Beauty accessories are a difficult category to size up. With newer products and louder commercials bombarding us every day, from EZ Combs to Smooth-Away (sandpaper) pads, there's a great deal of noise in the accessories market. Often, consumers will simply stick with the products that they grew up with, whether out of habit or fear of the unknown. Time-honored items, like the VIC Cloth, are now up against new entrants like the Tassi and the Ped Egg and it's hard to decide which ones are the real keepers. To make this decision easier on you, I have conducted a thorough test of these beauty products and have come away with a comprehensive appraisal of each one.  Here goes with Tassi and check back in over the next couple of days for reviews of Ped Egg and VIC.

Tassi Headband HairWashing my face always entails a struggle with my hair. Most often, I end up being forced to step away from the sink to rummage around my bedroom for a hair band. Then, once my hair is secured in a ponytail, ambitious wisps will inevitably leap onto my forehead and get in the way. In the worst case scenario, most likely to occur right after blowing my hair dry, my hairline ends up wet and my ponytail leaves a permanent crease. Ah, the joys of long hair.

When I heard about the Tassi ($14.99), I knew right from the start that it was a winning concept. Picture a showercap, with a big hole cut out of the top, made of comfortable stretch terry cloth in one of twelve vibrant colors. Tassi is that simple...and that genius. Tassi's creator, Shawna Ellsworth, adapted her Aunt Dot's original hairwrap and put it to good use while performing the hurried tasks that accompany raising five children. Many years after obtaining a patent and selling her creation by word-of-mouth out of her Arizona home, Ellsworth now has thousands of customers clamoring for their own Tassi online.

The clever design gently lifts and holds hair back without any creasing, twisting, pulling, or messing. Besides cleansing your face, some other situations when a Tassi might come in handy are while taking a bath, applying a face mask, or cooking up a hair-free meal. No matter how big your head (or hair) is, the Tassi has enough elastic to stretch over any 'do, keeping it neat and tidy. Though it never has slipped past my hairline, the Tassi has gotten quite wet while washing my face. I think that a fabric less absorbent than terry might be better for warding off water. Nonetheless, the Tassi is machine-washable and dries quickly (if hung on a hook and not bunched up inside its package). It has become a regular participant in my morning routine.