I used the clear bands on my dun.....that is until I roached her mane....now I maintain it at a nice short mohawk. I love how from the top it is dark on the edges and light in the middle. But then again she is not showing and is a trail horse now.
I really like the idea of clipping some mane and taking it to the yarn store to match the color....wish I would have thought to do that. I used to use a burnt reddish-orangeish yarn. It worked well enough.