The Hair

Some of you know that I have a little hair hobby. My favorite part of this hobby is collecting hairtoys.

Monday, this little beauty arrived in the mail:

It’s made by Designs by Baerreis, and is their Ursula style fork in Brazilian Tulipwood Rosewood. My first Baerreis. ::dreamy sigh::

I think I’m in love. The wood itself is gorgeous. Look at that figure! The shape of the fork holds wonderfully. And, hey, it looks like this in my hair:

Oooooooh yeah, I’m a happy longhair!


I need a diversion…so we’re back to hairtoys. wink

A Bunjii, simply put, is a hairsafe ponytailer, shaped like a lasso.  You open the lasso, slide the hair through the circle, tighten the lasso, wrap the tail around the ponytail, and secure the tail in the hub of the Bunjii. 

You look lost.  

No idea what I’m talking about?

Here ya go:

Bunjii ponytail

The design allows for the hair to be placed in the lasso only once, without twisting the loop and pulling the hair through an ever tightening loop, as with traditional ponytail elastics.  You control exactly how tightly the Bunjii fits.  Nifty, huh? icon_biggrin.gif 

Unfortunately, they aren’t made anymore.  😦

I actually worked for Bunjii for a while, and during that time acquired some lovely Bunjiis.  The original Bunjiis were made with ABS plastic hubs and tips. These first ones pictured, however, are made with solid sterling silver.

Silver Bunjiis (Click to enlarge.)

This is that bottom Bunjii in action:


These were made with a non-tarnishing goldtone alloy called Bunjiigold:

Bunjiigolds (Click to enlarge.)

My apologies (especially to Brad Bealmear, creator of the Bunjii) for the quality of that pic.  My camera is iffy these days (not to mention the lovely prop they’re tied to), and that was the best of several shots I took.rolleyes

This is a variety of special Bunjiis made with ABS hubs and special beads:

Special Bunjiis (Click to enlarge.)

See?  Lassos.wink  The “rope” is bungee cord.  Really.  I can see the lightbulbs go off above your heads now.  “Ahhhh!  Bunjiis!

This is a bunch of Bunjiis:

Bunch of Bunjiis (Click to enlarge.)

Those tiny Bunjiis are Braidenders.  Braids tend to taper, especially the longer ones.  Smaller braids require smaller Bunjiis.  There are a few Bunjiis missing from that photo that I think my daughter kidnapped, but you get the idea. 


OK, back to hair. 😉

Next, I have hairslides. 

Hairslides (Click to enlarge.)

Clockwise from the top:

  • An old Sarah Coventry slide that was my mother’s at least 30 years ago.  The stick that came with it was brown plastic, and pretty beat up.  It wasn’t until I was gathering my toys for these posts that I realized how well that bone stick goes with it. 
  • Two silvertoned Flexi-8s.
  • A rectangular slide of forgotten origin.
  • A leather slide with dangles purchased at Claire’s or some similar store.
  • A handcarved wooden slide made by a woman in Germany and sent across the world to me. 🙂
  • In the center: a handmade slide of mixed metals from Bronzejewelers

My favorite slide in action:

Bronzejewelers slide 2

And now, the Ficcares.  There is nothing quite like a Ficcare.  There are fakes…which are often referred to in hairland as “Fakares” 😆 , but there is nothing quite like the real thing.  One large Ficcare Maximas is strong enough to hold up my friend’s floor length hair.  Seriously. 

Ficcares (Click to enlarge.)

Left to right:

  • 2 large Maximas
  • 1 medium Maximas
  • 2 large Classical (or Signature)
  • 2 large Innovation
  • 1 medium Innovation  

And a few “Fakares:”

Fakares (Click to enlarge.)

Left to right:

  • a small clip with rhinestones recently received as a gift from my Secret Sister at church. 😀
  • 2 tiny clips with rhinestones.
  • 1 medium clip in antique brass with rhinestones.

One of my typical Ficcare updos:


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