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Hair Stick Hairstyles: Prom, Wedding and Casual Long Hair Styles and Updos

LongLocks HairSticks can be used to create many different hairstyles, with a variety of hair types and lengths, from shoulder length to very long hair. You can choose to use hair sticks as anchors for your hair style and show almost none of the stick, or in the case of the more beautifully ornate LongLocks hair accessories such as LongLocks PearliStix or LongLocks SugarStix, use them as decorative hair jewelry so more of the hand-finished detail of these one-of-a-kind hair sticks shows. The choice is entirely up to you.


Hair sticks are appropriate for everything from creating everyday styles, to formal hairstyles for prom, to romantic wedding updos, to business attire. Once you use them a bit you'll wonder how you ever got along without them and will find yourself reaching for them again and again.

Best of all hair sticks are very easy to use! With extremely little practice you will find LongLocks HairSticks to be both versatile and essential tools in easily creating an elegant or even trendy look, and will even find yourself creating new styles of your own. The possibilities are endless!

Some Tips and Tricks Before You Begin:

If you aren't familiar with using hair sticks, be sure to read our Ultimate Guide to Using Hair Sticks so you have a basic understanding of how to use them.

If you need braiding instructions, check out our Hair Braiding Basics for step-by-step directions that will teach you how to easily create English, French and fishtail braids.

Using the right hair products before and after you style can make all the difference in the world, and depending on your hair, can even mean the difference between success and failure (I can leave my hip-length hair in rag curls forever but if I don't apply a good mousse or spray gel before I set them and a great strong-hold hairspray afterward, the curls will literally last only a couple hours as opposed to days when I do use good styling products!)
The woman depicted in Waterhouse's Soul of a Rose wears a beautifully braided bun
To learn how to safely curl long hair without using any hair torture devices, read the Ultimate Guide to Safely Curling Long Hair and learn how to create a head full of spirals using hair-friendly rag curls, pin curls or sock curls!

If you're the adventurous sort, you can even whip up your own styling products! Grab a recipe from our free Hair Care Recipes Cookbook and make your own natural hair products and adjust them to your specific needs or alternately, you may want to try the fabulous entirely organic hair care products from JustNatural.

Remember, if you use any product in your hair, it is best to add it before inserting your hair jewelry, and be sure to wipe your LongLocks HairSticks off with a barely damp, soft cloth when you remove them to keep the enameled finish in beautiful condition.

A bun updo hair style held with two hair sticks

The "Bun" or "Classic Chignon"

The Bun hairstyle is achieved by coiling the hair into a basic bun and then "stitching" the bun to the hair against your head using an in-and-out sewing motion as you instert the hair sticks in a crossed design. You may find your hair is more controllable by putting it in a small ponytail holder first and then twisting the hair until it begins to coil naturally (do not use rubberbands... check out our acclaimed Ultimate Guide to Growing Long Hair to find out why). Make sure you hide the ponytail holder under the coils and use one close to your hair color.
A formal, elegant hair style with four hair sticks

The "Classic French Twist"

The Classic French Twist hairstyle is deceptively easy to create; however it may not work well if your hair is extremely long or extremely thick. Fasten your hair in a ponytail holder and divide it into three sections. Grasp your hair in a ponytail at the base of your neck and twist it toward the left a few times. Slowly swing the ponytail up toward your right, continuing the twisting motion to create a roll up the back of your head. Keep twisting your hair all the way to the ends and then fold the remaining ponytail back down and tuck it under the roll. Use several hairsticks down the edge of the roll to "sew" the roll in place. This style looks equally great with matching hair sticks, coordinating hairsticks or even contrasting hairsticks, as well as 2-prong hair combs.
An elegant long hair style with two hair sticks

The "Edwardian"

The Edwardian is a gorgeous Prom hairstyle or romantic wedding hair style, but can be a little tricky to do yourself. Pick up a section of hair at your temple and twist it toward your head. Keep adding sections of hair as you move toward the back of your head, twisting as you go. Fasten the twisted hair with a clip and repeat the same process on the other side. Once both sides are twisted, secure all your hair in a hair safe barette or ponytail holder. Insert hair sticks or other hair jewelry to add glamour to the rolled sections. You may find your hair needs a few bobby pins to hold the rolls in place.
Formal braided hairstyle with two hair sticks

The "Edwardian Braid"

The Edwardian Braid hair style can be achieved by following the directions for the "Edwardian" above and then braiding the loose hair into a standard English braid after it is rolled. Hair jewerly can be used to bring drama to the rolls or can be woven through the braid for variation.
A long hairstyle with a topknot bun held by two hairsticks

The "Topknot"

