A hair stick(alsohairstick) is a straight, pointed device, usually between five and nine inches in length, used to hold a person’s hair in place in ahair bunor similar hairstyle.
Unlike manyhair pins, which are usually small and quite simple, hair sticks are often more elaborate and decorative, and feature jeweled orcarveddesigns that make them stand out as pieces of luxuryjewelry.
Hairsticks have been in use for thousands of years, and have been found in cultures of the Ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks. Although some of these have been jeweled, luxury items, such as the gold hairsticks of Egypt, more common, wooden hairsticks have also been found in cultures such as Rome, suggesting that they were in wide use amongst people regardless of their financial standing. However, the most influential culture on modern hairsticks has been Japanese, and in particular the use of decorative Japanese Kanzashi.