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February 23rd, 2010, 11:39 AM
I think headbands are really cute, but they always give me a headache so I always end up chucking it in my bag half way through the day. Does anyone recognize this and, even better, maybe knows a solution?

February 23rd, 2010, 11:45 AM
I'm still looking for headbands that fit comfortably for the whole day! I find that I have to keep changing the position of my headbands throughout the day for them to stay comfortable. Sometimes, they just hurt because they're the wrong size. Although I've added padding, like strips of craft foam, to headbands that were too big and this makes them a bit more bearable. Sometimes, it just takes a simple repositioning of the headband to make it feel better (: HTH

February 23rd, 2010, 11:49 AM
I feel the same! But I know there probably isn't a solution... Even bobby pins give me huge headaches. Any sort of pressure on my head makes it hurt. :(

February 23rd, 2010, 11:50 AM
I only wear metal ones that can handle me reshaping them to my apparently large head by the small size they seem to come in.

February 23rd, 2010, 12:22 PM
I have this problem sometimes. I'm not sure if it's the pressure or more that the roots of my hair don't really like to be put in a different angle.

February 23rd, 2010, 12:34 PM
I have the same problem with the really thick/hard headbands. I have some really flimsy-ish headbands that I wear sometimes, but my favorite ones that don't give me any headache at all are these soft plastic, pliable ones from walmart that have an elastic band that goes back behind your head. My biggest problem with headbands is slippage. They always fall forward and are within a centimeter of my hairline. :( But these don't. They stay in place and they mold to your head very easily. Really nice. And they come in all kinds of designs but they're all black and tortoiseshell. Maybe you should give those a try.

February 23rd, 2010, 12:54 PM
I have a big head and have a hard time finding a comfortable head band. The wide ones hit on a place on my skull behind my ears and are very painful in a short time. I have a couple skinny plastic ones I can wear. One is a France Luxe brand and the other is a WM cheapie. The ones with the elastic at the nape pop right off my head.

February 23rd, 2010, 01:09 PM
I have a hard time with any headband that ends behind the ears, they always pinch and give me a headache. I usually wear the thick cloth strips that go all the way around my head, I guess those distribute the pressure enough so that it doesn't cause any pain. Unfortunately they slip.

February 23rd, 2010, 01:19 PM
I only wear metal ones that can handle me reshaping them to my apparently large head by the small size they seem to come in.

I do this too, but always to make them narrower.

Any headband that can be re-shaped is probably the best option.

February 23rd, 2010, 01:22 PM
I forgot to mention I only wear the cloth ones that go all the way around the head and usually have some elastic in the back. Sometimes the elastic part in the back slips up a bit though and it pushes the hair upwards -> the roots are put in a different angle and it starts to hurt after a while.

February 23rd, 2010, 01:40 PM
I wear a headband a couple of times a week and really the key to avoid the headache for me has been taking it off every couple of hours or so and running my hands through my hair to loosen it. Then I put the headband back on in a slightly different place than before (a tiny bit foward or back). This has really helped!

February 23rd, 2010, 02:12 PM
Oh yes, I recognise that problem so well. Haven't found a solution yet, but as someone mentioned, broader, softer headbands usually stays on longer without causing too much ache. Preferably with flexible length. :)

February 23rd, 2010, 02:14 PM
i can only use fabric ones :(
i do like the look of them

February 23rd, 2010, 02:19 PM
Oh yes, I have this problem. And it frustrates me because headbands are so cute. I also have this problem when I wear my glasses. I always ache behind the ears.

glass in bloom
February 23rd, 2010, 02:21 PM
The only headbands I wear are strips of cotton I've cut off of old men's shirts. They're comfortable, and I can tie them to exactly the right length to go around my head and stay without squeezing uncomfortably.

I can't wear hard headbands at all.

February 23rd, 2010, 02:24 PM
I wear headbands for little kids, they're soft and don't hurt. The ones designed for adults hurt like heck after about 4 hours

February 23rd, 2010, 03:00 PM
Ugh, I hate that. I don't know of any solutions other than trying to flex it a bit so it doesn't hold quite so tightly. You risk breaking them that way or making them too loose though, I suppose. I just don't wear headbands because I can't deal with the headaches.

