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ClaudiaTherese
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I also have a variety of hairsticks and Amish pins that I can mail to you, Olivia, if there is time.
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What's an Amish pin? *curious*
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Amish pins are hair physics in action. *grin

Traditional hairpins are bent tightly in half, and they rely on pressing down on hair to hold it in place. They are like clamps. This means that a very few hairs end up bearing most of the stress, and it's a recipe for hair breakage and slipping of the pins.

In contrast, Amish pins rely on pushing out against the hair, distributing the stress over a much greater area. They look like "V"s -- bent pieces of very smooth metal, but with more of a "U" shape at the tip of the bend. You pinch them shut before putting them in the hair, then let them "spring open" once inserted in the hair. Much, much more secure and hair-friendly.

So, instead of prying them open and clamping them down on little sections of the hair (as traditional hairpins do), you press them shut and then let them open back up in the bun, distributing the stress throughout the wrapped hair.

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OooOOOOOoooooooOOOOoooh.

I need me some of those. I wonder where I can get them around here?

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I can hook you up with a place to do an online order, if you are interested. If so, remind me tomorrow -- I'm getting all groggy. Bedtime. [Smile]
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Ah! And I can mail you some to try first, if you like. But I'll probably want them back. Good stuff.
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It might be good to try them first, since my hair has a history of defying even wonderful products. [Smile]
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Ah, then I have several things for you to play with. [Smile] I've been meaning to send Olivet a toybox for awhile -- I should do one for both of you.

Remind me!

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I really like the Chinese bun. You totally have the right look for that outfit. It's gorgeous.
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Hey, my mom wants amish pins too.... she doesn't mind ordering online but doesn't know where... google wasn't much help.
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CT, that Chinese bun is absolutely gorgeous! I'm bookmarking the site so I can explore! (hope my hair is long enough, though....)
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