I use hair ties sometimes. I get the ouchless type, and I use 4 or 5 so that I don't have to double them over, I just pull all my dreads through the group of them and walla, good to go. My brother-in-law uses the really long ones kind of like a headband, but he's got really really thick hair. I don't think that they hurt, but I wouldn't keep them in all the time. Sometimes I like to pull my hair up, especially if I have some "fancy" event to go to! HAHAHA!! Otherwise, if I want them out of my face I put on my tam, I just put a draw string in it so that I can keep it in place, but it allows for move movement.