It’s my husbands birthday today, happy birthday to him. He had a new PlayStation game which he’s trying out, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to chat about these Papanga ‘Spiral Hairbands’ that I received in July’s Glossybox. I have really long hair, and I tie my hair up quite a lot to keep it from getting in the way, in buns or ponytails – you name it. I use elastic hair ties, and I pick them up in packs of ten for between £1-£2 from supermarkets, or pharmacy’s. I don’t have a favourite brand, so long as they don’t have metal on them and they are quite chunky (but not impossible to stretch) I like them. I’ve seen spiral hair bands before and I always wondered why someone would choose a spiral over an elastic – I’m so glad I get to find out. My Glossybox card says:
“Hair can damage and fray when you secure it with tight elastic hair bands. Not so with these spiral alternatives, which hold hair while preventing breakage and split ends.”
I have recieved two Classic Edition hair bands in the shades Lollipop & Apple Green. The hair bands are available on 35 classic colours, 6 metallic colours, 4 flash colours and 6 elegance colours, and are available from papanga.com. The classic colours are £1.65 each, and each band is marked with * which denotes that it “includes 19% VAT plus £2.66 shipping costs.” As it’s not possible for a £1.65 item to include £2.66 shipping costs I’d assume they mean to say excludes, so be prepared to add VAT and shipping on to whatever you buy – just in case. My two bands are worth £3.30, before VAT.
Removing the reels I can see the hair bands are one continuous spiral all the way around. The bands are made out of plastic; they are a shiny and very bright in colour. The material is firmer than I expected. I was expecting them to be really soft but actually whilst there is give in the hairbands it’s solely due to the shape as opposed to the material.
I decide to try the pink hairband in a ponytail. I brush my hair into a hair ponytail and start to secure it in place with the hair band. When I use elastic bobbles I have snapped so many hairbands trying to fasten the bobble tight enough to hold my hair in place. Due to the shape of these bobbles I didn’t feel like that would be a problem for these. There is so much give in the spring that I could stretch them out plenty, to get my hair through the band, and they coiled back up afterwards to hold my hair in place. I wrapped the band around my hair three times altogether, and whist it wasn’t as tight as an elastic it didn’t feel like it was falling out,
All in all I really love this spiral hair band for day to day use, but I’m not sure if i would trust it to hold my hair in place when I go to the gym. Furthermore, I lose so many hairbands. I don’t know where they go but they just disappear. I don’t mind when they only cost a couple of pence to replace, but I’d be a bit more gutted if I lost one of these which are much dearer. After looking at all the beautiful colours of these hair bands I do want more, but I’m going to wait for them. What I hope is that one day they will sell multipacks of these, maybe with a financial benefit to buy the multipack, and then I would like to buy a few more.