Review of Goody Spin Pin by kolwink
Read about this in the New York Times (10/24/2012), double-checked what MUA had to say, and then happily went to Target. Figured out how to use the spiral on my 2nd try, which is an astoundingly fast learning curve (for me).
I have rather thick hair falling a few inches below my shoulders. These two spiral pins hold my bun into place quite securely. Yesterday I went all Minnie Mouse, or Princess Leia, depending on your demographic, and tried for two mini-buns, with one pin apiece. That was rather less successful, as the buns loosened a little over the course of an hour. But they loosened CHARMINGLY. Cute messy buns, you know?
I like these. I think they're overpriced - what, $7 for two little diddly metal bits - and I'm not looking forward to inevitably losing and then having to replace 'em. But:
- they're fun to put in (husband looked mildly alarmed as I appeared to screw metal into my head)
- they're novel; I know they've been around for a couple years now, but no friends/family have been wearing them as yet (AND I DO TOO HAVE SOME TRENDY FRIENDS, LIKE AT LEAST ONE)
- they're functional ... they hold the bun!
- they don't appear to pull out hair ... over time, I know a few stray hairs would get caught around my elastic bands. So far, I haven't noticed pulling any out as I remove these pins.
- they're practically invisible (rather less so after I got a haircut- with the smaller bun, it's a little harder to keep in place, while the pins are a little more noticeable now. Still, I like these more than elastics)
I like 'em very much. Have been recommending them to friends and assorted sister-in-laws. However, given my general lack of fashion-how-to-ness, no one has listened to me as yet. Boo. I am a prophet without an audience. Also, not quite a prophet, since these were featured in the frickin' NYT. Oh well.
I like 'em.
Edit: I agree with another commenter's observation that screwing the pins together is a good way to store them (although that way you either find both or none).