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How to Stretch a Plastic Hairband

If you've ever had a hairband that digs into your temples or ears, you know how uncomfortable it can be. Here's a guide on how to stretch a plastic hairband to make it more comfortable, without the risk of breaking it.


Method 1: Stretching Your Hairband Over an Object

  1. Choose the Right Object: Find something that's slightly larger than your head, such as a stack of books or a pillow, to act as a form.

  2. Stretch the Hairband: Carefully stretch the hairband over the object. Make sure it's snug but not overly tight to avoid snapping.

  3. Leave to Adjust: Let the hairband sit stretched over the object for at least 24 hours. This allows the plastic to adjust and slightly expand.

Method 2: Heating Your Hairband with a Hair Dryer

  1. Prepare Your Hairband: Place your hairband over an object that will hold it stretched, like in the first method.

  2. Apply Heat: Use a hair dryer on a medium setting to gently warm the hairband for 2-3 minutes, moving the dryer back and forth.

  3. Cool Down: Allow the headband to cool while still on the object. This helps the plastic set in the new, slightly larger shape.


Method 3: Adding Ribbon for Comfort

  1. Cut and Fold Ribbon: Cut two lengths of satin ribbon, fold them to match the width of the hairband, and secure with hot glue.

  2. Attach the Ribbon: Glue the folded ribbon to the inside ends of the hairband where it sits behind your ears. This provides cushioning and prevents the headband from digging into the skin.


Additional Tips:

  • Always test how the hairband feels incrementally during stretching to find the right fit.

  • Be cautious with heat application to avoid melting the plastic.

By following these steps, you can make your plastic hairband more comfortable and tailored to fit your head size, reducing discomfort during extended wear. For more detailed tutorials and accessory care tips, visit Choko's website.

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