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Her adjustable headbands are popular with athletes

Head for business

Alum's adjustable headbands are the real deal for runners and other athletes.

By Jean Lundquist, Free Press correspondent [published in The Free Press, Mankato, MN, 10/16/2011]

Stacy Hvinden of North Mankato graduated with a degree from Minnesota State Mankato in Community Health. Later, she returned to school to become a dental hygienist, before deciding to be a full-time, stay-at-home mom.

That’s all before she found her true entrepreneurial spirit in creating Punkeelove Headbands.

The seed for the Punkeelove Headbands idea was planted in New York City near the Statue of Liberty a few years ago.

That’s where Hvinden saw a 16-year- old girl wearing a head­band she admired. Hvinden complimented the girl, and asked where she had gotten her headband. The reply was that the girl had made it herself.

That spurred Hvinden to action when she returned home. Though she had never sewn anything in her life, she bought a sewing machine and set to work.

Hvinden is a runner, and like every other runner who uses a headband, she says, her head­band would slip, the elastic or silicone would break her hair, and the headband would squeeze her head, causing headaches.

She believed she could do better.

A velvet backing on the ribbon to keep the band from slipping was the first step in her creation. That idea came from the girl in New York. But she tied that headband in the back, and Hvinden hoped to improve that to do away with the painful and hairbreaking elastic. As the Punkeelove Headbands have evolved, they are now touted as “ the non-stop, fully adjustable headband.”

As her marketing duties have increased, Hvinden says the company has had to hire outside help for sewing. A woman from New Ulm has begun working with Punkeelove Headbands, and Hvinden says another person will to be hired now, as well.

In addition to Internet sales at, the headbands are available locally at Tune Town and South Central Book Store.

For the complete Free Press story, see Sunday's print edition, or go to the e-edition at

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