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How to Create an Easy Updo with the Spin Pin

Updated on March 19, 2013
easy messy updo tutorial using the spin pin
easy messy updo tutorial using the spin pin | Source

Hair Updo Ideas: Goody Spin Pin Review and Tutorial

The Spin Pin is a hair accessory by Goody, a company that specializes in hair accessories and styling tools for men and women. Their product is designed for women with shoulder length to long hair. The Spin Pin is an easy way to wear your hair up in a bun: two Spin Pins holds your hair up easily, replacing hair elastics and bobby pins.

I was skeptical when I first found this product, because I have been enticed by many hair care accessories and I am often disappointed. I have thick dark brown hair, so I was unsure of how the Spin Pin would work in my hair. My hair is also layered, so I have a lot of trouble putting my hair up in a bun because I am constantly dealing with flyaways.

The Spin Pin is not very expensive, expect to pay about 5 dollars for a package. One package contains two metal spiral bobs, that are similar to bobby pins. They work by twisting into your hair to hold it in place. Spin Pins come in different colors designed to match your hair color: blonde, brown, dark brown and black, but not all colors are available everywhere. I also found that there are also lots of spin pin knock offs available around the web.

Hairstyle ideas: the spin pin accessory
Hairstyle ideas: the spin pin accessory | Source

My Spin Pin Review

It took me several tries to get the bun up properly: The first few times I found that when I would stick the pins in my hair, the bun would instantly become loose and no longer be held in place. I find that it’s because my hair is so thick that it’s really hard to keep it all in only two Spin Pins, even though it does a pretty good job of holding up my hair. After trying several attempts, I finally got the Spin Pins to keep my hair up. I was impressed with how tight it stayed up there; once the Spin Pins were in place properly it holds the hair up very well. I also find that my hair looks better using the Spin Pins than if I had used a hair elastic to put my hair up.


Once I finally got it in place, the Spin Pins stayed in my hair all day without moving. I put the Spin Pin on in the morning and when I came home from work at the end of the day it was still held tightly in place. It works much better than bobby pins and looks nicer than when I put my hair up using hair elastics. I really like the fact that you don’t need a lot of pins to keep your hair up. I would suggest that if you do have thick hair like me, invest in more than two spin pins, that way you can keep your hair up with ease.

How to do the Basic Spin Pin Hair Style

Step one: Grab your hair into a ponytail and wrap your hair tightly around like you were doing a regular bun. Try to tuck in as many loose hairs as possible.

Step Two: Grab your first spin spin and put it at the top of your bun. Twist it into your hair, turning it clockwise. Take the other spin pin and put it on the opposite side of your bun, underneath your bun.

Step Three: Pin back any loose sections of hair that have fallen forward and that’s it!

Spin Pin Tips

  • Try to place the first Spin Pin close to your scalp, and make sure that it collects as much of the ends of your ponytail as possible. This will help hold it in place and prevent it from unwinding.
  • Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get the Spin Pin to stay up the first time, because my hair is thick, it took me a few tries before I was able to get the pins positioned right.
  • If you are having trouble securing your hair, you can use more than 2 spin pins, or add some extra bobby pins. The Spin Pin takes the place of 20 bobby pins, but you might need more than that to hold your hair up.
  • Once your bun is up, add a flower or a headband, to make your hair look even prettier.
  • Don’t worry about the two spin pins touching, but try to place them in different spots in your bun.

Mini Spin Pins

Also available on the market are mini spin pins: a package of mini spin pins look the same as the regular spin pin, but they are smaller, which allows you to create a smaller bun in your hair. It works great if you want to wear a hairstyle with one part in an updo and the rest down.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Well you did a great job.

    • TheKatsMeow profile imageAUTHOR

      TheKatsMeow 

      5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks Tillsontitan! I appreciate your comments. I already owned the spin pin so I figured why not do a review and tutorial on it for hubpages :)

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Where were you before I got my hair cut! This is a great little hub filled with useful hints about a product I would never have thought to buy...I'm sure after reading this there will be lots of people buying spin pins.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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