Dec. 27, 2011 at 2:03 PM ET
By Sara Haines
Although most people see me with my hair down (because, as my mom says, "your face looks round when you pull it off your face" – thanks mom!), I am more of a pony tail or, more accurately, a flip-your-head-over-and-grab-as-much-hair-as-you-can-and-tie-it-up type of girl. Anyone that has ever had longer hair is accustomed to trying to keep hair ties on hand at all times. As an athlete, I always had a practice of some sort, so I had to pull the hair back constantly. And when I go out with friends, you can tell it's the end of the night by whether my hair is up or down.
To ensure I always had hair bands, I tried wearing the traditional ones around my wrist, but as my fingers began to take on a light purple tint from lack of oxygen, I thought, "There has got to be a better way."
I sound so old saying this, but if only they had these things around when I was a kid...(insert pensive gaze into the distance from my rocking chair). "Here I come to save the day!" – introducing Maddyloo hair ties. I am a sucker for any "crease-less" hair ties because you never know when you are going to see a cutie guy and have to re-establish the original blown-out "down" 'do, but they are also easy on the wrists when it comes to wearing them on your person so you don't misplace them. In fact, whenever I wear them on my wrist, I get tons of compliments on my "bracelets." From camouflage and metallic to rhinestone and tie dyed, Maddyloo has found a way to marry function to whimsical eye (or wrist) candy.
Although Maddyloo has 60 stores, and is available in over 200 retail locations, I prefer the online scene (get them here). At around $4 (depending on style) a pop, these are also great as gifts. I love giving my girl friends gifts that are practical, but also girly. It doesn't matter what age you are; everyone can channel that inner child when it comes to receiving a gift and these hair ties have become my new go-to to accessorize any gift... and myself!