Whether you’re logging two miles or 10, you want to be able to concentrate on your stride or get lost in the scenery around you—not mess around with your hair. Long-haired and short-haired runners alike know that stray strands—whether it’s bangs blocking your vision or a single flyaway batting you in the eye—can be enough to put a damper on an otherwise perfect workout or race.
Running headbands to the rescue. From thick to thin, tight to loose, the number of different types of headbands is almost endless. And some even do double duty, wicking sweat off your forehead or providing some warmth for your ears.
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When you’re buying a running headband, there are two features you’ll always want to look for. First, high-performance fabrics designed to pull sweat away from your hair and evaporate fast (steer clear of cotton, which absorbs moisture like a sponge). And second, a grippy interior that ensures the band will stay put, even during your most intense sweat sessions.
There are endless options for sale, and choosing the perfect running headband for you can be daunting. That’s why we’ve narrowed the options for you by rounding up our favorite running headbands for women. These options don’t discriminate on hair type or length, but allow you to decide which is your perfect match. Check out our picks, and say goodbye to bad (running) hair days.
Thanks to the velvet bonding on the inside of this band, you won’t have to worry about it slipping off your head. Bonus: It won’t snag or pull your mane, either.
Buy now: $12, lululemon.com
It’s hard to keep track of one headband—they easily go missing in the depths of the gym bag. With this purchase, you’ll get six, so you won’t have to worry about misplacing one. Choose from three color options: black and white, patterns and solid colors, or mostly solid colors.
Buy now: $15, nike.com
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Slip this nylon-spandex blend band over your bangs before heading out to pound the pavement. It’s made from the same signature sweat-wicking fabric the company uses to make its workout clothing.
Buy now: $14, athleta.com
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This hair buddy has silicone on the inside to help keep it in place, so you can concentrate on running and not fixing your ‘do. The soft, stretchy fabric never feels too tight on your head either, so you can wear it for long runs without any issue.
Buy now: $15, newbalance.com
Perfect for cooler days, this headband does double duty, keeping strands off your face while also covering your ears to keep them from getting chilly. It has reflective details on the front and back to make sure you’re visible in dimly-lit conditions.
Buy now: $18, brooksrunning.com
If you like a thicker headband, look no further. This lightweight option is gentle on skin and hair, but also works hard to pull moisture away from your body. Plus, it’s machine washable.
Buy now: $15, sweatbetty.com
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If headbands never seem to fit correctly, this one’s for you. Simply tie the headband around your head, as tight or loose as you like. The interior silicone strip keeps the band in place, even when your workout starts to heat up.
Buy now: $15, amazon.com
Braid lover? Add in a few more with this braided headband. It provides a snug fit against your head to help keep it in place while you run.
Buy now: $7, target.com
The article 8 Running Headbands That Never Slip Off originally appeared on Runner’s World.