October 08, 2008

DIY hair ties: Made my own!

Part 2


So, I could not resist making 2 more hair ties only because I found this white elastic string in my drawer which I had kept for years thinking one day I would eventually use it for something. I visited an arts & crafts store which had a bead sale and I went with the intention of buying only one item but ended up with two because of a 2 for 1 deal that they had. I decided to be adventurous and buy 2 sets of mother of pearl pendants (these are thick so I don't have to worry about them breaking easily unless I drop them), and I bought an extra pack of black elastic string. They ran out of the larger size so I just bought the smaller size and doubled it up. I wasn't expecting to find any horns/sticks or have them fit through these micro holes at the top of each pendant, so I just decided to get creative with tying them on. These shells are so beautiful and they remind me so much of my Jamaican heritage so that's why I chose these. One is a turquoise sand dollar and the other is an iridescent beige/pink with brown streaks shaped like a yin-yang sign.
Make your ties into a necklace

I decided to expand my creativity and make necklaces out of them. They look amazing worn as a choker around my neck. I wouldn't recommend trying this if you feel like the string is too tight or is choking you (hopefully not), but experiment with it and see how it looks on you. I did the same thing with the ties in part 1 but they didn't look that great around my neck and were way too loose. I'll leave those to wrap around my locks. :-)
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Part 1

I made my own hair ties for the first time! When I was in downtown LA, I decided to purchase these 2 rings, 2 horn-shaped multi-colored buttons and black string in an attempt to make my own hair ties. There was a limited selection but it didn't matter since I only intended on owning 2 head ties, but then again they were kind of pricey. There were some beautiful mother of pearl pieces but they were much more expensive and broke easily if dropped. I figured i'd get something that would last me a long time instead.

This is after I finished making them and then I tried them on and took some pics. I really like how they came out and I didn't make them too tight. The band is tight enough to hold all my locks but loose enough to not give me any headaches. I'm quite satisfied and I can't wait to wear them more often because i've completely stretched out my smaller hair ties used for ponytails. My inspiration came from other locked heads who have worn or made their own hair ties so thanks!

39 comments:

Thandi said...

OK, now what kind of store did you find the pieces in? ie. craft store, beads etc? I will one day try my hand at that, when my hair has grown considerably.

Thandi said...

Oh, forgot to say what i wanted to say-that looks great!!

Nihuru said...

Absolutely Beautiful!

Au Naturale said...

very nice! i can't wait til my locks get long enough to put hair ties in...it'll be a LONG time before that happens though lol...maybe you'll open a store like Brunsli haha!

Tamra said...

Nice hair ties! I found a really beautiful vintage ivory piece for one of mine. --Your mother of pearl is really pretty!

rmcandlelight said...

You are so talented. What ever you try you always succeed. The hair ties are beautiful.

anthia-ofo said...

Oooh they are very nice.

wonderdust78 said...

Well done! It seems easy enough to do, with impressive results!

dewdrop said...

@everyone: Thanks a bunch! I was inspired to make my own and I hope you will be too! I've stretched out everything else so it was time for a change.

@thandi: I went to Michael Levine in downtown L.A. on Maple Ave. It's a huge fabric store (since I enjoy sewing) but they do have accessories as well. I would also recommend craft & supply stores because i'm sure that you could find a variety of things. Which reminds me, I need to do that. Thanks for the compliment and i'm glad that they turned out ok.

Here are some tips that I learned: 1) They're actually not that hard to make, but do consider the string size if you plan on using buttons. 2) What ever pieces you buy, make sure that they are sturdy and won't easily break. I have a tendency to drop or break hair anything (combs, clips, etc.)due to my thick napps so I made sure to buy these sturdy pieces. I know that my hair would break the mother of pearl pieces no doubt, so I decided no on those. 3) If you hair is dark, lighter colored ties look better and stand out more. (I figured that out when I tried on some beautiful dark pieces that blended in with my napps lol! )

@AuNaturale: Who knows. I can only imagine how expensive and time consuming it is to make these by hand in addition to keeping up with ordering requests. Right now is not a good time since i'm finishing my last term of business school so i'll be pretty busy.

