Seamless Hair Ties — Alexa Ream

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Personal Selection

My object of choice is the seamless hair tie. For the majority of my life, I have used the kind of elastic hair ties that are connected with either a piece of metal or a piece of plastic. As someone with very long and very thick hair, these hair ties were not the best fit. They were never strong enough to wrap around my hair as many times as needed to keep it from slipping out of place, and as a result they would break after only a few uses. However, about two or three years ago, I stumbled across a modern marvel: the seamless hair tie. Not only are these hair ties extremely stretchy, they are also wonderfully durable. They are so long lasting that I have been using the same three hair ties since I first bought them and they are showing no signs of damage. I will never buy another kind of hair tie again, thus making them worthy of this assignment.

History

The seamless hair tie is a relatively new invention. Although the original inventor and the date of its creation are uncertain, it is apparent that these hair ties have only become popular within the last five years. As both a fun accessory and functional tool, they have risen in fashion and can now be found in many stores and websites such as: Ulta, Sally Beauty Supply, Kroger, Walmart, Target, Forever 21, H&M, and Amazon.com.

Function

A seamless hair tie is an object of fashion. It allows its user to effectively change their hairstyle (without the need to constantly adjust it) and also accessorize the rest of their outfit. They come in a variety of colors and can be worn separately or in multiple combinations. Additionally, these hair ties can also be used outside of their intended function as wrist bands/bracelets, and even as a replacements for rubber bands.

User

The user of this object can be described as anyone with hair long enough to gather and wrap a hair tie around. Although men and women of all ages may use them, its primary users are women ranging in age from 10–30 years. These women most likely use seamless hair ties in their every day lives, in the professional workplace (if applicable), and actively while playing sports or working out.

Materials and Production

Seamless hair ties come in a variety of man-made, natural, and blended materials; however the most common is made of a cotton and spandex blend with small lines of elastic woven in. These hair ties are mass produced, and are likely imported to the United States.

Affordance

This object is easily understood by its user. Its simple, circular shape and elastic qualities make its function known with very little direction/instruction needed, especially if its user is familiar with other variations of hair ties.

Resources

http://www.hm.com/us/product/22062?article=22062-A

Google search: “seamless hair ties”

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