RoseofheOrient - you live in Kanagawa - oooh i used to live in Motoyawata on the outskirts of Tokyo, now back in the UK. I still miss the lovely, lovely Japanese people i met there and the noodle bars i used to go to on the way back from work. Pennybubbly I sometimes use bobbles that are brown and so are hardly visible once they are in. Also banana clips, which i used to think were a bit naff, are great and you just twist your hair up and put it in and that's it, easy.
Thin elastics look better than scrunchies. And they actually hold better than scrunchies too. Back when I was younger and didn'tknowanybetter they were in fashion (or so we thought) I always had to have an elastic under the scrunchie anyway.