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    I just got my first hairfork - a beautiful Cocobolo piece from Etta Mae. Now I'm trying to figure out how to use it. I have a few hairsticks and have gotten comfortable with them, but the feeling I'm getting is that the fork is suited to different styles. Any advice?

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    I think you could be right about that. I have a new hairfork also and haven't had a lot of luck figuring out what to do with it. It might actually be a little too short for my hair, but I'm not sure!

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    Assuming it is the right length for your hair, you should be able to use the same styles with it as you would a hair stick. The method of insertion should be the same as well. Try to keep the fork even as you insert it though, so the prongs are both the same distance from your head. Having the fork tilted (for me) causes a lot of pain.

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    I'm not much help here - I've always had a really big problem getting a pair of sticks or a hairfork to hold a regular cinnamon bun. Figure 8 buns, infinity buns, swirly knotted buns....those work! But a regular bun? Forget it! There, I've admitted my deep, dark, hair-related secret!

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    I'm a fork newbie too, so thanks for starting this topic, I'm going to keep an eye on it :-D


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    I'm not all that good with forks, but the way I use mine is just like a hairstick-- I normally insert one prong where I'd insert the hairstick, the same way that I would insert the hairstick, I let the other prong go where it will. I do keep the prongs even in distance from the head, though, or it tends to fall out. I generally have to insert a bit more carefully to allow the second prong to find room to go through, but then they hold wonderfully, much better than a stick most of the time.
    I prefer to do french twists with a stick, but buns work much better for me with a fork.


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    Yep.. equal the hair stick idea. That works just peachy

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    If your fork has many prongs or is chunky you need to make the updo a bit looser. Or it might pull when you try to jam it in. Keep trying. Once you get used to it forks hold wonderfully.

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    Hm, I don't really have much advice since I'm not very good with styles. I just wear my Pooka-Bun everyday. I do find with sticks I have to do the insert the stick pointing up & out, then flip it over, with forks I just insert.

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    Ooooh, thanks for asking this. I just bought a couple of gorgeous forks from Etsy (and am waiting very impatiently for them to arrive) but I have no clue how to use them!

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