11 Hair Ties That Won't Crimp or Damage Your Hair

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Whatever your hair type, texture, or length, you likely have a tenuous relationship with your hair ties. They're a necessary part of your hair routine—they keep your mane out of the way when you're exercising, cooking, or concentrating—but often feel more like a necessary evil than a functional accessory. We've all been there: That too-tight pony not only causes dents and creases (effectively ruining your blow out), but also tears your strands at the gathering point. If you ever wondered why you have so many "baby hairs" framing your face, look no further than your hair tie, which might be breaking a good chunk of your strands right in the middle.

Rectifying these ponytail holder problems, however, isn't impossible—you just need better hair ties. That's where the following options come into play. They're some of the best on the market for many reasons: They don't cause tension headaches (another common hair tie-driven symptom, which is often the result of an ultra-tight hairstyle), hair damage, or unsightly dents. From translucent plastic coils that blend in with your unique shade (they're ideal for red heads, who might struggle in the color match department) to silk scrunchies that offer plenty of grip but absolutely no slip, there's a hair tie variety ahead that will make ponytail or bun days that much more comfortable—and then undetectable (not a single crease left in their wake!) when you take them out.

Best of all? Plenty of these options look as good as they feel; some, particularly several of the colorful scrunchies, pull double duty as an accessory. With one of these ponytail holders, there's nothing but good hair days ahead.

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Crown Affair

crown affair oversized silk scrunchie
Courtesy of Crown Affair

This oversized silk-satin scrunchie does more than prevent friction and breakage with every use: It's also known to make your hair feel even smoother when you take it down after use. Talk about a win-win!

Shop Now: Crown Affair The Scrunchie No. 002, $25, crownaffair.com.

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Kitsch Spiral Hair Coils
Courtesy of Amazon

These coils secure updos without causing headaches or creases—plus their clear design offers endless wearability.

Shop Now: Kitsch Spiral Hair Coils, $8, amazon.com.

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Slip Silk Scrunchies
Courtesy of Shopbop

A scrunchie strong enough to keep your hair in place while you sleep, but soft enough not to pull out strands or cause kinks? Genius.

Shop Now: Slip Silk Scrunchies, $39 for six, shopbop.com.

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Scünci Spirals With Inner Core Tech
Courtesy of Ulta

Inner core technology ensures that these colorful spirals won't slip; they'll keep you covered from your morning workout to after-work drinks.

Shop Now: Scünci Spirals With Inner Core Tech $5.99, ulta.com.

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GIMMEbeauty GIMME Bands No Break Thick Hair Ties in Choco
Courtesy of Amazon

This pack boasts extra-thick bands that work across a myriad of hair types—so you'll never have to worry about dents or bends, whatever your texture.

Shop Now: GIMMEbeauty GIMME Bands No Break Thick Hair Ties in Choco, $12, amazon.com.

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Invisibobble Slim The Elegant Hair Ring
Courtesy of Sephora

A cult favorite, Invisibobbles offer all-day comfort while preventing hair from getting snagged (and, therefore, snapped) when you let your locks down.

Shop Now: Invisibobble "Slim" Hair Rings, $8, sephora.com.

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Snappee No Crease Hair Ties
Courtesy of Amazon

If you're looking for an alternative to the typical wrap hair tie, try one of these adjustable snap options. They can be used for multiple styles and can even be fastened together and worn as a headband.

Shop Now: Snappee No Crease Hair Ties $19, amazon.com.

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Lululemon Uplifting Scrunchie Bow
Courtesy of Lululemon

Thanks to its four-way stretch and sweat-wicking fabric, this scrunchie keeps hair clean and crease-free post-workout.

Shop Now: Lululemon Uplifting Scrunchie Bow, $12, lululemon.com.

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The Beachwaver Co.

The Beachwaver Co. Velvet Scrunchies
Courtesy of The Beachwaver Co.

These velvet hair ties aren't just aesthetically pleasing—they'll also never cause breakage or dents.

Shop Now: The Beachwaver Co. Velvet Scrunchies, $4.80, beachwaver.com.

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Half Asleep

Half Asleep Scrap Scrunchie
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Perfect for hair that needs a little extra TLC, these scrunchies are crafted from this brand's cozy pajama scraps (which makes them perfect for sleeping).

Shop Now: Half Asleep Scrap Scrunchie, $12, halfasleep.co.

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Shhh Silk

Shhh Silk Oversized Pink Tie Dye Silk Scrunchie
Courtesy of Shhh Silk

Have hair that's on the thicker side? These 100% mulberry silk scrunchies keep heavy hair in place, whatever the updo.

Shop Now: Shhh Silk Oversized Pink Tie Dye Silk Scrunchie, $30, shhhsilk.com.

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