Maybe I am in denial, but I consider myself fairly immune to advertising. Sure, if someone I know recommends a product, I'll usually buy it (if I need it, of course)...or if the item in question is free, I'll usually try it. But I am not the type of girl who runs out to the store to buy the latest and greatest gadget just because some celebrity promotes it in a magazine. (Well, except for that one time that Zooey Deschanel did an ad for Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Mascara...I had to buy some. But we're talking about Zooey Deschanel here! Who wouldn't want to look like her? And besides, I liked the mascara. ;))
So, all of that to say, when I go out and buy an item recommended in a magazine, it has to mean something. And if I like the item, that means even more! So here I am today to tell you about the Goody Spin Pin. I read about it in a little blurb in ELLE magazine, part of their "ELLE Beauty Test Drive" section. Their review caught my eye:
"...Our own fashion editor, Jade Frampton, got us hooked when she reported that the Spin Pin replaced the '800 bobby pins I used to need to put my hair up for dance class.'"
Well, I like my updo as much as the next girl (especially in the summer!) so I thought I'd give them a try. The miracle worker looks like this:
I purchased mine at Ulta (where they were only $6.99, not the $10 plus shipping that you'll find at Amazon) and tried them out almost as soon as I got home! The pins (there are two in a package and you need both of them) come with directions for a "loose twist" so I tried that out. It ended up being a little tighter look than I was going for, but I could tell immediately that these pins were going to hold that look no matter what! So I did some more experimenting this morning and came up with a loose, high, messy bun (which is exactly how I like my hair). It worked fabulously!
(I guess I never realized how hard it is to get a good picture of the back of your own head...pardon the weird angle. ;)
All you have to do is twist your hair into some semblance of a bun and then "screw" (for lack of a better word) one of the pins from the bottom upwards into the bun. Offset this pin to one side, since you want to avoid interlocking the pins inside the bun. Screw the last pin from the top down into the bun. Voilà! You have your bun.
I have been walking around all morning shaking my head, trying to get this thing to come loose. It's not budging. Now, if you were engaged in highly aerobic activities, it might not hold. However, it seems pretty firm to me! And I have pretty fine, slippery hair that doesn't even hold with bobby pins sometimes. If this works like it's appearing to work, I may have made a new best friend. Move over, no-slip-grip bobby pins. There's a new sheriff in town.