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? 





13 responses

28 02 2013

I have the opposite problem. I have a heck of a time finding hats that are big enough to fit my head and my hair (especially if it’s in a french braid for biking/tri). Also, headbands, want to slip off because they’re stretched out. And I also have the problem that no matter how long my hair is, the hairs around my forehead and hairline never grow more than a couple inches so they’re always popping up and curling towards my face.

28 02 2013

I totally have those little fly always around my face! Especially if its really muggy out, they just go wild and I look ridiculous!

28 02 2013
Tori @ In Love and Peanut Butter

I totally agree with you! I just got a Bandi band at Disney this past weekend. I love that its adjustable. It’s so comfortable.

28 02 2013

You looked super cute as Minnie!

28 02 2013
beka @ rebecca roams

I have a tiny head too! And it’s extremely round, so trying to get something to stay on it without falling off is like trying to put a hoola hoop on a beach ball.
I am going to have to give banibands another look. I ordered a couple from K.Heddleston (BAMRBands) and I like them too. Next time I order I will ask her to make me the small size. I forgot to mention it last time 🙂

28 02 2013

Tiny heads unite! I’ve seen a few peeps talk about BAMR bands, but I don’t think I’ve seen them anywhere. They’re good for small heads?

28 02 2013

I love those headbands. They are super cute!

28 02 2013

Thanks! Do you have some?

28 02 2013

Oooo! I love a good sweatband. Maybe I should try out Bani! You look super cute in it…and I think they SHOULD pay you to be their spokesperson.

28 02 2013

Haha that would be wonderful:)

28 02 2013

I got a Bani Ban for being a ZOOMA ambassador and I LOVE it! I told Paula she needs to try it too because she has the opposite issue and has a huge noggin. I love that it’s really one size fits all!

28 02 2013

I agree! Bra strap technology- genius! (Weren’t bra strap headbands actually popular a little while back?)

3 03 2013

I have seriously out of control thick curly hair. I have a hard time finding something that can tame this beast. Maybe these will do the trick!? Thanks for sharing!

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