Ponya Bands: Hair & Sweat Bands Review & Discount Code!
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One of the main reasons we started this blog is because we like to try things out — new socks, new sports bras, new tights . . . Ok, new everything. And we also like to tell everyone about the things we like. That means we were super excited when Ponya Bands asked us to test and review their hair bands!
Being girls, we have always had to find ways to exercise and keep our hair out of our faces.
MB used bobby pins. Annette was a fan of hair clips. Sandy tried hats. Deborah tried other bands. We’d all tried those rubber-backed bands from the grocery store — which just sllliiiiiiddddeee right off the back of your head. At least we had not resorted to 1980s sweat bands, yet . . .
Fortunately, along with everything else that is developing for women in running, companies have also figured out various solutions to this problem. I recall seeing my first Sweaty Band at the local running store and being dubious that it would stay put. We also used Bic Bands for our recent Bourbon Chase sparkly accessory. Both Sweaty Bands and Bics are based on a similar concept, various widths of fabric, backed by velvet, that are linked by a narrow piece of stretchy elastic to hold it in place. Bics are nice because they come in lengths, which MB thinks make them more comfortable.
While those bands worked for our gals with long hair and pony tails, Annette and Sandy, with their perky short hairstyles, were left out in the cold! Enter the Ponya Band, which Annette discovered at the Bourbon Derby half marathon. Annette got one, shared with Sandy, and they were instant fans.
As a bonus, these are all made in the good old U.S. of A.!
Ponya provided us with 5 bands. Two of their non-slip, velvet backed headbands (a 1″ and a 2″), two of the bamboo sweat bands in the 3″ width, and one super wide 4″ bamboo sweat band (Annette’s response on seeing that one was an unqualified “Ooooooo” of approval!). We decided to test the two sizes of the velvet bands and the 3″ bamboo band.
And as you can see from the below, test them WE DID. Long runs, bike rides, yoga, spinning — you name it, we tried it, and put these bands through their paces! (The other two, you ask? Those are for YOU! More news on that below!) And while Ponya provided the bands, all of the thoughts and comments below are our own. Our test results:
- If you have long, heavy hair that you put in a pony tail, the 1″ non-slip band is the band for you.
- For gals with pony tails, but finer hair, go for the 2″ non-slip band.
- If you have sassy, short hair that you can’t pull back or need more sweat absorption (like for spinning), go for the 3″ sweatband or 4″ sweat band!
There is truly a band for everybody, even men!
Ponya Band Non-slip Headbands (Narrow 1″)
I really enjoyed getting to test the 3 sizes of ponyabands! All 3 were soft and colorful.
The 2″ headband was good, but my favorite was the thin pink 1″ headband. These bands stay in place! I put them on, ran, biked, and did yoga and never had to readjust. My hair was out of my face. And most importantly, I didn’t get a headache and they were all so cute!
I liked this band so much that if I lose out on keeping the test band, I am going to get one for myself and maybe a plain black one that I can wear to work!
A note on the velvet bands — They stay put, but if for some reason it gets moved (like when I took off an extra layer to switch from running to biking) and the band is wet, it’s a bit hard to get it back in place smoothly. This is because of one of the benefits of the band, it is all one piece, with no elastic, which means it feels really good, but if you are doing something like a triathlon training brick, it will require some redoing!
(Because I had the opportunity, I tried the 3″ bamboo band, but knew ahead of time a wide band would not work for my hair/headshape (I have a 3/4″ Sweaty Band that is OK, but I prefer the narrowest Bic and Sweaty Bands as well). That was true here. They seem to work GREAT for our ladies with short hair (no ponytails)!)
For a workout like that, I loved the pop of color, it made me happy! And made me look good even 1 hour post workout.
Another thumbs up!
Ponya Band Non-slip Headbands (Narrow 2″)
The 2″ non-slip Ponya Band completely passes the sweaty treadmill run test.
It stays put – it doesn’t give me a headache – it’s cute and soft! I like it!!!
I really like the fit and it feels more comfortable than my other ones!
In fact, Lisa liked the band so much, she contacted Ponya Band, and they are going to make her a custom band that says “I love running I hate running”! How cool is that?!
Ponya Band Bamboo-Lined Sweatbands (3″)
That all changed in June of last year when I stumbled across Ponya Bands at a half marathon. I really wasn’t looking to buy a band, but the colors and patterns were so cute that I just had to try one. And I reasoned that I should try one with bamboo to see if I could somehow make it through a run without having to constantly wipe sweat from my face. I should say here that I have since purchased two more bands, because these things are flippin’ awesome!!! I wear them all the time.
The wide band ensures that my bangs are not in my face, and the small knot in the back allows for much needed airflow on the back of my neck. And then there’s the absorbent bamboo. Who knew bamboo was wicking? Not me. I always think of the reed for my clarinet back in high school when I hear bamboo, but I digress. This bamboo keeps my face dry. The other day I was running with a guy from work and he kept having to wipe sweat from his brow. Not me. Not even once. Now, please understand that I am a sweat-er. If I am at a crazy level of sweating to where the band is completely saturated, I will have some sweat on my face, but that is doesn’t happen often. Also, if I know that I’m going to have a ridiculously sweaty workout, I’ll bring two bands just in case I need them.
I am so thankful that Annette discovered Ponya Bands. I love . . . love . . . love the bamboo lined sweatbands. These bands stay in place while exercising, keep my thick hair out of my face, and keep the sweat out of my eyes. I also love the awesome colors – my first purchase was the PsychadelicWave and SonicWave bands. I’ve been wearing these bands approximately six months. The bands are still keeping my hair in place and sweat out of my eyes. The awesome colors are still awesome after being machine washed and air dried.
And now the best part, Discount Codes and Giveaways!
There you go folks! We think these bands are definitely one to try and worth having in your gear repository! To make it easy on you, we have two, yes TWO, bits of good news.
First, DISCOUNT CODE!! Yep, Ponya gave us an exclusive discount code to share with you. You can get 20%, TWENTY PERCENT, off your total order if you use the Code <Sorry! Expired! Check back later for other codes!> at checkout. This code will last a week from this post, so get ordering folks! Also, Ponya has great shipping terms: for orders over $35, shipping is FREE. Yes, you read that correctly, FREE! And for orders under $35, it only costs $2.98 for shipping.
So, get your friends together, order as a group, get the discount, and get free shipping! It doesn’t get better than that!
Next, follow us on Facebook or Twitter because we will be doing at least one, and maybe two, GIVEAWAYS where you can win your own FREE Ponya Band. Yep, that’s what we are doing with our extra two bands (the new ones, not the ones we tested, we promise!), we are going to give them to you to thank you for reading and to give Ponya Bands some love! Keep on the lookout around Run the Bluegrass and the Derby Festival Marathon/Mini for our GIVEAWAY!
Have you tried Ponya Bands?
What do you think?
How do you manage your short or long hair during runs or other workouts?