@Tamra: That sounds pretty. Do you have any pics? I didn't order the mother of pearl because it's too fragile and breaks easily so I don't think it's worth $6 a piece (yes, for that little thing) in my case. What I have is this hard-stone material and i'm not sure what it is but it's strong, my napps agree with it, and I like it.

@ rmcandlelight: Thanks, that's very nice of you. I hope people will be inspired to make their own and showcase their creativity as I have.

Penny said...

Wow they look great. Is that the black stretchable hair ties. I would love to make my own just for me not to sell or anything like that. So not interested. I am thinking I might go to Micheals. It looks like it works similar to those balls that we would wear as little girls. You know every lil" chocolate girl has had balls. I guess I am trying to figure out what you mean when you say string. By the way the dark color is beautiful on you. It looks very rich. I have tried some alternative ties and lets just say everything is not for everybody. Just not for me. Thanks for sharing.

dewdrop said...

@Penny: Yes, this is a black stretchable hair tie and I was only able to find this size at Michael Levine. They have a wide selection of string sizes and colors, but i'm sure that Micheals may have some too. The string I have is thinner than a mouse cord so it's small enough to fit through button holes (use that as your size marker) but sturdy enough so that it won't snap like the micro thin strings. I wore the little balls too as a little girl and making these hair ties brought back memories.

Thanks for the compliment on my dark hair color. I am REALLY liking even more day by day and I just feel so lovely with it. It's a nice change after having worn other colors since my teen years lol!

euphoria said...

thank you for such an informative blog one of my favorites, you are truly a talented DIY'er you make every thing look flawless and simply I have wanted Brunsli hairties but she no longer sells them then you come along and answered every question that I had to make my own thank you so much!!

3girlsmomma said...

Dewdrop,girl... you are so creative!
I love how you handle ANY issue that arises with your hair. You are a masterful DIYer!

"And I'm telling you, you look mahvelous, darling, you really do." Rock those locs of yours. YOu represent WELL!

Tonia said...

Could you be any cuter?? Your hair is absolutely beautiful and WOW, you are so creative!! I hope to even come close to being able to do my daughter's hair as cute as your styles!
You seem to have the same texture hair as she does, can I ask when you first got your locs done, were the ends frizzy? Like they were not finished all the way to the ends? Then over time the ends sealed up?
thanks for any info! You are beautiful and I will enjoy your ideas as we move along!!

dewdrop said...

@euphoria: Good, i'm glad because we are here to help each other.

@3girlsmomma: Thank you. Yes, I have a true understanding of how my hair is in terms of what it can and cannot tolerate or do, so that's why my DIY styles etc. turn out the way that I expect them to.

@tonia: Thanks! My lock ends were a little frizzy but my consultant went all the way to the ends for the most part. If anything, they usually mesh, shrink and condense so that they will seal up. Your daughter is such a cutie and her hair looks gorgeous. She should be just fine as long as you follow all the instructions in caring for her hair. :-)

CarmenNC said...

Your hair ties are really sweet. You would be an excellent Sisterlock consultant.

Naturally Sophia said...

The hair ties are great and I think the new color is pretty on you. I am contemplating going lighter after 2 years of chocolate and black.

Bougie said...

Your hair stuff is gorgeous and you have lovely locks

rmcandlelight said...

Do the pieces come with holes already in them or do you have to drill holes to slip the string through? If I go check out Michaels what are the names of these pieces or should I just look in the beads section of the store?

dewdrop said...

@rmcandlelight: The pieces I have came with holes in them already because they are buttons. I don't know the names of these pieces so I would just check the beads section of the store and just look around. I know that Michaels has a sale on them right now but for a short time.

rmcandlelight said...

I went to Michaels last night and showed the clerk a picture of the buttons...she wasn't too friendly she pointed me to the jewelry section. They only had the pearl round buttons but did not have the horn shaped buttons. I guess I'll check the fabric store. Thanks for all your help. It would be nice if you did videos on youtube to show us all your DIY's:)

MAI-TY said...

