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      05.06.2013 14:22
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      Great for tidying hair up for school, just a shame they only come in black.

      I always like to send my daughter to school looking smart, and tend to use black bobbles as they match her school uniform. However, we have noticed that the black bobbles with the metal parts to tend to snag in her thick hair, which is a little irritating, so upon the recommendation of another parent we switched to this snag free plastic ponybands, which cost £1.65 for a 50 pack.

      Essentially, these are bobbles made of a shiny black plastic, with no join - they are all one piece, so there are no edges or snaggy bits to tangle in my daughters hair and yank it out. These actually stretch out uite far, and despite looking fairly fragile, I have actually found these a little better than the cheap bobbles I was using before, which every so often would get stretched too far and lose all elasticity, rendering them useless.

      These have a slightly shiny appearance, but once they are in my daughters dark brown hair they can barely be seen. I do think it's a shame that, unlike Boots kirby grips, I have only seen these in the black colour and not in the dark brown or blonde, as I imagine this limits their appeal to those with lighter hair.

      I also think due to the thinness these are great for more elaborate hairstyles, as they don't add as much bulk and weight to the hair as normal bobbles. I've used them for cornrowing my daughters hair at night (so that she has crimps in the morning) and she can sleep on her done up hair without moaning about the bobbles causing lumps.

      My daughter does tend to lose these quite often - not because they come out on their own (They are very secure) but just because she takes them out and doesn't store them welkl. Still, at £1.65 I can expect a pack to last me four months before I start running very short, so I feel they are good value.

      I give these four stars - I'm knocking one off as I would have preferred these in a dark brown had they been available, and also because it would be nice to see a brightly coloured mixed selection for wearing outside of school. 4 stars it is, but still very much recommended.

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        10.04.2013 20:45
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        My preferred bobble

        I use bobbles a lot on both my daughter's and my own hair. The ones I prefer to use are Boots Snag Free Black Ponybands which come in a little pack of fifty and cost only £1.65. Boots call them Ponybands but for the purposes of this review I will call them bobbles - because that's just my name for them.

        Before my daughter was even born, I used bobbles myself all the time for keeping my hair tied back, for up-do's and just putting my hair into ponytails to keep it out of my eyes. My hair is long, it always has been, and from time to time I have to tie it back (and up).

        These bobbles I buy from Boots are thinner than the ones I used to buy for my own hair and for that very reason they are much better for tying up my daughter's hair as her's is still quite wispy in places and still 'young hair'. I use these bobbles to tie her hair up in top knots on her head, to use to keep pony tails in place and I also use them for tying her hair into bunches and for the ends of single and double plaits and pigtails.

        The bobbles don't have any of those annoying metallic bits on them like the other thicker bobbles do. I always find that the metallic bits can grab hold of my daughters hair (and mine) and especially when I am trying to remove them and this can often really tug at the hair and hurt. These bobbles are different in that they are completely covered rounded pieces of strong elastic and as they have no metallic bits, they are much more comfortable to use.

        They are suitable for thinner hair, such as my daughters, but they are also large enough to stretch to accommodate thicker adult hair. They rarely snap and I use them over and over again without them showing any signs so far of fraying or the elastic snapping or going out of shape.

        They are well worth every penny and one of the best bobbles I've used.

        I really recommend them.

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        31.03.2013 14:14
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        A great snag free ponyband suitable for all

        I use ponybands (or bobbles as we call them) every day, though my bobbles are the usual cotton covered elastic with a metal clasp. I have found, though, that these bobbles are totally unsuitable for my little daughter because she has only a puffy cloud of soft baby hair, and no-where near enough to warrant a large adult size hair bobble. I was also concerned about the metal clasp catching on her skin or pulling out her hair, so I went off in search of some snag free bands and bought Boots Snag Free Black Ponybands.

        A pack of 50 on a small card backing is £1.65 and they are available in other colours. My daughter is a light brunette, but I wanted to be able to see these bobbles if she ever pulled one out which is why I went for black. I think the price is great, given that they are easily lost (but not, in my experience, easily snapped).

