Have you ever had a bad hair day? Have you ever had a bad hair day playing tennis? I happen to have a lot of hair on my head and playing tennis with it isn’t always easy. It gets in my face and eyes, sticks to the back of my neck when I sweat and never seems to stay put. I also play in both outdoors and indoors so sun/wind or having a roof above my head are all additional factors I have to deal with. I have tried pretty much every trick in the book to solve my hair dilemma, and luckily I have options.
A hat is the most basic head gear I can think of. Tennis Warehouse has a large selection of hats in a variety of colors and styles (check them out here). Hats are perfect for people who want full coverage from the sun and to keep the sun out of their eyes (unless you wear it backward as a fashion statement). I personally like it for two reasons: It keeps all my hair out of my face and hides my hair if it’s a little dirty. You can choose from your traditional cotton (60% cotton, 40% polyester) hat, like the Lacoste Trucker Hat that is more on the casual side, or you can choose a performance hat that is lighter and made from polyester, like the Nike Featherlight Hat. A bonus is that there is specific fit for women.
A perfect alternative to the hat, the visor not as bulky as a hat and personally I like the fit better. Another plus is that I am able to put the height of my ponytail at any position (whereas the hat has limited positioning). It has many of the same perks as the hat, including keeping the sun out of your eyes and hair out of your face. Most visors are made of polyester. We have a wide selection of colors and styles at TW that are gender specific (check them out here). The visor (especially the adidas Women’s adizero Visor Super Cyan) is my go-to head gear for match play.
Some call the headband retro, some call it a staple. Nevertheless, our TW playtesters are known to break it out on some hot days (Spencer is the biggest fan!). The variety of colors and widths can please any tennis player. found the headband the most helpful when playing indoors and trying to keep the sweat out my face without wearing my hat. Check out TW’s selection here!
Players like Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer on the men’s side and Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams on the women’s side have made this a popular option in the past year. It is similar to the headband except it is adjustable and thinner. My top choice comes from Nike in the Fall Tennis Swoosh Bandana in volt for men and the Nike Dri-Fit Head Tie in blue glow/volt for women.
The lightest, most basic tool to keep the hair out of your eyes, the hairband is thin and keeps your hair in place. Two of my favorites here at TW are the Nike Sport Hairband 6-Pack and the Under Armour Sport Hairband 6-Pack. Each 6-Pack comes in a variety of colors to match any outfit. I am a big fan of these both on and off the court.
Whether it is for function or style, head gear always makes an appearance on the court. What is your head gear of choice while playing?