While the whole world debates whether the revival of the humble hair scrunchie is acceptable (looking at you, VSCO girls), a more stylish subset is reviving another hair tool with a less questionable chicness factor.
Hair sticks, the hair tool that pre-dates any other hair accessory (as evidenced by its perpetual existence in your nan's hair), are not just seriously versatile, they’re now doing more than just making your hair look good.
Trailblazing brand in hair stick revival, SAYA Designs, creates handcrafted hair accessories from root wood reclaimed from plantations in Indonesia. Root wood often takes hundreds of years to decompose, while adding little value to the soil. Rather than letting the wood go to waste, SAYA Designs salvages it, transforming it into plastic-free pieces that are as purposeful as they are beautiful.
Hand-carved by traditional Balinese artisans, each piece allows up to ten new endangered and endemic tree species to be planted in protected forests throughout Indonesia. And if that’s too difficult to wrap your head around, according to estimations, the sale of a single SAYA hair stick can generate enough oxygen for two people – for an entire year. Not too shabby.
Victoria Jones, founder of SAYA Designs, says she “created the company out of a deep love of nature, a growing awareness of environmental issues, and a desire to create things with a real story to tell.”
“At a time of globalisation, industrialisation, and climate change,” Jones says, “being able to put money directly into the pockets of local artisans, to support non-governmental organisations, and those going the extra mile to work ethically, is a very powerful thing. I believe we are on the brink of change, and I am personally determined to drive more energy into this change.”
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