A Band Aid

by Rachel on May 21, 2010

Ever since I started doing Core Fusion Sport, I’ve felt myself turning to a more white-girl workout style. First, there was the moment I pulled all my hair into a top knot to get it off my neck as I poured sweat. Then there were the capris. (Capri leggings, but still. White girls and their ankles…) And Core Fusion in and of itself is pretty WG. And then I realized I needed some sort of headband. And not the skinny elastic headband that high school soccer players wear. I wanted one of those wide yoga headbands that I see on runners, yogis, and crunchy white girls all the time.

This is where affirmative action has taken me.

Anyway, because I am not a runner/yogi, crunchy white girl, I put out a Tweet to the girls I knew who fit that description…

And the general consensus was…Bondi Bands!

I didn’t even debate it; I just headed to the Web site and ordered two of them. A few days later, it was time to put one to the sweat test. First I wore it for Core Fusion Sport. And then to spin the other night.

Now as you can see, I look pretty dry. And I am pretty dry. These headbands keep sweat off your face in a major way. They also are good if you have side-swept bangs because you can just tuck them under the band and they won’t get a bend in them like they do if you pin them back or wear a skinny headband. And the bands stays in place really, really well (although my hair is so thick, I’m probably not the best authority on that).

So it kept my face dry…but unfortch it didn’t keep my hair totally dry. And maybe it’s not supposed to? Maybe it’s just impossible wick sweat away from your scalp without having semi-damp hair; I really don’t know. Granted, my hair was simply damp, not soaked like I had just taken a shower, and the back of my head wasn’t wet at all, so that was an improvement. Afterward I just did a quick blow dry after to get the sweat out and then went on with my life.

After having it for two weeks though, I’m just kind of addicted to wearing it. This is probably because I was watching Mad Men last weekend and there was a scene where Joan had a wide scarf tied in her hair and it totally looked like this. Also, because it’s so wide, it can cover a multitude of hair sins. I can’t wash my hair very often (that’s the black-girl part of me) and the Bondi Band really helps.

So…I actually ordered two more! I just think they are really perfect for summer. When you’re just chilling by the pool, you may not want to do a full blow-out but you also don’t want to look like a hot mess. This is a good way to look chic and kinda retro but you don’t have to worry about keeping a scarf in place. And they work for black girls and white girls, crunchy or not, and everyone in between!

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 maria @ Chasing the Now May 21, 2010 at 8:26 am

Thanks for sharing. I’ve heard a few people say they like these, but some of those people are affiliated with the company, so I am never sure how seriously I should take their reviews. I am always having issues with flyaway hairs getting in my face or sweat dripping, so I am going to check these out. Sound great!
.-= maria @ Chasing the Now´s last blog ..Huzzah! =-.


2 Bridget@PavementandPlants May 21, 2010 at 8:33 am

I have major issues with keeping headbands/head scarves in place. They always end up flying off the back of my head; I must have an odd shaped head.
There is a girl at the gym that wears a Reese’s Pieces head band and it is awesome. I’m a little bit jealous. There is another girl that actually tucks her ears into the headband. It’s very weird looking.


3 Rachael May 21, 2010 at 10:17 am

Bridget! I’m the girl hat tucks her ears in! No actually I would never do that at the gym. I don’t have a bondiband (yet) but I do have a few of those wide yoga head bands and when the cold hit this winter I used it like a ear warmer thingy. I of course felt a little redic, but my ears were warm!


4 Keri @ Iron Mountain Movement May 21, 2010 at 8:58 am

Very cute, do they stay on? I’m like Bridget and I have a hard time keeping headbands on so usually stick to ball caps.


5 Rachel May 21, 2010 at 9:00 am

Mine doesn’t budge AT ALL, but my hair is naturally not slippery so I might not be the best judge of that! Hopefully some white girls can weigh in on that! :)


6 ZenLizzie May 21, 2010 at 10:36 am

I’ve thought about investing in some headbands now that it is hot and it is gross sitting in spinning class with sweat running in my eyes (tmi? hmm), but I keep having flashbacks to my wannabe hipster days in high school where I wore scarves and headbands EVERYDAY. So, it would be retro for me in two ways. But those bondibands are pretty cute and different than my early-2000’s wear.
.-= ZenLizzie´s last blog ..Staying sugar free.. Day 3 and C25K finished! =-.


