January 02, 2018
The headband: A timeless fashion trend and also athletic gear. Some of you might think the headband came into being in the last couple of years when celebrities like [insert your headband-wearing celebrity here] began showing up in them.
You’d be wrong, though. Around 1665, the artist Johannes Vermeer painted Girl with a Pearl Earring wearing a headscarf like a headband.
Johannes Vermeer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
I love the headbands featured on my website. I’ve bought several myself. The material is velvety smooth, they’re stretchy and soft, and the colors print so vibrant. Remember the headbands we wore as kids? Those hard plastic things that pressed into the tender skin behind our ears and gave us a headache after 15 minutes of wearing them? Yes, those. They even had small, pointy teeth on their undersides to grip more tightly onto your scalp, pulling your eyelids back into a fierce cat-eye glare. Your mom loved headbands because she hated it when your hair covered your face. (My mom solved that problem by giving my sister and I the worst perms EVER.)
These soft, stretchy headbands are a great idea even if you’re wearing one just to keep your hair out of the cookie batter. They’re a great fashion accessory when you want a pop of color to complete your outfit. Attach a bit of bling to one and you’re on your way to a tiara. If that’s your thing.
I wear my headband while hiking in the summer because sometimes a hat is too hot on our 90+ days. Or, I combine it with a hat to catch the perspiration (dewy drops of salty water) before it slides into my eyes. I’ll wrap it around my wrist, too, so that I can dab at my face right before I start whining about the hike, the heat, the bugs and my hypoglycemia.
It makes sense that for what’s basically a tube of fabric there’d be multiple ways to wear one. But I didn’t figure it out until I looked online at multiple sites showing women wearing these things. I put together this handy little chart to help you, if you decide to wear a headband. (Female heads courtesy of vecteezy.com.)
By the way, my headbands aren’t called buffs, and for a good reason. Buff® and any “How to wear Buff® ” icon symbols are registered trademarks of Original Buff, SA Spain. So, to prevent Buff® headwear from going the way of the lost trademark, “Kleenex® brand facial tissues,” let’s be sure to call them stretchy headbands.
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