When you are running, there is a possibility that you may lose your concentration because of your hair or sweat that got into your eyes and blocked your vision. A focused workout always requires that your hair and sweat stays away from your face. Hence it is really important to ensure that you use a running accessory that will keep your hair in place and prevent the sweat from dripping on your face.
The first question that comes to the mind is why should we use a headband while running?
There are several reasons for using a headband while running as seen below.
Keeps hair out of your face
Wicks away moisture and keeps you dry
May also help to keep your ears warm
Looks elegant and fashionable
The most important reason among these is to ensure your hair and sweat does not distract you while running. Hence, in order for the headband to be perfect, you need to make sure they have the following features.
Breathability – It should be made of synthetic material and not pure cotton. A 100% cotton headband may appeal to you. However, pure cotton is not breathable thus not a good option for a run-wear.
Stretch and Grip – The material should have a perfect balance of stretch and comfort. If the material does not have right composition, then the headband will be either too tight and uncomfortable or too loose and useless.
Absorbent material – The headband should be made from a material that absorbs your sweat and wicks moisture away. This will leave you dry and cool especially during an intense workout.
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There are a variety of headbands available in the market with varying styles, designs and functionality. Let us explore a few options that can give you an idea what is trending in the market and preferred by others.
This running headband is made up of a blend of material i.e. Lycra and Spandex. The material is very stretchable. Its unique fabric will ensure the band does not slip and stays on your forehead. The fabric also has moisture wicking properties hence this headband is very breathable and dries rather quickly.
The Bondi Band headbands come in different sizes and colors for both children and adults. Depending on your preference you can select any of the given width i.e. 2”, 3” or 4”. Overall, this is a great headband for keeping sweat and hair out of your face.
This running headband is made up 95% Polyester and 5% Spandex. The material very breathable and is incredibly comfortable & stretchable. This headband does an excellent job of absorbing moisture and keeping sweat out of your face.
This is an affordable band and lacks variety in its size. Currently, the width available in the market is approximately 4” wide. Designed especially for men this headband comes in 6 different color options. In general, this band is the best value of your money that also comes with a lifetime warranty.
This running headband is made up of high-quality Dryline® fabric that can wick moisture away and remain dry during your race. The fabric material is unique as has antimicrobial properties i.e. it has been embedded with silver ions that prohibits the growth of bacteria. The fabric is also breathable and has a good stretch.
The style of this headband is 2” wide in front and tapers back. It is an affordable band and lacks variety in its size. This band has a patented soft silicone “Sweat Seal” that not only keeps the band in place but also redirects sweat away from your forehead. Although this seal works great at keeping your face clean and dry some people find that this seal makes this band slightly tighter than their preference. This unisex sweatband has more than 20 color options to offer.
This running headband’s material is similar to the headband just mentioned above i.e. made up of high-quality Dryline® fabric that has been through with antimicrobial treatment. Here we want to recommend the silver color, as the silver-grayish fabric used is slightly different from other Halo V sweatbands. The Silver headband is reflective in nature since it contains microscopic glass beads that reflect lights.
This 2” wide band also has the same patented technology of “Sweat Seal”. The other differentiation factor of this headband is its Velcro closure that allows for a custom fit. However, you need to be careful while using the Velcro because if not used carefully it may trap your hair. Since the length of the band is not very long, this headband may not fit on a large head.
This running headband by Nike is made up of 69% Cotton, 26% Nylon and 5% Rubber. This blend of material has an extraordinary grip and is great at absorbing moisture. Many professional athletes use this because of the high-quality material that can absorb more than 95% of water. The fabric has easy care as can be washed in the machine.
This stretch fit headband is almost 2” wide. Suitable for both men and women this band comes in a variety of different colors. With a distinctive swish logo at the front, this band proves to be one of the most famous headbands on the market. Although this band comfortably fits most of the people, however, there is still a possibility that as compared to other brands some may find Nike Swoosh has a slightly tight fit.
This running headband by Self Pro is made up of unique hi-tech material that is very thin and light i.e. almost 0.32 ounces. Despite being so thin and light the fabric has moisture wicking properties and works well for most of the people. Hence, it will help you to keep your sweat from dripping.
This stretch fit headband has a stylish design. Although advertised as men’s headband it can look to be equally elegant if worn by women. If you are looking for high level of functionality, comfort, and durability this high-quality stretchable band is definitely the best available option.
This running headband by BLOM is handmade and is one of its kind. The fabric material is high-quality 90% Rayon Viscose and 10% Spandex. This fabric has medium stretch to it hence neither does it feel too tight nor too loose. It is also great for absorbing moisture.
The style of this headband is quite unique as it has a moveable knot and pleat detailing that allows you to wear it 14 different styles. Hence, with this just one headband, you can enjoy the appearance of many for example you can wear it wide, folded or as a turban style. With more than 15 colors, this headband is perfect if you want something that keeps you dry yet look fashionable.
This multi-function running headband, made from 100% Polyester microfiber, is lightweight, stretchable and breathable. It also wicks moisture away and dries quickly. To ensure the fabric last long, it is highly recommended that you hand wash this band.
This colorful headband can be used more than as a headband. For example, you can even use it as a scarf or a mask. The color options and patterns are really amazing. With it ample color choices, this headband is perfect if you want something that has high functionality yet looks artistic. However, this headband has limited size option and may not fit perfectly on the smaller head.
This running headband is made up 95% Polyester and 5% Spandex. The material is breathable, comfortable and stretchable. The fabric quality is also high, and it retains its color and elasticity for years.
This affordable band by Tough Headwear has a custom fit. You can use the tie to achieve the desired fit. This is a great value headband that is designed to keep you dry during exercise. The only flaw is lack of colors. Currently, there are just 6 color options available.
This running headband by TrailHeads is a made with synthetic material and has premium quality single layer fleece insulation. The material is soft and comfortable and will keep you clean and dry during your workout.
The style of this headband is almost 2.5”’ wide at the front that widens to almost 4” around ears. If you have a small forehead then you may want something else as it may not suit you. Nevertheless, it is an innovative design and is perfect for you if you want to tie your hair in a ponytail. To give you with a wide range of color option this headband is available in more than 15 colors.
Provides ponytail compatibility
Covers ears and keep them warm
Wicks away moisture
May not appeal to everyone
Every brand has different styles to offer such as stretch fit vs custom fit, colorful pattern vs. plain and ponytail compatible vs traditional. Depending on your preferences, you can select any of these best available options. In the end, we want to emphasize a few important things that you should always keep in your mind. Firstly, always avoid 100% cotton as it will not offer you breathability. Secondly, always make sure to purchase from authentic sellers to avoid knock-offs. Lastly, until and unless stated it is best to wash your headband with hands.
Karla holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and is the published author of several self-help books and nutrition guides. Also an avid dog lover and adoring owner of three cats,Karla enjoys writing about health, running and wellness trends. When she's not writing or jogging she enjoys slacking off on the couch with a bowl of Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia ice cream