What an inspiration! I'm happy to have stumbled across your site!

dewdrop said...

@rmcandelight: I know, at Michaels you are pretty much on your own in finding what you need. They wouldn't have the horn shaped buttons and I wouldn't expect any of these chains stores too either that's why you are better off going down town. If I had a video camera, I would show my DIY but I don't have one and my camera can only record 45 sec. at a time so that's not going to really work.

@mai-ty: Thanks!

QueenLi said...

Nice, Very NICE!!! :)
Girl, you got it going on with the hair ties! plus your locks look great~

Take Care~

rmcandlelight said...

Part 2---These are so nice. I am trying to find these beads. I live in Florida so I can't go to your down town. I did find a company on line and the round pendants are called donut pendant beads and the horn shaped ones are called toggles. What size elastic did you buy?

dewdrop said...

@rmc: Try the 2mm string (or you can double the 1mm string if that's all that they have).

Penny said...

You are so awesome for sharing! I remember some people being a little torn cuz they couldn't purchase Brunsli's hair ties but Brunsli gave the charge to make your own and you are doing the thing. They look really good. I will make some soon. Those ties are my favorite. The stretchables ones are the best. The best thing about making your own is that you get what you want and not what someone else only has for sale. You are the queen of DIY. Well gotta go watch Grey's Anatomy!

Queen Nat said...

Looks like I've found a weekend project - making a hair tie! Thanks for sharing; your blog is so inspirational.

knotsnlocks said...

You better go dew! you be dewing the thang with your hair girl!

cheleski said...

u are getting so creative! ive been thinking about this myself..what kind of store do u purchase the jewlrey from-a craft store?

dewdrop said...

@queen nat: Can't wait to see your pics!

@cheleski: Yes, any craft or sewing store will have a small selection of jewelry and just know that it doesn't have to be perfect. I couldn't find a donut & stick pair so I just used two pendants (made for necklaces, or a oblong/triangular shaped button (seen in the photos) to make my own and this works for me. Some of the ones at the store were too heavy so I went for the lighter weight ones. Sometimes you just have to work with what is presented to you, you know? (Scroll up and read other posts for additional info. about the ties which may answer more of your questions) Try this and show us some pics! :-)

Penny said...

So that what it is a button. I was wondering what the triangular shape was. I bought and string and saw everything you have with that second set but that stretchable string. Hmmm. Did you triple it? I saw the pieces I bought at Michaeals on a site on Esty by this lady who was selling them for 20 to 25 dollars and the pendant costs.$3.99. I made two. I will post the pics when I get a chance but I doubled thoselarge hair ties which served the purpose.

dewdrop said...

@penny: Yes, I had to triple the thinner string (w/ the blue pendants) because I wanted that sturdiness and it wasn't until I came home that I realized that I bought the wrong size. I still made it work though. Yes, those pendants were the same price but during the sale it was two for $5 so I was glad I bought them then. Also, I figured that the button piece would work just as well, so I just made sure that I purchased the correct string size for its hole size.

NubianLockedPrincess said...

DewDrop, your loc ties are very nice! I just made some loc ties and jewelry for my loc friends last weekend!

By the way, your locs beautiful as always!

Blessings!

Meikmeika said...

You did an amazing job!! Everything looks great! You are the DIY Queen!!!

Penny said...

Dang I should really proofread before I type. Dang my post sounded really crazy. I just re-read it and wanted to see if you responded. Well I am glad you understood it in spite of my poor sentence structure and lack of subject verb agreement. Hell I was in a rush. I didn't see additional string in various sizes.

MsNaNa said...

So... I am so inspired by your do-it-yourself attitude and loving your hair! Oh... the envy!

cheleski said...

ok, so where can i get the stretchy string. i bought 4 packs, and they are all the wrong kind.

dewdrop said...

@cheleski: Honestly, I bought one from a fabric store and another from a craft store. I just looked for a similar size.