7 Manon May 21, 2010 at 11:04 am

I have a bondi band and really like it for the most part–of course I kept it classy as always and picked up the “Will Run For Beer” one. My hair is thick, but slippery and these do work better than most….I’m not going to say it’s COMPLETELY no slip, but I haven’t lost it. I get so pissed off every time I spend 10 bucks on a headband that SWEARS it grips and WON’T MOVE, and 1 mile into my run it catapults off my head and I’m stuck with fly away bangs for miles…..thanks for the reminder that I should pick up a few more, maybe some that won’t encourage the super hot guys in beer stained wife beaters driving rusty ’85 camaros to whistle and follow me as I run..
.-= Manon´s last blog ..Nightmare on Elm Street…..and a Back-up Plan…. =-.


8 Eunice May 21, 2010 at 11:05 am

I need something for this crazy hair of mine. I don’t like to wash it everyday, but I kinda have to since I sweat so much. My hair is a beast, so clips and skinny bands get gobbled up and spit out. Thanks for the suggestion! Also, what do you mean by “crunchy”? :)


9 Rachel May 21, 2010 at 11:09 am

Granola: An adjective used to describe people who are environmentally aware, open-minded, left-wing, socially aware and active, queer or queer-positive, anti-oppressive/discriminatory (racial, sexual, gender, class, age, etc.) with an organic and natural emphasis on living. Synonym: Crunchy. “I need more crunchy guys in my life. I’m so tired of dating preppy metrosexual assholes.” Attractive female version: Earth muffin.


10 Cate May 21, 2010 at 11:08 am

I just got one of these headbands last week and love it! It keeps my bangs out of the way. They have so many cute designs so I have worn mine to work out and just as a cute hair accessory.


11 Audra May 21, 2010 at 11:10 am

Bondi bands are fantastic! I have super fine hair so regular headbands just don’t stay on well, even the grippy ones. These however, don’t budge. I bought a few of these about a year ago and can’t run without them now! Back when I had bangs, they were the only thing that actually managed to keep them out of my face! During the winter, I use them like an ear warmer too, but during the summer, I just wear them like a regular headband. I don’t have any affiliation with the company, but just wanted to also mention that their customer service is amazing!! For a while they had a deal where you could get 5 for $25 if you use the code “Five” at checkout. I’m not sure if it’s still going on, but it’s worth trying.


12 Lisa May 21, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Yes, the coupon code still works, it’s definitely the right way to go. I have a hard time spending $8 for just one band, but somehow the $5 price tag works much better for me. I used to feel so self conscious wearing head bands to work out, now I don’t care, I just don’t like feeling ANY hair tickle my face when I’m running, and these work great. I definitely recommend the wicking ones for running or any other sweaty workout. I also noticed that if part of the band touches bare skin on my forehead, it’s less likely to slip.


13 Rachel May 21, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Damn, I wish I had known about the coupon code!! I’ve spent like $40 on these things in the past two weeks…good lord.


14 Lexie May 21, 2010 at 11:23 am

I feel like you should just tell me how to spend all my paychecks… lol… I always find myself buying things you recommend.
.-= Lexie´s last blog ..Je voidrais une bicyclette =-.


15 Abby May 21, 2010 at 11:37 am

I just ordered 4 after reading your post. Since I am super boring when it comes to pattern and color, I went with the basic black. Thanks so much for this reveiw; I’ve been on the hunt for a headband to keep back my massive amount of thick, curly hair.


16 Rachel May 21, 2010 at 11:38 am

@Lexie…I know. I know. I’m bad. I apologize.

@Abby…sweeeet! I hope they work for ya!!


17 MelissaNibbles May 22, 2010 at 4:50 am

I’m a loud and proud Earth Muffin and I have one of these. I don’t wear it anymore since I cut my hair off, but my boyfriend likes to wear it when he does his Insanity dvd’s. We are odd peoples.


18 Selina September 13, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Which patterns/colors did you end up getting?


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