The Essential Guide to Choosing and Wearing a Sweatband

The Essential Guide to Choosing and Wearing a Sweatband

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Whether you are active on a daily basis, a few days a week, or on a more seldom basis—there are several different types of workout accessories available that make working out a breeze no matter what the frequency of activity.

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With an increase in physical activity and the growing trend of various fitness routines from yoga to CrossFit, we are also witnessing growth in the workout accessory industry. In this case, Suddora provides a top-notch selection of highly effective sweatbands in all different styles, certain to prove useful to any athlete.


So, what is a sweatband good for anyways?

Are they truly necessary if you are getting serious with your workout routine? To give a simple answer to the above questions, while sweatbands are not entirely necessary, they are indeed incredibly useful for a plethora of reasons.

In fact, with a high-quality headband in place, your workouts become that much easier, more comfortable, and ultimately – more effective! While this might sound like a whole lot of hokum, it could not be any truer.


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When it comes to the age-old sweatband, it has many beneficial purposes that go beyond sweat absorption. In fact, the true advantages of a high-quality sweatband like those carried by Suddora reach well beyond what you might first assume.

From sweat reduction to hair control, we highly recommend using sweatbands in your everyday workouts as it can greatly increase the effectiveness of your exercise completely without interruption from sweat, hair, or another natural physical occurrence. 

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As you can see, when it comes to sweatbands and exercise, convenience and comfort are truly the names of the game. Manufactured from common fabrics like terry cloth, ultra-absorbency and comfort are easily achieved when you wear a sweatband such as this.

Wearing a sweatband or headband depending on what you call it, is an excellent way to hold back sweat and secure your hair in place while adding a pop of flair and color to your outfit. 

Properly utilizing a sweatband depends heavily on your specific needs and which style is right for you. However, in order to figure out which style of sweatband is right for you or if you even need one in the first place, you must first understand the answer to the following question: what do sweatbands do?


Exactly What Do Sweatbands Do?

To put it simply, sweatbands go around the forehead in most cases, working to comfortably stay in place and provide support when you need it the most. That support? Sweatbands are designed purposely to absorb sweat and help your body to cool down during those active periods in which you find yourself overheating. 

In fact, the sweatband goes the distance to completely prevent its wearer from getting too hot – again – making workouts a breeze instead of a chore. When you look at in that light, it is easy to understand why the sweatband is so popular. As you can see, the proper use of a reliable sweatband can entirely revolutionize your workout, pushing you further than ever before.


The sweatband has been around for quite some time. Therefore, it is sometimes hard to figure it out exactly when and where it originated. Due to its extensive use and popularity that decade, many tend to contribute its origins to the flashy 1980s. However, this could not be further from the truth.

You might be surprised to learn that in fact, the sweatband was officially created over 60 years ago! What is perhaps even more surprising is the fact that the everyday sweatband was imagined by the iconic British tennis player and style inspiration, Fred Perry. 

In fact, Perry was so serious and determined in his sport that he knew he had to find a way to keep the sweat from interfering with his racquet swinging abilities. Quickly he came up with the idea of securing medical bandaging around his wrist to absorb sweat before it became a problem. Voila! The sweatband was born.

Read: 5 Famous Tennis Players who Wore Sweatbands


Different Sweatband Materials

As with practically any other product out there, there are several different materials that are used in the creation of sweatbands vary based on their specific purpose and design.

In the end, all of our bodies are different meaning not everyone is going to respond the same to your typical, everyday sweatband, crafted from terry cloth. In fact, it is highly advantageous to explore different sweatband materials and styles before making a purchase. 

Due to the fact that a sweatbands main purpose is to absorb sweat. What does this mean for its construction? In short, a functional sweatband must be crafted from absorbent materials. So, what are some of the more common different sweatband materials? Let’s take a look.


Cotton Sweatbands

As far as the different sweatband materials are concerned, cotton fabrics are some of the most absorbent out there. This is why we have commonly seen and even used things such as bandanas as makeshift sweatbands of sorts.

Cotton items such as bandanas work as they are easily folded over and tied securely around the head. However, many cotton materials do not stay in place as they have little give and flexibility. Therefore, cotton sweatbands are not entirely ideal—especially if you are looking for a long-term accessory.


Terry Cloth Sweatbands

When many think of different sweatband materials, terry cloth is the first one the comes to mind.


Simply put, the majority of sweatbands are crafted from this multi-function, multi-purpose fabric. The main reasons behind its frequent utilization include the fact that terry cloth is not only absorbent but truly comfortable against the wearers' skin.

Most importantly, terry cloth has that perfect amount of elasticity to help keep it in place comfortably while soaking up each drop of sweat.



Microfiber Sweatbands

If you are looking to be industrious and craft your own sweatbands from home, as far as different sweatband materials are concerned, microfiber is the absolute best choice for homemade sweatbands.

Not only does microfiber effectively absorb sweat, but it is also sweat-wicking in addition. For the best results, one can place material around a wide elastic headband, making for a cozy and thrifty way to combat sweat and uncontrollable hair.


Read: Best Headbands for Yoga, Running or Football (or Just being You!)



