Not all headphone wires are created equal. Some headphones come with straight cords that never tangle, while others constantly get knotted up no matter how hard you try to untangle them. How To Stop Headphone Wires From Curling ? The most frustrating of all, however, are the ones that constantly curl on themselves like a snail shell (no offense to snails) and refuse to be straightened out unless you constantly hold one end in place. This problem is so common that there’s even an internet acronym for it:
Since having uncoiled headphone cables can be such a nuisance for many people who use them, I’m sure some of you might be wondering what causes this annoying phenomenon in the first place? There isn’t just one cause; here are several reasons headphones get knotted up:
How To Stop Headphone Wires From Curling
- Being wound onto a cylindrical surface (e.g. one’s head or a pen) causes the earbud wire to loop and twist on itself, creating twists and knots along the length of the cord.
- Headphone wires can also get knotted up when they’re coiled into a ball and then placed in a bag or pocket for later use; it’s like throwing two intertwined pieces of string into a box and hoping they untangle themselves later on. Since headphone cable wires are thin, light, and flexible, it doesn’t take much for them to curl up beyond recognition if you don’t pay attention to how you coil away in your bag or pocket.
- If a headphone wire is coiled around a cylindrical object, the friction between the cord and the surface causes the cord to move each time you touch it with your hand. This causes the already-coiled headphone wire to tighten up even more as you hold it in one spot, resulting in kinks or tight loops along its length.
- Wrapping earbud wires too many times around a finger will cause them to coil unevenly and twist on themselves—just like how plaiting hair with two stands of hair at once can give you twisted braids that refuse to unravel.
- There are also rare cases where a defective wiring job inside a pair of headphones causes some cables inside to become twisted and curled, especially if you tend to bunch up and roll your headphones into a ball.
One possible solution is to untangle the headphone wire as much as possible first before straightening out the kinks by hand. While this may be easier said than done, it’s still something that can be worth trying before heading over to YouTube for tutorials on how to “rescue” your headphone wires from becoming tangled knots. Alternatively, wearers who own more than 1 pair of headphones can simply swap out one set with another so there isn’t any coiling involved. One other way: buy flat-coiled or braided cords instead of those micro-coils and see if there’s a difference in terms of tangling and knotting. Of course, there is also the option of having your headphone cords replaced if they’re falling apart and/or you’ve tried everything else.
It’s always a pain to untangle headphone wires whenever they curl up on themselves, but hopefully these tips help reduce all those annoying knots we all dread when we un-box new headphones for the first time. It doesn’t take much to prevent this from happening: even just keeping them wrapped around the earbuds and not coiling them around a cylindrical surface can do wonders in terms of curling prevention. Sometimes it pays to be extra careful with our things; at least that way we won’t have as many tangles and headaches as before!