Make sure your hair ties are made in America, or you could risk getting one or more nasty STDs. In late 2007 it was discovered that a large number of hair ties manufactured in Jinhua, China, were made from used condoms. The first violation was discovered when a woman noticed an odd color inside her fraying hair tie. As she cut it open she found the revolting culprit hidden inside. Reports of these disgusting products continue to this day.
The Center for Disease Control warns users to stay away from hair ties originating in China. The amount of bacteria cultured from the condom hair bands was found to be 4 times greater than the average public toilet. Users who place the hair tie in their mouth while pulling their hair back risk contracting several STDs including herpes and genital warts.
Make sure you check your purchases of any discount or dollar store hair bands before you use them as a stocking stuffer this year!
(image source; Snopes)