Black Sweatbands for the Mysterious, Powerful Decisive Leader in You
So you consider yourself the practical sort. You figure black sweatbands don’t show the dirt as much. But is that the only reason you chose black? According to color psychologists, there’s a lot going on under the surface of your selection.
Here’s a closer look at what the color black signifies and the many things it says about you.
What Is Black?
Black occurs when the eye perceives no visible light. Black absorbs light, so in that sense it is the absence of color. White, on the other hand, reflects light and is considered the presence of all colors. That’s what the color scientists report.
But in the real world, that’s just scientific doubletalk. Clearly black is a color, one of the many on this page of Sweatband Colors. If you’re using crayons, there is a black one. If you paint, black color comes in a tube, just like red.
So black is a color.
Variations of Black
For being the absence of color, according to the purists, black sure comes in a lot of shades, called off-black. Color professionals report that these shades have varying degrees of low lightness or low relative luminance.
Just look at the long list of off-black:
Darker shades of black:
- Eerie black
- Charleston green
- Black leather jacket (yes, that’s a real shade of black)
- Phthalo green
- Black olive
- Black bean
Lighter shades of black
- Café noir
- Outer space
- Davy’s gray
- Dim gray
- Midnight blue
The Psychology of Black
Black is the executive color, conveying power, presence and authority. It is formal, used on grand occasions like formal dinners and official events. Think “black tie event.” It also is the color of mourning, at least in Western culture.
Black is the go-to color for elegance, prestige and sophistication. It is a very reserved, aloof, contained color, but one that gives off a sense of controlled, intense energy. It sends out an upscale feel, one of affluence and success, like “in the black.”
Black is known as the protective color. People who wear it are sheltering from external emotions and stress. Because it is a stern color, it can put up a barrier between you and other people.
Black sends the message that you have self-control and self-discipline. You are independent and like to assert your will. Think about people who earn a “black belt” in karate or judo.
Teens often wear black because it is the color of endings and beginnings. They are finishing up with their childhood and moving on to adult needs and interests.
Mystery #1. People buy black to look thinner. Black pants instead of bright red, a black dress to cover bulges. But at the same time, in psychological studies, people repeatedly said that a black box weighed more than a white one. But both boxes weighed and looked the same, except for color. For some reason people look lighter and boxes look heavier.
Mystery #2. Color psychologists say people choose black because it makes them feel inconspicuous. In fact, musicians in the orchestra pit at a play or concert wear black so they won’t draw the audience’s attention away from the performers on stage. But black is also the color of presence and authority. How can you convey presence, let alone authority, if you are inconspicuous?
This black is one mysterious color.
Which brings up another of its traits: color theorists say black is the color of mystery because it evokes a feeling of potential and possibility, fear and the unknown.
What Does It Say About You?
If you prefer black headbands, it could be you are saying keep away from me, I am powerful. If you’re wearing black basketball headbands, it can send out intimidating vibes to others at the workout or on the court. That can work to your benefit with the opposing team.
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Your choice of black sweatbands can also tell people you are methodical, doing everything needed to accomplish your goal. You don’t give up. You’re a bulldozer, flattening everything in your path.
If you love black, you are giving off the feel of mystery and intrigue. That can be harder to convey with black wrist sweatbands than it is with a slinky black dress, but nonetheless, the color says you are seductive and deep.
The style and elegance of black is both sophisticated and simple at the same time. A black outfit is perceived as much fancier than one that is red, green or a range of colors.
Black and Sports
Black is associated with success among sports team. Consider the San Antonio Spurs, National Basketball Association winners in 2014, with silver and black uniforms. Or the Miami Heat in basketball, that won championships in 2012 and 2013 with the help of red and black uniforms. The San Francisco Giants won in baseball in 2012 wearing orange and black.
From 2009 to 2014, black dominated the National Hockey League championships:
- 2009: Pittsburgh Penguins, black and Vegas gold
- 2010: Chicago Blackhawks: red and black
- 2011: Boston Bruins: black and gold
- 2012 Los Angeles Kings, silver and black
- 2013: Chicago Blackhawks again
- 2014: Los Angeles Kings again
According to a casual survey, teams in a variety of professional sports had success when black was a major color in their uniforms. The survey covered:
- American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association championships from 1947 to 2014;
- American Football League and National Football League championships from 1920 to 2014;
- Major league baseball championships from 1903 to 2013;
- National Hockey League championships from 1927 to 2014
Here are the totals:
Black and gold uniforms: 2 pro basketball, 6 pro football, 5 baseball and 8 hockey--21 total championships
Red and black uniforms: 10 pro basketball, 1 baseball and 10 hockey—21 total championships
Orange and black: 1 pro football, 7 baseball and 2 hockey—10 total championships
Silver and black: 5 pro basketball, 3 pro football and 2 hockey—10 total championships
Purple and black: 2 pro football—2 total championships
Teal and black: 2 baseball—2 total championships
Black and blue: 1 hockey—1 total championship
Black and green: 1 hockey—1 total championship
Black and Vegas gold: 1 hockey—1 total championship
Black and white: 1 baseball—1 total championship
Old gold and black: 1 pro football—1 total championship
When you check over sports sweatbands and black wrist sweatbands for your next workout, you are in the company of champions. Dazzle your competitors with your mysterious, powerful, sophisticated look.