Thanks, MaggieT. What about those "ribbon" style hair ties, the markless ones that look like a slip of ribbon that's knotted into a loop? They feel gentler than traditional hair elastics so far... But again, I'm afraid to just pull it too tight, no matter what the hair tie, and break it that way.
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Hair: curlybob, fine, dense, low-po, big waves/ringlets (2C/3A)
Co-Wash: Nature's Gate Herbal Conditioner
RO: YTC Carrot, Aubrey Organics GPB
LI: BS Shea Soft Styling Cream (HG)
Styling: KCCC, Garnier P&C Gel
1xWeek: low-poo, gelatin PT or Joico K-Pak
Hair Likes: aloe, coconut oil, humidity, protein, long walks on the beach