Rather than learn fancy wraps or buy specialty holders to manage headphone tangles, why not sheath your standard earbuds in paracord, that durable, hard-to-twist wonder material? One crafty Instructables writer shows us how.
We've sung paracord's praises before, as a luggage handle wrapper, a makeshift handcuff material (weird post, no?). By running your headphone wires through some paracord and rebuilding the Y junction, you get an audio set that hardly ever ties in on itself, is far less prone to breaks or rips and can be changed in colour too if you don't dig the hue the cord came in.
The author notes that on some cheaper headphones (likely those you'd use for this mod, anyways), performing this hack might result in a little audio quality loss, and that having the paracord rub against your skin or clothing might result in some occasional audible grinding. He gets around that by re-soldering a connection and adding a clip to his headphones, but the takeaway is that you shouldn't pull this off on headphones you spent a lot of good money on. Otherwise, it turns a cheap, flimsy pair into a durable, convenient audio device.
Sleeving Earphone / Earbud Cords with Paracord [Instructables]