What Makes Great Performance Headbands?

Headbands are useful and can serve you well in many different situations. Performance headbands can be used by runners, CrossFit athletes, weightlifters, baseball players, tennis players, and many others. 

Sweat Management

One of the most popular reasons to wear performance headbands is sweat management. Headbands are useful for anyone who wants to keep sweat from getting into their eyes. In order to have a headband that works for sweat management, there are some characteristics that you need to pay attention to. The width of the headband is important. The best ones for sweat management are typically wide to give you enough fabric to hold up against the sweat and keep your hair in place.

However, thick headbands can’t typically be worn under a bike helmet or baseball cap so if you are participating in certain activities, thin headbands can still be a great option. There should be sweat-wicking technology that will help to absorb moisture and dry faster. In order to prevent the growth of bacteria and germs that live off of sweat, odor control technology is also important. Wearing a headband underneath a hat can help protect your hat. It will prevent sweat from soaking in. While this may seem like a small thing, if you value your hat collection then it’s important to find a headband to protect it. 

Hair Management

You may just want to wear a headband to keep hair off your face and not need it for sweat. If you are just looking for a headband to keep your bangs off your forehead or help keep your hair in place then you want a thinner headband with a grip. The thinner headband style will make it less likely to notice you are wearing it and so it can blend in with your hair and be discreet. This style of headband also does best with a grip of either silicone or rubberized material so that it can stay in place when you move. Silicone is the preferred option since it will stay put in your hair without pulling the hair, but the rubber might pull. 

Help with Warming

If you are running, biking, or hiking in cooler weather then you need a headband that can help keep you warm. Some fabrics will hold heat in, while others cool it. Fleece is a good option for a warming headband since it can help hold body heat against you and keep your ears and head toasty. The right warming headband also will cover your ears, which are vulnerable to windy and cold conditions. You want to find a headband that has contoured cuts to cover the ears and give you the best results. 


The typical complaint of headbands is that they are too tight or too loose. The right performance headband won’t help you much if it slides off or gives you a headache. 


If it’s too thin, you could find that you are getting sweat in your eyes and it won’t hold your hair up. 


The texture of the headband is important. You want a headband that is comfortable and soft and not scratchy and rough. You don’t want to be in the middle of your run with your forehead itching from the irritating material. It’s worth the money to find quality fabric. 


Headbands can keep you safe by being in bright colors so that you stand out. If you are doing indoor workouts, it’s fine to choose a headband that will just blend in with your hair but if you are going to be doing outside activities, such as running or hiking, you want a headband that will help you be seen. 

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