“Snag-free” hairbands still pull? Use cheap ones, then clip them off

Amazon: Scunci "snag-free" rubber bands Donna's found a solution to the painful hair-pulling that happens when you take out ponytail hairbands, even those billed as snag-free:

I have a daughter who loves to wear ponytails almost everyday. We use the polybands (rubber hairbands that have a flat edge) because they are supposed to be no tangle/no pull. Regardless of the "no pull" she still ends up in tears every night.

I keep a pair of small scissors in the drawer we keep her hair stuff in and we carefully clip the rubber band and simply brush the band out. The bands are usually around $1-$1.50 for a pack of 300.

A small price to pay for peaceful hair management.

Have any tips for removing ponytail holders without pulling? Or have you found any "snag-free" bands that trully are snag-free?

Related: Organize hair bands by color using a pill case


  1. Lisa says

    We consider those little plastic ties to be one use only also. Once it’s out (by any means necessary) it just goes into the trash.

    Great idea to keep scissors in the bathroom.

  2. Lori says

    I use the fabric covered ones too. No problems with snagging…though my hair is really super straight! Not sure if someone with curly hair might have problems.

  3. says

    I can’t help but feel a twinge of uncomfortableness about disposal solutions, just feels wasteful and bad for the planet. Of course, based on the lifestyles of most of us Westerners, this is probably inconsequential.

  4. Rebecca says

    I buy super cheap plastic ones at the beauty supply store! I have a problem with my 4 daughters either pulling out cloth covered ones or they fall out by themselves.

  5. Sarah D says

    Me too, and I have wavy/frizzy hair. They rarely ever get tangled, but I’m and adult and not as active as a kid might be. I usually pick them up in the check-out line at Target.

  6. Kathryn says

    I’ve never had tangling problems with old-fashioned hair bobbles — the kind that are a figure-eight shape with two large plastic marbles at either side. As it unwraps from the hair rather than having to be pulled out, it seems to be less tuggy.

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  9. Simone says

    I have used full hair bands the full elastic ones you normally use to pull the hair back from the forehead.

    And for after I wash my hair..and tie it up still a little damp…i have cut the cuff of a few pairs of my sons old socks…they work a treat and are softer if you tie your hair up to go to bed…