Wondering how to put on a small bangle? How about how to take off a stuck bangle? We are going to show you the tricks on how to get it right the first time (or not), so you won’t struggle anymore. Wearing bangles can be fun!


Put On Or Take Off a Small Bangle from Your Wrist

If you have larger than average hands, you already know the struggle of trying to fit smaller bangles over it. Your wrist circumference is just fine, but your fingers and hand joints are getting a good fit. Don’t worry – all is not lost. There is a simple way to wear smaller bangles so you won’t have to struggle so much.

The simplest method is wearing a plastic bag over your hand. For this technique, you will need a small plastic bag that will go over your entire hand up to your wrist area. Secure the plastic bag so that it clings to the skin of your hands. Point all your fingers upward and compress them, so the area covered by your fingers is approximately the same as the space of the bangles that you want to put on.

Position the first bangle and slip it past the tips of your fingers. Allow it to just glide through the plastic, making sure that your fingers are constantly adjusting to the dimension of the bangle. Usually, bangles are easy to wear until you reach the widest point of the hand, which is the thumb area.

The thumb just at the side of the hand, adding about 25% more space than the bangle has to overcome before reaching its destination, which is the wrist.

The easiest way to beat this is by folding your thumb inward, so it doesn’t get in the way of the bangle. Folding the thumb also makes your hand as slim as possible, so there’s less obstruction to the bangle’s smooth glide.

As the bangle traverses the thumb area, you will feel a lot of resistance, and that’s okay; it’s normal for the hand to resist something smaller than its usual dimensions. Do not try to bear down on the bangle, because you are going to hurt yourself.

This applies most especially to bangles made of harder materials, such as metal or even jade. Jade bangles are hard, but they are also excessively smooth, which is a big advantage when something doesn’t fit. Instead of pushing against your hand, trying twisting and rotating the bangle while coaxing it to glide against the plastic. Soon enough, it will pass through the widest part of the hand, and you can continue until you reach the wrist.

Repeat this process until you get all of the bangles on your wrist. When you are done slipping all the bangles on, all that is left to do is pull out the plastic bag and voila – the task is done, and you have one or more beautiful bangles on your wrist.

I don’t have a plastic bag at the moment; what else can I use?

While plastic is an ideal choice because it is smooth, no matter what you do with it, you can also use hosiery if even a thin sweater if you want to. Pull the sweater downward until your entire hand is covered and repeat the process that we described above. Hosiery and other thin fabrics reduce friction and also allows tight-fitting bangles to glide easily toward the wrist.

How to remove a tight-fitting bangle?

The plastic or hosiery method doesn’t work as well when you’re trying to remove a tight-fitting bangle for the simple reason that the plastic has to be underneath the bangle. This may prove challenging in some situations, so we have a much better idea: use simple lubrication to remove the bangle instead.

Unless the bangle that you want to remove is super sensitive to moisture, you can probably use a little water and dish soap to remove it. Another alternative lubricant is mineral oil or baby oil, which are even slicker than soap and water.

Some lotions with a lot of oil and water content can also be used to remove bangles. Just make sure that you wipe the lubricant off of the bangles before storing them, especially if you are using a metal bangle.


How to Choose a Well-Fitting Bangle?

The only way to find a good fitting bangle when buying new bangles is to get the horizontal measurement of the bangle’s inner space and then compare it with the length of the widest part of your hand when the thumb is folded inward. You will be able to visualize if it’s going to be an okay squeeze or a very tight squeeze, depending on the measurement of the bangle itself.

Sometimes, bangles slip through easily because they are hard, and the surface of the bangle is super smooth, as in the case of jade bangles and some metal bangles.

However, for wider bangles with more ornate designs and are made of metal, the squeeze may be more difficult because of the ridges along the bangles’ circumference.


Choosing a Bangle That Looks Good on You

The perfect bangle does exist! However, it has to match your skin tone. If you have fair skin, your skin tone is “cool.” If you are tan, then the hue is “warm.” And if your skin tone is somewhere between fair and tan, that’s called a neutral skin tone.

People with warm skin tone should also go for warmer colors like yellow (as in yellow gold bangles) and similar bangles.

A cooler skin tone will demand lighter colors like blue and green. Muted colors like platinum and silver are also effective fashion for cooler skin tones. What about a neutral skin tone? It’s a bit trickier with a neutral skin tone because you have to experiment with a combination of cool and warm tones. For instance, a “diamond and yellow gold” look would be appropriate for most people with neutral skin tones.