For years I have been searching for a hairband that would actually keep my hair out of my face while exercising. I have tried so many that I’ve lost track of the numbers, although unfortunately I still remember the ill-advised experiment with velvet scrunchies. I thought the velvet might be extra grippy, sadly it slid out of my hair just like my plainer hairbands and had the added disadvantage of making me look like I was trying to bring back 1995.
I was giving up hope of ever finding a hairband that wouldn’t need adjusting mid-run, until Santa popped a pack of these bad boys in my Christmas stocking.
The Sweaty Betty spiral hair toggles might look a bit like a phone cord, but they are a genius product.
Firstly, they are incredibly strong and cope with my thick hair without stretching or snapping after a few uses. They are also super grippy and stay put during even the most strenuous workout. However, they aren’t so grippy that I can’t take them out without removing half my hair with them, nor do they leave a load of knots in my hair.
You might think that they would stretch out of shape pretty easily, but just leave them on the dressing table overnight and be amazed that they’ve shrunk back to their original size by the next morning. (The magic shrinking is perhaps my favourite thing about them!)
I also like that they are so quick and easy to clean compared to fabric hairbands. What they don’t do is leave those weird ponytail bumps I get from tying up my hair while it is still damp, good news for me – I squeeze in a fair number of my workouts at lunchtime and don’t always have time to dry my hair properly before dashing back to work.
The spiral hair toggles are £4 for a pack of 5, they come in five colours (black, blue and clear which are great for work, and bright pink and neon yellow which I save for the gym) and are available at SweatyBetty.com