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The Taro


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Short Description

The Taro hair stick echos the form of traditional hairpins in its design. It combines dark, reddish rosewood with golden tamarind, and is large enough to hold and support thick, thick heavy hair. It’s a classic, stylish hair stick and a popular favorite.

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 Taro

The Taro design is drawn directly from the organic shape of the giant taro leaves which are native to Southern India and South East Asia. It is grown primarily for its root vegetable, and edible leaves. It is believed to be on of the earliest cultivated plants.

Hair sticks are the original hair tool, and are very easy to use, as well as reducing breakage and damage to hair. The wood holds the natural oils in your hair, making them a healthier alternative to plastic clips and elastic bands. For more insight on how to use them, check out our tutorials below.

The Taro is a handcrafted hair stick, carved and finished by traditional woodcarvers in Bali, Indonesia. No piece is ever the same, they are unique each time from their shape to the grains in the wood. The wood used to create each piece comes from reclaimed roots from harvested plantations. Each Taro sold plants 6 trees in the protected national forests in Indonesia.Your hair stick will arrive in recycled packaging made from papaya pulp, with a protective fabric wallet to keep it snug when you are on the move.

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

300 lbs

Oxygen Generated Per Year for

12 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

Taro 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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