Hula Hoop Care

by Mama Ruby

How to Maintain Your Ruby Hoop

Our quick little guide to help you take the best possible care of your brand new hula hoop.

If you just got your hoop and can’t seem to figure out how to get it unfolded, click here for a video guide!

Hoops are plastic circles.  They are susceptible to all sorts of circumstances–heat, cold, moisture, being collapsed for travel; you name it, your hoop has probably seen it.  Not to mention how hard we can be on our hoops while using them!  Because of these factors, its important to know how to get the most out of your hoop.

Misshapen hoops are the #1 concern of hoop owners.  That is, a hoop that is not a perfect circle.  This happens for a number of very common reasons and is very easy to fix!  Reasons why hoops can become imperfect circles include:

  • Collapsing the hoop down to ship it or travel with it
  • Leaving your hoop in a hot car
  • Hanging your hoop on a hook for a long period of time
  • Or, leaving it leaning against a wall
  • Hard/tough use
  • …and a number of other reasons.

The BEST way to make your hoop as round as possible is to hoop with it.  The centrifugal force of using the hoop will gently guide it into a circle. 

This is especially effective if you warm the hoop up first (preferably, by leaving it on a flat surface in the summer sunshine).

You can also re-shape the hoop manually. First, warm the hoop up by placing it on a flat surface outside during a hot summer day, or if it’s wintertime you may have to get a little creative. A hair dryer held about 8 inches away gently moved around the hoop does great!  Warm the whole hoop up and then either carefully re-shape with your hands or place the hoop under your mattress to allow it to flatten back out.

It is completely natural and to be expected that your hoop will change shape from time to time, but a few simple tricks used as needed to keep your hoop in shape are all it takes!


Erica July 12, 2021 - 8:18 pm

Hello –

What are the differences between the beginner hula hoop and the weighted exercise hula hoop? How much does the beginner hula hoop weigh? Thanks!

Mama Ruby July 12, 2021 - 8:55 pm

Hey Erica!! The main difference in those two products is that the weighted exercise hoop has heavy duty grip tape on it that makes it a little heavier (not much). They are essentially the same hoop. Beginner hoops should be heavier than the lighter weight dance and trick hoops you see a lot of more advance hoopers using, so they are essentially also exercise hoops. I have them listed both ways because people search for them on Google both ways. But you can’t go wrong with either one!

We don’t make excessively heavy hoops because they can cause bruising and damage to internal organs. You can expect these hoops, both beginner and exercise hoops, to weigh around 1 to 1.5 pounds. Thank you for visiting our website! If you want to learn more check out our Facebook group Ruby Hoopers.


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