From boldly colored headbands to brightly painted wood
bangles, it is important to find a stylish way to keep your hair under control.
Headbands are a fashion accessory with a purpose. A headband is a band of
fabric or other material worn around the head as a decoration or to keep the
hair or perspiration off the face.
Headbands generally consist of a loop of elastic
material or a horseshoe-shaped piece of flexible plastic or metal. They come in
assorted shapes and sizes and are used for both fashion and
practical/utilitarian purposes. There are many materials used for
headbands such as wood, leather, plastic, metal, fabric, hemp, teeth, human and
animal hair, bone, and novelty materials. The leather headbands are usually
glued onto a harder plastic headband, or they are hand-stitched. Plastic
headbands, which are most common, can be wavy, straight or angled and come in
many colours. Metal can be used to form and support leather headbands.
Metal-only headbands may be plain or decorated, sometimes with precious jewels.
Fabric headbands are comfortable because they do not dig into the head. They
usually have an elastic band, so that the headband forms to the head. Toothed
headbands have comb-like teeth that are connected to the top part of the
headband. Their teeth ensure that the hair stays in place.
Headbands, or sweatbands, are worn around the forehead during
physical activity to absorb sweat and keep it from reaching the eyes. Sweatbands
are often made of a continuous loop of terrycloth, as it is a particularly
absorbent fabric. Folded bandanas, usually knotted behind the head, also serve
this purpose. Headbands are usually used for sports.
Headbands are a clothing accessory worn in the hair or around the forehead,
usually to hold hair away from the face or eyes.
In the UK, Horseshoe-shaped headbands are sometimes called "Alice bands" after
the headbands that Alice is often depicted wearing in Through the Looking-Glass.
In the early 20th century, wide headbands known as headache bands were very
popular accessories in women's fashion. Their name, of course, results from the
belief that the tight pressure they provided around the forehead could relieve
or prevent headaches. The French called such a garment a bandeau (bandeaux,
During the 1950s and 1960s, many glamorous young women in Britain and the US
wore plastic headbands with the beehive hairstyle, or silk veils when driving.
After the Summer of Love of 1967, hippies wore tie dye and paisley bandanas as
Deely boppers were a fad in 1982. A deely bobber (also deeley bobber) is a
novelty item of headgear comprising a headband to which are affixed two springy
protrusions resembling the antennae of insects or of stereotypical little green
men. These "antennae" may be topped with simple plastic shapes or more elaborate
and fanciful decorations, such as mini pom poms or light emitting diodes.
In Japanese culture, hachimaki headbands may symbolise determination or
devotion. Traditionally in Korea, warriors and members of military organizations
such as the hwarang wore specialized headbands that kept hair firmly in place.
Novelty headbands can be used for holidays and may have decorations attached
such as bunny ears, reindeer ears, Santa Claus hats and others. Headbands are
often part of a larger fashion statement — they can be colour-coded and matched
accordingly to one's outfit.
For a head to toe athletic look, add a fitness headband
to your workout wardrobe. They are
often designed with an lightweight & comfortable material to keep your hair in
place and the sweat out of your eyes. Look for a sports headband that
delivers all-day comfort and performance. Moisture-wicking properties
deliver breathability and dryness, while anti-odor technology keeps your gear
fresher, longer. Some will have an adjustable knot closure.
If you are looking for
fitness tracker headbands be cautious
to avoid the ones with the
mind control feature.
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