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During a recent shop in Morrisons, I happened to be passing the hair care section, and remembered that I was running low on hair elastics, or as I call them, "bobbles". I was quite surprised that they were all more expensive than I expected, as I had hoped to pick up a value pack for around £1. I can't remember exactly how much these were, but I think they were around the £3 mark for a pack of around 16, containing four different colours.
The main thing that drew me to these was that the colours were sensible, being black, brown, orange and beige. A lot of the ones I looked at were bright pink or girly, and I wanted to avoid these for when I'm in work as it doesn't look overly professional. These came in a range of different colours, from neutral to eye catching.
I had never heard of the brand before, but they appear to be American, and I must admit I was sold by the promises on the packaging, which claim to use SmartStretch Core technology to allow the elastic to hold its shape for longer without stretching. They don't contain any metal, and are designed to reduce snags and breakages. Apparently, this is what makes them America's number one elastic.
There have been a lot of good things to come from America. However, in my opinion, these elastics aren't one of them. I actually only used one from my pack before banishing them to the back of the drawer. I have very thick hair, and I found these bands to be so tight and inflexible, it was a struggle to tie them round a ponytail even once, to keep the ponytail in shape. I couldn't get my fingers in to loop it round again, so I was left with a ponytail that felt like it was about to fall out, yet the elastic was tight against my head and gave me a headache. I just didn't get on with these at all, and it's a shame they ended up not getting used.
I think maybe if my hair was thinner, I would have had more success with being able to wrap these round my ponytail, but for thick hair, I simply cannot recommend these.
(Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
I had always at one time, long hair, which to me was my crowning glory. Long, thick and with a slight wave on the end I loved to have the option of wearing it down or being able to tuck up into an elastic for work, the hair styles were an endless option!
Strangely enough though after getting pregnant with my first child (who is nearly 10 now!), I had a moment of madness and had all of my hair cut off, leaving it in a sort of elfin style, which is what I stuck with until a year ago, when obviously all of the maternal hormones had finally dissipated from my being (I have had another child since then!), and finally left me on the path to saneness.......ok, not quite, but I decided to grow my hair again so that's a start!
With growing my hair (and any person who has gone through the same process will know), you tend to be ok with a slightly longer, grown out version of your original style (even mine, and I had mine shaved up the back!), but it will eventually go through a messy stage, so to me (aside from constant trimming, though that does defeat the point somewhat!), the best alternative is to find an up style (I used grips for a while until long enough to get into an elastic!), preferably something that involved a bobble and one that once up I wouldn't have to bother with for the rest of the day!
At present I have found I can get my hair into a part bun and part ponytail, so (after raiding my daughters bobble box) I knew I had to go and get some bobbles of my own, as my daughter seems to have lost the last lot I purchased for her, and is now left with some winnie the pooh one's!
I knew the elastics I purchased would have to be reasonably small in size (though not a baby size, my hair is thick, but with not a great deal of length at present!), and not a scrunchie as they would just slide from my hair.
I stumbled on the set "Goody elastic ouchless bands" when shopping in Asda recently, I have never really bothered with there hair section as the products are usually a little on the dear side, but knowing this was the only place I was going (off work with a bad back!), I decided to get them anyway!
Within the pack there are 36 slightly smaller than usual black (also available in a primary colour selection) elastics, all held together on a card, along with the brand name, product name and the fact that these contain no meta (due to the ouchless part!) and there were 36 of them.
When I first tried to do my hair (woohoo I have ponytail length hair again!), I found they were large enough to slip over my hands whilst brushing my up do, but also easy enough to get off my hand again to slip over my hair, this being able to be done with three twists to secure my ponytail.
My hair felt nicely secured, with there being little slippage during the day, though due in part to the three twist rule and half a bottle of Tressemme hairspray!
At no time since using these bands have I felt my scalp being pinched or pulled, even with how tight I have to tie these, also I have not experienced the familiar pressure headache that can come to some who have tightly tied their hair for some time, I remember tying my hair up once with a particularly tight scrunchie for work, and my head feeling like it was splitting in two a few hours later, pain in the name of beauty! Lol!
Price wise these were purchased for £1.36 for a card of 36 elastics, and as of yet I have not had any break on me, though of course it is only a matter of time, as these don't have the metal securer they are just glued together, so will eventually break.
They have lost no elasticity due to over use, and they have been well used so far, as my daughter has now discovered my stash, though I am happy for her to use them and not suffer with any pinching whilst at school, though she does tend to forget to bring them back!
These are something that I would have deemed as a non-descript item, not really caring either way if I owned them, but after trying them I would be hard pushed to buy anything else, recommended!
For more information on items in the range visit - www.goody.com
Thanks for reading x