The messy side bun (shown here on buddies Sasha and Natasha) that hairstylist Sam McNight created for Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2011 show screamed “Try me!”, but wrestling with a few (okay, maybe quite a few) bobby pins leaves me shaking in my boots. Remember Julia von Boehm’s—well, her “Julia von Boehm”-do? Yeah, still haven’t figured that out. You just can’t see back there. But right around the time I was editing my Paris Fashion Week pictures, I discovered something wonderful. Goody, the veteran mass-market purveyor of hair accoutrements, had the good sense to take wine-opener-corkscrew technology (my guess) and pour it into two little molds, thereby creating Spin Pins. If this were a toy, the box would say “safe for ages 5 and up”. It’s that easy. Gather your hair into a rope, maneuver it into some sort of bun, and simply twist in the pins one at a time, close to the scalp, from different directions. Like anything beauty-related, it could take a couple of tries until you get the hang of it. And, only two pins will hold up all of my fine/thick/curly hair, you ask? Yes, yes they will. For under seven bucks, choose your color (“blonde” or “brunette”), see for yourself, and thank me later.