        These little bobbles hold her hair much better, be it pigtails, plaits or a pony, and because you can get them nicely tight on the hair, they are far far less likely to work loose and come out. It means I can put her hair in lovely little styles which will hold much longer. Taking them out is a breeze too, you just pull firmly (I hold the pigtail at the base so I'm not pulling on her hair) and they slide out. One thing I have noticed is that they can, if they get too warm, sometimes 'fuse' together and become unusable but for the price it's not really a problem.

        Don't just think these are for children, however, they're great for a minimal, sleek ponytail or a discrete extra bit of support in any updo. Men, too can use them - they're ideal for dreadlocks!

        So, they hardly cost the Earth, they're incredibly versatile, and they work very well indeed. I can give Boots Snag Free Black Ponybands no less than a very respectable 4 stars out of 5, and recommend them thoroughly.

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          14.01.2013 20:53
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          a great set of pony bands

          I like to keep a good range of pony bands in my house as I am always losing them and also when I am looking for one, there never seems to be any to be found in my house. I picked up these pony bands in Boots when I was in doing a bit of browsing.

          The thing that attracted me to these bands is that there is 50 in a packet, I figured that they were cheap and it would take me a long time to go through 50 bands. I have owned them for around 6 months and a few have snapped, a few have been lost, but I still have over half a packet left so far, so I do feel that I have got my monies worth out of them.

          I found that these bands are quite durable, they are made out of elastic kinds of material and are black and shiny in colour, they hold really well in my hair and can take the heaviness of my ponytail really well. I as I have already stated, had a few of them snap on my while I was putting up my hair, though I can be quite rough with my hair and seem to snap all my hair bands and I have only snapped two out of this packet in 6 months which isn't too bad in my opinion.

          I am quite used to wearing hair bands that are elastic covered with material in my hair instead of just plain elastic ones, however I found that these bands are quite comfortable and do not snag at my hair, I was worried when I bought these, that they would split my hair because they look quite rubbery, but they thankfully do not have this effect on my hair and are easily applied and pulled out of my hair.

          Price and Availability
          You can buy a packet of 50 of these pony bands for £1.65 in Boots, I think that this is a great price and a packet of 50 is handy to have around as they always go missing in my house.

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          I think that these are a great little buy, they are really handy to have around the house and they are reasonably priced. I found that these bands are quite durable and hold my hair in place really well. Overall I would give these pony bands 5 out of 5 stars.

          *also on ciao under lorrainek90

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            27.08.2012 10:45
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            A waste of money

            Boots Snag Free Black Ponybands - Currently £1.69 at Boots for 50

            I have really thick hair, and I do tend to have it tied back while at work, and a lot of the time when I just don't have the time to fight the wind when it comes to making it a mess.

            So when I saw these in Boots at such a reasonable price I thought I was getting a bargain. The elastics are stored on a piece of white plastic attached by a thin plastic tie. They essentially look like elastic bands in black. I was having a bad hair day in that I had come out with no hair bobbles, and a gale had started up I thought they would work a treat.

            Now I realise I have masses of hair, however when using these bands they basically snapped - maybe four or five the first time I tried to use them. Not such as issue when you have 50 of them. However they call them selves snag proof. They're not. It wasn't as bad as having teeth pulled but there was definitely pain.

            I'm not sure if this just because I have masses of hair, or if they're just not the best bands in the world. These may have been a bargain price but they were for me a real waste of money.

            They are only getting one star, because no stars is not an option.

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            27.08.2012 09:51
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            Bargain price

            I paid £1.69 for a pack of 50 of these simple black hair bands from Boots. I was never much of one for tying my hair back however that has changed a bit since being a mother. My hair is reasonably long and since having my daughter the practicalities of tying my hair back soon became obvious. Bath time, feeding and nappy changing were obvious occasions when hair in the way is not good however once my little madam developed a vice like grip the novelty of her grabbing my hair soon transformed into a painful experience.

