Football Headbands – How To Wear Them Like A Pro.

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Football headbands are a must-have for any serious player. Not only do they keep your hair out of your face and stop wispy bits annoying you, they also absorb sweat and protect you from the sun.

But with so many different style options available, it can be tricky to know how to wear a football headband.

Do you go for the classic look or something more modern? And what about color? How do you even put it on??

Don’t worry – we’re here with everything you need to know about how to wear a football headband so that you can make the best choice for you!

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What is a football headband?

A football hairband, also known as just a headband, is a popular football accessory worn by both men and women players.

Unlike a traditional headband, a football hairband is made of stretchy elastic that wraps around the entire head. This makes it ideal for football players with long or thick hair, as it keeps hair out of the face and eyes.

They’re not just for football either. Sports and workout headbands are much the same – skinny and stretchy – and can be worn for a range of activities, from running to yoga.

They are often made from moisture-wicking materials like polyester or lycra so they’re perfect for high-intensity workouts or hot weather conditions.

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Why do football players wear hairbands?

There are two main reasons why footballers often wear hairbands.

Firstly, they help to keep hair out of your face. This is important for two reasons. Firstly, it ensures you can see clearly while you’re on the pitch. And secondly, it prevents hair from getting in the way of tackles or headers.

Secondly, football headbands help to absorb sweat and keep it from running into your eyes. They are often made from moisture-wicking materials, which means that they quickly draw sweat away from the skin and help to keep players cool and comfortable during games.

Thirdly, some players (like us!) wear wooly headbands in the winter to keep our ears and head warm during training sessions!

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How to wear a football headband.

Functionality First

When it comes to football headbands, functionality should always be your first priority. After all, the whole point of wearing a headband is to keep your hair out of your face and absorb sweat.

So, when you’re choosing a football headband, make sure to go for one that’s made from a moisture-wicking material like polyester or nylon. You’ll also want to make sure that the headband is wide enough to stay in place during even the most intense games.

Put it on properly.

Headbands can be worn in different ways, so make sure you put yours on correctly. If it’s too loose, it will slip off; if it’s too tight, it will be uncomfortable to wear. Experiment with different styles until you find one that feels good and looks good too.

Watch and learn: How to wear a football headband the right way

This video is an oldie but a goody. It shows you the right way to put on a headband without stretching it or ripping your hair!

Where to buy football hairbands.

Looking for the perfect football hairband? You’re in luck – there are plenty of places to buy them these days.

Amazon is always a great option when you’re looking for just about anything – and they have a great selection of football hair bands. You can usually find a good deal on them, too.

Your local sports shop will sell them too. If you want to try them on before you buy, your local sports shop is probably your best bet.

They’ll have a few different styles to choose from, and you can ask the salesperson for help if you’re not sure which one to get.


12 Sports Headbands for Women and Men

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Mens football head bands and mens football hair bands are much the same as womens’! These are cheap and cheerful and you get a whole range of colours to suit your mood. We find that hairbands and headbands in general don’t last long once you’ve put them through the wash a few times.

Some of the higher end ones have plasticky grips that start to smell after a while. These are comfortable and affordable so you can keep replenishing your stocks.

They’re one size fits all and pretty stretchy so fit our heads big and small!

You get loads so they go a long way too. Enough said.

How much do football headbands cost?

Football headbands usually cost between £3 and £10. You can sometimes find them on sale for less, but it’s not common.

If you’re looking for a really high-quality headband from well-known brands like Under Armour, adidas and Nike, you might have to pay a bit more – but usually, the ones that cost more aren’t any better than the ones that cost less.

It’s just clever marketing and a logo!

What’s a Prewrap?

You’ve probably noticed how prewraps are rocking the heads of our favourite football players in the Women’s World Cup. But what exactly is a Prewrap?

Well, it’s this awesome thin, foam-like material (also known as underwrap, M-Wrap, or pre-taping foam) that athletes, especially football players, use for all sorts of things.

It used to be used to protect the skin under athletic tape. But these days, it’s most popularly used as a headband to tie back your hair and keep it out of your face.

Say goodbye to those pesky hair distractions while you’re trying to score that goal!

If you fancy wearing a prewrap just like your football idols, you’re in luck!

We’ve put together a comprehensive guide on how to wear prewrap headbands for football. It’s jam-packed with neat tricks and tips that will have you looking field-ready in no time.

How to look after your football headband.

Headbands can quickly become grimy and stained, so it’s important to know how to care for them. Here are a few top tips:

Wash it regularly. A football headband should be washed after every use. Just pop it in the washing machine with the rest of your kit on a gentle cycle with some mild detergent.

-Don’t forget to air dry. Avoid putting your headband in the dryer, as this can damage the fabric. Instead, let it air dry naturally.

-Store it properly. When you’re not wearing your headband, make sure to store it in a cool, dry place. Avoid exposure to sunlight, as this can cause the color to fade.

With just a little bit of care, you can keep your football headband looking like new for seasons to come!

The final score.

So, there you have it – everything you need to know about football headbands.

Wearing a headband is a great way to keep your hair out of your face, absorb sweat and look good while you’re doing it. Just make sure to choose one that’s comfortable and made from a moisture-wicking material, and you’ll be all set.

Happy headband shopping!

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  • Anna Adams, Creative Director & Content Lead

    Hi there! I'm Anna Adams, your go-to source for all things women's football. I've been crazy about football for over 20 years, ever since I was kicking a ball around with my brothers as a kid. I've turned my passion into a career where I get to share all the cool stuff about football with you. As a content lead, I've had the awesome opportunity to work with various sports brands and publications. Whether it's the latest gear, pro tips, or just some cool football trivia, I'm all about making f...