Since becoming an exercise instructor, I've learned a lot about fitness attire. I don't spend much on clothes in general as I could care less about fashion, so I'm willing to spend more on exercise stuff. I've tried super expensive brands from boutique stores and low end brands from Target and even Walmart. In the Boston area, Lululemon is no longer the only store of choice for fitness enthusiasts (though I will always love you Lulu!). My requirement is simple: the clothes should be so comfortable as I'm moving that I completely forget about them. I shouldn't be tugging up the waist or picking at a wedgie...and of course I'm sorta vain that I don't want a muffin top showing above the hips, or underarm flab with a too-tight bra. Doesn't seem too demanding, but it's taken me years to find clothing that fits the bill!
I'm even finicky about headbands. I have to wear them because I sweat like a faucet. Once the drips start, they don't stop. The problem is that I have a large head and flat forehead, as you can see in the profile shot below. So most headbands are too tight, and at the same time slide down my face. Ugh it just happened this week mid-class: I wore a Lulu headband with the sticky grips underneath, but once it got soaked it slid off despite the grips. So I was super interested in these non-slip headband scarfs by Klara Kelly, a Boston-based company that launched in February 2014. The website says the headbands "legitimately won’t move” and I appreciate that they're an adjustable one-size-fits-all. We had connected on Twitter and I purchased a few to test out.
The first thing I noticed is that the material was high quality, very soft with a bit of weight. When I tied it on, it felt really comfortable and, true to its promise, didn't move! The width was generous to help soak up a lot of sweat. The headbands are $22 each and come in a wide range of solid colors and prints. Lululemon's wider width headbands range from $18-22 but are not adjustable. These headbands looked great and stayed put even after intense sweating, yay!!
Overall I love these headbands despite the higher cost. A tip on caring for headbands is to do a quick prewash immediately after your workout: rinse with water and a little soap, to ring out the excess sweat. Then hang dry and wash with your fitness clothes later on. When I used to toss them directly into the laundry basket but not wash them for a day or two, residual odors would collect.
Right now Klara Kelly sells online on their website and at fitness studios and boutiques across the country. Check out their other fitness gear like leggings and ponchos! If you're a fitness instructor, they offer discounts through their ambassador program.