Are you in your kitchen enjoying your free time baking a cake then a strand of your hair suddenly fell off to your masterpiece? Or are you in the school or office rushing to finish your paper works but then your annoying mane keeps falling down? Or are you in the field cheering for your boyfriend or favorite team but gets irritated because the wind is messing with your locks? These problems can easily be solved if only you have that one tiny friend called HAIR ELASTICS. But what if it went missing?
The following are the most commonly used substitutes for hair elastics together with the step-by-step guide on how to do the trick (These steps are ideal for girls with medium-length to long hair):
HAIR ELASTICS ALTERNATIVE NO. 1: PENCIL
1. Pull your hair at the back as if you will be doing a ponytail. Make sure that all strands are included. It is also ideal that the start of your pony is in the lower section of your head.
2. Put your pencil vertically at the side of the starting point of your ponytail. If you like your hair to be twisted in a clockwise motion, put it at your left side. If you did it the other way around (counterclockwise) put it in the right. Do whatever will be more comfortable to you. Then, cover the pencil with your compiled hair.
3. Turn your pencil horizontally (180 degrees) while wrapping your hair around it.
4. Turn again your pencil for another 90 degrees.
5. Now, hold the end of your pencil (the one that is pointing downward) and pull it half way down. While doing this, ensure that no hair got away from the pencil.
6. The next step is quite tricky. You need to push the end of the pencil going up and insert it in the inner part of your hair near your scalp. Secure it by pushing it downward to the bottom.
7. Ensure that you are comfortable with your bun.
HAIR ELASTICS ALTERNATIVE NO. 2: CHOPSTICKS
Another alternative that can be used is Chopsticks.
The steps done in doing a bun using pencil is also applicable to this item. However, if you want to have a more oriental style, you can use two chopsticks. You just have to insert the second chopstick in at the opposite side of the first one.
TAKE NOTE: Anything with pencil-like shape items such as ball pen or make up brush can also be used as alternative. Just remember that those materials shall be long and strong enough to hold a tight and secured bun. And always take precaution not to hurt your scalp while doing this.
HAIR ELASTICS ALTERNATIVE NO. 3: RIBBON
1. Place the ribbon at the bottom part of your hair (nape area).
2. Wrap your hair using the ribbon. Again, make sure that all strands of your hair are included. Now, tie the ribbon tightly at the front
3. Do steps no. 2 and 3 again this time at the back part of your hair for a tighter version
4. For the last tying, you can now make a ribbon.
TAKE NOTE: You can also use other materials such as shoelace, yarn or even handkerchief. However, the item shall be at least 20 inches long or has the same length from your middle finger to your shoulder for a more stylish and preppy look.
HAIR ELASTICS ALTERNATIVE NO. 4: BOBBY PINS / HAIR PINS
STEPS: (pictures will be provided soon)
1. Pull all your hair at the back. This time, you can have an option of making a higher or lower type of bun.
2. Twist your hair until it becomes round.
3. Use the bobby pin in securing the hair. When using a bobby pin, insert it in an up and down motion. Make sure that the bobby pins are not loose and it is securing the areas with protruding hair.
TAKE NOTE: Ideally, you can use at least five to six bobby pins to protect the plumpness of the bun. But it will always depend on the thickness and length of your hair. The longer or thicker your hair is, the more bobby pins are needed.
HAIR ELASTICS ALTERNATIVE NO. 5: NONE
Yes, you read it right. You can make a bun even if you don’t have anything at all. How? The following are the steps you can do:
1. Pull all your hair at the back specifically at the lower portion of your head. Make sure that all strands are included.
2. Twist and make a round bun.
3. Using your finger, loosen up the end part of the bun (near the scalp). This space will be used where the bun will be placed.
4. Slowly, insert the round bun inside the divided portion of your hair.
If one day these dilemmas suddenly happened to you, don’t fret! Remember, there are alternative items found inside your kitchen, your office or even inside your bag that you can use to put your hair in a bun or in a pony and will surely make your day stress free.