I have mentioned on more than one occasion that I have a great love for the scarves and hats produced by The Style Underground, so when Julie (its divine owner who I hope to someday meet in real life) offered to send me the Athena Moisture Wicking Headwrap to review, I couldn’t resist! You see, I wore her last wicking hat (the predecessor to the Yoshi braid hat) extensively, including for a half-marathon, but it was a bit bulky and this upgrade seemed more streamlined. Here is the product description:
High performance yet feminine, the navy moisture wicking fabric of this pre-tied will repel sweat away from your scalp to keep you feeling fresh. Perfect for the gym, outdoor sports and hiking, and hot weather.Two snap clips, one at the front and one in the back, make this completely slip-proof. Features a seamless edge and perfectly-tailored pleats, which can be positioned in the front or back. Keep your hair in place by wearing this with a stocking cap underneath.
When my package arrived, I was excited to see what the fabric felt like. It was in fact very airy and reminded me of the shirts given out at races – definitely a good sign. Julie had also included the stocking cap, however I have to say that I have bought them from her before and do not find that they fit my head well. I am sure its a great trick though, as I have had more than one person suggest this as a means of controlling my fly-aways.
Unfortunately my gym-time has been pretty non-existent for awhile, but when I finally got to go, I was excited to try out this headwrap. I paired it with my standard gym attire, a long sleeve light weight wicking jacket and wide leg yoga pants (I have safety concerns about wearing a skirt at the gym, so it is the one place I make an exception) and was ready to go. It took me a few tries to find the right placement so the clips didn’t pull at my very fine hair, but after just a few moments I felt like I was ready to go. So I hit the treadmill, free weights, and dance floor – and never once had the need to readjust my headcovering! I was amazed when I walked back into the locker room, took a moment to really look in the mirror, and saw that it looked like it was in just the same place as it was when I walked out an hour earlier. To top it off, my head wasn’t sweaty and I hadn’t felt overheated even once. All very important in a gym-friendly headcovering!
After such a great first run with it, I felt that I should take it to the next step and wear it for a day out and about. While it is definitely not the temperature outside these days to make one want a light weight head-covering, I know those days all too well and its always good to know what you can count on to make it a bit easier. So one day when I was going to be out and about for awhile, I built my outfit around it (not the first time I’ve done such a thing) and off I went again. Again, I had to play with the clips to get them right without pulling. However, this time I did find myself needing to adjust it periodically – the clips and my ponytail weren’t seeming to align well, though keeping the gathers opposite of my natural part seemed to help.
I’ve worn it a few times since to try to figure out the clip thing, and I think its just a learning curve. Each time it seems to get a bit better as I figure out what works with my head and hair. This is not unusual for me and headcoverings though, so its definitely not a deal breaker and it has definitely gotten better with practice. Even when they pull a bit, they do not give me headaches like some others have which is a big relief. There is also no elastic in the wrap which helps in the no-headache department.
Overall, I am very excited about this headwrap. The fabric is great for a hot day and it is casual enough for the gym, but the pleats also make it nice enough for running around town. In some of the other materials, you could easily dress it up for a night on the town or a business meeting. The clips help it to really stay in place well and it is quick to slip on. In fact, I got word that Julie is looking to launch a pre-tied version of the Royal Turban soon, in “lightweight fabrics fit for springtime and in solid colored charmeuse for eveningwear” and I can’t wait.
I have to conclude by saying that I first connected to the site when Jessica discovered the scarf tying videos. Since then my ability to look good in any situation has greatly increased due to the combination of classy and high-quality scarves and unique ways of tying them. I have also found both Julie and my fellow-fans to be full of great advice in moments of difficulty or when looking for a creative solution on how to feel pretty and rejuvenated when a cut or color isn’t going to have the same effect it once did.
And in case you’ve somehow missed learning about this great resource until now, I’ll share the description as well.
The Style Underground is a handmade accessories line that offers luxury headscarves and scarf-tying video tutorials. Our goal is to design fashion-forward headscarves that are slip resistant and easy to tie, then teach you how to rock them.The scarves, hats, and pre-tieds are carefully constructed by hand in our studio and in a local Connecticut couture dressmaking atelier. They’re made with fine fabrics, close attention to detail, and professional equipment.Our devoted fans and customers are enthusiastic about covering their hair with style. If you need some advice about wrapping a headscarf, or just need some encouragement, post on our Facebook fan page and you’ll get plenty of responses!