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Best Workout Headbands for Athletes & Running + TOP 15 Reviews 2023
Are headbands still a thing?
Headbands are NOT just for 80’s Tennis Stars. (Andre Agassi and John McEnroe, I’m looking at you!)
Headbands are incredibly useful, and serve you well in several situations, which is likely why they are so popular with tennis players, basketball players, weightlifters, CrossFit Athletes, and Runners worldwide.
I aim to cover the three most popular reasons one might wear a headband, what goes into the best workout headbands, and present 15 of the best running headbands with reviews so you find the one that is perfect for you.
Which of these 3 Distinct Headband Purposes Fits Your Needs?
1. Sweat management
Probably the most popular reason to wear a headband is to manage sweat. This goes for athletes, bike riders, folks who ride motorcycles, runners and more.
Basically, anyone that wants to keep sweat from running into their eyes is after this type of headband.
If you need to deal with perspiration look for the following characteristics in headbands.
They are made from thin material, which dries quickly. Another benefit of this material is you can wear a thin headband under a baseball cap, motorcycle or bike helmet.
Sweat wicking and odor control Technology
Headbands designed for sweat also need to account for the unpleasantness aspects of sweat, including making stuff stink and making you feel wet, hot and sticky.
A good sweatband should be able to absorb moisture, dry faster than SpongeBob in a tanning bed, and resist the growth of funky germs and bacteria that live off of sweat and create odor. Ewww.
The best headbands for sweat management are usually wide, to provide enough fabric to mop up sweat and hold your hair in place.
A thin band simply does not have enough substance to soak up any significant amount of sweat.
2. Hair Management
Some folks need a headband to simply keep the hair off their face. Not everyone wants or needs a wide or bulky sweatband, some folks just need to keep their bangs up off the forehead and anchor fly-always in the hair that have a tendency to land in your eyes or stick to your face.
If you like a nice, light, barely there headband that controls your hair, look for these properties:
Thin width – The thinner the headband, the less you will notice you are wearing it. These may come in darker colors that blend in even more and are discreet.
Grip – This style headband does best with some kind of rubberized or silicone grip on the underside. The grip allows the headband to stay in place as you move.
Silicone is preferred because it stays put without pulling the hair, like rubber may.
If you run, hike, bicycle or ski in cool weather, this is the type of headband you need.
Layered warming fabric
Certain fabrics hold heat in, while others are cooling. Fleece is a popular fabric for warming headbands because it holds our body heat against you, keeping your head and ears perfectly toasty.
A good warming headband is contoured to adequately cover the ears, which are vulnerable in cold or windy conditions. Look for a contoured cut that covers your ears.
Make or Break Traits to Find Your Perfect Goldilocks Headband
The number one headband complaint is that it is too tight. The number too complaint is that it is too loose.
I think we can all agree there is nothing worse than getting a headband that just slides off, or is so tight it gives you a headache.
I mentioned in the reviews which headbands are good for large noggins, and those better suited for more petite craniums.
If the band is too thin, and you sweat a lot, you may find sweat dripping into your eyes even with a sweatband on.
If you perspire even just a little, a wider headband may be the best choice.
The texture of the headband fabric is important. You want a headband that is soft and comfortable, not rough and scratchy.
Imagine being in the middle of a heavy barbell lift and your forehead begins to itch from the irritating material of the headband.
You have no hands free to scratch it; you must endure till the lift is finished. Not cool. It is worth it to spend a little more for quality fabric.
✅ STOP SWEAT - Even massive amounts of sweat are no match for our super light headband for men. Seriously, you’ll experience less sweat coming down your face and neck when using this sweatband. Keeps hair out of your face while exercising, keeping you focused and comfortable. Even use under hats you wear every day, to keep them from getting ruined by sweat stains.
✅ FEELS LIKE WEARING NOTHING - We get it. Comfortable solutions for controlling sweat are hard to find. Look no further. Once you wear our band, you’ll want to keep it on all the time. in fact, you really do forget you are wearing it. Lightweight with perfect one-size-fits-all technology to put very little pressure on your head while staying right where you put it. Feels like you aren't wearing anything at all.
