I got one at CVS that has a silver metal flower on the end. I bought it because I thought the flower was cute and it was on clearance for $2. If I can find more of the ones with flowers on the ends I would like one or two more, but they're hard to find. As far as I know, only CVS carried them. Anyway, this holds my hair together very well. I usually use it for a messy bun and just use about 2 hairpins to keep it secure. Without this pin I would use 6 or 7 hairpins. I think it looks quite elegant yet casual enough for every day.
I like these better than any other hair-restraining device (competition includes Ouchless elastics, ugly Scrunchies, and bobby pins) but as many others with thick hair have lamented, these leave much to be desired.
It takes two full-sized pins and three mini pins to coax my hair into a bun (and my hair still slips out). I have long (about 6 inches past my shoulders), thick (5" diameter ponytail- I'm one of those nerds who actually bothered to measure), medium-textured hair. I bought a pair of these about a year ago, so I have had plenty of time to practice. It took me about 8 months to invest in the mini pins.
Pros: No damage, no headaches, if I leave my hair up with these it will be silky soft and frizz-free when I take it down at the end of the day, keeps hair tangle-free, looks more sophisticated than using an elastic, still a million times better than bobby pins, virtually indestructible, unlike hair ties
Cons: Hair slips out, if you have to use more than the two standard pins you run the risk of interlocking the pins and getting them stuck in your hair, not really well suited to finer-textured thick hair.
Obviously, most of my complaints are about how this product is ill-suited to my hair-type, which is not the fault of the product. I will repurchase these if I lose them, and I would recommend them to just about everyone, I would just caution against believing that they will hold very thick hair in an immaculate bun. Adjusting your expectations (as well as investing in a set of mini pins) is key.
I love spin pins but they are too expensive! So I decided to do some digging of my own and I found a seller from china who sells the exact same thing for a fraction of the price! I got 30 "spin pins" for 4 dollars including shipping! I love them so much and they make my thick curly hair stay in a bun!
This isn't a bad product...but it only work well for specific hair type.
1. No/minimum layering: I have cut my hair to have layer starting at chin line. Since then little bits of stray hair come out from my bun like crazy.
2. Doesn't work well with dense hair: I have a lot of hair. And it's thick. It doesn't do so well when hair is really heavy.
It can be used in combination with other product (ex: hair tie) to make bun...but by itself, it's kinda useless.
I am OBSESSED with these things. I adore them. I now have two or three backup sets just in case. I have a lot of hair that has to be held back for my job...and nothing ever holds this mop back for long. My hair looks at the vast majority of clips and devices out there and cackles with fiendish glee. Knowing this, I quit wasting money on the latest this and that gadget claiming to hold your hair up and just resigned myself to not being able to do buns or any kind of updo. I saw some reviews on the web that led me to believe these could work, and to my total surprise, they actually did. Two will hold a bun for me on a day off, three is better for a work day (I move around a lot at work). I can even manage something like a french twist with three of them and I've never been able to get one of those to stay up for more than about 5-10 minutes prior to this. So I'm really impressed. I don't expect these to break anytime soon and I have backups, so I don't think I will be repurchasing unless I somehow manage to lose a bunch of them. But if that happens you bet I will replace the lost ones ASAP.
I have tried so hard to make these work. It's a no go for me :( Maybe I'm just doing it wrong?!?! probably lol Oh well .... bobby pins it is.
I keep reading that people paid a lot of money for them...They were like $3.00 when I bought them. Thank goodness because if I had paid 20.00 ,or whatever, I would surely be pissed!
Okay, if you don't have these pins - GET THEM.
We can't get them in Australia so I ended up spending $20 on them and they are worth every single penny.
I used to do my buns with hair ties which let's face it, never really look good. These pins not only look 100% better, they take half the time and hold your bun in place!
I'm not going to ramble on. If you are thinking about getting them or if you don't have them, get them. Simple.
Okay, I have thick hair. And by thick I mean THICK. When you search "thick hair" online the results usually are about 3/4 of the hair I have. On that note, I need to use two regular sized spin pins and three of the mini ones to hold a bun. BUT I still like them because otherwise I have to use like 100 bobby pins to do the same thing. Towards the end of the day my head hurts a little but that is mainly due to the weight of my hair. It takes some practice to be able to use them so to anyone who feels like they're not working keep playing around with it! It took me a several tries over the course of a few weeks to get the hang of it.
I absolutely LOVE these spin pins. They hold my chignon / bun all day long. I use them regular buns or side bun/chignon and they work equally well for both those styles. I'm on my feet all day long and my style stays put. The only negative thing I can say is they are a little pricey for what they are and sometimes they can easily get twisted together and then it's a little difficult to remove the style. Otherwise, these are awesome and I'd buy them again if I ever lost mine.
I love these things. I had trouble putting them on in the beginning but once i got the hang of them I was really grateful to have them, especially because I have heavy, thick, long middle eastern hair.
Ladies, for those if you struggling with how to use them, you must make sure that you're inserting them as close to the scalp as possible, grabbing enough of your bun onto the root hairs. If you're just inserting them into your bun then of course your bun will fall off.
I put my bun up high this afternoon and now it's evening time and it's still up there. This is unheard of for me because I'm usually lucky if my elastic or clip or bobby pinned bun stayed up for half an hour.
Two thumbs up from me!