Pretty P.O.V.: Hairbanglez Friday 20 January, 2012
My parents recently came out to visit me in NYC, and a funny thing happened. We were on the 7 train (subway), and a frail, old woman (this description is completely accurate) kept gesturing toward me. Each consecutive hand movement became increasingly agitated. I thought to myself: “Great. This is what my parents are going […]
My parents recently came out to visit me in NYC, and a funny thing happened. We were on the 7 train (subway), and a frail, old woman (this description is completely accurate) kept gesturing toward me. Each consecutive hand movement became increasingly agitated. I thought to myself: “Great. This is what my parents are going to remember about New York subways.” When my mom finally asked her why all the wild pointing, she received a very garbled answer. Then I swooped in to lend an ear, and here is what she said:
“My son is a doctor. You shouldn’t wear that around your wrist. It’s bad for you. Cuts off the circulation.”
I looked at my wrist, and there it was: my hair elastic. My gross, tress-covered hair elastic. I don’t even know how she saw it; I had tried to cover it with my watch. That elastic goes with me everywhere. And, until that moment, I had only thought of it as my security blanket—my hair “binkie” if you will. And, like all “binkies,” it looks disgusting, worn and just plain nasty. But, I hadn’t actually thought about the fact that my trusted “binkie” was cutting off the blood supply to my hand. And since this woman was qualifying her statement with the fact that her son’s a doctor, I was inclined to believer her. A little bit.
Then, a month later, I learned about Hairbanglez, a completely genius way to camouflage your hair elastic if you’re simply not willing to leave it at home. The bangle, created by Karin Zanella (who also, might I add, had a little separation anxiety when it came to her trusted hair elastic—thus, the birth of Hairbanglez), features a groove where you can put your hair elastic. Voila! The hair elastic is disguised in a chic black bangle, and no one is the wiser. And, you’re not cutting off the circulation to your pretty, little hands. No more older women with doctor sons tsk-tsking at you on the subway!
Currently, the Lucite bangles come in two sizes, Classic and Skinny, and only one hue, Black. So, technically, your hair elastic should be black, too. But, Zanella is looking to expand the color selection and finishes—and I think she’s on to something.
What do you think? Are you a slave to your hair elastic? Would you try out Hairbanglez?
Get yours now at www.hairbangelz.com.