A friend of mine was raving about Spin Pins the other day, and about how they’re impossible to find in NYC, so I had to investigate. A Spin Pin, made by hair gadget guru Goody, is a double-helix spiral shaped pin that helps keep updos in place. They come in regular and mini sizes and I’m going to go out on a limb here and say they’re the best things to hit hairstyling since the humble bobby pin.
I don’t really have enough hair for a proper updo, but I put a Spin Pin into a hunk of my hair and it didn’t move. Using a Spin Pin is intuitively easy--you just screw it into a twisted updo (no elastic or hair bungee required) and it holds everything together. I’m sure there’s some sort of physics theory to explain how it works, but let’s just leave it at this: it works.
Goody has other hair tools, part of the Simple Styles line, to theoretically get runway-worthy hair. I had a long-tressed friend be a guinea pig and try them out. The Modern Updo pin, which looks like a long, curved bobby pin, got good reviews, though she said she couldn’t get hers to look like the one in the picture. The Bun Spiral, which looks like a cuff bracelet and claims to give you a ballerina-style bun, got the worst reviews. My tester couldn’t get it around her bun, and gave up and just shoved a Spin Pin into it. This could have been user error, but who knows.
Goody makes a few others that we didn’t test, like the Volume Boost Comb (for Snooki-worthy crown volume) and the Pony Pouf clip which sort of looks like an 80s banana clip except turned horizontally to the head.
Now if only Goody could help us get those amazing braids from the Fall 2011 runways.