Polyester and synthetic fabric (hoops tend to slip)
Non-stretchy or multi-layered clothing
Hats that do not stay on while ducking in and out of the hoop
Shoes or no shoes while hula hooping
Many people choose to hula hoop barefoot on sand or grass, or sock-footed on wooden dance floors. For more foot protection, light weight shoes that stretch, with leather soles rather than rubber soles will allow for quick movements and spins. Tennis shoes are fine for hoopers who need more foot support, but the rubber soles can inhibit flowing turns and jumps. Ballet slippers, or comfortable, flat shoes that stay on your feet work best for active jumping, spinning and dancing with the hoop.
Jewelry while hula hooping
Wearing jewelry while hooping can be beautiful and harmful depending on the moves you will be executing. If you are shoulder hooping, you might want to wear a shorter flat necklace, rather than one that might get tangled or bump into the hoop. Ceramic or glass pendants might break or dig into your skin while shoulder hooping. Rings that are large and bulky often get in the way of hand-hoop moves. Small earrings are fine, but beware of large, dangle earrings if you are practicing repetitive moves that require head and neck activity.
Hair style while hula hooping
Long or short hair any style works fine for hooping. If your hair is long enough to get into your eyes, you may want to think about what to do with your hair while hooping under the following circumstances.
outside in the wind
ducking your head in and out of the hoop quickly
hooping in the hot sun working up a sweat
performing on stage
Note: Hair clips and pony tails can sometimes get in the way of the hoop while ducking in and out of certain hoop moves.
Make-up for hula hoop performances
If you will be performing on stage or filming your hoop dancing and want to add make-up to your face, there are multiple how-to website.