February 23rd, 2010, 03:55 PM
I totally can't wear any headbands. They hurt my head, or they slip right off. :p

February 23rd, 2010, 03:57 PM
I've had that problem with pretty much every headband I've tried. Not to mention they just don't want to stay on my head anyways and most of the time I'm not happy with how they look on me.

February 23rd, 2010, 04:48 PM
I can wear the Goody's "ouchless' headbands - they don't give me a headache at all. Other than that, I can only wear the metal ones which I can reshape, and I remove them and reposition them every couple of hours. That helps a lot.
My hair is so thin the bottom part of the fabric ones just pushes right up. :(

February 23rd, 2010, 05:03 PM
I did this same type of post last month, maybe longer ago! I know just what you mean...Mine are not even tight but after about an hour my head WILL hurt....

Kelli Kat
February 23rd, 2010, 05:04 PM
I have the same problems with headbands. I always get a headache. I got a new one a few weeks ago hoping it would be different, but after a couple of hours I took it off. Its really cute too. I've decided to just stop wearing them.

February 23rd, 2010, 09:49 PM
I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one that has trouble with headbands. I can't wear of them. I haven't tried the metal ones yet because I need a thick headband. Even the Goody Ouchless ones hurt. The part where the rubber meets the plastic hurts even more than regular headbands. Yes, I have a HUGE head.

February 24th, 2010, 11:32 AM
Thank you for al your reactions. It is a comfort to know that I am not the only one who can't seem to be friends with headbands. Yesterday I bought some silky-ish fabric, not the shiny slippery kind, but with a little more texture. I think I will make a headband of that myself. The regular fabric are to wide for my head and create a little 'roof' in the back.

The reason for looking at headbands is this gorgeous kanzashi headband on Etsy. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_LQM3ctQyKt4/SyVf7k5yKYI/AAAAAAAABjU/sPROWdBnEfA/s400/modromancemanne1.JPG Sigh.......if only it wouldn't hurt

February 24th, 2010, 05:50 PM
I feel like that, with all but the fabric ones, which are really comfy. They're often pretty as well, just fabric and some elastic in the back.

February 25th, 2010, 11:37 AM
I can't wear ANY kind of headband. Not the hard ones, or stretchy ones, of even just a ribbon on my head. it gives me a head ache in like 5 minutes.

February 26th, 2010, 01:54 AM
The only headbands I've found that don't hurt for me are the really thin, light ones that are metal or plastic. And they only don't hurt if I'm not actually using them to hold back my hair. I actually have some pretty flamboyant peacock headbands I like to wear but I just work them under a layer of hair in an updo and wear them that way.

Oh and if we're talking about etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/featherbyfeather :eyebrows:

October 3rd, 2014, 08:22 AM
The FranceLuxe ultracomfort works for me--all day no pain. Also the headwraps look promising.

October 6th, 2014, 01:10 PM
I've never been able to wear headbands. Either they pinch my head and give me a headache, or they slip right off my slipper hair. I've never found a solution. :(

October 30th, 2014, 01:17 PM
works like a dream, i have three colors.

October 30th, 2014, 01:49 PM
I have this problem too. I bought a bunch of pretty beaded headbands when I was growing out my pixie cut. It was the only way my hair looked decent during the awkward lengths, so I suffered through it. I still love how they look but I always wind up putting them away after a few minutes because of the pain. They are metal, maybe I can stretch them... if I can find an object as large as my potato head.

October 30th, 2014, 02:52 PM
The only headbands that work for me and don't give me a headache are Sarabands (https://www.etsy.com/shop/sarabands?ref=ss_profile). I really like the look, too :)

November 1st, 2014, 11:25 AM
I can't wear headbands (or glasses, for that matter) for more than an hour without getting a headache. I have a narrow head, too. I wonder why that is.

The only headbands that work for me and don't give me a headache are Sarabands (https://www.etsy.com/shop/sarabands?ref=ss_profile). I really like the look, too :)

Wow, I really like the look of these.