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    I have to tie my hair up daily and the only break it gets lately is at night, and when I do take out my hair elastic theres always hair broken off and wrapped around the elastic. Does this happen to anyone else? All my hair ties have hair wrapped around them! It helped to switch from tight buns to loose ponytails, but i'm still getting hair covered elastics, even if its nowhere near as much as the bun pulled out. What should I use to stop this happening? Thanks.

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    I tie my hair up all the time and I have the same thing happen with the elastic. I don't think there's anything to worry about. It's like losing hair.
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    Do you mean rubber/elastic bands or those 'padded' hair elastics? If the former, don't use them. They ruin/break your hair. If the latter, don't tie the hair so tight or put it up in a clip/barrette thing.
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    I'm with A*O, I think barettes are best. Provided your hair isn't so thin that they slip out.

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    The problem i have with those is that my hair is too thick. I try and use butterfly clips but they break in my hair.

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    I like hair hosiery, the ponytail holders made out of tights material. They hold really well without breaking or pulling out the hair.

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    And I know what you mean about your hair destroying the butterfly clips-- just this weekend I picked up some made especially for thick hair. They work pretty good.

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    I have very thick long hair as well and no longer use elastic bands because of the hair loss factor you've described. I have recently discovered spider jaw clips which can accommodate all of my hair. They're "flatter" and less bulky than the traditional hair clips - they pinch less and are just much more comfortable. This is the only picture I can find of a spider clip - try to picture without the rhinestones:

    Painted Flower Spider Jaw

    I know Scunci makes them (although they are not showcased on their website). I buy them at the drug chains like Walgreen's and CVS in the states. I would have no idea where to find them in Australia but it's worth doing some research on. Spider clips are fantastic IMO.

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    ^^ Good suggestion! I've got one of those too, I think it's made by Goody's. Seems like the package said Octopus clip or something.

    Could also try hair sticks. I'm not too great with them, it takes a little practice, but I think they look cute.


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    I've heard they hold great and are very comfortable. Also not breakable.

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    sometimes I use these:


    Or I will put my hair up with bobby pins.
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    Sweetness, you are right - they are better known as octopus clips. No wonder I was having a hard time finding them on the web.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilDoll2025 View Post
    sometimes I use these:


    Or I will put my hair up with bobby pins.
    I used these too, we seem to have a brand called "no snags"? or similar?
    I tend to break them easily tho (even when I'm not playing with my hair they just snap...) When I'm using elastics with metal on them I try to keep that bit away from my hair.

    TBH - I have long hair & if I used clips/slides/barettes it can break it, or the elastics just get "natural" hair loss in them. Try giving it a good brush before you put the elastic in!

    I have some double-helix pins but I've never found them again... but they are great because they twist together and hold that way instead of the weight of your hair holding them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilDoll2025 View Post
    sometimes I use these:


    Or I will put my hair up with bobby pins.
    I use those, too and I don't have any breakage that I can tell from them. I'm sure they may stress the hair a bit. Hmmmmm

    Are you wrapping hair around it??? What exactly is your hair fixing process? Also when you take it out do you grab the entire thing or do you grab one loop of it?
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    ^I just carelessly pull, so it's my own fault. I've been using a *gasp* SCRUNCHIE for 2 days and the breakage has stopped. I know they're so 80's but hey, if it works, I'm not going to complain.

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    They have a thicker variety of the ouchless bands that feel a bit softer; you could try those. When you do take it out remove the whole thing as one unit; if you pull by one loop of it and the rest sort of follows you're kind of tightening it and yanking the other loops down the hair shaft and ripping up your hair. See if that helps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raspberry gashes View Post
    ^I just carelessly pull, so it's my own fault. I've been using a *gasp* SCRUNCHIE for 2 days and the breakage has stopped. I know they're so 80's but hey, if it works, I'm not going to complain.
    I have a black one that I use fairly often, but I wrap it around so many times you can't really tell it's a scrunchie. It holds quite well and seems to be nice and easy on the hair.

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