This is the time of year many of us who run or workout in the heat contemplate shaving our heads. The humidity can be oppressive in many parts of the country, and even a dry heat is still that, hot. For those of us with medium length to long hair, the struggle is definitely real. Curly hair goes bushy, soft hair seems impossible to keep up, and thick hair feels so much heavier. Being able to get through your run or workout in comfort can really depend on your hairstyle.
Of course, with the wide variety in hair, both in texture, thickness, and cooperativeness, no one style will work best for you. Our customers have 3 main styles they rely on to stay cool and keep their hair under control with variations for each to help you choose what will work best for you.
Good for all hair types, the classic ponytail can be worn high and looped under or left long. If your hair isn’t long enough for a high ponytail, small pigtails can work. Use one of our Bamboo-Lined Sweatbands for fly aways and those shorter hairs that won’t reach to the pony or pigtails.
Healthcare worker and runner Jamie Payton uses this style regularly, explaining “at work or at play it’s pulled back into a ponytail and the Ponya sits right at the hairline to hold back the whispies and block the roots!” If you hate the bouncing ponytail feeling, you can just not pull it all the way through on the last loop like Amanda Orel Dozier.
And can we talk about bangs? They seem like such a good idea until they’re flopping around during a workout and sticking to your sweaty head or sticking up from your headband. Tiffany Richardson explains says “My favorite part about Ponya is that it holds my bangs back so they aren’t flopping in my eyes during a workout.” No one wants sweaty bangs hanging down or flopping around.
For a little more coverage and hair control, our 4” Bamboo Jersey Lined Bands and our BAMs can still help keep you cool and absorb sweat. For indoor workouts or cooler days when you just want some hair control, our Non-Slip Headbands can do the trick.
There are endless options with braids, and some variation can work for everyone. Combine with our Bamboo-Lined Sweatbands for maximum cooling and absorption or one of our Bamboo Jersey Lined Bands or BAM for more control for hairs that don’t quite reach along with bamboo’s moisture wicking and temperature regulation super powers.
Another good for most hair types and textures, buns are one of the safest hairstyles when running alone. Sadly, most women have to think about that, and buns give less to grab on to with hair wound up. As She/Moms Run This Town Louisville Chapter Leader Stephanie McClain Boyd says, “if someone tried to nab me, they couldn’t grab my ponytail/hair as easily.”
No matter what style you choose, or even if you have short hair, one of our Ponya Bands can help control flyaway hairs and bangs. Curly or straight, we’ve got you covered with headbands and sweatbands that stay put with comfort and don’t damage your hair. What's your favorite hairstyle for the hot weather and why?
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