How To Make Headbands Not Hurt Behind Your Ears

How To Make Headbands Not Hurt Behind Your Ears

Headbands with petite bands and beautiful embellishments are perfect for a special occasion or a wide, bold headband to hold your hair back during a workout.

Headbands add the finishing touch to any type of outfit. For some, wearing headbands can mean pain and irritation.

When someone said, beauty is pain; they were clearly talking about headbands.

Most headbands will cause pain behind the ears after you have worn them for longer than one hour.

You shouldn’t have to feel pain when wearing something beautiful like a headband which is why we are here to help you make adjustments to your headbands, so you no longer have to deal with painful spots behind your ears

How To Make Headbands Not Hurt Behind Your Ears?

Headbands normally hurt behind the ears for two reasons, one being irritation the other being pressure. There are some types of headbands that fit too tight around the head, which means they are going to create painful pressure. Headbands can also irritate certain spots on your head, like right behind the ears, which is where the headband ends actually sit. The first tip is to get your headband and stretch it over a book or something a little wider than the band and let it stretch overnight. You can also glue some foam to the ends of the bands on the inside, so you have more padding resting against your head instead of the headband’s ends.

Try Differently Designed Headbands

If padding the bands and stretching them overnight hasn’t worked for you, then it might be time to shop for some new bands; cotton and silk are the more comfortable styles, along with those that are elastic with thicker bands.

You can always try a bigger size headband, but if you are using your band to hold a hairstyle in place, this might not work.

Stretching Out Your Headbands

This can work well to loosen the tight grip of the headbands but make sure that you don’t stretch it too far, or you can snap them completely. You want to stretch them just a few inches bigger.

All you need to do is to stretch the headband over your object; it can even be the arm of your sofa.

If you start to hear cracking, then you are stretching it too far. It is best to leave the headband stretching for around 24 hours.

After that, you can check the headband and try it on and see if it has stretched out.

If it hasn’t you might need to either leave it longer, or it might not have been stretched further enough.

Headbands don’t actually have that much give-in them to play with, so if the stretching doesn’t work, you might need to consider padding or buying another type.

Add Padding To Your Headbands

The part that hurts behind your ears is the ends of the headbands, and most times, it is due to the ends being pointed.

What you can do here is grab some craft foam and cut it to the size of the ends and glue them to the inside of the headband. You can also use cotton wool or other types of padding you might prefer to use.

If you cut it small enough, no one will be able to notice the padding. You can also try to match the craft foam colors to the headbands, so if you want to cut them a little bigger, you won’t notice them as much.


The days of not wearing headbands because they hurt are gone. With the tips above, you can follow whichever one works for you.

You might need to try a few to find the best type you prefer. Go for some retail therapy and buy some fresh new headbands for your collection and enjoy wearing them without the pain.

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