Pros: great colors
doesn't pull hair
easy to use, easy to remove
Cons: stretch out fast
my cat thinks their tasty
A ponytail or even pigtails have always been a quick and easy way to wear my hair, even after cutting it shorter. I can't stand for my hair to be in my face, especially when doing something, so I always keep a Goody Ouchless Elastic Tie around.
What it is
Goody brand hair care products are a rather inexpensive line of decently made products that do the job right. These hair ties are designed to not pull the hair. They have no metal piece to connect the two ends. Instead, the two ends are melted together. They have an approximate diameter of 2" and are the skinny type of hair tie. They come in many different colors, and most packages have a color theme of 6 different colors, or you can find all black. The pack of 27 I most recently purchased had dark colors and earth-tones, which was a great assortment. I also had some leftover white, black, and tan ones from a different pack.
These stretchy hair ties work best when new. They will stretch out fast and become less effective the more you use them. However, when the elastic is nice and tight, they hold hair very well. I have thick, long-layered hair, and the length is just touching my shoulders. One newer tie will hold my hair for many hours without the need to keep taking the band out and putting it back in. It doesn't pull my hair out when removing, either. They have a simple appearance in the hair and perform well. When my hair was longer, I'd use them to put my hair up then twist it into a bun and secure it with clips. Never once did the band break while in my hair. They will hold up well to getting wet while in hair, too. I had my hair in two braids at the beach one day. It withstood the ocean and waves tossing my hair around, and the ties didn't even come loose at all. I took them out while wet, and they did not break or pull out my hair. The other beach experience, my hair was up in a ponytail and I had the same positive experience. It stayed in the entire time, and removed easily.
One band, used daily, will last about one to two weeks. By then, the band will have stretched out beyond a good usability and must be tossed. The bands rarely break, but when they do, they will break at the little melted together section. Occasionally I've seen where they will thin out in one area, so I will toss them once I see that.
There are a couple of little downsides to these hair ties. One for me is my cat thinks their tasty. If she sees one lying around, it becomes an edible toy, and that is not good. So I must always be sure they are not in her reach. Keep that in mind if you have cats. The other little downside is storage. The hair ties come on a cardboard piece, all attached together in the back with a piece of plastic. So once you've removed the plastic, you can keep them wrapped around the cardboard, but it is kind of a pain in the behind. I keep a few on a hook beside my bathroom vanity, and the rest in a little box. Not a huge inconvenience or anything, but worth mentioning.
I'll never purchase a metal-band hair tie again. Goody Ouchless Elastic Ties work well, have great colors, and never pull my hair. The price is right, too. A 27-pack costs about $3.00 at Walmart. Even though they wear out fairly quickly, they aren't too expensive.