Tuesday Reviews-day: Mavi Bandz


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.

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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run several shorter distance races and two half marathons. Her goal for 2017 is to try a triathlon, and eventually do the Chicago Marathon. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism. Working at Chicago Athlete, Holly has been able to explore photography a lot more, which is one of her main hobbies. She enjoys taking photos at endurance races, and is also passionate about nature photography and portraiture.


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