Get access to everything we publish when you sign up for Outside+.
A few things are on our list of running-related pet peeves…
#1– Awkwardly jogging around in a circle as we wait for the streetlight to change.
#2– Our phone dying mid-run in the middle of our favorite jam.
#3– Sweaty hair that sticks to our cheeks as we’re hitting our stride.
We can’t help crosswalk protocol and we’re still waiting for Apple to upgrade that battery life—but luckily, we’ve found a few excellent accessories to keep those strands in check. Here are our top-performing favorites for every cut.
Problem: Your cropped ’do makes styling a breeze—but it’s too short to throw back into a pony or braid.
Goody Colour Collection Contour Clips
Go retro with the same clips you wore during recess. They work like a charm—and are just as affordable as when you were a kid.
Headsweats Race Hat
Short hair can expose more of your scalp to the elements than other styles. Protect yourself from the sun and wind with a cap made of light, breathable material. We love that this one’s washable!
Problem: Your (normally) cute fringe clumps into a sweaty mess.
Lululemon Bang Buster Headband
A super-wide band with strong elastic holds back every single strand of hair for hours. The reversible style makes it work with different outfits too.
Headsweats Super Duty Headband
If you’re not into the bandana style, or want a little sweat protection, this terry band will do the trick.
Problem: You can almost make a ponytail work—if it weren’t for those random pieces that refuse to stay in the elastic.
Scunci No-Slip Grip Headwraps
$5 (for 4), drugstore.com
The secret to keeping layers out of your eyes? A grippy strip that sticks to hair all around your noggin. The thin size and natural colors allow you to accessorize discreetly if you prefer to opt out of the “I’m wearing a headband, guys!” look.
Sephora Collection Ribbon Hair Ties
If you wear a ponytail often, you’ll likely start to notice a crease across your hair, which is especially awkward-looking for layered styles. These ties are gentle enough not to tug or leave a mark.
Problem: While it’s easy to pony up, the sheer mass can make your hair tough to rein in.
Scunci No-Slip Grip Ponytail
$4 (for 10), soap.com
Have super thick strands that tear through hair ties? These holders are so strong, you’ll never need to double up.
Sweaty Bands Full Moon
At first sight, these bands look too delicate for heavy lifting, but the velvet grips your hair and guarantees it’ll stay put during a run.