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Fitness Fashion Find: The Women’s World Cup skinny headband


Most hair-style trends come from the catwalk. The latest comes from the soccer field and the women's World Cup teams.
abby wambach hair womens soccer
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.

Alex Morgan pink headband
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, www.drugstore.com

Athleta Pilayo Sport Band comes in various colors and is adjustable, $8, www.athleta.gap.com

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