It's hard to say why the hair stick fell out of favor--maybe it kept slipping out of people's hair, or no one could figure out how to use it. There's a number of youtube videos on the matter, but I just kind of swirl my hair until it stays. It actually stays well all day.
Also, the neat thing about hair sticks is that you can make them tight (as in like a tight ponytail) or loose. I like to wear them loose since I get headaches otherwise.
Picture dump: (btw the antlers in the top picture are by the same etsy seller as the antler ones below)
|Unusual HairSticks Deer Antler Hair Accessory|
Though I also just bought the following, which I have yet to wear: