Our Mask Head Strap is compatible with all of our Face Mask designs — it allows you to transform our face masks into dual-function masks that can secure behind the head or behind the ears. It’s a reusable, comfortable, and high-quality solution that won’t slip off.
Worth noting: we use a soft, comfortable ear loop material for our Face Masks that won't cause ear discomfort like scratchy elastic will. If ear comfort is your primary reason for wanting to wear a mask behind the head instead, we'd recommend giving the ear loops of our Face Masks a try — you may find you don't need the Mask Head Strap!
Our Mask Head Strap is made with soft, comfortable, high-quality synthetic suede. It’s available in one size that fits all. It has snaps on either side — simply open the snaps, tuck the ear loop of your mask between the suede and the snap, and close the snap. Repeat on the other side with the other ear loop. The ear loops should now be secured in the Mask Head Strap. Place the mask on your face and use your hands to place the Mask Head Strap behind your head; make sure that the lanyard of the mask is behind your head instead of around your neck. To care for your Mask Head Strap, machine wash in a mesh laundry bag or hand wash and line dry.
Will our Mask Head Strap work with masks made by other manufacturers? It’s possible. Here’s a photo of a friend of ours who is a nurse who is wearing it with a surgical mask — she was one of the first folks to test the Mask Head Strap and reports: “It’s a game changer because I have to wear eye protection all day and that can interfere with the ear loops of the surgical masks I wear. It’s amazing and everyone I work with wants one! Also, the red marks behind my ears from the painful elastic are going away.”
Sewn in Seattle
Our bags are designed and sewn right here in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
That allows us to be control freaks in the best way possible; we have direct control and oversight of the quality of our materials, our products, and the jobs and working environment that we help create. It also offers us a unique spontaneity: when we have an idea for a new product or accessory, we can design it, figure out how to build it, add it to our website and be ready to ship it out our front door all within just a few weeks. How cool is that?
Intrigued? You can find out more about the unusual way we do business on our Company Philosophy page.
THE BIHN Guarantee
Everything you buy from us here at TOM BIHN is satisfaction guaranteed. We’ve been in business since 1972 and we stand behind what we make.
If something goes wrong and it's our fault, we'll fix it for free. Repairs due to normal wear and tear or due to other things that are not our fault will be performed, when possible, at a reasonable charge right here in our Seattle factory where your bag was made. Defects in materials or workmanship are uncommon and almost always evident while the product is still new. Keep in mind that bags and packs are often subject to extreme wear in everyday use: do not expect them to last forever. Only true love lasts forever! You can expect a TOM BIHN product to give years and years of hard service.
- JudyVerified Buyer1 year agoRated 5 starsCreates a secure fit
The head strap is a great addition to the Tom Bihn line up. Like always, great craftsmanship. And the head strap provides a more secure and comfortable fit by taking the pressure off your ears. I wear glasses, and my husband wears glasses and hearing aids, so putting on a mask securely can be a tricky endeavor. The head strap solves this problem. And I can wear small earrings now without worrying about losing them because they no longer get caught in the mask ear straps; and my mask stays on when I put my knit hat on or off. One note: the strap keeps your mask on very securely, and it can be a bit hard to manage if you take your mask on and off frequently. Your video was very helpful in demonstrating how to put it on and wear it.Was this helpful?
- Robert R.Verified Buyer1 year agoRated 5 starsOver head strap
This strap allows me to wear my hearing aids without my hearing aids getting tangled up in the ear loops. he strap is well worth the asking price.
I do hope that in the next batch produced they would increase the distance between the two sides of the snap by lengthening the attachment fastener, which would make it easier to connect the 2 sides of the snap and also allow the lanyard to move more easily through the attachment.Was this helpful?
- DomVerified Buyer1 year agoRated 5 starsInvaluable face mask accessory!
NO MORE EAR PAIN! This is simply incredible! Thoughtful and well-made design. It functions exactly how I expected it to function, and makes mask-wearing way more comfortable. My son who has special eyeglasses can now wear masks without them hurting his ears. The construction is solid with quality materials, and I can see this lasting a long time to come.Was this helpful?
- NikolausVerified Buyer1 year agoRated 5 starsComfortable & Secure
Bought this along with a couple of the V6 masks. Whereas the lightweight V3 masks stay up nicely on their own, the V6 masks are a bit too heavy to stay up on their own with my small ears. The strap holds the V6 up very securely and makes the mask very comfortable to wear for extended periods. I haven't tried it yet with other masks, but it seems like the same characteristics would apply to make other masks fit more securely while retaining good comfort over time. Recommended!Was this helpful?
- Theresa T.Verified Buyer1 year agoRated 5 starsFunctional and Adaptable
I had made my own head strap but the design was not good and it was not removable when I washed my mask. This strap is well designed and well constructed. It contributes to making the mask well-fitting and more comfortable.Was this helpful?