Can Punkeelove Succeed Where All Others Have Failed?

There is something wrong with my head. And I don’t mean in THAT way. I mean that my head shape seems to cause headbands to slide off with alarming speed. (Maybe this is a good thing. Maybe my slip’n’slide hair is the reason I’ve never had lice.) All I know is that one minute the headband is there, the next I feel a flapping and find it hanging off my ponytail or lying in the gutter. I have tried all types, including the grippy ones that promise to stay put no matter what and the stretchy ones that grab your head and squeeze it like a vise.

Here are the headbands that have failed. And when I say failed, I mean they fell off during running or yoga. Most headbands will stay on while out shopping or whatever, although I’ve had a couple that haven’t even passed that test.

The Failures

A couple of weeks ago I came across Punkeelove Headbands. Their slogan is “We Cover Your Head.” They also make golf club covers, which seems like an odd combo to me but I’m sure makes perfect sense to others…

So I contacted Stacy at Punkeelove and told her that every headband I’ve tried has been a complete failure but I’d be willing to give Punkeelove a chance. If I were Stacy I would have run a mile but she obviously a) has enough confidence in her product or b) is completely nutso because she said she’d send me one to test out! The nerve! I planned to put Punkeelove through the wringer.

In a short time my Punkeelove headband arrived in a shiny purple envelope. They have a huge range of pattern choices. I went with this:

Look, it's adjustable!

I’m showing the back of it because the picture I took of the front was crap AND because you can see the adjustable elastic piece which allows you to fit it exactly to your noggin. You don’t have to make it super tight, because that’s not actually what’s holding it in place. That, I discovered, is the job of the velvet underside, which prevents it from slippage. The first time I put the headband on I tried to slide it back to adjust it, as I have done with all the previous failures, and it wouldn’t budge. No kidding. This sucker was holding on. So I decided it was time for a test drive.

Test #1
First up was the walking around test. Headbands have been known to fail this test, in which case they don’t even move on to #2. Punkeelove passed.

Test #2
The second test was the running test. Numerous headbands have been deemed failures when they’ve flown off my head mid-stride. Note that I do not shake my head around like Paula Radcliffe while running. For some reason the headbands I’ve tried just slide further and further back until they fall off completely. Punkeelove stayed put and passed test #2.

Test #3
This is the ultimate test: yoga. Every headband I’ve owned has fallen off during yoga. They’ll survive a few down dogs and chaturangas, maybe even triangle, but when I move into inversions and headstands, they’re outta here. Here are some pics of me doing yoga wearing Punkeelove in case you don’t believe me. Caveat: these were taken by my 7 year old…




Headstand...PASS! (Nice butt shot...)

Wide-legged forward bend...PASS


Hee hee...




















I am, for once, speechless. Punkeelove passed all three tests without issue. This headband stays put. If you would like your own Punkeelove headband to test out and abuse like me, you can enter my giveaway to win your very own!

Here are the rules:

1. You MUST comment on this post, but you need only comment one time. When you comment, tell me which of the following you did, each of which will give you an additional entry into the contest:

2. “Like” Punkeelove on Facebook

3. “Like” Racingtales on Facebook

4. Post this giveaway on your Facebook page

5. Tweet this giveaway on Twitter – I just entered the @racingtales Punkeelove giveaway

The contest will run through Friday, September 9th.

Please note that the opinions in this review are my own and I was not paid to write this review. Punkeelove sent me the headband to review and are providing the giveaway winner’s headband.


  1. I want to try one! I have the same issue with headbands which is why I only wear visors. I did #1 and #2 on your list. Thanks for the recommendation 🙂

  2. Lisa McClellan says:

    These look fabulous…some of the tight ones can trigger a migraine for me…I am hopeful that these will not… would love to win one and test it out myself…. I have done all five.

  3. I have not found a head band that stays on either! I’d love to try this one out.
    – I have liked Racingtales
    – I’m on the way to like Punkeelove
    – I’ve shared the post on my facebook page!

  4. Sandra Maddocks says:

    These are awesome! I’ve tried different headbands before and like you have had trouble keeping them in place. When you are trying to focus on your workout or your run, the last thing you want to do is mess with your headband…I would love to try a “Punkeelove”! Thanks for the recommendation. I completed 1-4 on your list.

  5. I would love to try this headband. Great article Alison! I ‘liked’ Punkeelove and Racingtales on FB and will attempt to post the contest.

  6. I just decided a couple days ago to chop most of my hair off, and now have to figure out how to keep what is left out of my face. I would love to try one of these out. I liked Punkeelove and Racingtales on FB and I am posting the contest.

  7. These headbands look worth trying. I did #1 and #3. Thanks!

  8. This is such a great looking headband!! Love how you put it through the yoga test!!
    I *like* racingtales on FB
    I *like* Punkeelove on FM
    I tweeted that I entered the giveaway on twitter
    I posted on my FB profile about the giveaway.
    Finger’s crossed!!! 🙂

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