            These are not very thick, they are just about good enough for my hair however if it was longer and heavier I'm not so sure they would be up to the job. For tying my hair back into a poneytail they are perfectly good, they have a decent amount of stretch to them however they are also strong neough to keep my hair tied back for a decent amount of time without the need to constantly adjust them.

            The one downside for me is the fact that they come effectively loose as once you cut the white cord that holds them all together they spill out so you need somewhere to store them that they will not get in the way, I actually have mine in a small freezer bag in a drawer in my bedroom so they do not create a tangled mess. So far I have only had one snap on my and I think that was more to be with me over stretching it rather than any fault in the manufacture.

            With these you basically get what you pay for, they are comfortable to wear and provide a nice cheap solution when you want to tie your hair back, they are not particularly attractive and I use other hair ties if going out although for a quick slummy mummy run to the shops they are perfectly acceptable.

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              25.08.2012 09:41
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              Snag free ponybands

              I don't know about you but whenever I look for a band to tie my hair up with I never have any. I buy a whole packet of them and within a number of weeks they have all disappeaered but where they get to is anybodys guess. I take them out of my hair when I am fed up with having them in my hair, put them down and then lose them so I always need to replace them. 

              I found these pony bands on a recent trip to Boots when I was looking to replace my hairbands that I had lost. They looked quite interesting and like they would be good for my hair so after looking at the price, £1.69 for 50 bands I decided to purchase them. These bands are designed specifically to be durable, stretchy and snag free. They look like one piece of stretchy rubber band but are black and shiny instead of brown like a rubber band. They are also quite a bit smaller and thinner as well. I thought these would be quite good for my hair as with regular hair bands I find that the little metal bit that holds the band together always catches strands of my hair and pulls them and breaks them which is not good. Plus after a few weeks I find that the elastic on these bands pulls and they get really big and often the fabric around the band comes away from the elastic too giving them a limited shelf life.

              These bands are great. They are elasticated so they hold my hair up really well. I have quite thick hair and they hold a ponytail really nicely and securely. The band is smooth so there is nothing on it that will catch strands of hair which is great. These bands are much better than regular hair bands and are good for your hair. The black works well against my blond hair and although they do not blend with my hair they give it a nice contrasted look.

              I think these are a really good way of putting up your hair and will continue to use them in the future. 

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              24.08.2012 20:10
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              A great way to keep my hair tidy

              I have had short hair for some time now but with the lack of money in our house recently I have ended up growing it again as I just haven't been able to afford a decent haircut - it's a simple as that!

              As it got to the annoying stage where it was dropping onto my face I realised that I needed something to tie it back out of the way when I was at home and it didn't really matter what I looked like! You see - my hair needed scraping off my face but there just wasn't enough at the time to make a decent pony tail!

              I initially got a pack of the thicker bands of various colours but found that these were a bit too thick for the amount of hair that I had at the time. They are great for me now but just not then.

              Anyway I happened to be in my local branch of Boots and saw a pack of 50 thin, black ponytail bands for just £1.69 which I figured was a bargain in anyone's book so I treated myself.

              The bands are all attached to a piece of plastic by means of a length of white plastic cord and of course once you cut this all 50 bands are released at the same time. When Dave was in York last year working he came home with a little cardboard box which contained a few special chocolates from the local expensive chocolate shop - I kept the box and it is ideal for putting all the different bands in to stop them getting in a mess in the drawer.

              The bands themselves measure about 3.5cm long by about 0.25cm wide so they are just thin elastic bands but, unlike the rubber bands that I used to use in my teens which used to rip my hair to pieces, these are nice and smooth and so are snag free!

              To use these I just grab hold of my hair and brush it all together into a pony tail and I then wrap one of these bands around it to hold it all in place. It feels as though I am pulling the band to its limit to twist it round my hair but I haven't had one actually break on me yet.

