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The Chanang


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Short Description

The Chanang wooden hair fork is available in both tamarind with rosewood, with opposing rosewood with tamarind tips, so they will stand out in any hair colour. Hair forks are able to hold larger and fuller amounts of hair than hairpins, and will keep even the most unruly of locks in place.

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Long Hair Tutorials

Hair sticks were made for hair like yours! Take your pick from the styles below.

Medium Hair Tutorials

Thick and curly hair is easily held up with hair sticks. Just choose the style you fancy from the tutorials below.

About the Chanang

The Chanang is inspired directly by the core of traditional Balinese culture. The decorative tips mimic the historical ceremonial crowns that females have worn for centuries during religious practice, whilst the name ‘Chanang’ comes from the daily offerings left at Balinese temples. ‘Canang' (Spelt without the ‘h’ in Indonesia) in the Balinese Sanskrit language has two syllables, 'ca' meaning beautiful, and ‘nang' meaning purpose. The Chanang represents a beautiful purpose. This symbolism is what we think makes the Balinese culture so special, everyone lives with a beautiful purpose.

Each Chanang hair fork is unique, with an individual pattern of grain and hand carved shape. The tamarind wood stands out against darker hair, while the rosewood makes a real statement on fair tones. The Chanang is incredibly easy to use, and helps to reduce breakage and damage to hair. The wood holds the natural oils in your hair, making it a healthier alternative to plastic clips and elastic bands.

The Chanang is a hand crafted wooden hair fork, carved and finished by traditional woodcarvers in Bali, Indonesia. The wood used to create each piece comes from reclaimed root wood salvaged from harvested plantations. Each Chanang sold plants 10 trees into protected rainforests in Indonesia.

Your Chanang will arrive in recycled packaging made from papaya pulp, with a protective fabric sleeve to keep it safe when you are on the move. Check out our tutorials below for more inspiration on how to use them.

Your Environmental Impact?

Planting trees is one of the best ways to fight climate change. Trees not only absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, they also provide a habitat for a diverse range of species in the rainforest.

Trees Planted


CO2 Savings Per Year

500 lbs

Oxygen Generated Per Year for

20 humans

Why roots?

Wood is only a renewable and eco-friendly material if it is consciously sourced. Tropical hardwoods in particular grow very slowly and in low densities, and regenerate poorly after logging. These species are often taken from forests in non-sustainable numbers, and illegal ways.

Searching for a way of sourcing wood sustainably, SAYA Designs came across Made & Ways, sculptors who dig up and recycle root wood from old commercial plantations all across Indonesia. The roots are left behind by loggers harvesting trees on large-scale production sites. They take hundreds of years to decompose and have little value for the soil.

By using this waste material we are having as little impact on the environment as possible.

Recycled Rosewood Root

Rosewood is one of the most popular agroforestry plants in Indonesia. Its high value has encouraged over harvesting, and the natural populations of this tree are facing extinction. Since 1998 the IUCN World Conservation Agency have labeled it a vulnerable species. Scientific name: Dalbergia Latifolia

Recycled Tamarind Root

Tamarind is a soft wood usually planted for its sweet fruits. The tamarind fruit is popular in eastern cooking, as well as being used in many cosmetic products. It has a very light colour, and red and purple grains sometimes criss-cross its centre. Scientific name: Tamarindus Indica

Chanang Do's and Dont's

  • Keep out of water (and avoid using in wet hair).
  • Keep safe in the fabric wallet when on the move.
  • Avoid heavy sideways pressure as much as possible.
  • Try not to drop on hard surfaces, they are handmade and desire loving care!
  • Enjoy them!

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