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Best Headbands for Women

Women don’t sweat, they glisten. At least that’s what we want to happen. But that’s not actually possible without the help of a workout headband. Of course, not just any headband will do. There are certain features that any good headband must have. It must be comfortable enough that it doesn’t make your head hurt, but snug enough that it won’t slip when you’re jogging or doing Zumba. It must also be cute enough that you won’t need to take it off in case you run into your gym crush. Last but not the least, it must be sturdy enough that you won’t be replacing it after a handful of washes. But who has the time to find a headband that fits this criteria? We do. Check out the top 10 headbands for women who love to workout in style:

Top 9 Headbands for Women in 2020 Reviewed

1. Suddora Sweatband/Headband

    Best Women's Headband for Running

    We love Suddora Headbands because they’re simple, effective, and oh-so-colorful. These sweatbands are made of 0% cotton, 12% spandex, and 8% nylon. This blend of materials gives the band its superior sweat-wicking powers. It can easily soak up your sweat and leave you glowing after a long workout. It’s soft and comfortable; it won’t snag on your hair which means you can easily take it off when the need arises.

    And because it’s so flexible, you don’t have to worry about losing its shape after several uses and trips to your washing machine. As we’ve mentioned, these bands come in a variety of colors and designs which means you can easily choose ones that will look great with your workout outfit. Of course, there are a few cons to this option. It’s not exactly something that you can wear when you’re not working out. Also, they’re pretty pricey for headbands. Moreover, they take a while to dry. That being said, if you just want a headband for working out, then this is a great choice.

    Pros
    • Great for heavy sweaters
    • Very comfortable
    • Many colors and designs to choose from
    Cons
    • A bit expensive
    • Takes long to dry
    • Limited use

2. Halo II Headband Sweatband Pullover

    Best Women's Headband for Sweat

    This sweat-stopping headband from Halo is a must-have for those who want to be active in style. It’s made of Dryline fabric which easily absorbs sweat. It also enables the band to dry out pretty quickly. It has SweatSeal and Grip Technology which redirects your sweat away from your eyes while ensuring that your headband stays in place no matter how much you move or bounce around.

    Halo Headband Sweatband Pullover

    The band has an infusion of silver ions which helps prevent odors – a great feature to have if you suddenly have a run-in with a cute guy after a long, sweaty workout. The band is thin enough to wear underneath a helmet in case you want to use it while biking. It’s also very comfortable and won’t be snagging on your hair whenever you take it off. However, it isn’t ideal for heavy sweaters. It’s a bit expensive as well. Moreover, some users feel that the band is too tight.

    Pros
    • SweatSeal with Grip Technology
    • Dryline Fabric
    • Awesome colors and designs
    Cons
    • Expensive
    • Not for heavy sweaters
    • Can be a snug fit for some

3. Ordenado 4 Pack Women’s Headbands Elastic Turban Head Wrap

    Best Women's Headband for Sports

    Workout headbands can be colorful, but they’re generally not the kind you’d wear when you’re out and about. Or are they? Well, with the Ordenado Women’s Headbands, you can do both. This boho floral style headband is super cute and comes in plenty of vibrant colors. It’s made of natural cotton and high-tech spandex fabric. It’s incredibly soft and comfortable; you can wear them all day without getting a headache. At the same time, the fabric is breathable, can absorb sweat, and evaporates moisture very quickly.

    Ordenado 4 Pack Women Headband

    This means that you can easily use this to keep sweat out of your eyes while running or doing exercises. As an added bonus, it’ll keep you looking fashionable while you’re working out. This headband is a daily life accessory that all women must have. Plus, you get four pieces in each pack for a very low price. The main drawback to this headband is that it does slip a bit, though nothing that a few bobby pins can’t fix. In addition, this is not ideal for heavy sweaters.

    Pros
    • Really cute
    • Soft and comfortable
    • Versatile
    Cons
    • Slips a bit
    • Not for heavy sweating

4. LUCKYGO Workout Headbands for Women

    Your workout headband doesn’t have to look like those worn in the 80’s. Terry cloth headbands might be super absorbent, but they don’t make a good fashion statement. Fortunately, the LUCKYGO Workout Headband is not only a sweat-stopper, it makes you look good too. This headband is made of high-quality soft stretch fabric and stretchy silicone – a combination of 45% polyester, 50% nylon, 5% silicone. It’s incredibly comfortable and fits most head sizes.

