Having long hair allows you to create a lot of different hair styles but in the summer months it can be a pain to have to find hair ties and ponytail holders that don't rip your hair out or that stay in place when you are wearing them. The Scunci brand does cost a little more than others but the ponytail holders last longer, don't get stretched out and can be tossed in the washing machine if you put them in a laundry bag. These are fatter than normal ponytail holders but they are not hard to work your hair through; the benefit of using these over other ties and holders is that your hair doesn't get wrapped around the material. Depending on how I am pulling my hair back I might need to wrap the holders four or five times and that can mean painful removal at the end of the day. Not with these, I can pull it out without any hair getting ripped out of my scalp and the holders don't stretch out or lose their shape. I usually get these in black because I have dark hair but there are color assortments that can be purchased. I like that there are no metal crimper pieces used to connect the ends of the ponytail holders and that they last a long time. Eventually you are going to have to replace them but I can get about a years worth of wear from them before I need to buy more. Most of the time I end up losing them rather than having to throw them out.