Rubber bands are usually used to secure the end of a braid because of their low cost and availability. However, most users don’t know how to easily and quickly hold braids without rubber bands.
Use small barrettes to hold the ends of the braids. Slide the lower half of a small barrette under the end of the braid, and press down on the top half of the barrette, securing the hair. Use barrettes with small teeth on the inside to keep the hair from sliding out. The tiny teeth grip strands tightly to secure the braid. Barrettes will work well on thick, curly hair or braids that end halfway down the scalp.
Around the end of the braids, wrap silicone hair elastics that offer the flexibility and security of a traditional rubber band without the pain and tangling.
Wrap and twist the silicone elastic around the end of the braid, just like twisting a traditional rubber band. Keep twisting and pulling the hair until it feels tight and secure.
Use sandwich bag twist ties to hold the braid ends tight, for twist ties are pain free, inexpensive and easy to use. Pick up twist tie’s ends and around the end of the braid. Pinch and twist the ends around the hair several times with your fingers to secure the twist ties. For a more festive appearance, you can tie ribbons over the twist tie.
- Use a barrette or larger clip to clip braided hair to the scalp in a large bunch for an easy, low maintenance solution.
- Secure and release one braid before using it on every braid to test the security and comfort of any new braid-holding material.