My New Favorite Running Accessory

28 02 2013

When I was growing up, I played softball and made my small town’s traveling team. One of the “perks” of being on the team was that we got fitted baseball hats (ooh fancy). Every year, myself and one other girl, whose nickname was “Peanut” because she was the tiniest girl on the team, always got the smallest hats available: 6  5/8 . Apparently that means the circumference of my head was only about 21 inches. Yikes.

MPT9A(This was pre-fitted hat)

I don’t think I have a disproportionately small head, but finding hats that fit me has always been a challenge. If it isn’t a women’s specific hat, most likely it won’t fit me. And rocking fun fedoras like Meghann:


Yup, that’s definitely out of the picture:


When I’m doing triathlons, I typically wear a women’s-fit hat that I found last season.


But let’s be honest, baseball hats aren’t really all that flattering (though they are functional) and sometimes a girl just wants to wear a headband to keep the hair out of her eyes!

My hair is typically long enough that I can pull it all back and keep it out of my face, but there have definitely been times where I have a shorter side bang that inevitably falls out of the pony, gets in my eyes, and starts sticking to my sweaty face. I’ve tried a few headbands, but typically they’re one size and despite their elasticity and the rubbery material intended to help the band stay put, I haven’t found one that I love….until I found Bani Bands.


(whoa forehead!)

Last weekend before Gasparilla, I picked up my race bib and wandered around the expo. I saw at least 5 different headband vendors, and I typically write them off as all the same and unable fit my child-size head. When I came across the Bani Bands table, I stopped to take a closer look.

IMG_6229The headbands have an elastic strap on the back (just like most of the others) BUT their strap is adjustable, like a bra strap. The woman encouraged me to try it on, and after an easy pull of the strap, it was perfectly snug on my head. I was still a little skeptical that it would slide off when my hair got slick, but I handed over $20 for 2. Normally, they’re $12 a pop, but the more you buy, the better the deal 🙂 And duh, they come in lots of fun colors and prints. Why can’t a girl try to look a little cute during her workout?


The morning of Gasparilla I checked out the weather and saw that it would be overcast. I thought that a hat would be overkill, so I decided that now was as good of a time as any to try out my new purchase.


The headband worked like a charm! It kept my hair out of my face, and not once was I worried that it was going to slip off, despite how ridiculously sweaty I was getting in the Florida humidity. It was really comfortable and I easily forgot that I was wearing it. I was so impressed that I wore it the rest of the afternoon, and then again while running on Tuesday and Wednesday. It. did. not. move!

::happy dance:: Yes, I am that excited that my itty bitty head can finally wear something that is functional AND fashionable!


Iggy likes it too. 🙂

So, if you have a tiny head, I would highly recommend Bani Bands. Check em out online, on Facebook, or at your next race expo! They work great!

Full disclosure: Bani bands did not provide me with product, nor did they compensate me for this post. I just wanted to share with you a product that I love!

Question of the day: Do you have a favorite headband? What is it?