The Ponya Bands Story


Ponya Bands creates functional and fashionable athletic headbands, sweatbands and accessories. We offer products that withstand the toughest athletic workouts - 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

Judy Beyerle, founder and president of Ponya Bands, began a quest for a truly absorbent sweatband after a workout at spin class. Judy was spinning away and sweating it up in her class, but was frustrated with sweat getting in her eyes. She began her quest to find an absorbent sweatband that worked, kept her hair back out of my face and looked cute, too!

It didn’t take long for her to realize that most sweatbands, although absorbent, quickly reached saturation and did not keep the sweat out of her eyes. As she began talking to other runners and workout enthusiasts, she learned that there were many others experiencing this same frustration. The more information she gathered the more motivated she was to create a sweatband that really worked. 

It became evident that the reason many sweatbands didn't work well was because of the fabric choice. The majority of sweatbands use cotton fabric, which quickly reaches a saturation point. The key to Ponya Bands sweatbands is the use of bamboo fabric - bamboo has channels that wick moisture to the outer part of the band (made of spandex), where it dries quickly.

Judy then began a search for someone to help design and shape the style of the sweatband. She was introduced to Karen, a seamstress with extensive experience. It quickly became apparent that Karen not only understood Judy’s vision but she also had great enthusiasm for the product. This was just what was needed to carry the product forward into production. Together along with the help of many sports enthusiasts who tested prototypes, it wasn’t long before they came up with a truly absorbent sweatband that prevents sweat from getting into the eyes, keeps hair back out of the face, and looks cute too! From there, the Ponya portfolio has expanded to include sweatbands and accessories. As they say, the rest is history!