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Chopstick styled hair is everywhere at the moment. Rocked by Beyonce circa Austin Powers era, it’s now firmly made its come back. I’m pretty lucky that I have quite long hair and so I thought I’d give the latest trend a go. The Lee Stafford Chopstick Styler (£19.99) is amazingly cheap compared to others on the market and the pink design is perfect for the girly girls amongst us.
The barrel is super thin, think of an actual chopstick and that’s the barrel. It has a black end which remains cool *ish* during the process. The pink handle is easy to use and comfortable to hold. The swivel cord ensures it doesn’t tangle and makes it easier to position the hair for the best results.
It has a simple switch and takes less than a minute to heat up to its 200 degrees maximum. I would definitely suggest using a heat defence spray to protect your hair; I used the Lee Stafford heat protection (it smells delicious) and does a great job of protecting the hair.
My biggest tip if this is your first time achieving the chopstick style is to ensure your parting is exactly where you want it before you begin. Once you’ve started, it’s really hard to break the curls and move the hair around. I will admit I had to watch a few tutorials online first as it is quite intimidating but once I’d started it was so easy to use. I sectioned my hair first, put the thickest part in a bobble and then separated the thinner side with a clip.
I took small sections of my right hand side and wrapped it round the styler. I held it with my left hand behind my head and wrapped my hair with my right hand. Try and get it as close to the scalp as possible, this will give you more volume. I wrapped it round as far as I could and then kept hold of a tiny bit of hair at the end. After ten seconds I unravelled the hair with my fingers, I did try just letting it go but some sections got tangled. As I’ve mentioned, I do have really long hair and the whole process took around an hour. If you’re doing this for a special occasion or a night out just make sure you factor in the time it takes.
Once all the sections were curled I ran my fingers through the whole lot and then tried smaller sections. This loosens the curls and adds more volume; I found this made a massive difference as I wasn’t too sure I liked it at first before I loosened the curls slightly. Another piece of advice is definitely do not brush it. No matter how awful you think it might look, persevere with the finger brushing and leave the brushing alone. Basil Brush’s tail comes to mind once it’s been brushed!
To finish the look I added some frizz serum, texturizing spray and some hairspray. I clipped back my fringe too because it’s at that awkward stage where it’s something or nothing. Personally, I really like the style. It took a while to get used to but it’s definitely a look I would wear for a special occasion but maybe not an everyday work look (I need all the sleep I can get)!
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