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killertofu's avatar

What is your opinion on men with hairbands?

Asked by killertofu (115 points ) September 23rd, 2009

There seems to be many varying opinions on men with hairbands.

For ladies, what are your thoughts on this? Guys, any of you do this?

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Likeradar's avatar

I’m a lady, and I say “meh.”
Some guys can pull off styling their hair with an elastic. Most can’t. The ones who can look cute, and the ones who can’t just look like dumbasses. I have no idea how to describe it any further than that.

Judi's avatar

Like a scrunchie or just a pony tail? What kind of hair band are you talking about?

drdoombot's avatar

6–7 months ago, when I had shoulder-length hair, I used hairbands to make a ponytail ALL THE TIME. I don’t see what the problem is. How else are you supposed to go to interviews, weddings, etc.?

casheroo's avatar

I wish my husband let me use them on our son. He could totally pull it off…everyone already thinks he’s a girl, so it can’t hurt.

Headbands are pretty great at keeping hair out of your face, so if a guy wants to use one, I see no problem with it.

Likeradar's avatar

Are we talking headbands like @casheroo mentioned, or elastics? Or god forbid, scrunchies?

If it’s headbands… no. Not on a dude. Bandanna headbands can work but actual plastic (or whatever) headbands should never be on a dudes head. And that’s science.

augustlan's avatar

I don’t mind ponytails on guys, even the high ponies some guys are wearing these days. If we’re talking about headbands, I’m with @Likeradar… NO.

EmpressPixie's avatar

My fiance wears one whenever his hair gets long enough that it falls in his eyes. This is his solution until he get his hair cut. Honestly? Unless I torture him by making him wear one of my neon colored hairbands, you can’t tell. Usually he goes with black or navy and there is no way anyone can tell he’s wearing one.

ETA: Which is to say, I think men can either pull it off gracefully or look totally ridiculous. It depends on the man and the hairband.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

How about those hard plastic ones like you see on small kids? You know, in a nice shade of pink with little stars or unicorns on it? No?? Hmm, I better take this one off then. =)

oratio's avatar

That kind of depends on the guy doesn’t it. Also, it depends on who you ask, and how much they are stuck in traditional stereotypes. Things that would go into “Guys are not supposed to have long hair and women are meant to wear skirts”.

Some guys should get a haircut, and some would look good with a hairband.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

You know what they say about ponytails? lift one up and you’ll find an asshole!

eponymoushipster's avatar

@Likeradar you’re no lady…;)~

headbands are not man wear.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

@eponymoushipster so says the guy who carries a man purse!~

eponymoushipster's avatar

@evelyns_pet_zebra it’s a european carryall!~

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

it’s a purse. ;-)

justus2's avatar

I see no issue with it

Jeruba's avatar

Men and women alike, I say it’s their hair and they can do what they want with it. This includes my own kids, without prejudice. Length, style, fasteners, color, whatever: let ‘em have it. Hair is just hair, or specialized monkey fur, if you want to look at it that way.

rooeytoo's avatar

I see soccer players wearing a sort of a band in their hair and there is an aussie cricketer with long blond hair and he wears one and let me tell you he is HOT!!!

I just wonder, when it is socially acceptable actually expected for men to have short, easy to care for hair, why they would opt for long hair that needs so much more attention to be respectable??? But if they like it, who cares, I don’t!

PandoraBoxx's avatar

Apparently this is a new fashion trend. Also this.

rebbel's avatar

What is your opinion on men with hairbands?
Thought i was going to find lists containing Bon Jovi, Van Halen and the likes.

laureth's avatar

If it’s just a ponytail, fine. Husband has one, it’s one of the reasons I picked him as someone out of the crowd that I wanted to make sure stayed with me for the duration. ;)

What other kinds of “headbands” do men wear? Perhaps I am too sheltered.

rooeytoo's avatar

Here is a pic of the aussie cricketer, I think he looks pretty good although this photo does not do justice to his pretty face.

http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2009/01/15/nathan_bracken_narrowweb__300x452,0.jpg

rabbitheart's avatar

Depends on the type of hairband. Hippie-type headbands were a bit of a male trend back in Spring, and I wore one. I still think it looks cute on boys. Not a huge fan of the other types of hairbands.

mattbrowne's avatar

Oh, a CEO of a silicon valley startup.

Axemusica's avatar

Um, is just me that saw he put “hairbands” & thought of Mr. Big and White Snake? Lol, um Hair Bands are dead, as for men using bands for hair, I used to, but I don’t have long hair anymore & head bands are for hippies & Vietnam vets.

sakura's avatar

pony tails fine, long hair can loko attractive

head bands no thanks

pig tails….mmmm no comment!

OreetCocker's avatar

Take it that you’re using the word ‘men’ in it’s loosest form:-) Men in hairbands, how funny!!

dpworkin's avatar

I think it should be a capital offense, and I think that local police should organize headband squads. Perhaps they could use the members of the current homicide or rape squads.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

I think that they are deserving of respect just like the rest of us.

