There are times though, when I feel like I want a little style. I was really hopeful about the Goody Spin Pins as they seem to be loved by a large group of people. I bought the large ones for me and the mini ones for my preschooler.
The Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin comes in a box with two spin pins like the ones pictured above. You get three for the mini spin pins, along with some instructions on how to use the product.
It's not that hard. You make a pony tail and twist it into a bun then you corkscrew the spin pins in place. One goes on top, the other secures the bottom. The mini spin pins are about two-thirds the size of the regular large spin pins so if you have less hair, that may work better.
|mini spin pin on left, regular spin pin on right|
In theory, these should work nicely. But when confronted with hair like mine (medium to thick strands, generally straight and smooth in texture, roughly 1.5" in diameter when tightly wound into a pony tail), the spin pins are simply no match. The bun always unravels within minutes, if I can even secure all of the hair with 2 large spin pins. I tried everything. Low buns, high buns, braided buns and I even tried using all five spin pins on one bun but it will not hold it. The only way to get the bun to stay in place is to divide my hair into two sections and make two very low Princess Leia buns on each side. I'm not interested in walking around as Princess Leia.
I've been able to get the single large bun to stay in place for longer than a few minutes by securing the buns with the two large spin pins and then using another set of hairpins in several other places around the base of the bun. I use maybe seven or eight of the ones pictured below. They're also from Goody although I have forgotten what they are called.
The mini spin pins are completely useless to me. They will not hold up the half-pony, no matter what I do. For some reason though, they won't seem to hold my daughter's hair in place either. She doesn't have nearly half as much hair as I do and the strands are finer but they are probably just too smooth and/or too short right now.
I've had these spin pins for quite awhile and I hate to be part of that small majority that does not think this product works well but the spin pins don't seem to work for us :( I can't help but wish that Goody would sell those old fashioned wire mesh bun holders I had as a kid. Know what I'm talking about? Noone seems to sell them in this part of the world. Get me a large one of those and 8 bobby pins and we're good to go.