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Fitness Fashion Find: the Women’s World Cup Skinny Headband

Melisse Gelula

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Abby Wambach wears her skinny headband low

Move over Bumble and Bumble: The women’s World Cup soccer teams have kicked off the summer’s biggest hair trend: the skinny headband.

You’ll notice the slim, snug-fitting headbands worn across foreheads of forward Abby Wambach, goal-tender Amy Le Peilbet, midfielder Carli Lloyd, striker Alex Morgan, and many of the other members of the women’s U.S. soccer team. (Could good hair be a factor in Morgan’s many Facebook marriage proposals?)

The headbands worn by the soccer players are a tad more fashion forward than the wider sweatbands popularized on the ‘70s tennis court. And less absorbent.

But preventing unruly locks from the charge of a fashion offside isn’t the soccer headband’s only purpose.

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Alex Morgan's signature pink headband (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

We’re speculating the slim hair-cinchers may offer a bit of protection from heading an on-coming soccer ball—versus the serious sting of a ball driving into your head via a sharp bobby pin or barrette. Ouch!!

Even if head-butting a ball isn’t in your summer plans, you can rock the slim headband at boot camp or at barre class for just a couple dollars. —Melisse Gelula

Goody ColourCollection Slip Proof Headbands are metallic and cute, $4,

Athleta Pilayo Sport Band comes in various colors and is adjustable, $8,

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