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My Favorite Headbands (and a Giveaway!)

Last year when I started running I went on the hunt for a headband that would stay in place and that I wouldn’t have to keep adjusting or messing with while I was running.  Honestly, I didn’t look too hard because I haven’t had much luck with headbands that fit my head in the past .  When I was younger and playing soccer I think I tried just about every kind and ended up finding that a piece of pre-wrap (this) cut to the right size was my best option.  Nothing stayed on my head.

I ended up getting lucky last summer though because I came across TWO different kinds that ended up working well for me.  One of those was Bondi Bands.  They stay on my head and keep my hair completely out of my face.  I ended up getting two different versions of the wicking headband and one of the fashion headband.  The fashion headband I was really excited about because it was cute enough to be worn outside of working out without people looking at me like I have a sweatband on my head.  Unfortunately the material that the fashion version is made out of is much more slippery than the wicking material and didn’t stay on my head well at all.  But considering I was pretty sure I wouldn’t have luck with anything, 2 out of 3 wasn’t so bad.

Bondi Band

After a long while of use, it seemed like my Bondi Bands were stretching out.  I was sad, but figured that was just what would happen after lots of use.  Then my lovely Twitter friends clued me in to the fact that they will probably shrink a bit if I wash them.  Then a lightbulb went off in my head.  Why had I not been washing them just like I was all of the rest of my workout clothes?!  And then I felt like a smelly fool for not doing that.  I promptly threw them all in the wash, and the problem was solved – clean, just-like-new Bondi Bands!

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The other kind of headbands that I found were BIC bands.  I believe I first found them on one of my favorite blogs, Carrots N’ Cake, last summer.  One of the things that drew me to try BIC bands was the fact that they give a portion of each sale to charity!  Each month their charity changes, and this month they are giving $1 from each band sold to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America!  These are a much different style than the Bondi Bands.  They are more fashion and less sporty.  However even though they are more fashionable doesn’t mean that they are less functional!  These miraculously don’t slip off of my head either!  I was super excited to find a headband that I felt like I could wear every day (and to exercise in too, of course) that wasn’t going to fall off of my head every three seconds. I got the solid black thin band and the silver sparkle thin band.

Black Sparkle

A couple months ago I noticed that the same thing happened with these that had happened with my Bondi Bands – they stretched out.  I was super sad because I not only wear these for running and yoga, but I actually wear them quite a lot on normal days!  I just figured that the elastic can only stay stretchy for so long so maybe a year with a lot of use was their limit.  Then the nice people at BIC Bands reached out to me on Twitter, and offered to help me with my problem. (Full Disclosure:  I was sent some free headbands, but I am not being paid to write this post. These are completely my own opinions.) As it turns out, the headbands should not have stretched in that short of time.  They suggested I might need custom sized bands – I had no idea they even offered these! Since the bands are handmade you can get them in whatever size you need! So they had me measure my head and, sure enough, I needed the 21 inch bands rather than the standard 20 inch.  I got two new bands in the mail and couldn’t have been happier.  They seemed a bit looser than the other bands to start with so I was afraid they weren’t going to stay put as well, but they did!  I could  tell though that since they were not so tight they wouldn’t stretch out either! One of the new bands that I got was the black sparkle Minnie Band. (I’m wearing it in the photo above) It is a bit thinner than the thin bands that I had before and I LOVE it.  I love the size, and the black sparkle adds a little without being over the top blingy.  BIC Bands come in all different colors/patterns/sparkle and a few different thicknesses as well.  They just came out with Big Bling Bands as well as new spring colors which I am dying to try!

Think you would like to try BIC Bands? Or maybe you’ve tried them already and love them as much as I do!  Either way, you’re in luck. The nice people at BIC Bands want to give a $25 gift certificate to one of my readers so that you can try them too!

To enter the giveaway, just leave me a comment on this post about what your favorite sport or activity was when you were a kid!  I played many sports as a kid but my favorite sport was soccer for a long time and then switched over to tennis in high school!

You have until Monday Evening April 16th to enter, I’ll draw the winner Tuesday morning!  Good Luck! The giveaway is now closed, thanks to everyone who entered!  Check here to see if you were the winner.

50 Responses

  1. I’ve wanted to try the Bic bands for a while, but have been making due with hats/visors because I don’t like spending extra money on things that might not work, plus I usually run outside where wearing a hat doesn’t look that weird :).

    When I was a kid I loved playing basketball. I even dreamed of being a professional player one day, but my height kinda squelched that one!

  2. i have a problem w/ most sweat headbands falling off my head too – i use bondi bands but have heard good things about bic bands!

    we were a softball family when i was little. my parents played in a co-ed bar league and my sister and i were signed up for our local softball team as young as they would take us – i think i was 5?!

  3. Hey Kelly! I’ve been dying to try both headbands but never wanted to pay the price…so a gift card is right up my alley! I didn’t play very many sports as a kid–T-ball and softball, then volleyball and basketball in middle school. I liked softball best, I think. I’m a huge baseball fan now, too, and I can’t wait to introduce our children to America’s pastime. 🙂 Hope you have a great day, lady!

  4. I am the same way, i always look for a good headband when I run. It is so necessary.

    When I was a kid, my favorite activity was just plain old playing outside with my sister. we would pretend we lived in the woods and would ‘rock climb’. Imaginations were key!

