I don’t do the method of rolling my hair around the doughnut, because my hair is too long. I make a ponytail, put this around it, lay my hair over it so that it covers up the material, and then use a second elastic to pop it over the top. Next, I braid or wrap the remaining hair around the base. It’s so simple to use and does exactly what i bought it for. I love the medium size because it fits my head size perfectly without looking ridiculously large. You can create very controlled, tight or messy buns that stay in place throughout the day. It is so light that It will not create a tug on the back of your head.