While the beauty dos and don鈥檛s of New York Fashion Week may seem extreme at a glance 鈥 ICYMI: electric eyeshadows, colored brows, down-to-there (and聽up-to-there) braids and *face* jewelry are all trending 鈥斅爐here are also tons of basic tricks to be learned that can alter your everyday hair and makeup routines for the better. Our favorite real-girl beauty hack so far comes from French hairstylist Odile Gilbert, who revealed to The Cut where to buy 鈥渢he best鈥 hair elastics 鈥斅爕ou know, ones that actually don鈥檛 stretch out or snag. Surprise, they don鈥檛 come from your local drugstore, but they do ring in at drugstore prices.


Gilbert gets her stash of go-to hair ties exclusively from Japan, citing that they take top rank in her hair kit because 鈥淛apan is very perfectionist with details.鈥 She used clear Blax brand elastics to create the knotted buns seen on models at Jason Wu (without any extra help from bobby pins), and we can only imagine the joy on the models鈥 faces while they took聽out those intricate twists with no tugging, pulling or yanking necessary (and all in one fell swoop). Not only are they easy on your strands, but their sheerness makes the twisted updos look like they鈥檙e floating since there鈥檚 no visible band in sight 鈥斅燼 crucial detail if you鈥檙e going for an ultra minimalist look with your ponytail, buns or braids.

The Cut tracked down the same clear elastics聽on Amazon, and they聽retail for less than $5. You might just want to toss all the hair ties you own immediately, and in the meantime come up with a creative game plan聽to keep track of these near-invisible accessories.

Have you found the *perfect* hair ties? Tell us what brands you swear by in the comments below.

(h/t The Cut, photo via @almondavenueuk)