Have you heard of Emi-Jay hair accessories? Teen entrepreneurs create simple yet stylish hair ties and headbands, celebrities wear them, instant success, etcetera. Anyway, I bought a few at a local boutique in hopes that they would be my new holy grail of hair styling, because wavy hair + humid climate = exasperating. These little satin elastic bands are more gentle than regular hair elastics, comfortable to wear, and leave no ponytail dent while keeping it classier than a scrunchie.
However, they had their faults. The elastic frayed and stretched in short order, which was pretty disappointing. There’s nothing stylish about bedraggled hair accessories, and I wasn’t about to shell out $3 apiece to replace them on a regular basis. The simple and frugal solution: make your own identical hair ties!
Make Your Own Hair Ties
1. Get some satin elastic in 5/8″ width. Emi-Jay hair ties are made from satin fold-over elastic, which can readily be found on the supplies section of Etsy. It’s cheap and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. (Note: I used regular satin elastic for this tutorial, with satisfactory results.)
2. Cut your elastic into about 12″ lengths. One yard of elastic will yield three hair ties.
3. Match up the ends and tie an overhand knot. The loop of your hair tie should measure about 5-3/4″.
4. Trim the ends at a diagonal, leaving about 1″ of the ends sticking out from the knot. Apply Fray Check if you’d like to keep the ends neat.
4. Done! Tie up your hair. Or stick one on your wrist. Give your extras to the people you love (the ones with longer hair, at least).
Cost: About 33 cents per hair tie, including shipping for the elastic.
Effort: Minimal. This should take you under five minutes, tops.