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8 Headbands That Tame Frizzy Hair and Wick Away Sweat

Runners appreciated how these bands kept flyaways from tickling their faces.

alo yoga headband
Runners World; Courtesy Alo

Fall is here again, and that also means peak racing and training season is upon us. Unfortunately, that also includes blustery wind and gusts that can whip long hair all over the place. There’s nothing more annoying than hair flying in your face and sticking to your forehead, which is why it’s worth investing in a reliable headband (read: no slippage, not too tight, and comfortable) to keep loose strands in place. The right headband can also do a great job of sopping up sweat during your runs, preventing it from running down your face and burning your eyes.

The Best Headbands

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How We Selected

Not all headbands are built to withstand the pounding of the pavement or sweaty miles that most runners log. To find the best headbands among the many options out there, we looked at expert-tested reviews from trusted sources. We then took into account size, fabric, comfort, and grip. Finally, we consulted reviews written by people who’ve bought these headbands on sites like Amazon, to settle on the products you'll find below.

For more ways to tame your mane, check out our favorite blow dryers and hair ties.

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1
Cinched Style
Alo Yoga
Airlift Headband
2
Variety Pack
Nike
Headbands
Amazon
3
Most Versatile
BUFF
Standard CoolNet UV+ Multifunctional Headwear
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4
Best for Cold Weather
TrailHeads
Ponytail Headband
5
Velvet Interior Strip
Lululemon
Fly Away Tamer Headband
6
Maximum Coverage
Blom
Original Headband
Amazon
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7
No-Slip Tieback
TreadBands
All Terrain Tieback
Amazon
8
Sweat-Wicking Material
Athleta
Vital Headband
Athleta
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