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New! Double loop 1-UP

Here’s a quick and dirty video I did tonight to show the new double loop 1-UP One Hand Hair Tie I recently created.

In one of my videos that I created for stroke survivors, I had suggested that people tie a loop in their 1-UP. I realised that this was an ineffective option.

This new version of the 1-UP has a button on one end, which creates a sliding loop that can be used to assist people with creating tension for making the perfect ponytail with a 1-UP one hand hair tie.

The loop can be put over residual limbs, a paralysed arm, plaster casts, toes/feet for the stand up method or other things, such as part of wheel chair.

If the design is popular I will branch out into other styles of buttons and cord colours. Once released, the loop can be shrunk down to the button, to be left hanging, wrapped or pinned like the long end of the regular 1-UP.

Look for ‘double loop‘ in the online shop.

New “how-to” video

Here’s new video I created last week for people with either a permanent or temporary form of paralysis or hemiparesis.

This includes my cerebral palsy, stroke survivor gals and guys as well as anyone stuck in a plaster cast for a few weeks. I have recorded two different methods of using the 1-UP hair tie with two hands.

While I say the technique is for two handed people with some form of paralysis, I think the video may help some of my limbless followers to inspire a whole new way of doing ponytails that better suits their abilities.

New “How-To” Video

I’ve been asked a few times if a person with limb differences could use the 1-UP Hair Tie to do someone else’s hair.

Until recently, I’ve been unable to truthfully answer the question; I don’t have children, and no one asks me to do their hair for them.

Not that long ago, the daughter of a friend asked for her ponytail to be fixed. I took the opportunity to see if I could do it with a 1-UP Hair Tie. And was happy to say it worked!

I knew I’d need to put a video together so you could see if you could come up with your own technique.

At a recent lunch I pulled aside a few of my girlfriends daughters and got them to help me out.

Before going on camera, I did a trial run on each of the girls. So the video you will see is pretty much unrehearsed. There’s nothing perfect with any of the ponytails or bunches I make. You’ll be seeing the 5th, 6th and 7th attempts I’ve ever made.

I’m hoping that despite the imperfect results, you’ll see the possibilities and maybe a way that you can adapt to your own abilities.


1-UP Hair Ties & Hands to Love

handstoloveThe Hands to Love camp is not too far away!

A request from Occupational Therapist Shari saw me make up these two custom hair ties for the camp.

Shari will hold a presentation on the 1-UP Hair Ties for all the happy campers – and their parents.

If you want your own 1-UP Hair Tie, check out the online shop – I ship orders to where ever the postman goes!

Thank you

Thank you to whomever has been spreading the one hand hair tie word! I woke up to so many orders this morning, and they’re still coming in – it’s a busy week at the 1-UP workshop….

Christmas Orders

Are you looking to buy 1-UP Hair Ties to give as Christmas gifts?

If you live outside of Australia you best place your order by 2nd December.

Usually it takes anywhere between 5-9 business days for international delivery, however last year there were a number of late deliveries. US Mail was the biggest offender over the Christmas/New Year period.

Avoid disappointment and shop early!









Doing someone else’s hair

I recently had the opportunity to do someone else’s hair with the 1-UP.

I’m very happy to say that it worked first go!

It was such a quick moment in time that I didn’t even think to take a photo – very unlike me.

I’ll get some proper instructions up soon, in the interim see if this is any help:
1. Make the loop as normal ( i did similar to the two hand version
2. Put it over the other person’s head, same position (like a headband) as you would on yourself
3. Stand behind the person
4. Pull the elastic, while slowly directing the loop towards the back of the head
5. When ponytail is in desired position, pull tight on the elastic
6. Wrap the loose ends around the pony tail

Experimenting with Trends

pinkribbonbeadsHere’s a couple of new designs that I’ll have available to purchase in the next few days.

My Mum put me on to this newest trend in hair elastics. I’m only going to make a few and see how they go – they could be a touch too fiddly for many of you.

However they do look quite pretty in your ponytail.

If you already have a 1-UP Hair Tie, you could do this yourself:

  1. Just grab a few strands of ribbon and tie them onto the end of the 1-UP.
  2. Add a bobby pin to the same end of the hair tie, with the ribbon, so you can make sure the ribbon stays where you want it.
  3. When making a pony tail with ribbon on your 1-UP, keep the ribbon on the long end, not near the toggle.

Will it work for me!?

will_it_work_for_me?I am find myself constantly in wonder of the different people contacting me about the 1-UP hair tie.

When I first started selling these, I was only thinking of amputees like myself. I was so unaware of any other condition outside my lil sphere of life.

Over the years I’ve heard from many people with differing conditions and abilities. They’ve shared their many successes and a few, their disappointment. I actually want to address the disappointment in this post – in case you are considering buying a 1-UP hair tie. I want for everyone to have that handful of independence.

With the 1-UP there are a few things you need to be able to do, no matter your abilities and differences:

  1. Can you put a headband in your hair? (Part of setting up the 1-UP to make a pony tail)
  2. Do you have strength needed to pull the elastic tight? (Need to be able to pull tight to get the best hold on your hair)
  3. Can you reach the top or back of your head? (Need to be able to reach a little to guide your hair to the desired pony tail position – and to wrap or pin up the loose ends of the elastic)

Unfortunately that may exclude some from getting the 1-UP to work for them. I am happy to have a chat to see if a new design could be created – I’m all for being inclusive and creative!

I’m hoping however that you’re up for the challenge of making a pony tail your way with the 1-UP.

Helping Hands Midwest Picnic & Silent Auction


New 1-UP Hair Tie designs – available to purchase in the near future.

Some days I wish I still lived on the other side of the world. There are so many events happening in the Northern Hemisphere at the moment – Helping Hands Midwest is having a big picnic this weekend.

It looks like a lot of fun and a chance to catch up with some amazing people.

I’ll be waiting for the results of their silent auction, because I’ve sent these new design 1-UP Hair Ties over. I’ll be there in spirit I guess.

Thanks to the Lucky Fin Project for getting me involved. Hope everybody has a great time.