The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Twistbands

You know how sometimes, while examining your shopping loot, you come across something you bought and think, "why in the world did I purchase this?"

I think it might have been because I saw a similar product in Shopbop, and I somehow convinced myself to buy it just because it has reached this side of the globe. Anyway the point is I bought a pack of Twistbands, and I have never been so conflicted about a hair product in my life.

Twistbands are ponybands and headbands made of elastic trim. They stretch to support any hairstyle, yet are slim and sleek enough to wear on your wrist when you want to let your hair down. Twistbands are available in a variety of colors, patterns and fabrics to complement any style.

The Good

+ It comes in a ton of color combinations, patterns, and some even have studs and things.
+ Apart from the good old fluffy scrunchie, it is the only hair tie I have used that does not pull my hair off, with the added bonus of not looking like a fashion victim stuck in the 90s (not that I don't love that era). And I have been through tons of hair things - from the cheap elastics to Goody "ouchless" hair ties   - and every single one of them would always manage to pull out a hair strand or two, so I have to say I am very very impressed with these.

+ It comes with a reusable plastic zip-up case which I find handy to store cash in when on vacation (I prefer my travel wallets to be nondescript).

The Bad

+ Wear them on your wrist? Seriously? No.
+ A 3-pack costs almost seven dollars which is just ridiculous. These are just garters for crying out loud. Pretty damn good ones, admittedly. But still. I feel like I could go to Divisoria, buy a couple of meters of elastic fabric, and make enough twistbands to last me a lifetime.

The Ugly

+ So this is the part that infuriates me just a teeny tiny bit: frayed edges.

I mean, all they ever did was cut the elastic fabric and tie it into a knot (a very basic one, I might add). And for seven dollars a pack, would it kill them to at least make sure the edges aren't frayed? Because it's the type of material where pulling one loose thread unravels everything.

It's actually pretty easy to fix, all I had to do was run the edges through an open flame and that seals in the edges (if I'm not using the proper terms that's because I don't know them :p). But I wish I didn't have to do it.

As much as it annoys me though, I have to admit I just bought my second pack because I lost all three from my first purchase. I have the uncanny ability of losing hair ties within seconds of removing them. It's a gift. At the end of the day it works wonderfully and as I don't have a lot of hair its conservation is my top priority.

If you have any suggestions or alternatives, though, do let me know. ^^

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