A pencil or a pair of chopsticks makes a good hair tool for cinching a loose up-do.

How to Do Hairstyles Using Chopsticks

by Emily Weller

Chopsticks aren't just for eating. You can use them to hold your hair in place or to add a decorative touch to a ponytail or bun. While you can find sticks specially designed for use in your hair, you can also use a plain disposable chopstick from a local restaurant or decorative chopsticks designed for food. If you have hair that's longer than shoulder length, you can use the sticks to secure your hair into a bun. Chopsticks may not hold up hair that's shorter than shoulder length, but you can still weave the sticks through your hair as a decorative touch.

Full Bun

Brush your hair back over your scalp and gather it into a ponytail at the base of your skull.

Twist the hair in the ponytail upwards and wrap it around the base of the ponytail to form a bun. Keep wrapping it until all of the hair is in the bun. Tuck the ends under the rest of the hair.

Insert the pointy end of one chopstick into the top right side of the bun. Push the chopstick through the bun so that the tip of it just barely touches your scalp. Don't push too hard or you may end up with a bruise or scrape on your scalp.

Tilt the chopstick up, pushing it through the hair just underneath the bun, until the stick is parallel to your scalp. The pointy end of the chopstick should stick out of the other side of the bun. Your hair should feel secure and if you take your hand away, the chopstick should hold the hair in place.

Push the other chopstick into the top of the bun on the left side. Tilt it upwards and slide into the hair underneath the bun until it sticks out of the other side. The two chopsticks should criss-cross and look like an "X."


Brush your hair over your scalp. Divide the hair into two sections, one on the top and one on the bottom. Gather the top section into a ponytail.

Twist the ponytail up into a bun. Place the pointy end of a chopstick into one side of the bun so that the tip of the chopstick barely touches your scalp.

Weave the chopstick under the bun until the pointy tip comes out of the other side of the bun. Weave another chopstick through the bun in the other direction if you would like.

Braided Bun

Brush your hair into a ponytail and secure with an elastic on top of your head. Divide the ponytail into three equal sections.

Bring the right section over the center section, then the left section over the center section. Continue braiding down the length of hair.

Twist the braid up into a bun around the elastic band. Place the tip of the chopstick into the right side of the bun, from the top. Tilt the chopstick to the side and weave through and under the bun, until the tip comes out the other side, to hold it in place.

Weave the second chopstick through the other side of the bun, if you would like.

Items you will need

  • Hairbrush
  • Hair sticks or chopsticks
  • Hair elastic (optional)


  • You can use a single chopstick if you want to a slightly different look.
  • If you have fine or short hair, you may want to use a hair elastic to hold the ponytail or half ponytail in place before inserting the chopstick.
  • Chopsticks work best on straight, dry hair. If your hair is curly, try to smooth it out as much as you can before twisting it into a bun.

About the Author

Based in Pennsylvania, Emily Weller has been writing professionally since 2007, when she began writing theater reviews Off-Off Broadway productions. Since then, she has written for TheNest, ModernMom and Rhode Island Home and Design magazine, among others. Weller attended CUNY/Brooklyn college and Temple University.

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