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post #1 of 22 Old 04-01-2012, 03:54 AM Thread Starter
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Coloured Braiding Band Woes

Does anyone know of a good company that makes braiding size rubber bands in multi coloured packs that include at least most colours of the rainbow?

Merrigold wears braids most of the time in order to protect those long, luxurious blonde locks of hers, and she simply can not stand for being stuck with wearing only base colours. I've been using up this pack of bands I got from a local tack shop probably about 10 years ago which was ideal: it had almost every colour of the rainbow plus white, black, and brown for those days she wants to be a little bit more subtle, but not only are some of her favourite colours running out, after this much time they're finally starting to lose their strength and snap too quickly. For the life of me I can't find another pack like that anywhere I look.

We've tried Tail Tamer's multi pack of "slick bands" which had a great colour pallet but they literally all snap in less than a day. The only other multi packs of non-neutral colours I can find seem to have only very limited choices which simply will not do for a mare of her stature; she would certainly not ever be seen wearing the same colours several weeks in a row.

Please help us out, in the name of all things fabulous?
Sincerely, Pony and Merrigold.
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post #2 of 22 Old 04-01-2012, 04:09 AM
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If you go to most dollar stores or a Kmart/Walmart/Meijers, they usually have them! I was actually frustrated because all I could find were colored ones. (I show...)

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That must be where my problem is, I never seem to go to any of those stores! lol
I had looked in Target but they didn't seem to have anything like that there, I'll have to check out more places along those lines...hmm..
You and I ought to trade searches, lol
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I have some! I found them at a local tack store...I wish I could remember the brand name. I think they were called something like "Pony Bands", or something similarly cheesy, and obviously marketed to little girls with ponies.
They were in a little zip-close bag too which was handy.

Ohp. They're definitely those Tail Tamers.
Have you tried not putting them in so tightly? I've found that when I put them in really tight (like I want to) they snap super fast but if I put them in loose at "that's soooo gonna come out soon" level, they'll stay in for days.
Although, Lacey's hair isn't super thick so my braids are relatively small and I'm not braiding her mane. I'm sure they wouldn't stand up to rubbing no matter what...

Bummer. haha

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There are a couple kids at my barn who have multi-colored 'slick bands'. So far we have had no problems with them and we do every kind of braid imaginable in both manes and tails. I have also braided and left them in a mane over night and then took them out the next day and reused them on a different horse.

I agree with Wallaby; perhaps you are putting them in too tightly? Honestly, though, I have yet to see any kind of braiding bands hold to up to rubbing :3
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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 gonna 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!
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Slick Bands | Tail Tamer

I don't actually use these on my horse's hair (too thick & long) but I keep them around the barn for all sorts of handy uses and they have cool colors!
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They are $2.59 at fleet farm if you have one of those stores near you. I also stock up on their little gel double sided curry/ grooming mitts. They come in a size small enough to not flop around on my hand and they are waaaaay more flexible than other brands. Perfect for scrubbing white socks and body parts clean.
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Unfortunately those were the ones I had so many problems with :(

After ages and ages of searching I've come across these: sound pretty hopeful, I ordered them and will have to report back once I give them a try.

It would still really help if anyone else can find anything else to try in the meantime!
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