Fit to Be Tied: Our Favorite Hair Ties and Headbands

By , SparkPeople Blogger
High. Low. Half. Double looped. Triple looped. Smooth. Messy. Braided. Deconstructed. Bumped. No matter how you choose to keep your hair out of your face during your workout or throughout the day, nearly every style requires a handy helper (or two) to keep it in place.  

We've walked, ran, curled, squatted, interval trained and even relaxed with our hair tied back, stray pieces tucked in their places, as we put it through the paces of everyday living. Along the way we've tried an array of hair ties and headbands and we can tell you from trial and error that these brands and styles will bend and bow, stay put and keep the sweat out of your eyes—no matter what the day brings you.

Hair Ties

Goody Ouchless: As someone whose idea of "doing my hair" in the morning means putting it into a ponytail 90 percent of the time, I have come to depend on Goody hair ties to get me through my day, from workout to work to the kids' practices and everything in between. Goody guarantees each elastic through 100 ponytails, so you can feel confident that no matter how many times you re-do or readjust your pony throughout the day, it will last and last. And, since there are no metal pieces, you can pull your tie out without fear of breaking your hair. Plus, they come in a variety of colors and sizes so you can find the one that's just right for you.

Kenz Laurenz Hair Elastics: If you're looking for a hair tie that's a little fancier than your basic round elastic, give these flat, knotted ties a go. They won't leave a crease in your hair when you take your ponytail out, so they easily transition well from day-to-night or hairstyle-to-hairstyle. The 100-tie value pack means you'll be well stocked for a little while at least—since elastic hair ties are as good at disappearing as they are at keeping your hair back.


Lululemon Fringe Fighter: Amanda Kanaga, our chief revenue officer, likes these Lulu headbands because they maintain a great grip on her hair throughout all of her workouts. We also like them because they come in such cute colors, are a little bigger than the typical elastic headband and can be scrunched up or pulled wide depending on your needs and your style. The couple of inches of elastic tucked away at the base of the headband means more versatility in fit.

One Up Bands: A big fan of the ponytail-headband-combo hairstyle, Jen Mueller, our community director and fitness coach purchased one of these One Up Bands headbands before her most recent half marathon. She was sold on its ability to stay put and not bug her behind the ears—a common complaint of the ribbon-style headbands. These bands also come in a huge assortment of colors and designs, and you can choose from a standard 20-inch size band or select an adjustable style if you're unsure of fit.

Bondi Band: If you're looking for a headband that pulls double duty to tame flyaway hair and wick sweat, the Bondi Band can do both, and then some. Melissa Rudy, our health and fitness journalist, has one of the four-inch Bondi Band headbands and loves it. "It never budges the entire time I have it on, no matter how vigorous the workout. Also, it’s super lightweight so doesn’t give me a 'headband headache' like so many of the others do," she says. Plus, they're super affordable.

Do you have a favorite hair accessory? Tell us in the comments!

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Thank you! Report
CKEYES1 11/4/2020
I use a clip Report
RACHAEL2020 11/3/2020
Sometimes, I'll use an old scarf as a headband. Report
EVIE4NOW 10/31/2020
My hair is almost to my waste. When we ride, I have it pulled into a very low ponytail and have a Harley band that goes around the hair with only maybe 6 or 8 inches sticking out. It keeps it from knotting up on me. Report
CECELW 9/28/2020
I run so I could eat! haha love it Report
SHERRYGAYL 9/26/2020
Can’t have too many! Report
PLCHAPPELL 9/15/2020
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TURQUROISE 4/30/2020
THESE tips were so timely. My hair has grown so long that I don't know what to do, your ideas help. Here in Ohio there is nowhere open yet, to get your hair cut or styled. We have had stay since the first weeks of March 2020. Report
I have the lululemon headband and it is the best one I have ever worn! Report
Thank you for providing some variety. Report
Scunci mini scrunchies. I have fine hair and these hold it nicely. They are easy to get on and off. Report
It seems I cant seem to find a stay on headband. Report
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Thanks for the info Report
The "I run so I can eat" one is cute! Great article! Report
My hair started constantly breaking a few years ago so I finally got it cut REALLY short. I still have breakage but I no longer need to look for things to pull my hair back or keep it out of my eyes. I do remember that some products / hair elastics would literally break my hair - got tossed out immediately but there are some really good ones out there for those that need to pull their hair back. Headbands never seemed to stay in place on my head. Report
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Great article Report
I buy flexi clips and hair bands from Lilla Rose....they are super comfortable (and cute). I put my hair back once and I don't have to mess with them again. Report
I just ordered some Kenz Laurenz bands from Amazon! Excited to try them out! Report
Bolder bands! Report is actually the best. Report
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I like the swirlydo or similar "telephone" hair bands. I'm not find the ones I bought previously on Amazon, as I have bought several times. One batch was much thinner both in the actual "cord" diameter (before or was cooked) and the overall diameter of the coiled band was smaller. This one was way too weak to hold my mass of long hair. Would be great for like a child's pony tail, or a person with very thin and fine textured hair. The ones I can find on Amazon now which look like what I have bought in the past look more like chis: https://

Another one I like is the Buff Band, particularly the wider "original" size, but part of that is because I use it to manage my hair at night, with CPAP mask on top. But they are also great in cooler weather or in Yoga class to keep hair out of face during the upside down moves. Amazon has those bands from a bunch of sellers, different colors and designs, so it's sometimes hard to find the cheapest price for the design you like.

I went to the Lululemon Fringe Fighter site to look at their wide band recommended in the article and was disappointed to find it in black and Grey (reversible) - not my idea of "cute colors". Hmmmm. Report
Thanks for the suggestions. The ends of my hair are just the "right" length to poke my eyeballs when I work out on the Jacobs Ladder. Really painful and the headbands I have tend to slip off or even fall off and therefore become useless. Report
lululemon bang buster, banibands Report
SwirlyDo hair ties. Report
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a crew cut. Report