“This particular hairstyle is easily recognizable due to the two strips of red silk ribbon, with white spotted pattern, called kanoko (ka no ko literally means child of deer, and is so called due to the spots on the fawn’s back), that has been woven through the mage (the mass of hair, or “bun” on the crown), and visible through the hair on the top and bottom section.
For normal occasions, the wareshinobu generally is decorated with kanzashi relevant to the month and the season. For the event of Misedashi, the new Maiko will wear two fan shaped bira-bira-kan (fluttering kanzashi), tortoiseshell kanzashi worn on both sides at the front and one at the back (with symbols representing the current season), tortoiseshell kushi (comb), tama kanzashi (coral), kanoko-dome and miokuri (two sets of three rectangular decorations of red silver and gold, located at the bottom of the mage).
After her Mishidashi, when she is a full-fledged Maiko, she continues to wear the wareshinobu hairstyle for the next three years. Through this period of time, she will wear her kanzashi in accordance to the strict monthly seasonal calendar.” (source: ImmortalGeisha)