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CurlyNikki’s Spin Pin Review

By January 27th, 202116 Comments

CurlyNikki's Spin Pin Review
Hola Chicas,

Happy Friday!!! OMG, last night I had a major ‘nesting’ fit and successfully built a TV stand and the baby’s bassinet… I was up ’til one a.m. and didn’t get a chance to write or post this review until now.

CurlyNikki's Spin Pin ReviewI’m 33 weeks today and getting rounder :0) Every time I walk past a mirror or catch a glimpse of my profile in a reflective surface, I have a moment of wonder (and sheer panic). Asking myself, ‘How in the hell is all of THAT gonna fit through THERE‘?! Thankfully, the terror passes as soon as it comes, and life goes on. I shared this thought with my mother and she laughed hysterically, which made me laugh…until I cried, lol, literally. I cried. Which only made her laugh harder.
My emotions are out of whack and in the past few days I’ve cried over a commercial, several episodes of I Didn’t Know I was Pregnant (those poor babies being born into dirty toilet bowls… how dreadful!), and Slum Dog Millionaire. Other than that, I feel great except for some slight swelling, and mild to moderate back and joint pain. The day is drawing near and I’m very excited!

So, on to the Spin Pin review:

My hair in these pics are the result of a 3 day old Twist-Out (I used Herbal Essence’s Hydralicious as a leave-in and sealed with Shea Butter). I completed the set and unraveled with the sole intention to bun- – I never wore it down & out. This allows my buns to last longer and remain relatively frizz free for a week or more, as long as I have Shea Butter close at hand, and my scarf on deck.

I took pics of my ‘usual’ high bun vs. my Goody Spin Pin High Bun.

I created the ‘usual’ bun by gathering my hair near the crown, pulling it through a satin scrunchy twice, fanning the hair out over the satin scrunchy in all directions, and securing with a goody ouchless band. I then pulled the hair through (so that only the ends were trapped under the Goody band) to create a fuller look. Basically a donut bun (hmmm… donuts). The end result is a voluminous, messy bun. Just the way me likey ๐Ÿ™‚

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The other day, after reading several reviews, curiosity got the best of me and I picked up a pair of brunette Goody Spin Pins at Walgreens. I was attracted to the idea of an easy and low manipulation method to create my buns. I quickly learned that while the claims are true… it doesn’t exactly yield the results I crave:

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For the life of me, I can’t get it big and messy! In order to create the bun, you have to gather the hair, twirl it around itself, and tuck the ends under. So after all of the twirling and wrapping, I’m left with a rather small, very neat bun… which I’m sure would be perfect for some occasion, but I can’t think of any right now! For the look I want, I think I need more hair.

Bottom Line: The Goody Spin Pins are excellent tools to add to your arsenal. Application and removal was easy peasy and I lost no hairs and experienced zero snagging. The method is low tension, low manipulation, and very quick. But if you’re into the BIG MESSY look, the Spin Pins may not give you the bun you so crave. I’m going to continue to play around with it for a while… I’ve yet to try a low side bun with it!

Later Gators,

p.s. Stay tuned for some major giveaways! During a nesting fit a couple of days ago, I cleaned out my bathroom cabinets and have tons of stuff I’ve never used, and a few things used only once or twice. In the lot are Mop Top, AG Recoil, Darcy’s Botanicals, Blended Beauty, SheaMoisture, and even MY curlformer set… yes, I’m gonna giveaway my curlformers, lol! Gotta make room for baby!

Edited to add: Be sure to check out my ‘ Do Over’ review… you can totally get a big messy bun… SEE HOW HERE!


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  • Anonymous says:

    Fuck yeah, all-black families! ๐Ÿ˜€ Congrats on the baby, I absolutely adore you for keeping beautiful black love and natural black beauty going strong! Whoo!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Beautiful hair!

  • Rachel says:

    Hey Curly Nikki,

    You may not remember me, I spotted you at Target last week. You are the cutest pregnant woman I've ever seen. you don't look like you've gained a pound and your hair is beautiful! Have you noticed much growth since becoming pregnant?
    I love the pins and I'm glad to hear that you're getting the bigger buns you like.

  • Whitney B says:


    You are so absolutely adorable preggers.

    I bought my spin pins last week, and I achieved the big messy bun look with hair that is a few inches shorter than yours. The trick is to not twist the hair into a bun. You have to free form it and stick the pins in. It should almost feel like it won't work while it's in your hands, but then voila! the Goody pins hold everything in place. Keep playing with it, you'll get it.

  • Anonymous says:


    I like your original bun better than the one with the goody pin. Okay, I'm a transitioning newbie…can you tell me what a "MY curlformer set" is?

    all the best,


  • LadyWritesTheBlues says:

    "hmmmmm…donuts." lol HILARIOUS!

  • Moni says:

    Where do you get your satin scrunchies from? Those would be perfect for my buns! Thanks!

  • Bevy says:

    I LOVE your updates on your pregnancy…hilarious! Keep them coming.

  • Mzmillion says:

    You are gorgeous pregnant… And I love the new pic at top of blog of preggo you…

    I want some curlformers, i have been wanting them for months and months, they just haven't made it to my budget…oh please please please, let me win them…lol.

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki, you look so cute!
    Another option for a full bun is to start with a dark banana clipped puff pony. This is my favorite way to bun. I have fine hair, too. I use the thinner banana clip-not the real chunky one. Fan the hair along the length of the clip before closing it, then loosely swirl hair around to shape a bun, tucking in the ends and securing with regular hair pins. You can actually hide the clip if you pin the hair just right.

  • Afia says:

    Nikki, you look beautiful…love the bun..can't wait for that giveaway..darcy's botanicals, shea

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikky, you haven't gained any weight, still look slim!! Nice shape, girl!!

  • MissCurly says:

    You are too cute with your round lil bump! Can't wait to see pics of your lil curly babe. Anywayz I totally see where you are coming from with the spin pins giving the teeny tiny bun lol. That is how my buns look without the dounut haha. I'm still tryna figure out how you acheive your volumous high messy buns. For the life of me I just cant get that sucker to work for me, even after watching your tutorial ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm not giving up though. I'm sure you'll figure out a way to make the spin pins work. Maybe the low side bun or your Princess Leia buns will work better. Keep us posted!

  • Anonymous says:

    You are gorgeous nikki! I love your pregnancy updates too. I'm still going to pick up some pins, but I'll probably have the same issue as you. Thanks for the review, and good luck on your delivery!

  • Unknown says:

    Your updates on pregnancy and motherhood are adding to my nervousness, LOL. But I know you will make a wonderful mother and "it will fit" , lol, because it's not all her. I admire your calmness and sense of humor through it all.

    And I'll take those curlformers, thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

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