First off, Happy Cinco De Mayo!
Now, continuing on with our African American theme: This video is showing how to keep beads on the ends of hair. It may not be the "right" or "real" method, but it works for us. We've never lost any beads or had them slide out halfway through the day doing it this way. And we actually use beads quite a bit in her hairstyles, I just haven't posted any until now.
My crappy camera was giving me about ten seconds today, so I had to rush. Normally, I would wrap the elastic around a few more times, then kinda stretch it up over the ends to keep everything tucked in. But, this should give you the basic idea on how to do it. It's pretty self explanatory anyway, just fold the ends back over the bead and wrap!
Babes In Hairland posted another method of doing this using tin foil not too long ago. I haven't tried it yet myself, but it looks like it would work great. So go check out her post for another option!
If you're wondering how to get the beads on in the first place: I would say, find beads with a large opening and make your braids tiny. I also get the ends wet and add some gel, then try to kind of twist the ends into a point to thread the bead through. I tried threading her hair through our plastic needle once and threaded the beads right through the needle onto her hair. It worked pretty well but took a long time to do her whole head this way!
I also looked around a little and found this nifty little tool you can buy to make the whole process easier. I haven't tried it and have no idea how well it works. Who has one?? I'm sure someone does!! Let us know if it's worth it in the comments.