Invisibobbles. They definitely haven’t been invisible online in the past few months. These traceless hair ties have hit the market and amazed many, many girls. I, for one, am one of them. They’re very funny looking, but functional. I wear my hair up quite a lot, and regular hair ties give me headaches and really pull on my hair if they have the little metal clasp like the ones from H&M do. Because I wear my hair up in a loose bun a lot, I decided to ditch the hair ties and go with bobby pins, but those are often simply too weak to hold a bun. So I picked up a pack of three invisibobbles for €5. “THREE hair ties for FIVE euros?!” That must be what you are thinking now. Yes, these things don’t come cheap. And that was my exact thought while I was paying for them, but I figured they must be worth it if so many are raving about them. Just a plastic hair tie… And then it hit me. There must exist a copy of them online. So I went online and typed in “spiral hair tie”. Twenty pieces for under 2 US dollars. Now that’s a good deal. I ordered the package and waited for them to begin the big test.
While I was waiting for the knockoff version, I tested my luxury invisibobbles in all possible situations and I really, really liked them. They don’t pull, they hold the hair in place, it doesn’t matter if water or oil gets on them – you wash it right off. I oil my hair once a week so I greatly appreciated their plastic material at that point. Even though it says so on the packaging, they don’t work for everyone. I heard that girls with very thick and heavy hair can’t use them to hold up a high ponytail, and they also don’t work for a friend of mine who has very thin hair and not much of it. I am somewhere in between. I have a normal amount of hair which is neither thick nor fine. The best part about them was wearing them to the gym. I often do rope jumping sessions before and throughout a training and I cannot begin to tell you how much I despise having to tie my hair back up again every few minutes because a regular tie comes loose, especially if I am training with freshly washed hair. The only thing I could do before the Invisibobbles entered my life is tie my hair so tightly that it felt like my scalp was screaming from all the pulling. The Invisibobbles were great. I could go through a whole one hour workout without a single fix, and my scalp didn’t hurt.
Then the knockoffs arrived. In comparison, they are slightly smaller and somewhat thinner than the original, but essentially the same. Plastic, telephone-wire-like. By the way, they both come in various colors and even transparent, don’t get freaked out because of my love for everything black and grey. Because they are somewhat thinner, they obviously aren’t as strong as the original ones, but they also work. Left is the original Invisibobble, right the eBay version.
I tried using them at the gym, but sadly, they couldn’t hold up. Two actually snapped in my hand. It hasn’t happened to me, but even the original Invisibobbles have snapped for some other girls. At 10 cents a piece for the fake ones, I can’t criticise them much though. For buns and ponytails they’re completely fine.
After a few hours of wearing, they both come out of your hair as a tangled mess. Most times, it is very easy detangling them, but if you’re having a specifically hard time, you can try placing them on something warm or using your hair drier to detangle them. In this case, heat helps return them to their original form.
What I do like:
- no more headaches
- the material isn’t affected by water or oil
- holds hair securely
- no dent in the hair after hours of wearing
- no metal parts to damage the hair
What I don’t like:
- incredibly steep price
I decided to give them separate functions. Because the original Invisibobbles are so expensive, I only wear them to the gym and use the knockoffs for everything else. If you didn’t want to try the Invisibobbles because of their high price, I strongly advise you to order a pack from eBay. You can get about 10 or even more of them for just 1 US dollar. Try them and see how you like them. If regular hair ties give you headaches, these will save you from a bunch of pain killers! :)