Do you guys remember when we were younger and all we had were those hair ties with the metal connectors that would rip half your head out when you took down your hair? Those were truly the linoleum flooring of hair accessories.
Thankfully, we’ve come a long way since then. I have thin hair and I try to lose as little of it as possible. Because of that, I have gone on a quest that rivals the Odyssey to find the best hair tie out there, and I thought I would share the results of my years-long journey with you all in case you don’t feel like ordering ten different kinds of hair ties.
1. Classic Goody Ouchless Elastics
Obviously eliminating the metal clasp of death was the right move, and the result is a classic hair tie that holds firmly and takes minimal prisoners. Negatives to these: they leave indentations in your hair and they cut off the circulation in your wrist which my Nana tells me causes heart attacks (she’s probably wrong but you never know.) Nevertheless, I will still use them sometimes if I’m working out or styling my hair in a way that requires a really strong hold. Also, I fell prey to buying one of those hair-tie bracelets that solves this problem but I always forget to put on. These are also cheap and can be found pretty much anywhere, but if you’re like me and don’t like to leave your home to buy things, you can find them here.
2. Spiral hair-ties
These became very trendy last summer and honestly I’m not quite sure why. Perhaps there are better brands out there, but in my experience these get stuck in your hair, don’t hold well, and stretch out a lot. I also almost spit out my drink when I found out Anthropologie was selling them for $12 apiece. I think the only upside for me was that the clear ones blend in really well on your wrist (crucial when you are like me and have never ever ever EVER remembered to take your hair-tie off your wrist for a photo.) If you disagree or just want to see for yourself, you can get them here.
3. Gimme No-break Thick Hair-ties
I think these were an Instagram ad that I actually fell for in my desperation to keep as much of my hair as possible, and I have no regrets. These are one step down from scrunchies as far as how gentle they are on your hair, and they hold pretty well. Downsides: they stick out like a sore thumb in photos, they pill after a little bit which makes them look kind of scraggly, and they aren’t great if you’re styling your hair in a way that requires you not to have your hair-tie showing. But, overall a great buy. You can get them here.
4. Kitsch Knitted Hair-ties
After a friend told me a few weeks ago that she swears by these, I had to give them a try. They are very gentle on your hair and wrists and they come in cute colors, but they don’t have very much stretch to them, and they don’t hold for me at all. You can find them here if you want to see for yourself.
5. Good Old-fashioned Scrunchie
Poor Berger was mocked endlessly by Carrie for his scrunchie-wearing novel heroine for nothing because the scrunchie is BACK baby. She’d fit right in these days. Can I just say how grateful I am that it’s socially acceptable to wear these again? They are so gentle on your hair and don’t leave indents. Big, small, silk, cotton, you can get ‘em however you want ‘em. I pretty much only wear them to sleep, and because the silk ones fall out so easily I just use these classic Goody brand ones, which can be found here.
6. Emi Jay knotted hair-ties
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention these since they were ALL THE RAGE in college. Seriously if you wore any other hair tie you were considered a peasant who was not worthy of letting in to all the prestigious frat parties unless you knew at least four brothers. It’s very strange to me that something as small as hair ties can come to convey social status but allegedly these were popular because they didn’t rip hair out or leave indents. I’d agree that both of those things are sort of true but they also stretch out after a few uses. A bunch of brands make them, but you can find the originals here.
And finally, drumroll please, the winner is….
7. L. Erikson Grab & Go Ponytail Holders
I guess truthfully it depends on what you’re looking for, but imho these are the best overall. They don’t rip out a lot of hair, they hold firmly, they don’t restrict blood flow in your wrists, and they are fairly inconspicuous. They come in a few different color combos, and you can find these gifts from the hair tie gods here.