              On the first and maybe second use I would have to twist these ties round my hair twice to hold it in position without the band slipping out again. After being used a couple of times the band would stretch to a degree where it would not revert back to its original size so it would have to be twisted more times to hold my hair. Eventually they get thrown away when they stretch too far but at a fraction over 3p each that really isn't a problem.

              As my hair has grown longer I have been using these to style my hair by brushing it from my ears upwards and to the back of my head whilst leaving the back loose. As these bands are (initially) so small they are ideal for this style and they hold the hair in place easily and comfortably.

              My hair is a dark auburn colour (with grey highlights!) so these bands not only hold my hair in place they don't show up in my hair so it keeps a more natural look.

              Once the day is over and I getting ready for bed I just grab hold of the band and gently pull it out of my hair. It comes out easily and doesn't snag or break the hair at all.

              As the bands are nice and thin you could use one to secure the hair and then tie a ribbon over it or add a scrunchie that maybe wouldn't have held your hair as well on its own.

              I would definitely recommend these if you need your hair holding back for whatever reason. They are cheap enough to wear as often as you want to and smart enough to wear to go out too.

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                22.08.2012 16:50
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                An option for quick and easy ponytails with no frills.

                I use these ponytail bands from Boots as they grip securely and are great value at £1.69 for a pack of 50. I virtually use them almost entirely when exercising as my hair is at an annoying length and needs to be tied back to keep it out of my face. I actually find these bands preferable because they are so subtle and you just do not really notice them in the hair which is the effect I was after.

                These are pretty much disposable - I find that once they have been used more than about 10 times each they tend to lose some of their elasticity and become thin. If you keep using them after this they will tend to break and have been known to go on me in the middle of an exercise class (a most unusual feeling of sudden give at the back of ones head and then hair everywhere - not ideal!).

                For cheap and cheerful hair solutions these are fine though and I always just keep an eye on how misshapen they look when I take them back out. Because they are small and lightweight I find them quite useful when travelling and will have a few kept in strategic places (like in my travel purse and toiletries case) for those sudden moments, usually in incredibly hot and humid countries, when the need to tie your hair back becomes overwhelming!

                They are a bit annoying in the way they are packaged as they are effectively stored on a loop of plastic and once this is cut to free one they will all come loose, I literally store mine loose in one of my bathroom drawers but I do wish they would address this and perhaps put them in a small box or tray instead.

                At this price I just do not mind the fact that each band has a fairly short life, while they are in use they are strong, flexible and hardly noticable in the hair and that is what I want from such a product. A very handy thing to have to hand in the summer and whilst working out.

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                08.01.2012 10:22
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                A great product to keep in your stylist's toolkit

                I use these bands a lot in my work, which I like because they don't show in the hair too much and are easy to take out when you let your hair down.

                The ones I've got have lasted ages and I don't think I've had one break on me yet. Usually I just lose them!

                I wouldn't recommend them for ordinary ponytail styles, however. The tension you need to hold your hair so that the ponytail doesn't slide down is too great. The band is very narrow and will end up cutting in the hair and breaking it.

                I like to use them to make starter foundations for updos like messy buns, styles where the hair will be held in place with grips, combs or other clips. They are also great for ending small plaits or small bunches. The price is great too - just a couple pounds for loads of bands.

                A good product to keep in your stylist's toolkit.

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                22.01.2011 09:31
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                A fantastic hair accessory from Boots

                As I have very long and thick hair I find it quickly becomes untidy, particularly during the working day, so I tend to tie it into a ponytail that is positioned half way up my head. However, this had become somewhat of a problem for me, as I could not find anything that would properly secure it, as my material scrunchies were becoming loose after a good few uses. Another problem I would find is that the elastic was becoming loose or whilst I was attempting to fasten the scrunchie tightly in my hair, lengths of hair were falling out of the ponytail and I would have to start again. I would also find that those bands that contain a small piece of metal were catching in my hair, which resulted in me having to cut out clumps in an effort to remove them.