✅ VERSATILE AND COMFORTABLE - Whether you choose to wear your band around the home and under your hat, for exercise, hot yoga, sports, mowing your lawn, or even in the bath to keep your hair from getting wet, this is one of the most versatile and useful pieces of clothing you will ever own. Keeps it shape, cleans and air-drys easily, while doing the best job of keeping you dry and comfortable all day even during the most intense workout.
✅ STYLISH AND PRACTICAL - Tired of feeling like you are wearing a heavy piece of cloth on your forehead? Our not too tight, not too loose, perfect width design is much more comfortable than the traditional sweat bands. Soft and stretchy material is perfect for any kind of exercise or just a bad hair day; keeping you stylish even when you’re not working out.
✅ GREAT GIFT IDEA - Our one-size-fits-all band is great for everyone (yes, even the ladies). One customer even bought it for their 7 year old son to keep his hair out of his eyes during gymnastics. We all know someone who works out, plays ball, or loves a unique active wear look. Give them a gift they’ll love for years to come.
Review: Self Pro is made from a light thin material that wicks sweat away. It is thin enough to wear under a baseball cap or helmet, and the bad is wide, about three inches, and the bad is on the large side, and fits large heads, or people with a lot of hair, well.
Thin sweat wicking material – fits under hat/helmet.
Wide band – catches al sweat.
Washable and dries fast.
Logo peels with washing.
Best workout headbands in the budget price range, as useful as more expensive headbands.
MAXIMUM ABSORPTION-63% Nylon 23% Polyester 14% Lycra -Dryline fabric absorbs, wicks, dries quickly, and eliminates odors through the infusion of silver ions into the fabric
SWEAT STOPPING SWEATBAND-This headband doesn't just absorb sweat, our patented silicone SweatSeal channels sweat back and away from the eyes, face, and glasses
MEN OR WOMEN'S HEADBAND-This lightweight pullover headband features our newest, breathable, soft fabric making this the most comfortable athletic headband you will ever wear- Anatomical design tapers for perfect ear clearance
NON SLIP GRIP TECHNOLOGY-Will not slip; holds the band in place and keeps your hair back during the most extreme workout
STOP THE BURN-No more burning eyes from salty sweat
Review: These high performing Halo II headbands have Sweat seal technology, which is a thin yellow silicone strip that catches sweat before it drips into your eyes or glasses and channels it away from your face. The material is thin, sweat wicking and made with anti odor technology.
Grippy silicone strip holds band on and moves sweat away from the face.
Dryline material wicks sweat dries fast and prevents odor.
Thin enough to wear under a hat.
This popular brand is plagued by knockoffs, be sure and order from a reputable dealer.
One of the best headbands for running due to its ability to channel sweat away from your eyes.
Versatile headband : Choose how you wear it! Protect your face and forehead. Double layer fabric protection, removes sweat from eyes and face, comfortable fit, breathable
Next revolution in sports : perfect for running, working out, yoga, exercise & fitness, gym, crossfit, basketball, football, volleyball, soccer, tennis
Premium fabric certified by coolmax all season technology - sweat absorption, moisture wicking, quick dry, lightweight and natural soft feel
Ultimate headwear : easy wash, retain form, elasticity and color. Take it to the next level and push your body to the limit every day and everywhere
Boost yourself - confidence and performance : did you know you can say goodbye to slippery, low moisture wicking headbands? Our product not only has thermoregulation properties, but is also non-slippery and high sweat-absorbent, which makes you worry free while performing and boosts your confidence. Your energy will peak, when you need it most. Let us take care of your comfort while exercising.
THE ULTIMATE IN PONYTAIL COMPATIBILITY - the stylish, innovative, integrated loop design of this running headband for women provides a “snug solution” for ponytail wearers by holding your hair securely in place.
CHOOSE YOUR COLOR(S) - We offer a wide variety of fleece and binding colors to complement your winter wardrobe; from mild to wild, we’ve got you covered.
CONTOUR FIT - The contoured shape provides full ear coverage, keeping you warm and delivering added protection where it’s needed most. This fleece ear band for women measures 2.5” at the front and widens to 4” over the ears. The poly / spandex binding stretches and recovers to ensure the ear warmers provide a snug, comfortable fit. One size fits most.
PREMIUM QUALITY - Soft, polyester fleece of this winter headband insulates while wicking moisture to keep you warm and comfortable throughout your workout. Machine wash cold; lay flat to dry.