    LUCKYGO Workout Headbands for Women

    It features two non-slip silicone grips which prevents the band from slipping even if you’re sweating buckets and moving around. The breathable design speeds up the evaporation of any moisture, leaving your head feeling cool and dry. Any sweat that is absorbed is redirected towards the back of the band, instead of down into your eyes. And the colors are cute and can easily be paired with any outfit. Plus, the manufacturer offers a money-back guarantee if the headbands aren’t working for you. However, this is not for those who sweat heavily. Also, it takes awhile to dry them out after washing. In addition, some users report that the band is a bit big for smallish heads.

    Pros
    • Non-slip grip
    • Money-back guarantee
    • 4 different colors in one pack
    Cons
    • Not for heavy sweaters
    • May be too big for small heads
    • Takes awhile to dry after washing

5. RiptGear Fitness Headbands for Women

    Absorbs a lot of sweat? Check. Non-slip grip? Check. Makes you look good? Check. When it comes to meeting the headband trifecta, the RiptGear Fitness Headband is at the top of our list. This headband is a true non-slip headband; it won’t be moving anywhere even during the most active of workouts. It’s made of 90% polyester and 10% spandex which is responsible for its excellent moisture-wicking properties. The fabric is not only soft and comfortable, the headbands come in various designs that you won’t hesitate to wear them even when you’re not going to work out. However, some people found the headband too wide. Also, some users felt it was a bit loose. Plus, it doesn’t dry quickly after washing.

    RiptGear Fitness Headbands for Women

    Pros
    • Absorbs sweat easily
    • Great designs
    • non-slip
    Cons
    • Doesn’t dry quickly
    • Some users found it a bit loose.
    • Some users felt it was too wide

6. TrailHeads Women’s Ponytail Headband

    The Trailheads Women’s Ponytail Headband has made running in cold weather a pleasant experience. Not only does this headband provide a “snug solution” for those who wear their hair in a ponytail while exercising, it includes a contoured shape designed to cover your entire ear and keep it warm when needed. As an added bonus, it will keep your earbuds in place, so you keep focused on your workout and not on anything else.

    TrailHeads Womens Ponytail Headband

    The headband is made of soft, polyester fleece which not only insulates your forehead and ears but also wicks away moisture, so you feel warm and comfortable all throughout your run. Plus, this headband comes with a trail-tested guarantee. The manufacturer has your complete satisfaction in mind; you can get a replacement or a refund, no questions asked. However, the band could be a little wider for better coverage. Also, it isn’t ideal for really frigid days. In addition, the size runs small; big heads might not be able to wear it comfortably.

    Pros
    • Ponytail design
    • Trail-tested guarantee
    • Ear coverage
    Cons
    • Not wide enough
    • Not for really frigid days
    • Size runs small

7. BEACE Sweatbands Sports Headband

    If you like the sweat-stopping powers of old-school headbands but you’d prefer the colors to be less bright and cheery like the 80’s, then the BEACE Sweatbands Sports Headband is the one for you. The BEACE headband is made of 85% Cotton, 10% Spandex, and 5%

    Nylon which makes it lightweight, soft, and comfortable. It’s great at absorbing your sweat. And because of the presence of cotton, it feels warm in the winter and cool in the summer. In short, you can easily wear this headband year-round. Plus, they’re incredibly cheap. You can buy 3 in a pack that’s equal to the price of one headband from other manufacturers. However, some people might find the terry cloth material a little scratchy. It can be a tight fit for large heads.

    Pros
    • Absorbs a lot of sweat
    • Budget-friendly
    • Lightweight
    Cons
    • Some users felt it was scratchy
    • Tight fit for large heads

8. Toes Home Outdoor Magic Headband

    Most of the headbands on our list absorb sweat, keep your hair out of your face, and make you look good while working out. But the Toes Home Outdoor Magic Headband does more than that. It can function as a headband, a scarf, a mask, a balaclava, a sahariane, a hairband, and a blindfold (yeah, we went there).

    Toes Home 6PCS Outdoor Magic Headband Elastic Seamless Bandana

    Who wouldn’t want something this versatile? The headband is made of 100% polyester, so it’s soft and has moisture-wicking properties. It’s also breathable and features a seamless design; there aren’t any sewn edges that would make your skin itch. It even offers protection from the sun (UPF 50+). The flexible stretch fabric makes it comfortable to wear. Plus, you can choose from a variety of different designs to suit your style. However, it does slide off, depending how you wear it. Some users found it too small. In addition, some found the fabric really thin.

