When I opened the box and saw these hair ties, I got really excited. I am, as you will see, a BIG fan of this kind of hair tie. From the first time I received this style hair tie in a Birchbox two years ago, I have never used a regular hair tie again. But the name brand ones can be really expensive and even the Sephora brand ones are on the pricey end, so I was over the moon to see that now there’s a drugstore version that I can try out. If you can't tell I've tried a lot of different versions of these.
The Goody Ouchless Ribbon Elastics are knotted elastic hair bands made from a sort of ribbon-like material. They are great for my thick curly hair because they don’t get tangled and snag, but they also keep my hair nice and tightly pulled up. I am also very happy to see that these don’t stretch out as easily as some of the others I have tried out.
Now don't get me wrong, they DO stretch, but they stretch like the Sephora brand ones in that they still look exactly the same as they did when you bought them just looser. The Twistband ones get really wonky and crinkly and are not cute after a certain point. As you'll be able to see below the stretching on the Goody ones is noticeable, but they fit my wrist kind of snuggly to begin with (and I have pretty small wrists), so a little stretching is actually a good thing. I always have a hair tie on my wrist and I do like the way these look on the wrist and since they are made of soft material they don’t leave a mark on your wrist or feel really uncomfortable.
Overall, how do they compare to some of the others on the market? First off they look and basically feel exactly like the name brand and Sephora brand ones (the Twistband ones are a bit softer). The knot is bigger on the Goody ones and they are all different when it comes to size. The Goody ones (and the Sephora ones) don’t have the same stretching problem that the Twistband ones. And all of them hold my hair, don’t snag, or leave marks on my wrist equally as well.
What I will say is that I wish that Goody would come out with more colors and cute seasonal patterns. That’s one way that Twistband has them all beat, they have a bunch of amazing patterns, though it doesn’t make up for the stretching problem.
All in all, I would definitely recommend these. The quality is great, the style is great, and they are definitely affordable. COME OUT WITH MORE COLORS FOR ME TO HOARD GOODY!
Disclosure: I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster. All opinions are my own.