LongLocks HairSticks Testimonials & Design Gallery
||LongLocks HairSticks customers are among the nicest and most thoughtful people! We hear from many of them with regard to their experience with my work and we really enjoy reading their kind words. Although my overwhelming workload hasn't allowed time for updating this page with new reviews for a very long time, below you will find just a small sampling of some of the testimonials people have shared about LongLocks HairSticks over the past fourteen years. And even though I may not find time to post letters these days, we do love to receive them and thank you all for your business and taking the time to write us. Nothing makes my day like receiving a note from a LongLocks fan... it makes every second of all the hard work worth it!
-Susan Maxwell Schmidt
In addition to having shipped to every U.S. state many times over, we are very proud to have many international LongLocks HairSticks and jewelry customers in such wonderful places as Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Barbados, Bermuda, Spain, Italy, France, Britain, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Poland, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Greece, the Island of Crete, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Russia, Slovenia, Romania, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Nigeria, Algeria, India, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand. We love adding to our list of conquests in the neverending quest for LongLocks world domination!
The testimonial section of the LongLocks HairSticks Boutique also serves as a sort of design gallery. Though as a matter of necessity it's not very up-to-date (I just can't bring myself to sacrifice precious studio time to do the tremendous amount of work it would take to update this page and do it right, but I sure hope to some day), it still serves well to display a small sample of the well over ten thousand LongLocks HairSticks designs (yeah, I can't believe it either) that have been hand crafted thus far. If you'd like to see some of my somewhat more recent designs, you will find many displayed in the LongLocks Collectors Club Gallery in the LongLocks Salon forum.
Though with rare and always noted exception all LongLocks HairSticks are one-of-a-kind, if you see something you love within this gallery or the above mentioned LongLocks HairSticks Collectors Club Gallery, it may be possible to provide you with your own special order version of the design, depending on component availability. It never hurts to contact us and ask!
From Karen Shelton, President & CEO of The Hair Boutique:
"LongLocks HairSticks are some of the most beautiful, well made, and most incredible works of hair jewelry I have ever seen. I think they are an excellent investment that can be worn and cherished for many years to come."
From Robin R.:
"As I was driving home from work and saw the reflection of my gorgeous toile sticks in my rearview mirror, I realized I never wrote to tell you how much I LOVE THEM! Of all my sticks they're in the top 3, and maybe #1. They are absolutely beautiful. It's like my birthday each time a new box comes in the mail, they are stunning! One of the gals on the boards mentioned another hair stick site called [name deleted]. OK, so I actually went to visit the site. I've come to a single conclusion: YOU MAY NOT EVER GO OUT OF BUSINESS!!!!!!!!! PLEASE - I'M BEGGING YOU!!! If this is what other sites are offering, I am SO GLAD my sister sent me your site before I visited others! After your hair sticks - I COULDN'T POSSIBLY consider others! They call those 'high end' hair sticks? Oh, the poor, misguided souls. I'm proud to know EVERY hair stick I have EVER owned (and will ever own) has been made by you. TRUE artistry is a keepsake. Trash is Trash. Thanks so much for knowing the difference, and maintaining your extraordinary quality. So, I apologize for the momentary lapse, and having strayed off to look at another site - trust me - I'll NEVER DO IT AGAIN! Anyway, thanks again for all that you do and I can't wait for my next shipment!"
From Martha Y.:
"Just wanted to let you know that I got [the hair sticks] yesterday. They are just fantastic. You are right, the picture didn't do them justice! WOW! Also wanted to let you know how much I like the Southwest Sunrise NeonStix (purple with orange). They are actually great because they have some texture on the sticks. That really helps keep them snug in the hair... I am getting too many favorites! I'm getting where I can't decide."
From Kerri L.:
"I received my HairSticks and they are in perfect shape and gorgeous! I wanted to send a quick note and tell you what fun it was to unpackage them as well. You clearly take a lot of care and it makes it that much nicer to receive. Thank you for your attention to the little things. I look forward to doing more business with you."