    Pros
    • Multi-purpose
    • Seamless design
    • UPF 50+
    Cons
    • Slides off
    • Might be too small for some
    • May be too thin for some

9. DASUTA Sports Fitness Headband

    Unlike most headbands we’ve come across, DASUTA Sports Fitness Headband features a tapered design. The back has an elastic band closure that makes this easier to wear underneath your hair. It also ensures that you get the right fit while enjoying maximum comfort. The fabric is made of  87% Chinlon +13% Lycra spandex.

    DASUTA Set of 10 Womens Yoga Sport Athletic Headband

    It’s super soft, breathable, and very stretchable. More importantly, it does a great job of absorbing sweat when you’re performing sports activities. The headband comes in a variety of styles and colors to match your workout clothes. However, it does tend to slide off a bit; it doesn’t have the same non-slip grip that other headbands do. It might be a bit big for small heads.

    Pros
    • Tapered design
    • Very soft and comfortable
    • Vibrant colors
    Cons
    • Does not have a non-slip grip
    • May be too big for small-sized heads

 

How to Choose The Best Women’s Headband – The Ultimate Buying Guide

No one said you couldn’t look good while sweating your ass off during a workout. Fortunately, getting the sweat and hair off your face while looking fashionable can be solved by using just one simple accessory – a headband. Of course, there are an assortment of hairbands for you to choose from. And what’s great for one woman isn’t necessarily suitable for another. Plus, if you want to get the best workout headband, you’ll need to make sure you know exactly what features to look for. That’s what our buying guide is for.

Who should get a headband?

If you find yourself always wiping sweat away from your eyes, either from the heat or from sweat-inducing exercise, then you need a headband. The same thing applies if you want to keep your face and your neck cool while ensuring that your hair doesn’t keep covering your face everytime you move around. It doesn’t matter if you have short, medium-length, or long hair. A headband is the perfect solution to both of those problems. As an added bonus, headbands can make you look good in and out of the house.

What important features should you consider?

Material

If you plan on wearing a headband to keep sweat from dripping down your face, you’ll need to make sure that the material of the headband has moisture-wicking properties like polyester and nylon. The fabric will also impact comfort and breathability as well as flexibility.

Size and Fit

Most headbands are labeled as “one size fits most.” But that doesn’t mean that it will fit you. Some headbands have a size that runs small while others are too big. You’ll want to make sure that whichever you choose will fit you correctly – snug enough that it doesn’t fall off your head, but not tight enough to give you a headache after an hour or so of use. Be sure to check the measurements provided by the manufacturer to have a clearer picture of the size and fit of the headband. In addition, check if the headband material includes spandex or an elastic band which will make it flexible enough to fit your head.

No-slip

This is an incredibly important feature if you’re planning on using your headband while exercising. This feature ensures that your headband stays in place no matter how much you move. Take note that you can use bobby pins to keep your headband in place. But a non-slip grip is best because it lets you focus on your activity instead of your hair.

Multipurpose

Some headbands have other functions aside from stopping sweat and keeping your hair away from your face. Some of them can be used as a bandana, a scarf, a mask, and even a blindfold. If you want to make the most out of your purchase, you might think about getting a multipurpose headband.

Style and Color

Headbands come in different styles and colors. Some are wider than others. A few feature a tapered design. Others have single colored bands while a few feature a boho design. You can even buy headbands in multi-colored packs.

Machine washable

You’ve already got a lot on your plate, so handwashing your headband might not be something you want to deal with. Look for a headband that can survive regular trips to the washing machine. In addition, it wouldn’t hurt for you to look for one that is quick to air dry, so you won’t have to wait long to get your headband ready for another sweat session.

Do headbands cause hair loss?

Good question. It’s important that you get a headband that won’t cause your hair to break. Make sure to choose a headband that will stretch around your head, but not too tightly. Also, avoid headbands that are made out of rubber as it can snag your hair.

Erin Porteous

Written by Erin Porteous

For the past ten years Erin Porteous enjoyed the freedom of being an independent purveyor of creative services. I specialize in crafting and producing scripts for radio and TV commercials for businesses of all sizes. Moving into the web past 2 years I've been part of LR family driven by a passion for finding simple solutions to complex problems.

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