Paracord Headbands

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    If you have long hair then you know how much of an annoyance it can be when it falls in your eyes or sticks to your face on a hot, sweaty day. Both men and women implore various techniques to combat this problem, such as hats and scrunchies, but none of those items have survival capabilities. What does have something to offer from a survival standpoint, however, is the paracord headband. While not as popular as they once were in the 1980\'s, headbands are still around and sold in drugstores everywhere. They have stuck to their tried and true design (not that there was much room for adaptation anyway) and are being given a cool points reboot through the use of paracord.

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    To make a paracord headband, it is easiest to cheat a little bit. One thing you can do is buy any old headband and slap some paracord on it; this will, in essence, meet the criteria for a headband made of paracord, but it will be obvious what you did to make it. If you would rather keep things interesting, buy yourself a no frills, thin, metal headband. Odds are you will be better off price-wise by buying a group of a few headbands or buying in bulk as some retail outlets have apparently gotten wind of the desirability of metal headbands for paracord purposes and thus their prices are surprisingly high. Then again, you may luck out at a local drugstore and find some on clearance; look around and you might be pleasantly surprised.

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    Once you have acquired your headband, cut a section of paracord a couple inches longer than the headband itself. From this piece of cord, remove the inner strands and slide the casing over the headband. If your headband has bent edges, bend them outward and upward until flush with the rest of the headband so they will not be able to poke or irritate you. Seal off the loose edges of your paracord with a gentle burn, taking care to discolor the cord as little as possible. By placing your headband in this casing, you are disguising it so it appears that your headband has no components other than paracord. However, if you wish to omit this step and let the band show through, it will do so only minimally and that is fine, too.

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    Your next step will be to complete the paracord overlay. Using a cobra stitch (AKA Solomon Bar or Portuguese Sinnet) is best as it is flat and will feel most comfortable against your head. If you are using one color, start your knots at one end of the headband and tie to the other, again being careful not to discolor or create jagged burns. If you are using two colors, you will need to tuck some slack up against the headband on the underside to get started. Simply place a couple of inches of each color flush with the headband and tie over it, securing it in place. If you wish, you can remove a couple of inches of the interior twine at those ends to make them less bulky and noticeable. Complete your knot-tying, then seal with a gentle burn and you\'re done.

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    With your new headband you will not only be able to keep troublesome hair out of your face but will also have an interesting accessory. Paracord headbands have not yet taken over the mainstream (at least not in my neck of the woods!) so by having one, you are sure to stand out as the awesomely outfitted survivalist that you are.

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