If you’re like me, you often struggle with trying to find ways to keep your hair out of your face while running, without looking bald. I’ve suffered the intense indentation from pre-wrap tape, have gone blind from headbands falling over my eyes, and have even cried trying to learn how to braid my bangs back. In the eight years I’ve been a runner, finding a solution for flyaways and hair-in-eyes has been difficult, and usually, I just rely on thick cotton headbands that DO make me look bald.
Then, I found Mavi Bandz.
I first stumbled upon the headband company at the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon expo in August – from across the room, sparkly and decorative bands caught my eye, and when I got closer, I realized they were headbands made specifically for athletes! When I realized the inside was a soft, felt fabric, I knew I needed them.
Flash forward to the Hot Chocolate Chicago 15K/5K expo, and Mavi and I met again – I had yet to purchase them, but my friend and I both gazed at the hundreds of designs and colors the headbands had to offer. They were pretty cheap too, but I was in a rush and didn’t buy any.
Then, when a Mavi representative contacted me about a review, I think I actually yelled “YES!” at my desk. A few weeks later, I received two Mavi Bandz, both with Chicago related designs on them.
When I first opened the package, I thought they seemed a little tight; I already think I have a weird shaped head, and was nervous they wouldn’t fit me comfortably. Then I realized they had an adjustable strap on the back, so everybody can set the headbands to fit them how they like, something I’ve been needing my entire life.
I put one of the headband on, and immediately recognized its comfort; the felt-like fabric on the inside was more cushiony than I thought, and being able to adjust it to my liking totally added to the comfort. Once I started my workout, I almost forgot I had it on, that’s how secure it was!
The best part of the headbands, in my opinion, is that they don’t leave a indentation in your head; granted, I only wore the headband for about 30 minutes, but usually after about 10 I notice my hair being flattened. The fact that I can wear Mavi Bandz to exercise, take it off and go about my day is great.
Finally, I had a headband that didn’t take up my whole head, but still didn’t slide around or even fall off. While I currently have two headbands, I definitely want to invest in more! They are about $13 a piece, and come in hundreds of different designs, many that cater to runners and triathletes. Plus, the company originated in the south suburbs of Chicago – nothing better than a local company.