Anne-Marie B. (Germany):
" ...and it gives me the oppurtunity to send you a long overdue feedback for the Bohemian Rose DecoStix & Crystal Rainbow GlitterStix-they are so totally gorgeous,I'm wearing at least one of them every day. It's interesting to see people's reaction to the way the light is reflected like a rainbow by those special crystals-they are totally amazed!"
"I just received the hairsticks today, and they are absolutely stunning! I can't get over how beautiful the Orion GeishaStix hair pin is! You did a superb job, thank you! I also love the Fire Goddess II ImpressioniStix and Ice Goddess ImpressioniStix. A perfect contrast! The Ruby Fantasy FantasyStix I got in the last shipment is also gorgeous! I am forever in awe of your talents!"
[Editor's note Jennifer's custom GeishaStix design "Orion" was designed to specifically resemble the constellation Orion, even incorporating the actual colors of the stars.]
From Markus A. (Finland):
"I must say they are REALLY BEAUTIFUL. I am [a] man but I understand what is beautiful and looks pretty. [The] sticks look just I wanted but even more beautiful. It is not possible to see in pictures how they exactly look. Pictures don't reproduce all the sparkles of crystals, etc. Big thanks, kiitos."
"Just received my new hair sticks and they're absolutely stunning! I loved your artistic presentation--scented paper, tied with a ribbon and card like a special gift. I'm always happy to do business with you because I'm confident in your product and service."
From Deborah W.:
"I just received my order today. The hair sticks and silk jewelry rolls are for me and my daughter. They are all beautiful!! I also want to commend you on having a great website and I'm so glad I found it."
From Lisa M.:
"Oh thank you so much for creating these gorgeous hairsticks! I can't decide which one's my favorite. The Belgian Chocolate pair is delicious and will match anything I wear, Siren's Melody is richly captivating, Aqua Ice is refreshing, and Capri d'Or is succulent eye candy. These are absolutely my favorite hair jewelry and I can't wait to get some more."
"I have been wearing the 5 sticks that were purchased in December to work each day --- and everyone has been "ooo-ing and aw-ing" over them. I can't wait until the new ones arrive! Thank you for the excellent quality, artistry and creativity in your products. Your TLC and talent truly show!!! I come from a long line of artistic women - (my sister even works with beads - making beautiful jewelry). And I really appreciate your genuine SKILL. I can see your devotion to detail in each pair posted! When I get home from work each morning - the first thing I do, as a treat to myself, is check out your site - eagerly awaiting new arrivals! I Have thanked my sister weekly since introducing me to your site, and I have only just begun purchasing HairSticks!... I promise! Your sticks are so beautiful, definate conversation starters, and always make me feel unique wearing them. Thank you for your continued artistry!"
From Lynn B.:
"Susan, I wanted to tell you how happy I am with my latest hairsticks, Snowball IndividualiStix and Silvered Frost GeishaStix. In honor of the first day we had snow (and WAY too much wind) yesterday, I wore Snowball! The other day, I was getting ready to leave for work and was standing in our entry in the morning sun. I had my Neon Starlight NeonStix in and the sun caught the large round crystals so that little pieces of sun reflected on the wall. Both of my kitties were very intrigued! They like your stix too!"
From Cynthia C.:
"The Butterfly Faerie sticks are just gorgeous! I know I say this all the time but the pictures just don't do the beads and crystals justice. I can't decide what part is prettier, but all together they are just stunning. The silver sticks are also incredible. The AB finish really picks up the light and the cut on the bottom crystal is distinctive and sparkles in my hair. THANKS!"
