Best headband for men: How to choose the best men’s headbands for long hair
Whether it’s because long hair styles for men have been popular in recent years, or whether it’s a consequence of lockdown, searches for “headband” and “headband for men” are now in their hundreds and thousands every month
H eadbands for men have drifted in and out of fashion for decades, helped by the likes of footballers David Beckham, Gareth Bale et al.
Using a headband for men is great on the days your hair just won’t behave and has a life of its own, or if your hair is at the midway point where you can’t quite tie it back. Using a headband while you’re doing your men’s skincare routine is handy, or if you don’t want to get your hair wet while you grab a quick shower. And, of course, they’re ideal when you’re doing sports.
Before we get into our list of which headband for men will best suit you, a word of warning. As a rule, it’s not ideal to wear a headband all the time. They rub and add pressure to hair follicles which can cause breakage to the hair.
Wearing a headband for a couple of hours won’t do much harm but constant wearing can pull round the edges of your hairline and cause it to recede. You can read more about this in our guide on How to prevent hair loss in men. Wearing a headband can also lead to tension headaches when worn for long periods.
Types of Headband for Men
There are various types of headbands for men on the market. To make it easier to find the best one for your hair type and length, we’ve described the different types and handpicked our favourites.
Alice bands for men
Also known as Zigzag headbands, or tooth headbands, David Beckham and Zayn Malik are renowned for wearing these. Alice bands are great at pulling the hair back with effortless ease and once on, they look pretty discreet. They’re are usually made of plastic and are curved to the shape of your head. They’re a popular headband for sporty types with long hair.
The standard headband for men, also known as the elastic headband, is made of a single, thin piece of material wrapped around a long piece of elastic. They fit around your head, usually rather snugly, and can be worn at the front or centre of your head.
Bandana headbands for men
These headbands are more for everyday use; a comfortable, larger band made of material that keeps hair out of your face but also covers up greasy roots. They’re usually made of a single piece of fabric you put around your neck first and then pull up over your face and onto your hair.
Sweatbands are great for when you’re working out. They tend to sit on your forehead, rather than on top of your head, and work to stop sweat dripping into your eyes, as well as keeping your hair out of the way.
Best Headband for Men
1. AIM Clouded Metal Headband (6pcs)– £8.69
2. Tooth Comb Headband – £2
3. French Fitness Revolution Headband– £16.90
4. Unisun Bandana Headband – £10.59
5. Kuou Elastic Sports Headband (4pcs) – £4.29
1. Editor’s Pick: AIM Clouded Metal Headband
£8.69 | Buy now from Amazon
They are flexible enough to fit any head size and, because they’re made of soft metal, they should sit comfortably.
Adding further to the comfort, each of the headbands is lightweight and they have soft sleeves on their ends so that they don’t cut or irritate the skin behind your ears.
You can also experiment with the different styles, or keep the thicker ones for sports and the thinner, Zigzag-style headbands for nights out or when you want something a little more discreet.
2. Budget Buy: Tooth Comb Headband
£2 | Buy now from Claires
Wearing this headband on a night out, now we’re allowed back in bars, is perfect for keeping your look clean and fresh.
It’s a solid black headband that can be worn with most outfits and pulls the hair back neatly and with minimal snagging.
The ends of the headbands are smooth and rounded to prevent causing any digging behind the ears.
As a result, this super affordable headband for men and women is comfortable to wear for long periods without spending a fortune.
3. Luxury Buy: French Fitness Revolution Headband for Men
£16.90 | Buy now from Amazon
This is the perfect headband for men for keeping sweat at bay when working out without looking like a basic sweatband.
We like the feel of this headband, it is smooth and almost like satin and it doesn’t pull any of the hair during use.
All while keeping sweat from our face.
Having a double layer not only helps keep this headband snug on your head, without being too tight but the fabric is made by Coolmax.
This means it absorbs sweat and moisture while keeping you cool.
4. Unisun Bandana Headband for Men
£10.59 | Buy now from Amazon
Their fabric design makes them stylish for nights out or trips to the pub, but they can also be used as a sweatband.
This particular bandana has an elastic back so that it’s easier to put on.
Most bandanas have to be folded to the right size and tie around your head, which can be a faff and means they don’t always stay put.
Being breathable and soft also means that this men’s headband is kinder to your scalp and hair.
5. Kuou Elastic Sport Headbands
£4.29 | Buy now from Amazon
The material is an elastic stretch, which is relatively soft and less damaging to the hair, and because they’re bonded with a satin wrap, they won’t pull or snag on the hair when you remove the headband.
Many bands of this style have metal bonds with sharp edges that can easily pull out hair when removed.
Elsewhere, these bands have a non-slip design and are commonly used when playing tennis.
They’re also great for running and, because they come in a pack of four, you have the option of leaving them in your gym bag, car, bathroom, and coat pocket.
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