I have the kind of thick, wiry hair that most definitely holds a curl, almost to a fault—any kind of impression made in my strands, intentional or not, is definitely going to stay there until the next time I wash it. It's a plus on the odd mornings when I wake up with just the right amount of rumpled bedhead—not so much when I'm about to work out but don't want to suffer a days-long ponytail dent, especially since I only wash my hair once a week and try to avoid heat-styling at all costs. ("There's got to be a better way!" she said in her best infomercial voice.)
So when an array of odd-looking coils that touted themselves as "traceless hair rings" landed on my desk last year, I was immediately intrigued. Fast-forward to now, and they're all I use—I have a pile in my desk drawer, another in my purse, and extras upon extras in my gym bag, which is where they really shine.
Meet the Invisibobble, the brilliant hair elastic I wish I had been clever enough to invent. Shaped exactly like a loop of old-school telephone cord (that's a pre-iPhone reference, kids), the unique structure is actually its genius: The grooves not only lock any updo firmly into place, but they also slip deftly between locks of hair instead of just squeezing the whole bunch—and that translates to a dent-free mane once you let your hair down. Putting my hair up to hit the yoga mat no longer means I have to live in a topknot for the next three days.
While the clear version is basically invisible to passersby (another plus!), I kind of love that they're also available in a variety of punchy pastel colors, like a modern take on the scrunchie. And apparently, the secret's out on these tiny workhorses—I've seen no less than three Invisibobble-ed updos in our office today. Four, if you count my own.
Plus, $8 for ultimate hair convenience? I'll take one in every color.
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