Wearing a Sweatband for the Utmost Success and Efficacy

From different sweatband materials to several various styles, colors, and select purposes, there are a seemingly endless amount of sweatbands to choose from. If you are unfamiliar with the sweatband market, don’t you worry!

At Suddora we are here to give you all the information you need on understanding how to wear a sweatband as well as which style sweatband is the one for you depending on your unique physical needs.

Let’s delve a bit deeper into how to properly wear a sweatband for various purposes.


How to Wear a Sweatband with Short Hair

As it turns out, there are several different ways in which one can wear a sweatband with short hair. While you might feel as though there can’t be many ways to style short hair with a sweatband, we are here today to show you why that is simply not true.

In fact, a stylish sweatband can even add to the appearance of short hair, allowing you to stand out without spending an hour styling your hair.

One thing to keep in mind is that many of us utilize more product in our hair to control it when it is shorter. This product can build up on your sweatband, so be sure to keep it clean. Also, when an active person has short hair they should aim for a thinner sweatband style.

One way to easily rock a sweatband with short hair is by carefully pulling the hair away from your face then placing the sweatband around your head and behind your ears so that it runs around the entirety of your hairline.

Not only is this a simplistic way to style your hair for the day, but it also shows you one of many ways one can wear a sweatband all day without worrying that you did not do much to your hair. 


Like a more made-up look?

Try securing your hair in a fashion that suits you and then add a little pop of color with a sweatband either around your hairline or further down the forehead. For really short hair, one might consider placing a sweatband around the hairline and over the hair so that all of your hair stays secure. This is especially ideal for exercise.


Wearing a Sweatband Without Hair

Perhaps you have lost your hair or you simply choose to buzz it off - we are not here to judge! While you might think you are at a disadvantage, especially if you previously lost your hair, a sweatband is an excellent option for you!

And when it comes to styling it and wearing it in the ideal style, when you have little to no hair, you are without restraint. By this we mean you can wear it any way you wish without the restrictions of hair. For a classic look, simply wear it around the forehead for a cool, effortless appearance. 


How to Wear a Sweatband with Long Hair

When dealing with longer hair, the ways in which you can appropriately wear a sweatband increase greatly. The possibilities are practically endless. Whether you decide to throw your hair up and wrap your sweatband horizontally around your forehead or underneath your hair on your hairline while it sits naturally, the decision is yours. 

For an easy natural do, pull your hair up into a ponytail and place your sweatband around your head. Now, let your hair back down so that it falls perfectly over the sweatband for a sweat-free experience. If hair control is what you need, simply place a sweatband around your forehead and over your hair for complete security.

If you would like more control over your sweatband, we consider choosing a tie-back sweatband.


How to Wear a Sweatband for Basketball, Football, and/or Running

Sweatbands are not only seen in the gym. In fact, you will soon find out that sweatbands are a necessary tool for many casual as well as professional athletes. This is something most of us have witnessed in the fields and within the areas where our favorite teams play.

However, sweatbands are often worn differently depending on the sport. For instance, you will notice when watching runners and basketball players that they wear their sweatbands in the typical fashion, resting on their brow just below their hairlines to catch any falling sweat.

For those with long hair, the sweatband is typically placed over the hair to hold it in place.

Read: 5 Seriously Popular Basketball Players who Wear Sweatbands

Of course, these sweatbands can also be repurposed and worn on the arms or legs to keep your extremities dry. This is also ideal for football players as they too, much like basketball players, depend heavily on their hands staying dry.

Read: 3 Popular Football Players who Wear Sweatbands

For runners, wearing a sweatband around their heads as well as around the ankles will not only keep their vision from being disturbed, but those places on the ankles will effectively keep running shoes from filling with sweat. This is not such a necessity in the other sports we mentioned.



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How to Wear a Sweatband All Day

Committing to wearing a sweatband all day can save you both time and effort. Many of us are worried about our appearances – it is only natural. And a big part of our outward appearance is drawn from our hair.

However, instead of worrying about how we will style it or having it get messed up each day, with a sweatband you can hold your style in place or even leave it be with a pop of flair around the forehead. It is truly that simple!

If you have long hair and a busy day, secure your hair in a high ponytail and place the sweatband around your head laying just behind your ears for security and comfort. Maybe you are a man with medium-length hair looking for an effortless way to leave quickly in the AM.

In that case, simply place the sweatband around your forehead for a hairstyle that will not shift. No matter what your style goals, wearing a sweatband all day is easy and creates a carefree style that will last.


Making the Most of Your Athleisure Look

The athleisure movement has stayed ever-growing since its inception in the late 60’s/early ’70s. This is undeniable when you reflect back on the 1980s with their big hair and loud, vivid workout/athleisure apparel.

Today, this fashion movement has grown even larger with yoga pants and matching sweatsuits encompassing the residents in nearly every neighborhood you could expect to drive through.

As a part of this particular fashion scene, sweatbands too are making a splash among fans of athletic wear. As you can see, they are incredibly useful not only for those active periods but for adding a little something to your hairstyle and outfit as well.

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