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.
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.