Interview with Clip ‘n Bands Founder

This week I’m featuring a Q & A with Clip ‘n Bands founder Christina Gavrilas-Pearson.  She’s currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to create the headbands, which come with little clips on them to help them from sliding–which is a huge problem I have–I often use bobby pins to keep my headband in place!

What background do you have in fitness?

I started playing competitive tennis when I was 9 years old.  Coming from a family of athletes, both parents where in the Olympics for Romania in 1972, I naturally have a competitive edge about me.  I traveled to tennis tournaments as a child and continued on to receive an athletic scholarship to college.  I now play tennis leisurely with family.  I also have taken up running and golf.  I like to stay active and healthy through sports.

Where did the idea for Clip’n Band come from? 

The idea originated one evening before going to sleep.  The next day we were to leave for vacation in Turks and Caicos where my mother lived at the time.  Every time my husband and I would visit we would play a few doubles tennis matches against my mom and stepdad.  Well as you know it can get pretty windy on the island and I always had trouble keeping my hair out of my eyes, even when I played tennis growing up.  I would use tons of clips but they never really held my fly-aways.  And forget about headbands they would always slip off of my head just as soon as putting them on.  So when I was lying in bed the night before the trip I thought of these clips that I had and thought to myself why couldn’t I sew these clips to the inside of a headband to make it stay on my head.  So I got out of bed, threaded a needle and that’s how Clip’n Band was discovered.

How does Clip’n Band work, and how are they different from a normal headband? 

Well Clip’n Band has three unique clips on the underside of the headband to grip the hair and hold it in place.  The clips have a unique function of opening, to receive the hair, and closing to comfortably grip the hair.

Why would dancers find these headbands useful?

It is my observation that dancers use many techniques to keep hair out of the face, especially their eyes.  With Clip’n Band the dancers can accomplish that and much more.  They can add character to their wardrobe or costume and never have to worry about it slipping off their head.

Who else are the headbands appropriate for?

The headbands are suitable for anyone!  Men, women, children, anyone who wants to wear a headband but couldn’t because they could get them to stay on their head.

Why did you decide to run a Kickstarter campaign?

Kickstarter is a unique way to generate revenue when launching a product.  It is also a great way also to generate interest in your product by giving donors a sample product with a specified donation.

What rewards will donors receive? 

Donors will receive a Clip’n Band headband with a $15 donation.

Are there other ways people can support Clip’n Band even if they can’t donate?

For sure!  If you know anyone who has trouble wearing headbands tell them about us, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, Google+ and Instagram.  We also have a website, for more information.

Check out her Kickstarter here, and find them on Twitter and Facebook, too.

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