We all know it is better to prevent damage to your hair than to try and repair it. Once your hair is damaged there really isn't much you can do to reverse that damage. So I have started to try incorporating protecting my hair much more vigorously than before. I have significantly reduced the amount of heat I use on my hair, the types of brushes I use, adding some hair masks and oils and getting rid of damaging hair ties. All of this just to try and prevent my hair from getting damaged unnecessarily. With the Invisibobble promoted all around as being a great way to prevent damage to your hair I wanted to give it a try and see if it would help prevent further damage to my hair. So I purchased the cherry colour to see if it is worth the hype. You get three bobbles for R80 which is really expensive when compared with the general hair ties you can purchase from your grocery store. Taking the price into consideration I was really hoping that this fancy hair tie would be excellent.
One of the promises of the Invisibobble is that you won't be left with those terrible hair tie lines in your hair when you wear the Invisibobble and I must agree. When removing the hair tie at first you are left with a kink in your hair, but it quickly disappears and your hair is left almost as straight as it was before tying it up. It looks quite nice in your hair, but since I have a red one it obviously isn't invisible, but the clear Invisibobble would be great if that is something you are interested in. Does it cause less damage? I would say definitely, my hair ties are always covered in broken off hairs which is something I never see on my Invisibobble, it also does not make that terrible hair breaking sound you often get when removing normal hair ties. The one thing I don't like is that it does not tie your hair up tightly which is something I find quite important in hair ties. I cannot use the Invisibobble when I go for a run as my hair keeps getting looser and looser and the feeling of a hair tie slipping out is so irritating. I found myself trying to get the bobble really nice and tight around my hair and the result was one of them snapping which is a little bit frustrating when it is actually a really expensive hair tie.
Walking in a local pharmacy one day I stumbled across a dupe of the Invisibobble. It is by the brand Cosmetix who makes a wide variety of hair accessories. The package contains five clear hair ties with a similar shape as that of the Invisibobble but for R30 which means a mere R6 per hair tie compared to the R26 you pay for per Invisibobble. Although I didn't really need more of these hair ties I just had to give it a try as a good dupe is always something everyone needs.
As with the Invisibobble the Cosmetix hair ties are less damaging and does not leave an obvious kink in your hair after wearing it. The one big problem I have with it however is the size thereof. In my opinion the dupe has been made way too big. So in order to tie your hair you have to wrap it around your hair countless times which makes it way too bulky and obvious. It's just too chunky and not invisible at all. It also stretches out much easier than the original product making the whole problem of being too big even worse and as you can see in the pictures they don't really return to their original size although they do shrink a bit after a few hours.
Although expensive the Invisibobble is better than I expected. Be careful to not try to tie it too tight and you will need your original hair ties for sports but at least it means you minimize the time you have damaging hair bands in your hair. Although the Cosmetix dupe version of the Invisibobble is not nearly as good as the original it still is a good option to replace damaging hair ties with. Just do not expect a nice tight ponytail. In the end it all boils down to how much you are willing to pay for a hair tie. Is paying R80 for three hair ties really worth it? Let me know what you think in the comment section down below and please remember to leave links to your blogs as well!