From Yukie H. (Hong Kong):
"My mother enjoys your [custom] hairsticks design very much... WOW! I love it too! It's very nice!!! Hehehe, maybe I'll ask her to borrow it someday. I'll bring all your beautiful hairsticks, which are my favourite collection, to my home in Hong Kong after I graduate from university in Canada [in] 2 years. I'm very proud of you that you can make many different style of beautiful handmade hairsticks which all are designed by yourself and I always believe that it's very wonderful thing to create and have fun to enjoy in your life. It's because you are interested [in] your job everyday and create a lot of beautiful hairsticks [for] the people and make them happy and smile [when] they're wearing your sticks. I want to let you know YOU ARE THE BEST! SUSAN...I LOVE YOU! Thank you."
"I have never worn hair sticks before, and I have a lot of very fine hair. It slips out of ponytail bands, scrunchies, everything, it has even escaped bobby pins due to the weight of it and the slippery texture when I try to hold it in place. I read a lot about the sticks before I bought them, and I was really pleasantly surprised to see how well they hold. Before if I tried to hold that knot up, I would have to use a pony tail band and then wrap a scrunchy around it to hold the mass of it in place. Even after shaking my head that single May Faire stick didn't budge and my hair twist didn't come undone! As for the ponytail, I was able to use the Purple Mist DuetStix to weave the ponytail band in place so it wouldn't do the evitable 'slide' down my hair that makes my morning ponytail look like a loose mess after only an hour or two. Since the band will finally stay in place, I was able to twist a small lock of hair around it to hide the band. I think that dressed up my ponytail quite a bit. It's a nicer look than a scrunchy if I have a meeting or want to wear a simple ponytail out for an evening. Thank you so much so having such a wonderful product."
[Editor's Note See pictures of Larissa in our Customer Gallery]
From Lynn A. B.:
"Susan, I received my HUGE package of hair sticks, and they are just gorgeous!! The silk rolls are fabulous for holding my growing collection of sticks. I love them all! Thanks so much!"
From Sher P.:
"Every time I open another shipment of hairsticks I fall in love again! They are so gorgeous! My "Ravishing Rasberry" GemStix look good enough to eat, and the swirling colors on the "Golden Leaves" ImpressioniStix are absolutely mesmerizing. I love the way my "Coffee Light" IndividualiStix glints and gleams--the cut of the crystal is fabulous. The "Miss Priss" stick is so pretty and feminine- my daughter (age 11) is drooling over it! My "Songham Star" stick turned out better than I could have imagined- I am going to be so thrilled to wear it at my Black Belt ceremony! Thank you Susan! Your artistry is amazing!"
[Editor's Note See a picture of Sher's daughter Tierny in our Customer Gallery]
From Michaela G.:
"I thought I'd share some pictures of my wedding hair... it turned out beautifully, thanks to your gorgeous sticks. In addition to the two matched pairs of hair sticks, my style incorporates 4 bunches of braided yaki pony hair and three silk roses. Although I had also purchased a gorgeous matching choker from you, I ended up wearing an amethyst necklace my mother brought me to wear. I am sure I'll have many other opportunities to wear the choker you made for me. Thanks again for helping my hair to look so special last Saturday. I got more compliments than I could handle, and the amethyst turned out to match my gowns perfectly!"
[Editor's Note See pictures of Michaela in our Customer Gallery]
From Lynn B.:
"I received my hairsticks today and they are absolutely stunning!!! This was my first GeishaStix, and I am hooked!!! How wonderful to have dangles in my hair that glitter and sway!! All three are just more beautiful than the picture could ever show. Now I have to figure out which to wear first!"
From Lynn B.:
"I wanted to let you know that I received my order yesterday. They are absolutely beautiful!!! I purchased the Gold Shadow Original HairSticks for me and the Indian Summer GemStix for my sister, Lisa. We immediately tried using them and are so happy with the results. Our hair is still very short (just to our shoulders), but we were able to create really beautiful styles. Today, I have my hair back in a black velvet scrunci with the pony tail caught in it so it looks like a bun, with my two Gold Shadow sticks criss-crossed in my hair under the scrunci. My sister has her hair in a loose pony tail pulled up and tucked in her hair, with her Indian Summer sticks on either side. I just wanted to let you know that your site has inspired us to grow our hair really long, but after receiving our first pairs of HairSticks, we're all the more motivated!!! Thanks so much!!!!"
