4 Alternate Uses for A #TrailHeads Headband (Giveaway!)

As you may or may not know, I’m a lover of headbands. Since I was blessed cursed with horribly thick and unruly hair, I chop it as short as I dare. However, it grows out in less then two weeks after a cut, and I need to somehow tame it – enter headbands.


I have yet to meet one I don’t like and I certainly don’t have the problem of them ‘slipping’ off, as some women do. If anything there’s a danger of them being lost in my mass of curls and craziness!

I especially love going out for a run with just a nice, thick headband to protect my ears, but that allows my head to breathe. After all, with all my hair, things can get hot up there!  The TrailHeads headband I’m wearing in the top left picture is one of my favorites. And then I got a glimpse of the latest one, and all the awesome patterns:

TrailHeadsHBPatternsSo many to chose from, and all with the TrailHeads signature ponytail hole in the back! I chose this one:


I have to say that I have found a multitude of uses for it:

1. Muzzle – With all of these delayed openings and cancellations of school due to the awesome weather lately, I’ve been spending an abundance of time with my beautiful children. I thought I was going to lose my mind with the fighting the other day, when I grabbed my trusty TrailHeads headband out of my gym bag and found another amazing use for it:

Quiet please!

Quiet please!

2. Toilet Paper – Yes, runners are disgusting. If you know one of us ahem, intimately, you will know that we will heed nature’s call when out on a run. Sometimes this leads to poison ivy, but most of the time you just wish you had something to wipe with. Just don’t put it back on your head.

There's no grass here in the winter my friends...

There’s no grass here in the winter my friends…

3. Eye Mask – Raise your hand if you can relate: I want lights out at bedtime and my husband wants to watch TV. As anyone who has had this argument knows, it’s not the noise of the television, it’s the LIGHT! TrailHeads headband to the rescue. Thank you for saving my marriage headband. I love you.

Nighty night!

Nighty night!

4. Weapon – That’s right. If I had to, I’m pretty sure I could fling it at an attacker to distract them just long enough for me to get away, mostly because they would be thinking “Is she serious?”

It could also be used to stop the jaws of a unleashed, angry dog, as it tries to bite down on my forearm during my long run!  I hope I never find out if this will actually work.

It worked for Wonder Woman right?

It worked for Wonder Woman right?

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  1. LOL! I love it! You have covered about all that I can think of. I wonder if the muzzle would work on the husband??? I may have to give it a try!
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    1. I haven’t tried that yet but I bet it would!!! hahahaha!!

  2. HOW SMART is the eyemask idea!!!!
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    1. Perfect for someone who travels as much as you do too! 🙂

  3. The muzzle idea is very, very good. I need two please!
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    1. I know, right? Luckily I have a TON and I’ve gotten very good at applying them 🙂

  4. Those are so cute. I had actually never heard of trail heads until now. I would use it for obvious reasons such as staying warm and keeping unless hair out of my face. 😉
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    1. I think Oiselle needs to start making some!

  5. I loved this and could certainly use a new eye mask, I mean headband ;). Got to enter and thanks, Allie!!
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    1. Hahaha – right? Good luck!

  6. I LOVE their hat with the ponytail hole, but I haven’t tried the headbands, they are soooo cuuuuttteeee!!!!! Love your alternate uses, especially as a weapon….hahaha you are awesome allie!
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    1. We can never be too careful out there, right Tina? And I wish I could their ponytail thingy. *sigh*

  7. Omg so hysterical!! I need to muzzles myself and we haven’t had any cancellations!! 🙂 I love these head bands so pretty and the design is really great especially the black and white one you are wearing in the picture.
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    1. OMG I totally need to do that too!!! Hahahaha! Thanks Nellie.

    • Carla on January 14, 2015 at 7:26 AM
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    Okay, I agree with not putting it back on my head, but where would I put it? Hmmmmm…

    I think I’ll stick with just using it as a headband.

    1. Pocket? Front of your pants? On someones lawn until you can circle back with plastic gloves?? Anywhere is probably too gross for words 🙂

  8. Have you ever had your hair long? I would love to see what it looked like!! And OMG, I need a headband to just to use it for a muzzle. I’m so over all of these school closings and delays….we’ve got another one today!
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    1. Ugh, my heart goes out to you. My kids finally had school yesterday and then again today – what a concept!
      Yes, I’ve had my hair long a few times. I’ll have to post some pictures. I grew it out when I was pregnant with the boys and when they see those pictures they always say “that’s not the real mommy!” So funny.

