The long, thin cord on the end of a pair of headphones has an unfortunate tendency to curl and tangle itself up at every opportunity. No matter how carefully you try to wind up the headphones for storage, they will eventually find a way to form into a knot. When attempting to uncurl a set of headphones that has tangled itself up, do so carefully carefully to avoid damaging the wire.
Disconnect your headphones from any electronic devices (if applicable). For example, if your headphones are plugged into an MP3 player, separate the two components from one another. This will give you more room to work with your hands while uncurling the headphones, and you'll be less likely to drop and break the attached device.
Loosen the tangled/knotted portion of the headphones as much as you can. Pull portions of the tangled wires away from one another, making the tangled portion larger in size. This will allow you to begin unwrapping the portions of the cord that are wrapped around other areas of the cord.
Run one end of the headphones (it doesn't matter which end) through the opening you've created by widening the knot. Examine the tangled/knotted portion to see exactly how the headphone wires are wrapped around themselves. Take either the metal pin end or the headphone/earbud end of the wire and move it through the opening to the other side. This will straighten out the wire, uncurling the headphones.
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