TRAIL-TESTED GUARANTEE – Your complete satisfaction is our goal. If you’re not happy with your purchase, let us know and we’ll provide a replacement or refund with no fine print and no time limit—nothing but our commitment to doing whatever it takes to satisfy our customers.
DESIGNED FOR ADVENTURE: The contoured shape of this ear warmer headband is perfect for any outdoor activity. Whether you're skiing, snowboarding, running, hiking or out walking the dog your ears will be warm.
UNIVERSAL FIT: Designed with just enough stretch and with the perfect coverage for men and women, one size fits most.
SOFT & WARM: Our Chelonia 150 Fleece is one of the softest and warmest fleeces you'll ever find. The classic 100% polyester fleece is quick drying and itch-free making it perfect for a cold weather headband that hugs your ears.
EASY CARE & PACKABLE: Machine wash in cold water, and just toss it in the dryer with no heat to have it clean and fresh for your next adventure. Easily throw in your bag or jacket pocket as you head out the door.
HELP THOSE IN NEED, #PROJECTWARMTH: Share a photo wearing your Turtle Fur product and tag us in it. Use #projectwarmth in the caption. We'll see it and send one hat or cold weather accessory to someone in need.
Review: This Asics Thermopolis lite is made from two layers of contrasting fabric, so it is reversible, and the fabric is wide enough to cover your ears and keep them warm while running in cold weather. They sat on well, with little fuss.
Covers ears and keeps them warm.
Stays put while jogging.
Reversible so you can switch up colors.
Ideal for cool weather but not freezing under 38 degrees weather.
Best running sweatband for keeping your ears warm while jogging on a cool morning.
TECHNICAL FABRIC. JUNK’s Big Bang Lite Headbands are made from our Technical T-Shirt fabric. Our Technical T-Shirt fabric is a breakthrough technology specifically designed to keep you cool while emulating a super comfortable t-shirt feel. This is the best athletic headband you'll ever wear! This JUNK Headband is one size fits most.
LIGHTWEIGHT, SINGLE PLY with UPF 50+ PROTECTION. This headband is lightweight but has wicking features to help pull the sweat away from the skin and quickly dry. Our BBL is breathable, soft and has a cooling feeling against the skin. This headband is perfect for a hard, intense workout, an afternoon run, or a pick up game of basketball or football. This sweatband is lightweight enough to fit perfectly under your helmet for a cycling ride or a baseball game.
NON-SLIP. JUNK Brands sweatbands are made to not slip. Wear these athletic bands half on your hairline and half on your forehead. This will ensure the headband doesn’t slip and will keep the sweat out of your eyes.
MACHINE WASHABLE. These headbands will not fade, stretch or shrink. Wear this headband during your workout to wick sweat from your skin. Once you complete your workout, we suggest you lay your headband out flat to dry. Machine wash recommended once a week. Our athletic headbands are sublimated to ensure quality.
JUNK Brands is a Northwest Arkansas based headband company that specializes in designing, manufacturing and distribution of amazing headbands. JUNK Brands is dedicated to making the BEST Headband in the World. At JUNK we live in a culture of empowerment. Empowerment of the brand, product, customer and employees. We accomplish this by demanding excellence and overcoming conventional thinking. We truly believe JUNK is exactly what you need to get that step closer to your ultimate goal.
Review: The UA Mini headbands, designed for women, are a mere 3/8 inch thick and have a silicone band to hold them in place. The UA logo sits at the front, while these thin bands hold stray hair in place as you exercise.
Sold in a pack of 6.
Fits the average size adult woman well.
Silicone on the underside keeps a band in place.
Perfect for keeping fly-away’s out of your face while jogging, easily one of the best running headbands for women.
"OMG...They Don't Slip!" – Sweaty Bands headbands are velvet-lined for the ultimate non-slip grip – without pulling your hair or causing headaches.
Stretchy elastic to fit a variety of head shapes for optimal comfort.
Sweaty Bands are the perfect hair accessory for your healthy, active lifestyle. The sweat wicking fabric keeps sweat out of your eyes. From your morning workout, to afternoon errands, to a night on the town, these will complement any outfit for any activity. You will forget you have it on!
One of a kind designs – Unique patterns designed in Cincinnati, OH. They come in 100s of styles to keep you looking stylish in any setting.
Easy Care - We recommend hand wash, drip dry for best results. Do not put them in the dryer!