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The Pala Hair Sticks

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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

Recycled Teak Root

The heartwood of teak (the centre of the tree) is a brownish red in colour, and it’s sapwood (the outer part) is a pale yellowish brown. Native to South East Asia it is valued for its durability and as such is in high demand for boat building, construction, and furniture. This has led to overexploitation, however, there has been a recent rise in the number of sustainable teak plantations throughout the seasonally dry tropics. Scientific name: Tectona grandis

The Pala Hairsticks come in a set of three. The three pins are designed to style your hair in versatile ways and create options to give the full focus on the hair style itself. Available in sustainably sourced Teak, Tamarind and Rosewood. All of our accessories are hand carved from waste offcuts left over from plantations in Indonesia. Each piece is unique. Your Pala Hairsticks arrive in fully recyclable packaging with a fabric sleeve to protect them whilst traveling.

Suited For Your Hair Type? : The Para Hair Sticks are suited for medium to longer hair that is in need of additional support. They are also a great choice if styling for a special occasion and want an alternative to bobby pins or plastic clips. Each one can be used singularly, or all together to give additional support to more ambitious styles. Each wood variation will compliment individual hair colours, either by choosing a wood type with opposing tones or similar ones. See our tutorials page for ideas.

Benefits of Wood? : Wooden combs and accessories help to reduce anti static, breakage and damage to hair, unlike plastic and metal. The porous nature of wood absorbs and redistributes your natural oils and maintains healthy hair continuously through your wash cycle. Wooden tips also gently massage your skin, stimulating blood flow which over time promotes hair growth. View our shop here to explore our whole collection.

Dimensions : Length x 14.5cm | Width x 1cm | Depth x 1cm

Craftsmanship : All our collections are uniquely designed, inspired by local flora and fauna in Indonesia. The process from rough-cut waste to hand-polished combs and forks are made by our artisans in Indonesia, creating truly one-of-a-kind pieces everytime. They are unique from the details in their shape and in the grains of the wood. All of our accessories are hand carved from waste offcuts left over from plantations in Indonesia.

Inspired by Nature | Pala is known internationally as “Banda Nutmeg” and commonly used and traded as an essential spice and in traditional medicine. Recyclable Packaging : Your piece will arrive in a fully recyclable mailer bag with a recyclable box and protective fabric sleeve to keep it safe when traveling. The box is handmade from papaya fruit pulp and vegetable inks. Once used, you can place it in the food compost.

Avoid contact with water and using with wet hair. 

Avoid heavy sideways pressure. 

Every 6 months gently rub a cloth with olive oil to keep them in a good condition. 

Keep scratch free whilst travelling using the fabric pouch.

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Your Environmental Impact? | 1% of this sale goes directly towards supporting grass roots NGOs and nonprofits working on climate solutions, natural energy, education, activism, biodiversity via our partnership with 1% for the Planet. Your accessory also supports local artisans, paid on a living wage in Indonesia. This product is biodegradable, including fully recyclable packaging. We are now a 'Climate Positive' company, so all your shipping is offset via our carbon offset

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.

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