Gear Review: Sweaty Bands

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My hair has never been that pretty, shiny, controllable kind of hair.  It tends to be unruly on the best of days—and when it’s hot and humid outside, all bets are off.  So while I always put my hair up in a ponytail when I walk, I sometimes just want an extra layer of protection—which is where my headband collection comes in.

I do love my Junk Big Bang Lite headbands (you can read my review for more information).  They’re big and breathable, and the colors and styles are so much fun.  But, as I mentioned in my review, they sometimes feel a little too wide for my head, so I decided to give a narrower headband from Sweaty Bands a try—and I was pretty blown away.  

Sweat Bands are so pretty, with their satiny fronts and their pretty, colorful designs and their velvety backs.  But just like every woman out there, these pretty headbands are also surprisingly hard-working.  They do not budge.  Ever. 

These headbands come in different widths (I tend to prefer the 1” width) and plenty of styles, too.  They even come in petite for those of you with a tinier head.  These are definitely daintier looking than your favorite Junk headbands.  They’re narrower but also thicker, with a velvet backing and an elastic band at the neck.  But they’re every bit as tough as my Junk headbands. 

The greatest test for my Sweaty Bands was my first half-marathon.  Walking 13.1 miles is no joke.  It takes a long time, and it puts your hair through a lot in the process.  But while some of my hair managed to come loose from my ponytail, my headband kept everything out of my face.

If you’re looking for a way to wrangle your own unruly hair, I recommend giving Sweaty Bands a try.  They’ll keep your hair—and maybe even the sweat—out of your face every time.

– Available in a variety of colorful patterns
– Velvet backing keeps them stuck to your head
– Available in different widths—and also petite sizes

– Thicker fabric than Junk bands

You can find Sweaty Bands on Amazon – or visit for all available styles.


Kristin has been hitting the trail (or the treadmill) for a walk almost every day for the past several years, and she recently completed her first half marathon. She loves sunny fall days, cushy walking shoes, and coconut caramel iced coffee from Dunkin.

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