretty children's sized chopsticks at an Asian market. Very inexpensive. An artsy type pencil or paintbrush could work, too. It doesn't have to be artsy, of course, but a regular pencil looks like one, and a fun colored one might be more interesting. I don't see where you are located, but in the US there are some stores that carry hair sticks, from Claire's in some (most?) malls to some grocery/drug stores, depending on the local community.

September 1st, 2011, 10:20 AM
Chopsticks are a great idea. You can usually find a pack of them for next to nothing, so if you lose them, it's not a big deal. You can also check dollar stores. The ones near me tend to have them. Just make sure they are relatively smooth. No beading or decorations that might get caught on your hair.

September 1st, 2011, 10:21 AM
VK designs (http://www.vkdesignsandfindings.com/) lots of folks like them. I believe I got 3 pairs off the swap (the person selling wasn't sure) and personally I don't love them because they don't seem to slide in smooth for me. But they are inexpensive enough to try and lots of people here love them. I really like Quattro, but they are pricey.

September 1st, 2011, 01:14 PM
Bamboo skewers for kabobs and they work great..lol..just scrape down the point on the side walk and i cut them for length but you can wrap hemp or something around the top and take a piece of thread with beads and make a craft out of designing. I purchased the sticks at the local kroger (grocery store) for less than 3 dollars for 100 ;) If i could add attachment i would show you the few I made but cant seem to do that yet?!?

September 1st, 2011, 01:33 PM
For the chopsticks, I just go eat a chinese buffet and ask for an extra pair. THey dont mind and I get to treat myself. Also, painted pencils. :)

September 2nd, 2011, 12:15 PM
I was wondering this too! We eat chinese all the time! Now I can get some hairsticks!

September 2nd, 2011, 12:29 PM
Colored pencils, maybe with clear nailpolish on the ends if they're rough. You can always sharpen them to make them usable again.

Chopsticks, cut short and filed to a point. Your standard 9-inchers are too long for most folks and hazardous to passers-by.

When you feel ready to spend a bit more, I highly recommend getting a Ketylo (http://www.ketylo.com/servlet/StoreFront) for your first "real" hairstick. One often holds sufficiently, and they're simple enough to go with everything. Not terrifically expensive, either.

September 2nd, 2011, 01:09 PM
I've found some hairsticks at the dollar store we have here. Being a dollar and all, they're not high quality or anything. However, since I am still learning styles to use them with I find they're great for that purpose. It also allowed me to get a big variety.

September 2nd, 2011, 10:57 PM
I was recently introduced to the joys of knitting needles as hairsticks. I got 5 for about $8. I really like them and they shouldn't be too hard to find.

September 2nd, 2011, 11:50 PM
Some cheap etsy stores:

1 (http://www.etsy.com/shop/khanhbinh?section_id=8097555&order=price_asc&page=1)
2 (http://www.etsy.com/shop/Leginayba?section_id=7667709&order=price_asc&page=1)
3 (http://www.etsy.com/shop/quecraft?section_id=6183712&order=price_asc&page=1)

4 (http://www.ebay.com/sch/Sticks-/110631/i.html?LH_BIN=1&_catref=1&_clu=2&_fcid=31&_fln=1&_ipg=&_localstpos=&_ssn=tintansalon&_stpos=&_trksid=p3286.c0.m282&gbr=1)
5 (http://stores.ebay.com/Javacentric-Art-and-Craft/Hair-Accessories-/_i.html?_fsub=1462719016&_sid=187829976&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322)
6 (http://www.ebay.com/sch/Sticks-Combs-Picks-/45225/i.html?rt=nc&LH_BIN=1&_catref=1&_clu=2&_fcid=31&_localstpos=&_ssn=abyan7&_stpos=&_trksid=p3286.c0.m301&gbr=1)