headbands that don t hurt


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Hair is all sometimes complicated to understand. There seems to be an infinite number of tips and tricks to get it looking good and another infinite number of tips and tricks to avoid damaging it.

headbands that don't hurt

And one of the questions that has come up a lot for headband fans is: Do headbands and headbands damage hair? Which ones are more comfortable? How can we make them less tight on our pretty mane? Which hair accessories are best suited to our urban lifestyle? To answer these crucial and important questions, we have prepared a complete analysis to help you take care of your hair.


  1. The tightening level of hairstyles
  2. Free your hair!
  3. Choosing your headband or headband

Check the tightness of your hairstyle 

To give you some images. Remember your dance classes as a child, or when you were doing competitive sports.

For the little ballerinas, their mom would secure a tight bun with an incredible amount of hair clips.  

ballerina's bun


For sports in general, ponytails with headbands were one of the preferred hairstyles for getting to class. In general, the tighter the hairstyle, the more it held in place. At least that's what we thought.

However, a tight headband can cause pain with headaches and hair fiber breakage. All that baby hair that gives you so much trouble, and constantly grows back could be the result of choosing hairstyles that are way too tight.
bun too tight

Elastic headbands can put pressure on the forehead muscle and cause severe discomfort. This does not mean that you should abandon headbands altogether. It just means that you should choose wisely when selecting a headband or headband by considering its average diameter and the size of your head.

If, however, you have already bought a headband that is too tight, we have some tips and ideas for, you save the day. They are a little further down in this article 😊.

Free your hair!  

free your hair

According to the experts at Studio Salon 39 Hair, ponytails and the constant use of hair elastics or clips increase the risk of stress fractures and/or traction alopecia. Alopecia is the loss of hair that can be caused by long-term tension on the roots.

When hair is under tension, you can often immediately feel the points where the hair becomes heavy, as the weight of the ponytail/bun pulls on those roots. The roots themselves can develop traction alopecia as the hair can be pulled out of the follicles by the weight of the hairstyle.

messy bun ballerina

Tying your hair too tightly will cause breakage along the hairline. This is similar if the headbands are too tight.

The little surprise is that you can't really see the damage right away. This damage is below the surface of your scalp, where the hair follicles are under the stress of such tension.

The headband is not the cause of the hair loss, but rather the tension placed on your roots by a tight hairstyle. 

How to choose a headband ? 

Choosing a headband is above all a moment of pleasure.

We fall in love with colors that enhance our complexion or our clothing or our makeup over the seasons.

how  to choose a headband

It is also choosing an accessory according to your mood and personality. Everything is then a question of style, but in fact, not only!

And yet one of the criteria that is too often underestimated and that you should also take into account is the comfort of your headband. Especially if you want to wear it for a long time. And if only to be able to wear a headband all day without feeling pain on the head, headaches or dizziness.

One of the advantages of these hair accessories is that headbands and headbands can be stretchable to a certain limit. We have a few tips that could save your hair and headaches!

Elastic headbands 

If the headband is putting too much pressure on your hair, you'll need to implement a few tricks to stretch or expand it.

The first option is to keep it stretched for a few hours on a rack with clothespins to extend its elasticity. The tricky aspect of this maneuver is to remove the clips in time before the band is too relaxed.

If this method is still not enough to expand your headband, you may need to resort to sewing. Cutting your headband to add inches of fabric or elastic should work. This method is drastic but terribly effective in getting a custom headband!

According to some people, headbands and scrunchies are "super simple to make", so for demonstration, I put you in link a small video tuto to make hair accessories at home between two cups of herbal tea and a good little book.

Rigid Headbands 

If the headband hurts your head, there are two possibilities. Either its weight is too heavy or it is too tight.

In the first case, the headband has a weight that presses too much on your head. We recommend that you do not keep a headband that weighs too much for too long.

At the first sign of pain it is best to take precautions. In this case, wear it only for short periods of time (everything is relative, because it can be a few minutes for photo shoots, as well as a few hours for meals with friends).

To avoid heavy accessories, prefer thin or fabric headbands. Plastic bases are also the lightest.  

 light headband

In the second case, if your headband is too tight. You'll need to use a few tricks like headbands and find ways to make your headband bigger so that it fits your head size.

Although it will expand on its own with use, you can speed up the process by heating its branches in a hair dryer and gently pulling them apart without breaking them.

It is also recommended to pay attention to the dimensions of the headbands before buying one. The average diameter of the headbands in our store is 12 cm.

If, despite all these little tips, your hair accessory continues to hurt or give you a headache. The solution might be to give it to a loved one and choose another one for yourself. Our headband store is here to help you in this difficult task.

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