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The Mini Pandans


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Short Description

The Mini Pandans are a set of two hair pins, handcrafted from the roots of tamarind and rosewood trees. The contrasting tones of the woods compliment both light and dark hair. Due to their wide width and short length, The Mini Pandans are best styled in hair that is medium to short in length, and not too thick.

Medium Hair Tutorials

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

Short Hair Tutorials

You don’t have to have Rapunzel-length locks in order to use a hair stick! Take inspiration from these tutorials below.

About the Mini Pandans

Whether you wear them holding a loose knot in place, or sticking out of a firm bun, the Mini Pandan hairpins always look elegant! The smooth, simple shapes are inspired by the long pandan leaves used widely in Indonesia for cooking, fragrances and natural dyes.

Hairpins are incredibly easy to use, and far gentler on your hair than elastic bands, reducing breakage and damage. The wood also holds the natural oils in your hair, nourishing it while you wear them. 

The Mini Pandans are handcrafted by traditional woodcarvers in Bali, Indonesia. The wood used to create each one comes from roots salvaged from old plantations. They are held securely in a hand-sewn, traditional fabric sleeve, and arrive in recycled packaging made from papaya pulp.

For every set of Mini Pandan hairpins you purchase, we will plant two trees in the surrounding area of the National Protected Forests in Indonesia through our partner NGO, GAIA.

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

100 lbs

Oxygen Generated Per Year for

4 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

Mini Pandans 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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