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How do various people hold back their hair? Currently I use scrunchie & a few metal barrettes. I am thinking some leather cord might work, ribbon just slides off. What did Lara Ingles Wilder do? If I could do no poo it would probably hold stuff better but that has not worked out so well.
If you or someone you know is crafty, you can take an old rubber band (saved from broccoli, asparagus, etc), and using cotton crochet yarn, crochet over it to create your own scrunchie! It lasts a long time, and when the band eventually wears out I can unravel the yarn and reuse in another one. I do a simple single or double crochet, but you can find all kinds of ideas online.
I have used the top elastic part of old socks. You can roll your hair into a bun over the sock so the sock is not seen. You can probably find a how to online.
My sister-in-law keeps her hair up with little metal spring clips she gets at Walgreens. I find that for ponytails I need covered elastics, (I really want to try that crochet idea.) but for the ends of braids a plain rubber band works fine. I use the same hair ties for years, so I'm only starting to think about plastic free options.
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