Ever since I grew out my hair I’ve been living in a messy bun. As easy as a bun is to wear, it’s definitely not the most elegant of looks. After going through an obligatory scrunchie phase and playing around with barrettes I’ve found what’s definitely my new favorite hair accessory: the wooden hair stick.
Let me introduce you to the magic of the hair stick:
Super simple and elegant, the hair stick instantly took my bun from messy to chic. It’s pretty non-descript, which is good if you’re going for a natural look and don’t want to be extra flashy. Even though it’s low-key, I got a lot of compliments about it on my way back from class. Most people haven’t seen hair sticks like this before so it was pretty cool to be on the cusp of this trend.
This hair stick comes from S A Y A Designs, an eco-friendly brand that crafts sustainable accessories from root wood salvaged from Indonesian plantations. All of their designs are handcrafted by artisans in Bali. As someone who’s all about vegan and sustainable fashion, this is right up my alley.
I love the simple beauty of this hair stick. When I opened the package, it was evident how much time and care had been put into it.
The founder of S A Y A, Victoria’s, designs are all directly inspired by the local flora and flora in Bali. When I spoke to her about her design process, she said that she “tried to incorporate the simplicity of the shapes and curves of leaves and plants around her.”
When I asked about the inspiration behind the names, she said that each design is also named after each plant. For example, The Frangipani is inspired directly by the flowers of the same name. Connected to the magnolia family, Frangipanis are known for their soft, feminine beauty. In Bali they are known as the “Kamboja” and are often associated with local culture as they are used daily in Balinese Hindu ceremonies and temple offerings.
Isn’t that inspiring? As you know, I only support brands who promote sustainability and S A Y A is honestly one of the most environmentally-friendly brands I’ve seen. In addition to using only recycled wood, they plant up to 10 endangered species of trees in Indonesia for every hair stick purchase made.
For more ways to style a hair stick (although I’m always partial to a bun) check out S A Y A’s instagram. And if you’re interested in the stick I’m wearing it’s The Banana Leaf.
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