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Old 08-23-2012, 09:13
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Default Stiffening Hair bows

Hello! I have been making hair bows for a while but I have never stiffened the bows and I am wondering if that is something I should do. Does anyone stiffen hair bows? If so any products that are best to use and if so where should I purchase these from?
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:21
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Default Re: Stiffening Hair bows

When I make them I just stiffen them with a little hair spray and blow dry them. It doesn't cost a lot. Someone else may have a better idea. It just helps keep the shape of the bow

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Old 08-23-2012, 09:32
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Default Re: Stiffening Hair bows

I use spray starch that I bought at the dollar store. I does help the bow to hold its shape.
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I starch and bake mine.
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Old 08-23-2012, 03:54
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I have also starched mine before it works just as good as the hair spray idea..
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Old 08-23-2012, 04:58
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Default Re: Stiffening Hair bows

I have both hair sprayed and starched mine. I used my normal hair spray ($2 something for the can, vs. the cheapo stuff I will start using) as just a test run for 2 bows. I LOVED the way they came out. They dried overnight. I've also starched and baked, but I didn't like the way they came out. I starched the bejeebles out of them, but they weren't super stiff. It's really a matter of preference.
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:18
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Default Re: Stiffening Hair bows

I starch mine, then shake off the excess and lay flat on paper towels to dry. Always put a clean towel or layer of paper towels under where you lay the starched bows. I found out the hard way that spray starch that soaks in an ironing board cover leaves a grease like residue that can potentially leave spots on clothes you iron the next morning after starching a massive amount of bows the night before... Yes, I'm speaking from experience :-) I now starch bows in the laundry room over the sink, or washing machine - then lay flat on towels/paper towels (depending on how many bows) and shape loops so they dry perfectly. Faultless or Niagara work really well. You can buy both at just about any store for under $3.00!

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Old 08-24-2012, 10:38
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Default Re: Stiffening Hair bows

I have been using Aleene's Stiffen-Quick Spray (Bow, Ribbon & Fabric Stiffener) lately & I will either bake them or if I'm in a hurry I use a hair dryer to dry them.
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long term the faultless holds up better. years and years of using that stuff for uniforms so it's my total go to for anything I need to stay put!
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long term the faultless holds up better. years and years of using that stuff for uniforms so it's my total go to for anything I need to stay put!

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