When I had longer hair and was able to pull it back into a ponytail, a running hat was a part of my running ensemble. Several months ago, however, I decided to cut my hair short and now it no longer fits into a ponytail. My hair is very thick, which makes wearing a running hat without my hair pulled back into a ponytail difficult. No matter how tight I make it, the hat slowly rides up and tries to escape off the top of my head as I run. So a few weeks ago I set out to find something that would keep the hair out of my face and would not slip or need readjusting during my runs. In polling other runners, I heard a lot of options, but two in particular came up multiple times: The Sweaty Band and the Bondi Band. So I ordered one of each and decided to give them a try.
First up is the Sweaty Band. This one gets an A+ for being stylish and super cute, an A for comfort, an A for non-slipping ability/effectiveness, and a C for price ($18). They come in two thicknesses – I chose the thicker option since it was going to be the only thing keeping my hair back. They come in an endless variety of colors and designs – I opted for a pretty pink and brown one. I’ve run in it several times and it really does not slip – not even a little! It does a great job keeping the hair back and out of my face and it doesn’t get in the way of my sunglasses, like my hat often did. Here is what it looks like on:
Next up is the Bondi Band. This one was a lot cheaper than the Sweaty Band (only $8), so gets an A+ for price. It also gets an A+ for comfort – it is so lightweight and soft that you forget it is there. What I didn’t like about the Bondi Band was the look and lack of cute designs, so I give it a C for stylishness. But, it didn’t slip at all and did a great job keeping the hair back and out of my face, so I give it an A for non-slipping ability/effectiveness. Here is what it looks like on:
Of the two, I have to say that I like the Sweaty Band a little more, simply given looks. I love how cute they are and I love how many designs there are to choose from. So even though it costs more than twice the amount of the Bondi Band, I think the Sweaty Band will be my new headband of choice.