Originally Posted by fuzz nation
^^^It actually leaves me with a couple of not-so-big loops that are easy to manage. If they got caught on everything, I wouldn't use this method to keep track of the string end, but it's made the process of installing the crosses quicker and easier for me.
You ever tried just holding the string end in your pinky/ring finger rolled up against your palm? Another alternative is just to bite the end of the string. Some people find that especially gross, so I won't blame you if you don't want to try it
I've also heard of a sweat band tuck, but I've never bothered trying that one. I just strongly believe it's slower to string any more than one ahead due to the amount of fiddling and friction to pull the string(s) through.