    • Char on January 14, 2015 at 7:35 AM
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    When I ran the Spooktacular 5k with my kids I needed a costume we could run in. I grabbed three of my black headbands (black is my favorite color so I always have those on hand) and drew goggled eyes which I stuck onto the headbands with double sided tape. We wore those over the hoods of yellow sweatshirts and voila we were Minions. Good last minute costume lol

    1. You are just so awesome like that Char!! I would NEVER have come up with that one!

  9. You are hilarious! But the eye mask thing is genius. I have to say I love my TrailHeads headbands and hats…I wear them for anything outside this time of year (running, snowshoeing, walking the dogs), and my daughter has worn them for soccer games in the cold.
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    1. I wear mine all the time as well, and I don’t have to share… 🙂

      1. She has her own! No one touches my beloved TrailHeads hat or convertible gloves or there will be hell to pay…
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    • Kim on January 14, 2015 at 10:15 AM
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    HaHa – love your creative uses!!
    I can’t pull off the headband like you even though we both have short hair – I just end up looking like a total dork:) You always look cute with your hair pulled back!
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    1. I bet you could pull it off Kim – you’re a rockstar like that! 🙂

    • Cora Kirkpatrick on January 14, 2015 at 12:52 PM
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    Love all your uses! I would use it to keep my ears warm. My head gets way too hot to run with any sort of hat. A headband might be just what I need to keep my ears warm here in Oregon!

    1. Oh it absolutely is!! Thanks Cora.

  10. I love these headbands, and love the idea of using it as a face mask this winter!
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    1. Seriously. I ran outside today and it was 10. I mean, really? My eyelashes were frozen within minutes.

  11. Super cute!! I’d use them as ear warmers to survive winter!
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    1. “Survive” is the perfect term for running through this winter!! The headband definitely helps. Now, if we could just run in a temperature controlled bubble…

  12. I don’t need a headband from my hair since it’s so short… but this has give me some good uses for what I have left over from the hair days! You crack me up!
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    1. Glad I could help 🙂

  13. Haha! I would never have thought there were so many great uses for a headband! I definitely have the slip problem with my hair. It’s so fine and thin that headbands constantly fall off!!

    1. Oh how I wish I even slightly had that problem!

    • Paige c on January 14, 2015 at 4:08 PM
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    Never thought of these other uses! I use headbands running outside!

  14. Seriously, only you could do posts like these?!

    I still love your compression socks as fashion accessories one too!

    You crack me up!
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    1. I have to get creative with this stuff somehow. Glad I can give you a laugh…that’s the whole point 🙂 And sadly, no one can see my compression fashion in the winter here. Maybe I should start wearing them over my jeans?

  15. ha! Toilet paper!
    I guess I prefer weapon or eye mask for that one. definitely eye mask. For a plane.
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    1. I wish I could sleep on a plane!

    • Kristen M on January 14, 2015 at 10:24 PM
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    I’d use this for my head (duh), and to wipe away sweat from my face.

  16. I would use my headband as a make shift tourniquet! I am a nurse practitioner and have provided first aid on the trail to many a fallen runner. One time I used my 6 month old’s bib as a bandage for a cut my 4 year old picked open during a run while she was wearing white…….

    1. That is a fantastic answer!!! How great would it be to run with you? This is awesome and if I could pick a winner…you would be it!

    • Marlene on January 15, 2015 at 2:37 PM
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    I have the opposite problem, baby fine hair! Always looking for a headband that won’t slip off! Maybe this one will do the trick!

    1. It may just be wide enough to do the trick!! Good luck.

  17. I will use my headband as a headband, but I will pull it over my ears when I hear my children complaining. Or my husband. Or my dog. Anyone, really.
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    1. YES! Love this and will be using it today. Thank you Dana!

  18. While I love your multitude of uses I think I’d be boring and just wear it on my head while skiing this winter! 🙂
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    1. Hahaha! Yes, that is perfect and I will be taking mine to the slopes as well. Have fun!

    • Hannah on January 16, 2015 at 8:27 AM
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    I have crazy, unruly hair. These would be perfect!

    1. Oh absolutely!

  19. You. Crack. ME. Up. The muzzle idea intrigues me… Lol but seriously I only have one ugly walmart headband with no ponytail hole. Which I could totally use. I’m a boring runner and would use mine, well, as a headband! 😉 have a super weekend!
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    1. Not boring at all just very practical 🙂

  20. I will use mine of course for BODYPUMP and BODYCOMBAT.
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    1. Of course you will!!! And like a BOSS!

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