From Sher P.:
"I am so excited! I am one of your shorter-haired customers (barely shoulder length) but am so motivated to keep growing my hair so that I can use these lovely hair ornaments! I am hooked! Every time I buy a stick I see another I just HAVE to have! By the way, ladies, it's a lot easier to hide an obsession with hairsticks than an obsession with shoes!"
From Cindy G.:
"Just wanted you to know that I received the hairsticks today. The Rainbow Meadow sticks are most beautiful and I think that Kelly will just love them. I really like my GeishaStix, too. The colors will go so well with the rest of my jewelry for the wedding. I had friends over today to work on favors I am making for the wedding and I just had to show them my beauftiful sticks. Everyone just loved them. They commented on how they have never seen such unique hair sticks before. I am so excited to wear them this Saturday! Anyway, thank you for the sticks and I look forward to wearing them to my wedding and giving the other ones to my friend."
From Tracy C.:
"Your creations are absolutely gorgeous! I actually wore one set in a stage production this past weekend, and afterwards, some of the patrons told me they were intrigued by the light coming out of my hair. Of course, I gave them the name of your website! They are very easy to wear, and very fun, too (the sticks, not the patrons). I love shiny things (almost like I was related to a crow) and these are perfect! I don't use them to hold up my hair (it's almost as long as yours, but is very very fine) so I use hair pins and just thread your sticks through it afterwards ...Again, thank you!"
"Love the sticks. Next time hopefully I'll be able to open more of them myself... Hubby opened 4 out of 6! Grrr....haha! Whatever it takes to be able to order more of these wonderful sticks!"
[Editor's Note See a picture of Jodie in our Customer Gallery]
From Aimee M.:
"While going through the airport on a recent vacation, I noticed several women with beautifully styled long hair. I thought, "Someone has to tell them about Longlocks.com!" I wrote the name of your website down on slips of paper, knowing I had several of your cards at home, where they didn't do me much good. I gave the handwritten URL to several women and hopefully they didn't think I was a nutter. From that point forward, I take your card with me everywhere! You have my permission to edit and post this, so everyone can read my cautionary tale. Use those cards! Susan doesn't include them for no good reason! I might have missed some great opportunities to "enlighten" others to the wonderful experience of art for your hair! I wish I'd had some Stix to show them, but I didn't want to risk having them being confiscated as "weapons" at the airport. They're far too beautiful to lose!"
From Lauren D.:
"I just received my order of a pair of your beautiful hairsticks. Not only do the photos not do them justice, but I was very impressed with the loving care with which they were packaged for shipping. It's a true reflexion of the thought that goes into their creation. Thank you for a job well done, and I look forward to being a customer again. Your products are elegant works of art."
From Nancy O.:
"Ya got to stop making so gorgeous sticks - Of course I snapped up the most unusual ones... you make it soooooo hard to resist! While it's a business for you - still - I know I forget to compliment your talents, which are so unique. Your products are in a class all by themselves and certainly that says so much about your artistry!"
From Elena E. (Germany).:
"I just came in from the doanal where they had my sticks... you always wrap them so pretty in parfumed paper, it's a joy to unwrap! Oh my god, the sticks are SO georgous! I could not imagine while looking at the pics you emailed me how stunning they are in reality! Thank you so much! I really don´t know which pair I love more. My mum absolutely fell in love with the pair I ordered for her... she took [them] into her safe [with] her other jewelery! She wants to wear them for the first time next Sunday on my father´s birthday. We are thinking about what dress will match our hairsticks best."
From Aimee M.:
"Seems after receiving my first two sets, ordered last week, I've gone a little insane and decided I NEEDED to buy the High Tide pair before someone else beats me to it. Last week I ordered "Sentimental Blues" and "Dark Energy." They are beautiful! I plan to buy some for my sister, too. I've recently visited quite a few websites selling hair sticks, some obviously inspired by you, but none of the sites, nor the products, are as nice as yours. Thank you!"
