Metal hair accessories, barrettes, and rubber bands  break the hair, causing the ends to split.  Avoid using metal barrettes and bands with metal parts as much as possible.  The metal parts on hair accessories cause breakage and begin a vicious cycle of unhealthy split ends and shorter hair strands around the face.  Stretchable fabric or elastic scrunchies do the least damage and are actually simple to make even for the non-sewer.

Making Your Own Scrunchies

Cut the fabric 20-22 inches long and 4 inches wide. (1/8 of a yard will make two scrunchies).
Sew the fabric together, right sides together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Cut 8 inches off of 1/4 inch elastic.
Turn the tube right side out. Using a safety pin, secure the elastic to the tube as you insert it.
Next, knot the elastic ends together. (Knotting the ends is much faster then sewing them and is very effective).
Afterwards, take on end of the tube and cuff it to the inside.
Tuck the other end inside the tube, and just sew across.    

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