A bun with chopsticks is a fashionable and elegant look for your hair. Wearing chopsticks to hold up or adorn hair originated in Asian countries, and it is a style still worn today. You can use restaurant-type chopsticks, coloured plastic or decorative enamel chopsticks. It is a cool way to wear your hair during the summer heat, and you can begin this style with wet or dry hair. If your hair is long enough to put up in a bun, you can wear chopsticks.
Select your chopsticks. Fancy chopsticks are available at import stores or online. Beauty supply stores sell chopsticks, but they call them hair sticks. Hair sticks range in size from 2 to 12 inches, with 6-1/2 inches being the standard size.
Start with well-combed damp or dry hair. Those with curly or hard-to-manage hair might want to use a leave-in conditioner, gel, mousse or other smoothing product. Gather your hair in the back with two hands, as if you are going to put it into a ponytail. You can gather it near the middle of the back of your head or lower near the nape of your neck.
Twist your ponytail in a counterclockwise direction until it is tight. Then start coiling it around in a circle as if you were making a traditional bun. Tuck the ends into the bun.
Hold your bun with one hand, leaving the other hand free to pick up the first chopstick or hair stick. Push the chopstick into your bun, starting at the bottom of the bun and sticking it diagonally upward.
At the top, twist the stick once and push it downwards through the centre of your bun at an angle. This sounds complicated, but once you practice it, it's easy. See the YouTube video in the "References" section of this article for a visual explanation.
Take the other chopstick and stick it through your bun at the top at an angle and push it down. Then both chopsticks will form an "X" shape.
Finish with a light application of hairspray if desired. This hairstyle is supposed to look messy with some pieces of hair sticking out.
Achieve this style in an even easier manner. Make any type of hair bun on the back of your head and secure it with hair clips, hair pins, elastic bands or any combination thereof. Then put the chopsticks or hair sticks into the bun in the form of an "X." In this way, the chopsticks aren't holding your hair bun to your head, but are there for a purely decorative touch.