Are headbands the hair enemy?

By Cameron Peek
Posted On Jun 07, 2017
Are headbands the hair enemy?

Hair is just plain hard to figure out. It seems like there are unending tips and tricks to get the most luscious locks. As someone who is quite active outdoors and in the gym, I wanted to know if headbands really damage your hair and which ones are the best for my on-the-go lifestyle. Here’s what I found.

TIGHTNESS IS NOT KEY

Think back to your dance class days as a kid, or when you played competitive sports. As a ballerina, mom would secure a tight bun with an obscene amount of bobby pins and ponytails with headbands were the go-to hairstyle for Saturday soccer games. Usually, the tighter the hairdo and the tighter the headband, the better. At least that’s what we thought. However, a tight headband can bring about headaches and breakage along the hairline. All of those baby hairs you absolutely despise could be a product of choosing extremely tight headbands.

The rubbery, elastic headbands can put pressure on your frontalis muscle and bring on serious discomfort. This isn’t to say abandon headbands altogether. It just means you need to choose wisely when choosing a headband, and I have a great option for you further down the page.

PONYTAILS ARE THE ENEMY, NOT HEADBANDS

According to Studio Salon 39 Hair experts, ponytails and the constant use of hair ties allow the risk of stress breakage and/or traction alopecia (hair loss from ponytails/buns). When there is stress put on the hair, often you can immediately feel points where the hair along the forward edge of the face becomes heavy as the weight of the ponytail/bun rests on these points. The points themselves can develop traction alopecia as the hair can be pulled from the follicles by the weight of the hairstyle.

The tight elastics cause breakage along the hairline, similar to when headbands are too tight. The worst part is, you can only see half of the damage. These damage goes beneath the surface of your scalp as the hair follicles experience stress from the elastics.

To answer the question posed, headbands are not the problem. They should be your best friend, especially if you’re living a very active lifestyle. You don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort either. One of the headbands that I’m loving right is sassy, colorful, affordable and has an inspiring story of origin. The line is called “Violet Love” and it features many fashion-forward headbands in all sorts of colors and styles at affordable prices.

IF LOVE HAD A COLOR, IT WOULD BE VIOLET

Violet Love is based in Los Angeles and was founded by Rebecca Michaels, a graduate of Penn State University. However she didn’t graduate with a design degree, she actually obtained a civil engineering degree and started to pursue a career in that field but left it to pursue her creative passions. She launched the wonderful company in 2006 after repeatedly failing to find a headband that suited her active, but chic, lifestyle.

The headbands are named “Violet Love” after the love of her favorite color violet. What I love most about the company is Rebecca is a down-to-earth entrepreneur who saw a need in the hair industry and met that need. She designed the headband and it won a launch contest at a surf expo in 2006. From there, she hasn’t looked back. Even her models reflect the true image of the company. On the website, you can find bios for each model and some are yoga instructors, restaurant owners, and even skateboarding thrillseekers.headbands the hair enemy

The Violet Love headbands are available for adults and children, men and women. The colors are beautiful and the comfort level is out of this world. Most importantly, they are soft on the head, not putting stress on your hair follicles or damaging the hairline. The adult size measures 9” long and 2” in diameter and costs between $17 and $19. The child’s version is 8” in length and 1 ½” in diameter and retails for $15. There is also a Winterwear line, which features a fleece lining for $22.

“The original no-slip, no-headache headbands made in Los Angeles and born in 2006. Peta vegan approved. Printed, solids, one size adult, and kids sizes. All headbands can be worn wide, thin, or scrunched to fit your own personal style. Check out our Winterwear headbands for cooler temperatures.”

Their latest “Road Trippin” collection features various styles of Big Sur, Joshua Tree, Santa Cruz and Yosemite, each displaying their respective region in headband form. The natural earthy prints are vibrant and expressive. It can make any classic outfit suddenly turn heads because the prints scream “I’m a fun, stylish person who loves the earth.” Who wouldn’t want your style to express that to the world? They’re priced at $17 if you buy them individually or you can get the full set of twelve for $180. For the amount you’ll wear them, that’s a steal.

MORE THAN HEADBANDS

The line itself doesn’t just include headbands. Rebeccas also sells scarves, tees, unisex hoodies, baseball raglans, bandeaus, in addition to the headbands. The fun prints and styles are made from soft, lightweight fabrics that are comfortable, cute, and functional. They retail anywhere from $26-$58. Violet Love scarves also come in lightweight and heavier weight styles making them great year round, for any type of weather. The scarves retail for $24-$45.

The bandeaus are utterly fabulous. They come in colorfast, absorbent, and washable fabric that can be worn as a top or for light workouts. They also contain secret silicon strips inside on both top and bottom keep this lightweight bandeau bra comfortably in place all day long. All sorts of sizes are offered from 32A – 36D and retail for $24.

As if it couldn’t get any better, their company is Green. They reuse printing cylinders and use solvent inks to conduct an environmentally friendly printing process of their designs. The dyestuffs are completely free of hazardous substances and contain no allergens.

Headbands are not the hair enemy, especially these no-slip, no-headache headbands from Violet Love. I think we can all learn a thing or two from Rebecca about pursuing passions too. Despite her engineering degree, she still listened to her creative inner-being and followed her heart to make something she could be proud of.


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