DIY Headband/Hair Tie Plus Twistband Review

So I kept reading about these great hair ties and headbands in magazines and on the internet called Twistbands. Supposedly they are cute, soft, stay in your hair well and don’t hurt your head, dent or pull your hair. They are cute and — get this — can be worn on your wrist (I’m looking at you, Niki!) without cutting off circulation or giving you an itchy line. Meaning you can have a hair tie on the ready at all times and not look like you’re wearing a hair tie on your wrist! Sounds too good to be true, right? Well it sort of was. See these wonderful bands are hard to find. Oh and they are expensive. Despite the fact that they are made in San Clemente, CA (by a mom, no less!) the headbands are $4 and the hair ties $3. As much as I wanted to try them, I couldn’t bring myself to spend that much plus shipping. I thought there had to be a way to make them. They look simple. After receiving a sample through Birchbox, I had one in my hot little hand to see if they lived up to the hype! My verdict:

  • The packaging was cute — a little paper hangtag adorns it.
  • It’s shiny and beautiful material. The color I received (red) was nice — although not one I’d use a WHOLE lot.
  • They don’t dent hair much (I wouldn’t say NOT AT ALL like they claim, but it’s not bad! In fact, if your hair isn’t flat-ironed and of a curly texture like mine it may not dent at all!)
  • They do not pull your hair at all whatsoever.
  • They don’t make the tightest ponytail — which you don’t always need. In fact, it was kind of nice.
  • They don’t stay looking flat and beautiful once used several times, but this doesn’t bother me.
  • The ends aren’t sealed or melted to prevent fraying, and it doesn’t seem to matter much. It’s just elastic tied with a knot.

I was determined to make them myself. I turned to my trusty friend Google.

“What are Twistbands made of?” I asked.

Google answered, through the words of some great beauty bloggers. The name for this magical elastic? Fold-Over Elastic (or FOE). Why is it so great? It’s used for lingerie making! So it’s soft and pretty because it edges undies. It comes in all colors and — best part — it’s not expensive! Where do you get such a thing, you ask? My other friend Etsy helped here. For the cost of 3 headbands or 4 hair ties (A.K.A. $4), I had:

  • 10 yards of different colored FOE (1 yard each color)
  • 5 yards of black FOE
  • 5 yards of grey FOE

With each yard I was able to make 1 headband and 2 hair ties. This is great because I got to make a lot of colors, and one headband in each color works for me. I get a lot of black and grey headbands because I’ll wear them the most. I wear them often to keep my fuzzies (you know that new hair growth by your face?) at bay, and they work great and don’t hurt my head! Yay!

How did I do this? I’m glad you asked. It was SO EASY.

Take 1 yard of FOE. Fold in half and cut it on the fold. Set half “A” into your “headband” pile. Fold side “B” in half and cut on the fold. Place both pieces in your “hair tie” pile. When all the FOE is cut, take each piece and hold in half, shiny side out. Make a knot by wrapping the whole thing around your two fingers and pulling it through itself, then sliding the knot down toward the cut end. (If this made no sense, let me know in the comments, but I think it’ll be self-explanatory.) You don’t even have to be very precise! Anything close to 18″ for the headband and 9″ each for the hair ties will work!

My band next to the Twistband. Can you even tell them apart?

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17 Responses to DIY Headband/Hair Tie Plus Twistband Review

  1. shar says:

    Korey, you are so smart and clever. I just love you :)

  2. Kissa99 says:

    Thats so smart!!! I wanted some so I looked on EBay and they were to expensive. So now I can make my own.

  3. melloyello0147 says:

    Thank you so much! Your instructions are perfect, especially since i didnt know what length to cut the elastic at.

  4. Amber says:

    You are a life saver, just got the twistband in my August Birch Box and loved it but I refused to pay so much for something that looked so simple. Now I know how to make my own…Thanks a bunch

  5. Lisa Thomas says:

    I found your post after spending $30. on Twistbands and having one of the ties fray nearly completely after my daughter wore it once. I had an order in my cart that (thank goodness!) I had not submitted. What a blessing to find your information and know that I can make my own “twistbands” and for the price, throw them away if they fray!! Thank you for sharing your information. I am going to find FOE and place an order now.

  6. lsayble says:

    I have searched on ETSY and I am overwhelmed. I need pink, green, gray, white and black and some of the other colors you have…just colors a young girl would use. Can you help direct me?

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  8. Suzanne says:

    Made these tonight from your instructions, thank you! They turned out just like the original twist bands. The one additional step I found was to slightly cauterize the cut ends using a lighter so they don’t fray. It takes just a second over the flame for the nylon/satin to melt.

  9. joshandkorey says:

    Ok. I wouldn’t have bought them. Your aunt is ripping a lot of people off.

  10. Riles1015 says:

    They need to have a “Like” button on here… :)

  11. Kai says:

    May I ask what this is in response to? My question was, is the FOE needed the 5/8″? I’m just curious about how someone is ripping people off… Sad. Another question.. I have bought several “off-brand” hair ties that are supposed to be the same as the brand name, but the material was much thinner and stretched out VERY quickly. Is there a way of knowing what to look for as far as quality goes, or is it trial and error? Thank you soooo much for the post! I’ve spent more than I’d like to admit already on these, only because I didn’t know where to find the correct material. You rock!

  12. joshandkorey says:

    Kai, I don’t understand your question (what is this in response to.) Are you responding to another comment? I’ll go back through the comments and try to figure it out.
    I received a comment from “the niece of the creator” of twistband saying that I am taking money out of her pocket with this post. But if anything, the imitation brands are, right? I don’t make money from blogging. Lol.
    I think it’s 5/8″. I can measure mine. Hehe. I’m still using both my sample name brand twistbands and my home made ones, and I can’t tell them apart. I haven’t had either stretch out a lot…but I have really heavy hair, so I often use a headband size band for a ponytail. I will say that neither are very cute as “bracelets” after they have been used…they get ugly and do not lie flat. Sigh.

  13. joshandkorey says:

    Oh yeah…I guess the supposed niece deleted her comment and only my response remained. I’m all about people inventing stuff…but those things are so simple and crazily over priced!

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