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    Default How to use U shaped hair pins

    I need tips again guys!!! I got some U shaped hair pins on Saturday and managed to secure a cinnabun, it lasted all day and night and felt secure the following morning.

    Now though, I just can't. I've tried everything I can thinkoof to get them to hold my bun in place but maybe I'm missing something? Spin pins work most of the time but I wanted to be able to alternate beween those and the U pins. I found that on Saturday I was able to cinnabun more loosely with the U pins.

    Also any ideas how I can secure a french twist with them? My hair is ridiculously slippy so slides out of most things!
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    Default Re: How to use U shaped hair pins

    I do French twists with U pins like this - basically, stick it horizontally through the fold upside-down, flip the U pin catching a bit of scalp hair, then push it back into the twist.
    You have to play around with the point at which you flip the pin, in order to get the tension right, otherwise you'll have a headache in a couple of hours
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    Default Re: How to use U shaped hair pins

    Either this is really obvious or it isn't: Make sure you're using them like little hair forks, not like bobby pins. The goal is not to pinch hair between the tines, but to slide it in parallel to your scalp.

    ETA: if it's just a matter that they're sliding back out, you might want to look for the crinkled version. I know sometimes the straight-sided ones slip partway out for me.
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    Default Re: How to use U shaped hair pins

    Quote Originally Posted by two_wheels View Post
    I do French twists with U pins like this - basically, stick it horizontally through the fold upside-down, flip the U pin catching a bit of scalp hair, then push it back into the twist.
    This!^ Use u-pins the same way as you'd use sticks or forks. Start off with pushing it in one direction, grab some hair close to scalp and push it gently in the opposite direction from the direction you started with.
    Unfortunately, a French twist is not always possible, if your hair is too long or too thick for it.

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    Default Re: How to use U shaped hair pins

    As others have said above you have to use it like a mini hair fork. I use them daily myself(larger ones) as well at work to secure hats and wigs to an actor's head. I use what I call a 'sweeping' technique that most actresses like where you start by sticking it in at an angle then sweeping it under it's self to secure the hair, hat, wig, whatever. It's easier to show in person but it kinda goes like this sequence of lines: / | \ _
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    Default Re: How to use U shaped hair pins

    Thanks for the tips. I do try to use them like mini forks, it just doesn't seem to work. Tbh, I'm having a lot of trouble putting my hair up this past week or so. I can't even cinnabun with spin pins anymore without great difficulty. My hair is coiling differently and isn't holding it's form. I don't know why. I have also noticed that my hair is extra slippy - normally it's a bit grippy unless I smooth my hands down it (it then becomes slippy and smooth) but now it's automatically slippy as soon as it's dried. I don't know whether that's the reason for the difficulty like?

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    New products or new formulation of your products? (Grab the old bottles! Aaaa!)
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    Default Re: How to use U shaped hair pins

    The weather has changed a lot in the UK over the last month or so, too- might have something to do with it.
    (I'm not complaining though- full sunshine, and the humidity makes my hair fuzzier so updos stick together better!)
    I'm out of ideas because I don't have slippy hair- quite the opposite- but Anje, you do, right? I like the crinkled pins idea.

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    Yeah, mine's pretty slippery, I guess. Leave-ins and silicones make it feel all grabby and weird by comparison to how it is on its own.

    I've actually used pliers to bend a little crimp in a few of mine to make them lock in place. You could try that. They looked like this:
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    Default Re: How to use U shaped hair pins

    Quote Originally Posted by Anje View Post
    New products or new formulation of your products? (Grab the old bottles! Aaaa!)
    No new products or new formulas!

    Quote Originally Posted by two_wheels View Post
    The weather has changed a lot in the UK over the last month or so, too- might have something to do with it.
    (I'm not complaining though- full sunshine, and the humidity makes my hair fuzzier so updos stick together better!)
    I'm out of ideas because I don't have slippy hair- quite the opposite- but Anje, you do, right? I like the crinkled pins idea.
    I suppose the weather could be contributing - the heat could be making my hair too slippery maybe? The pins I have have a crinkly middle section, are those the ones you and Anje were referring you?

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