Honestly, these things are so useful you'll wonder what you ever did without one.
A word of warning before you buy. Be sure you get a HOT melt glue gun and not just a low temp one. It can be a dual temperature gun but you want a HOT option.
Yes, this does mean you'll have to be a bit more careful to avoid burning your fingers.
However, because the glue is hotter it's thinner. It penetrates your ribbons better and you can use less.
This is important, not from an expense point of view because glue sticks are cheap, but for esthetics reasons. Less glue, less bulk equals a cleaner, nicer hair bow.
Here are the hot melt glue guns we recommend…