From Lauralee K.:
"You must have strapped those sticks to a 707 and goosed the pilot! The mailer was postmarked the 20th and I received it the 23rd. That is pretty unheard of out here. All the sticks and the hatpins arrived in good shape. I guess good things come to those who wait - because of the snowstorm delay ALL of my goodies were in this package- unrolling it was BETTER than Christmas!! (No cooking, for one thing.) Every piece is beautiful, of course, but I cannot believe how exquisite some are. Venetian Blues, in hand, blows me away. The beads in Passion Flower are sweet, and surprisingly tucked into the ornate bead cap which so resembles the basket hilt on a Spanish sword. Energy struck me with its subtlety until I lowered my hand - when viewed from this angle, the heliotrope shoots colors like a Pink Floyd stage production! Wow - thank you so much for making this so much fun!"
From Lauralee K.:
"I received my green Olivine sticks [and] they may be the most beautiful pair I have, or at least one of them!! ...I can't tell you what a pleasure it is to do business with someone who is not only artistic and creative, but who does Good Business. You certainly go out of your way to keep clients happy - a wave of your hand and shoo! away go problems. Refreshingly non twenty-first century behavior! AND I can't get enough of your beautiful beaded sticks. Congratulations for building a business in doing what you obviouly love to do!"
From Yukie H. (Canada):
"I received the hairsticks and I [am enjoying] them very very much! They are very beautiful and wonderful! They are perfect and my favourites! Also, the packaging and the wrapping are so nice too... thank you very much! I will collect many of your hairstick designs in the future and I will be your [long time] customer."
From Elena E. (Germany):
"Today I received my beautiful hairsticks (I had a message in my mail I had to drive 25 miles to get them from the administration doanal) ...and just wanted to thank you. Being both blessed and punished with waist-long wavy very thick hair I had been searching [for] beautiful hair jewelery and hairsticks to create easy updos for a very long time. After being forced by hair loss to cut my hair to shoulder length (to conceal how thin it had become) I found your website. So I told myself if I could no longer have beautiful hair, at least I could own some of the most beautiful hairsticks I have ever seen. Today they arrived and I am so happy. The sticks are gorgeous! Thank you so much, I immediately felt less ugly. I had to quarrel a lot with my new hairstyle, but your hairsticks make it a little easier [for] me."
From Stephanie S. C.:
"Oh my gosh - they're beautiful! I mean, I have five other sets of your sticks, and I love them all - but these are great! I'm wearing them tomorrow - and I'll come up with some sort of braided/elven design to take a picture and send it to you - they are perfect, even better than the pictures, and I definitely get the feeling of what I wanted to express with them when I look at them, thank you so much!"
From Holly M.:
"Hi Susan, I hope this finds you doing well. Attached is a picture of me on my wedding day wearing the Moonlit Garden Stix. I wanted to thank you, once again, for working with me to create the perfect hair stix to coordinate with my wedding gown. I have received so many compliments on them. When they arrived in the mail, I was immediately taken by the presentation of the package. And, the sticks were even more beautiful than the pictures portrayed! The stix really helped to add a special touch to my wedding day. I feel that you are truly an innovative artist and look forward to purchasing more of your designs in the future."
From Steven M. S.:
"I received the hair sticks. They are absolutely gorgeous!! The girl I gave them to cried when she opened her gift. Thanks again."
|"It used to drive me nuts to see other jewelry "artists" stealing my ideas and designs. Then I had an epiphany and I realized just how fortunate I am. It's actually quite fabulous to have ideas so good they are stolen, and quite sad to be so uncreative as to have to steal other's ideas. It doesn't go unnoticed, my customers are always the ones who point out the discrepancies and it always seems to bother them so much more than it does me! Now every time someone steals anything from me I see it as their own form of testimonial about my work as compared to their own. It's all perfect karma in the end... love that!"
-Susan Maxwell Schmidt
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