The 7 Best Workout Headbands for Women to Buy in 2018

Keep sweat and hair out of your face when you exercise

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There’s nothing like your hair getting in your face to ruin a good fitness moment, and with so many ill-fitting, slide all over your head styles out there, that’s unfortunately a common interruption. That’s why we researched the ideal models for cold weather (to keep those ears warm!) along with others that have a silicone insert to really ensure they don’t go anywhere, bands that have a loophole just for your ponytail, skinny bands, wide bands, and the list goes on and on. So the next time you accessorize your workout ensemble with one crucial piece of headwear, make sure it’s one of these.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Bondi Band Solid Moisture Wicking 4” Workout Sweatband

Over 1,000 4+ star reviews make Bondi Band’s Workout Sweatband an Amazon favorite. Not only is it ideal for running, walking, crossfit, skiing, and just about every other workout option out there, but it’s super absorbent so you won’t have to worry about sweat dripping down your face when you’re trying to concentrate on more reps. Made out of lycra spandex, it’s designed with moisture-wicking in mind—as well as breathability—because there’s nothing worse than a too-tight band not allowing your head to cool off or giving you a headache mid-motion. Plus, this material dries 10 times faster than cotton and it fits comfortably under all types of headgear and helmets. It’s also wider around the front and thinner in the back for the ultimate no-slip grip and they even offer a line of hypo-allergenic, organic headbands for anyone with sensitive skin needs.

This model comes in over a dozen colors so you can grab a different color to match your gear. Reviewers love that this absorbs a lot of sweat, and is thin so it doesn't add a lot of volume.

Best for Ponytails: TrailHeads Women’s Ponytail Headband

If you prefer working out in ponytails rather than with your hair up on top of your head, TrailHeads makes the perfect style for you—one with a hole cut out specifically for ponies. It’s crazy warm given the soft polyester fleece material and fits securely over your ears (measuring 2.5” at the front and widening to 4” over the ears) so you won’t freeze up during athletic activities outdoors. Another bonus? It comes in a variety of colors. Plus, if it doesn’t fit well for any reason, you can return your purchase and receive an immediate replacement or refund with no questions asked. How’s that for customer service?

Best Fitting: Under Armour Sweat Diverter Headband

If you feel like you’re constantly adjusting your sweatband in the middle of a fitness routine, it’s time to try Under Armour’s Sweat Diverter Band. It ties in the back to create the best fit for you, and there’s a silicone strip inside that lies flat inside, doesn’t move against your forehead, and pushes sweat to the side of your face. All pros we can get behind. It also moves with you thanks to lightweight, four-way stretch construction and has a reflective logo. Should you happen to find yourself running outside at night or in the dark, this will come in handy.

Reviewers love this because it stays in place and keeps sweat out of the eyes—a real problem for avid fitness enthusiasts.

Best Wide: Sweaty Betty Anna Headband

Anna Headband
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Really thin headbands can have a tendency to slide off, but overly thick styles can also bunch up and do the same. Meet Sweaty Betty’s Anna, which falls somewhere in between. The back pleat stretches to fit your head while the lycra sweat-wicking fabric is wide enough to cover your hair and keep it out of your face (a plus for most!), and it also covers the ears, which helps ward off a chill when you are hitting the streets.

Most reviews are also quick to point out that this band stays exactly where you need it to and the material is super soft—always a plus so as to not pull or rip at your locks like elastic headbands can.

Best for Cold Weather: The North Face Standard Issue Ear Gear

When you’re skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing or doing any other sports in the snow the most important thing is warmth. Which is why you need ear gear that’s made of thick fleece like this one. And even if the elements are determined to get in the way of your runs (like rain, snow, or sleet), North Face’s “FlashDry” technology will make sure your band dries in no time to get you back on the slopes.

And while this might not have any bells or whistles, it gets the job done of keeping your ears warm while also letting your head breathe. Besides fitness purposes, this also works for men and women who want to keep their ears warm but don't want to mess up their hair.

Best UV Protection: Buff UV Headband

When you plan on being outside under the hot sun all day biking, hiking, or kayaking it’s important to protect your head (as well as the rest of your body) from UV rays. Luckily Buff’s #1 selling UV Headband does just that. The built-in sun protection blocks up to 95 percent of harmful ultraviolet rays, while the “Coolmax” fabric regulates heat so you can keep on going without feeling like your head’s burning halfway through the fun. It also has Polygiene in the fibers, which helps control odor because there’s nothing worse than a sweaty smelling head.

Besides wearing this as a headband, you can also wear it as neck guard (think fishing), a bandana, or many other ways that will keep you protected outdoors. All in all, this is a great multipurpose headband that will keep you safe from all the elements outside.

Nike Printed Headbands Assorted

When group or music-based fitness classes are part of your everyday routine and you need to be able to hear an instructor or spin to the beat, over-ear bands aren’t always optimal. Skinny ones can oftentimes be better and in Nike’s case, cuter. Their printed headbands (that come in a million different color patterns) can be mixed and matched depending on your mood—or your yoga look—and they’re super affordable. So even if you happen to lose one (or a few) at the gym, they’re easily replaceable.

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