                Whilst I no longer experiment with different styles I was finding it a real effort to place my hair in a tidy ponytail before going to work; a task which I would find myself repeating at least half a dozen times until I got it right! If any of you are Holby City fans the next time you see Jac Naylor on screen study the area of hair directly below her ponytail and you will see a huge bump and it is that dreaded bump that I detest! It is this bump of hair that often refuses to go flat and allow itself to be included within the ponytail and the longer I messed around with my scrunchie the larger the bump became, particularly as my hair was working its' way loose! I needed an alternative method of tying up my hair and other than having my beautiful locks chopped I did not know what to use. That was until I was reading the Autumn edition of the Boots Advantage Card magazine where a new product was being advertised, so I promptly cut out the advertisement and visited my local store. Consequently, I made a product suggestion to Dooyoo to advise you of my find and this review discusses my experience with using Boots Snag Free Bands.

                APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT

                To be perfectly honest when I located the product within the store I was somewhat disappointed, as close up they looked a little cheap and somewhat flimsy, so I really was not expecting miracle results. However, I dropped them into my basket, particularly as they were reasonably priced. We are provided with 50 small black bands, which although their texture is similar to that of plastic, they are actually elasticated inside. They are secured to a fairly small plastic card by way of a length of white plastic cord, which needs to be cut to release the individual bands.

                USING THE BANDS

                Each band measures in the region of a ¼ cm in width and 3½ cms in length and my initial thoughts were that no way would these bands hold my extremely thick hair and I thought I had purchased a hair band suitable for a Sindy doll! However, the bands are extremely strong and stretch to a reasonably good length, which allowed me to effectively wrap one twice around my ponytail without any lengths of hair escaping in the process. They look very neat in appearance as they are totally flat and they tend to camouflage themselves into my dark hair, which allows me to grab a length of my hair and wrap it around the top of the band and create a rather sophisticated looking ponytail.

                The band stays firmly in place all day even with me giving my ponytail a good brush after being out in the wind. I cannot believe that such a simple product is so effective and comfortable in my very thick hair, as I honestly had not expected them to serve their purpose and I can advise that I could not feel them, as there was no tightness or pulling. However, this would differ from one person to the next and would depend on how tight you pull your hair prior to using the band and how many times you wrap the band around your ponytail. Removing the band is just as simple as placing it in my hair and I am pleased to advise that it does not catch or pull any lengths of hair and exactly as Boots claim, these are "snag free". As the bands are initially secured on a card you will need to store them somewhere after cutting the plastic cord. Consequently, I have placed mine in a small make-up bag and although I have used the same band for a good few weeks it shows very little signs of wear and tear.

                MY RECOMMENDATION

                I cannot praise these bands highly enough, particularly as they are suited for females of all ages and the bands stay in perfect position until removed. As I am fast approaching 44 I have to be careful with the accessories I use on my hair, particularly as I do not wish to attempt to look younger than my actual age. Washing the bands is an easy task, as I simply place them in a sink of warm water and give them a quick swish around and then towel dry.

                PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

                This is what amazed me, particularly as 50 bands will only cost you £1.65 and in my opinion, they will last me for a considerably long time. However, to my knowledge, the bands are only available in black, but for those with lighter coloured hair why not do the same as me to create a designer look and that is catch hold of a length of hair, wrap it around the top of the band and secure tightly underneath the band on the underside of the top of the ponytail. It wasn't until I checked on the Boots website to provide an up-to-date price that I realised the bands are also available in a thicker designer where 6 will cost you £1.75. However, I'm not too sure I would be inclined to try these, particularly as I find the thinner ones extremely effective and for the purpose of this review I stretched one as far as I possibly could and as my fingers started to hurt I stopped. However, the band did not snap nor did it tear, so they are of an exceptionally high quality and come with my full recommendation.

                As these are such fantastic bands they receive a full 5 stars from me.

                I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.

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