Run the ribbon through the curling iron a few times, and it will look just fine. Some of the ribbon I reuse is about 10 years old. The new ribbon with the wire in it can be fix sometime just with your hand, and a little heat from the curling iron. If you do not curl you hair, and ask someone to use theirs or pick one up at a garage sale. Keep it with your ribbon, and you are all sent. Even if the stick on bow are a couple of dollars, times 10 to 15 years that adds up fast. Or you can tell your family like I tell mine, the money I save will get us a free pizza!!!!