Thank you guys for the input!
But that's the thing- that was my initial thought, that I put them in too tight the first time, so I tried putting them in really loose and they still snapped in a day (okay, some of them lasted two whole days, lol, for me that's not going to cut it). Granted, it had rained, but even so it's really important that they can hold up to rain because that's one of the most important times for it to be braided!
And I'm not really sure it would be possible to put them even looser than I did, either, one less wrap around and they would literally come out just running a hand down them gently! Maybe I should still try once again, I don't know..
I'm also kind of wondering if something I put in her mane could be breaking down the material- I put a TON of stuff in there usually right before I braid it. I don't know if that could be a factor or not. I definitely found that something- either heat or moisture or the products, was causing the bands to kind of solidify and get stuck to her hair which is no good either!
These just seem like a bit of trouble, what I'd most like would definitely be to just find the same style I've had- with real rubber :( I looked all over K Mart and the Dollar Tree the other day with no luck. It's as though the whole world has stopped making them!
Lilley, unfortunately those look to be made of the same thing as the ones I'm having trouble with, but thank you!