To create the Topknot hairstyle, part hair from side-to-side, just above your ears. Comb all the hair above the part straight back and coil into a bun. You may find it easier to put your hair into a small neutral ponytail holder first and then twisting the hair until it begins to coil naturally (make sure you hide the ponytail holder under the coils). Secure by stitching the bun to the hair against your head with one or two hairsticks, depending on the size of the finished bun. Vary this look by braiding the hair before coiling it.
Flamenco formal braided hair style made with two hair sticks

The "Flamenco"

The Flamenco is a very elegant hairstyle, perfect for Prom or a wedding. Separate your hair with your fingers into two even sections. Don't part your hair with a comb as you don't want to end up with a part down the back of your head. Coil each section into a bun at your hairline in the back and fasten each with two hair sticks. You might find it easier to twist your hair until it begins to coil naturally. This is a great style if you have too much hair to fit into one bun.
French braid hairstyle with hair pins

"The "Weave"

The Weave hairstyle is a another great way to wear hairsticks if you only want to wear your sticks as ornaments. English or French braid your hair and weave the hairstick through the finished braid. With very little practice you should be able to easily control how much of the stick you want to show or hide.
French Tuck french braided hairstyle with hair jewelry

The "French Tuck"

The French Tuck hairstyle is a great way to show off hair sticks even if your hair isn't much longer than shoulder length, and it's a great hairstyle for Prom. Begin by creating a French braid and secure the ends with a ponytail holder. Tuck the end of the braid below the hairline up underneath the woven hair and secure with a bobby pin or two. Weave hair sticks throughout the French braided sections of the hairstyle, hiding or showing as much of the stick portion as you like.
An elegant hairstyle held with two hair pins

The "Victorian"

The Victorian hair style is a very fancy look but is also a bit more complicated. Create a ponytail, but don't make it too close to your head, leave some space between your head and the ponytail holder. Gently pull your hair apart above the ponytail holder to create a hole. Make sure the hole goes all the way down to your hairline. Flip the ponytail up and tuck it through the hole so it hangs down again. Separate the ponytail into three sections and weave each one into a standard English braid. Fasten all three braids together and fold them up to where you originally tucked your ponytail. Push the ponytail holder into the same hole far enough to hide it. Use an in and out motion with two hair pins to "stitch" the tucked hair to the hair on your head and keep it in place. This style is great for a Victorian wedding look!
Romantic juliet hair style with two hair sticks

The "Juliet"

The Juliet hairstyle is a very romantic look and is a great Prom hair style if you want to wear at least part of your hair down and long. Start by parting the hair from side-to-side, just above your ears. Comb all the hair above the part straight back and weave it into an English braid (if your hair is very long, it might be easier to let someone else do the braiding). Fasten the end of the braid in a ponytail holder and then weave one or two hair sticks through the braid, depending on its length. How much of the stick shows is up to you!
Elegant gibson hairstyle with two hairsticks

The "Elegant Gibson"

The Elegant Gibson hairstyle is a bit more complicated but the results are very pretty. This is a gorgeous updo hairstyle for weddings, though it won't work on extremely long hair, especially if it's very thick. Create a ponytail, but don't make it too close to your head, leave some space between your head and the ponytail holder. Gently pull your hair apart above the ponytail holder to create a sort of "pocket." Flip the ponytail up and tuck it inside the pocket. Try to evenly distribute the hair so you don't end up with a bulge anywhere. Make sure you push the ponytail holder into the pocket far enough to hide it. Use an in and out motion with two hairsticks to "stitch" the rolled hair to the hair on your head and keep it in place.
A ponytail hairstyle with two hair sticks

The "Compass"

The Compass hair style is a great way to wear hairsticks if you only want to wear your sticks as ornaments or if your hair isn't quite long enough to create a more complicated style. Simply gather your hair in a ponytail at the back of your head and slide the hairsticks into the hair against your head underneath your ponytail holder. This look is especially effective if you use a ponytail holder that simulates your own braided hair (of course, those with longer locks can coil their own braid around the base of the ponytail).
Rope braid hairstyle with two hair pins

The "Rope"

The Rope hairstyle is created in a similar manner to braiding, however it can be difficult to do yourself especially if your hair is very long. Fasten your hair in a ponytail holder and divide it into three sections. Beginning on either side, grasp the outside section and twist it toward the other two sections. Cross the twisted section and over the other two sections. Repeat the proces for the entire length of hair, always working from the same side. Fasten the ends with a ponytail holder and insert hair pins as desired for accent.
The Double Braided Bun hairstyle with four hair sticks

The "Double Braided Bun"

This hairstyle is fabulous for hair that is very thick hair and may be difficult to wear up in a single bun. To create the Double Braided Bun divide the hair into top and bottom sections by making a part across the head just above the ears. English Braid the top section of the hair toward the top of the back of the head. Fasten the ends with a ponytail holder and twist the braid into a bun, tucking the ends underneath being sure to hide the ponytail holder. Secure the bun with two hair sticks, using the in and out sewing motion. Repeat the process for the lower section, securing the second bun directly beneath the first with two more hair pins.

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