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Hair Tie with Swarovski Crystals 9"-

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My friends all know about my hair ties. I began making them in the middle 1970s. My son, a baby then loved playing with them when I wore them in my long hair. I spent years searching for the perfect leather that would be fine enough to pass through 2 mm silver beads, turquoise and other beads with small holes. In those days I did not know how to drive a car..(imagine!) and I could always bribe my girlfriends to drive me to the airport or anywhere else in exchange for one of these and many of them still treasure theirs to this day.
The leather here is remarkable. I found it at Black Elk in Anchorage Alaska ,( alas, I just found out they are out of business.. boo ho)
and bought up the whole stash. The leather is strong and will happily survive many shampoos. This means that if a hair tie is in a long slim braid, it can stay there for literally weeks without coming apart, so the braiding does not become a hassle. They are also really sweet as necklaces.
I've put a picture showing how the hairties can be used.. the red ones pictured are not for sale here.
This hair tie can be braided into shorter and longer hair .. the leather is about 9 inches, not counting the beads.

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