Used Condom Hair Bands: China Takes Recycling Too Far

Condom hair bands?

American ladies are always on the prowl for fashion deals that will amp their appearance without breaking the bank. The same goes for women living in China, though unfortunately this Asian country has recently taken budget beauty a little too far.

The newest trend for hair décor? Used condoms recycled into hair bands. Yup, you read it right, used condoms recycled into hair bands.

The operation is based in Southern China, and while it surely is a frugal road to braids and buns, the risk might be aimed at the body attached to the trendy hair.

Source: ahsoon.netSource: ahsoon.netEven though the condoms are fully recycled, it has been shown there is still a marked amount of risk for bacteria to be transmitted as girls are known for holding rubber bands in their mouth as they use both hands to gather their hair into their ponytail. Even if they set the band on a bathroom counter while putting hair into place, nail biting or any other oral contact to the skin touching the bands can cause infection ranging from genital warts to the HIV virus.

A Typical Package of Condom Hair Bands: Source: ahsoon.netA Typical Package of Condom Hair Bands: Source:

The recycled bands come cheap at 3 cents for about ten, however the economical advantage has a high risk of leading to dangerous health disadvantages. With China recently dragged into the spotlight regarding lead-tainted products imported seemingly everywhere overseas, the STD-infested hair fasteners is only the most recent of offenses. Health officials are scrambling to thwart this corner cutting beauty innovation, warning people of the risks through different means of media.

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Oct 2, 2008
by Anonymous

HIV dies once it has

HIV dies once it has contacts with air.

Oct 3, 2008
by Anonymous

get real people......

ok for those of you that seem to blow this issue out of the water open you eyes you must not have kids who are at risk. and when i say at risk i mean if you have a daughter would you want her to put a condom on her head and go off to school? seriously used or not its the factor thats not right at all. and no i dont beleive this is to discriminate againt the china people who cares there putting rubbers in our kids heads is that ok no not at all.there are to many factor to back this story so those of you that want to be nieve whatever let your child be subjected to filth there is enough in this world without this

Oct 10, 2008
by Anonymous

china rocks the world !!!!

i live in china OH MY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD. Actually i buy those hangbands every day and it's great ! (AND it's smell good)

Oct 12, 2008
by Anonymous

great idea!!!

I think this is a great idea
we should figure out new a nd great ways to recycle like this
they actually gather them from the sewage plants ( which before they were just throwing them out) now china would say "keep flushing"
great idea!
and for the std thing
Im sure that just from the used condoms being in the raw sewage for days would be enough to kill any std virus, i would be more concerned with bacterial born problems from the raw sewage than the std thing
but either way
great idea!!

Oct 13, 2008
by Anonymous


W.T.F ?????

Oct 20, 2008
by Anonymous



are they piking these things out the rubbish or sum shizz

thats dirty man


Oct 25, 2008
by Anonymous

what a load of rubbish

yes the chinese cut corners i am sure they do...

but this doesn't seem like cutting corners to me... it seems like a hell of a lot of extra work to get a hold of used condoms.

people are so discrete when they dispose of their condoms. it's either flushed down the toilet or wrapped up in tonnes of toilet paper and thrown in the dustbin.

rather than buy latex for super cheap, you would have to hire a hundred people to rummage through landfills to find used condoms. does that seem like cutting corners to anyone?

more realistically they come from surplus condom factories ... rubbers that didn't make the QC mark. condoms also have a shelf life/expiry.... they most probably use those.

the AIDS virus and other STDs couldn't possibly survive in the open as such.

what's the big deal.

Nov 2, 2008
by Anonymous


To those people who believed that 'used' condoms are collected for recycling; how GULLIBLE are you?!

Practice a little common sense here. Obviously they'd just be recycling unused defective condoms.

It still surprises me how stupid the general population is, though it shouldn't by now.

Nov 29, 2008
by Anonymous

eew frikin eew! condoms as hairbands?!?!?!

This is disgusting. What kind of sick mind does the inventor of this have? I mean like I always chew my hairbands. Ughh it will never be the same for me. Eew! friki eww!

Nov 30, 2008
by Anonymous


hey im chinese and i bought loads of them but after cutting nearly all of them up thank goodness they're not made of that yuck! ewwww..

Jan 10, 2009
by Anonymous


I have a few hairties that look exactly like those, and i cut open a few of them just out of curiosity. The second one i cut open looked exactly like the dotted one in the third photo, while the others had plain clear rubber bands in them.

Regardless of whether they are used or not, the concept still disgusts me.

Jan 17, 2009
by Anonymous