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The Best Headbands To Wear While Running

Bands On The Run

We tamed those unruly flyaways and managed second-day hair with dozens of headbands to find the five best for runners.

Best Adjustable: Daph Daph BonBunz, $14

Using a pull bungee cord for easy adjustments and a rubber lining, these neoprene headbands stayed in place on both long and short runs without causing a headache. The bungee cords weren’t bothersome during the run, but they do tend to catch the little hairs on your neck if not adjusted carefully.

Best Wide: Bondi Band Wicking Headband, $12

In order to keep this stretchy headband from slipping, testers had to wear it lower on their foreheads than the other headbands, but that also meant it helped keep away sweat. Available in three-inch or four-inch widths, they can be folded to a thinner width, but that seems to make them slip off some testers’ heads.

Best Reflective: Under Armour Reflective Headband, $15

The reflective all-around taping on this polyester headband is only one of its praiseworthy features—it also received high marks from testers for its adjustability. The adjuster at the back of the head slides easily, doesn’t get caught in your hair and then stays in place, partly thanks to a silicone interior.

Best Non-Slip: Sweaty Bands, $26

How has no one else thought to line headbands with velvet till now? The WR editors were pleasantly surprised—shocked, even—at how well these stretchy headbands, which feature anti-microbial and moisture-wicking fabric, stayed in place and kept sweat out of our eyes, even on the sweatiest runs.

Best Thin: BUFF USA Senna Hairbands, $12 For Three-Pack

We like the sleek look of these narrow, stretchy headbands, sold in a three-pack of fun, colorful prints. They feature a silicone grip, polyester fabric and snug fit, which keeps them from slipping. Best for shorter runs if the tension tends to cause you headaches.


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Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis is the managing editor of Triathlete magazine. She's a mom, rec soccer player, multiple half-marathon finisher and is learning daily how to become a better triathlete.