  5. I played softball as a kid, and loved it! And still do!

  6. I spent a lot of time swimming as a kid and I played on a few soccer teams, too. I miss those days!

  7. I LOVED softball! Unfortunately I stopped playing when I was in college but I finally joined a summer league and I’m so excited to be playing again!

  8. I’d love to try the Bic bands. I have so many little hairs post baby, and they drive me a little crazy when I’m running, especially on windy days.

    When I was younger I played pretty much every sport possible. I really liked volleyball and track.

  9. I’d love to try BIC Bands! I’m always struggling to keep my thick hair out of my face when exercising!
    My favorite sport/activity when I was younger was basketball.

  10. i loved ballet as a kid. (and yes, that totally counts as a sport!) also, BIC bands are the BEST!

  11. Tap and jazz class! Even though I wasn’t that graceful 🙂

  12. LOVE love love Bic bands! I confess, as a kid, I did nothing active except ride my bike, but in high school I was in the color guard/flag corps, and loved it!

  13. I was a volleyball kid!

  14. I love bic bands!! I loved swimming as a kid.

  15. My favorite sporting activity as a child (and adult, incidentally: skiing!

  16. BIC bands pretty much rock my world! My daughter and I fight over the few we have haha!

    As a child I really disliked physical activity of any kind. The only thing I liked to do was play in Our neighborhood kickball games. As an adult though, I LOVE being activity. I love running, cycling, yoga and many other activities. 98% of the time I am supporting a BIC band while I’m working out:)

  17. When I was a kid, my favorite activity was running through the sprinkler on the hot sunny summer days. Now that I am grown I love running!

  18. I think bic bands are great! I was not athletic as a child but loved horseback riding.

  19. I used to love, and still do like, swimming. I currently own 3 BIC Bands and absolutely love them!

  20. Love BIC bands! They really are the only headbands that stay in place on my noggin’.

    My favorite sport as a kid was soccer. I wasn’t really good but it was a blast just to run like crazy!

  21. My favorite sport was definitely gymnastics!

  22. I want to try BIC Bands as well! And my favorite “sport” as a kid was dance =)

  23. I always loved running as a kid. It was the one thing that set me free, and i never find headbands that don’t slip either.

  24. I’m super excited about these now that I know they work. Doesn’t hurt that they come in so many sparkly colors! I’m always looking for a headband to wear to work, but they never stay. Pre-wrap is the only thing that will stay, but it’s not really the look I’m going for at work! I’ll wait until Tuesday to see if I win, but then I’m ordering! Thanks for the great find…..

    Oh. And dance does count as a sport. 🙂

    • Hi Kelly, my favorite sport as a kid was softball but rollerskating was a close second! Bic Bands are great at keeping hair out of my face and I love the sparkly ones too:)

  25. My favorite activity as a kid was swimming! I could definitely always be found in a pool with my friends.

  26. My favorite sport was tennis and I played all the way to night school. I have not found a headband that stays on my weird shaped head. Ive been dying to try BIC bands!

  27. I have never tried Bic Bands, but I just place an online order for 3 minnie sparkles yesterday. They look so cute.
    When i was a kid my favorite sport was softball.

  28. I didn’t play any sports until high school, but then I did soccer and had a blast!

  29. When I was a kid, I loved cheer leading!!!

  30. I just found your site through the Bic Bands facebook page and I am enjoying reading it.

    I’m a runner now, but wasn’t very sporty growing up. My favorite sport was riding my pink and purple bike around the neighborhood with my friends.

  31. I was not an athletic kid at all and today I ran 4 miles and felt like I could have kept going. I have a sparkle BIC band and love to get my glam on

  32. My favorite sport when I was little was playing softball. Anything outside is awesome =)

  33. I love bic bands esp the sparkle ones. I, being always kind of the weird one, have always loved running. It was my favorite sport to take part in.

  34. My favorite sport was always soccer. I think I did it for the oranges more than anything else though 🙂

  35. My favorite ‘sport’ was kickball. Oh how I miss playing games like that at recess. What an awesome giveaway! Thanks!

  36. I didnt really play many sports when I was a kid, but I did love volleyball. I really try to be more active now and love the bic bands. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

  37. My favorite sport was Figure Skating ! I miss it so much!

  38. I used to love soccer as a kid, but didn’t play it too long due to scheduling conflicts with dance class. I love BIC Bands and would like to have some more for my new running hobby!

  39. my favorite sport was volleyball thanks

  40. I am search of a headband that stays in place for my next marathon. I came across your giveaway on the BIC Bands page. I would love to try!

  41. I loooooved playing soccer! I wish I kept with it, but I was lame. haha.

    I love running, though!

  42. My favorite sport was swimming. Awesome giveaway. Love bicbands.

  43. I would love to win a BIC band! sa a kid I ws very ctive in soccer year round. it went from school soccer to club soccer to indoor soccer back to school. kept me busy!

  44. My favorite sport was karate! I started while I was in high school and loved it!

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  46. When I was a kid I loved playing Ico Hockey (still do!) and would have loved headbands to keep the hair off my face. It’s really annoying to readjust your hair under your helmet.

  47. As a kid (or young teen in middle school), I loved playing basketball. Part of the reason I got into running was so I could condition myself to play… alas, I kind of fell in love with being on the track team and went with it.

  48. I was a swimmer as a kid which thankfully eliminated the need for headbands since I have similar issues with headbands.

  49. I have played field hockey since i was like 5! My mom played growing up and in college and then coached so I was literally surrounded by the sport growing up! and I still love it

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