CMaz's avatar

Motley Crue rocks!

killertofu's avatar

Not ponytails.

Like this or this

Axemusica's avatar

Wait a tick… Are hairbands those things that go over the top of your head from ear to ear? If so, no I didn’t wear those and I somewhat agree with @pdworkin that men shouldn’t be seen in one. I thought it was one of those thing to ties to “bind” it back in a tail, so to speak. Lol, I don’t even like women it those things. Those are for little girls who fantisize about having their very own pony.

Judi's avatar

OK, that is a little nausiating. Yuck. I had not noticed this trend. Blugh,,,,,blugh… Gag,,,,

Axemusica's avatar

@killertofu um yea, that’s a big no. I don’t care if he is a soccer player, that’s just… It’s just not right.

casheroo's avatar

I don’t see why people are getting so worked up about this. It doesn’t make them less of a man to wear a band on their head.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

yeah I’m with @pdworkin – this is clearly a crime because they’re clearly out of line for imagining they can do such womanly things on their own bodies…I don’t know what to tell you, in all seriousness..I don’t think anything of it…other than if you think it’s not appropriate, then don’t wear it yourself…

Axemusica's avatar

@casheroo not getting worked up. Just give’n my two cents. Personally I don’t really care, but I would avoid a guy if he was wearing one, lol.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Axemusica shrug…that’s quite a judgment, no?

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

sheesh, I was just kidding, and then you guys post pictures of guys wearing those things. Glad I live in a part of the world where metrosexual behaviours are considered uncommon.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@evelyns_pet_zebra yeah, thank god…what part of the world is that?

Axemusica's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir yea, it is but everyone is constantly being judged, if they like it or not. I also avoid people that talk like “valley girls” & people that resemble people I don’t like. True I don’t know them, but it’s a mnemonic thing & until I do know them, that’s just the way it’ll be.

Noel_S_Leitmotiv's avatar

My opinion is that they’re smart enough to use the correct product to hold thier ponytail (me included).

Facade's avatar

It mainly works on very thin, androgynous-looking guys…the hipster type.
And I don’t care if they wear headbands.

dpworkin's avatar

Has someone an irony deficiency?

killertofu's avatar

@pdworkin i think you are taking this question too seriously. @casheroo i agree, i dont understand the big deal. scrunchies seem more feminine, hairbands just something to get hair outta someones face.

dpworkin's avatar

Do you know what an Irony Deficiency is? I don’t take this subject seriously at all. I was making fun of it even having become an issue.

ShanEnri's avatar

I think it can be sexy, or just neat (as opposed to sloppy).

Likeradar's avatar

I’m confused about what iron deficiencies have to do with this…

eponymoushipster's avatar

irony deficiencies. irony people.

Likeradar's avatar

@eponymoushipster Erm… whoops. : /

eponymoushipster's avatar

@Likeradar nothing but lurve for ya, lady :)

rooeytoo's avatar

I betcha all the guys that are so vehemently opposed don’t have enough hair to need one and could be, ahem, a little bit jealous of the young guys who do!

JLeslie's avatar

My husband uses a headband sometimes when his hair is in the in-between stage of growing long. It is thick and wavy, and it won’t quite get into a band for a ponytail yet, actually he does not do a ponytail, but an “up and down” hairstyle. I think it is a little fem, the hairband, took some getting used for me, but I don’t care. That two months of torture when he is waiting for his hair to grow is frustrating and difficult style wise no matter what. He doesn’t wear it to work, he works for a bank, there he slicks it back when it is growing. I’ve seen several Latin American soccer players do it when they have longer hair.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir why, the Midwest of course.

@rooeytoo sure that’s it, I’m jealous of dudes with long flowing locks. Not likely, hair is over-rated and bald is where it’s at, baby! Men with long hair better be rock stars or cross dressers, otherwise they just look silly. =)

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@evelyns_pet_zebra I see. Good thing I don’t live there. I mean, for all of us, :)~~

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

I’m not wild about the look, definitely wouldn’t choose it for my guy.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@hungryhungryhortence do you choose looks for your guy?

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir: nah, I meant to say that look on a guy wouldn’t be my first preference over a clean cut guy.

killertofu's avatar

@pdworkin relax bud. i misread what you wrote. thought it was “iron deficiencies”

Zen's avatar

Yuck.

(Maybe I’m just jealous of all that hair?)

sakura's avatar

I just suppose I like shaved heads on men! If your gonna have long hair have it long and not inbetween and whilst it’s growin out stay indoors !! joke!!

Axemusica's avatar

Me when I was 17 and I never once thought of or used a headband. Ponytail was the only way I put it up. Like I said though, I don’t have long hair anymore. I moved to AZ and it was all over from there. Having long hair there was making me sweat like a wildebeest. I’ve thought about growing it back, but I’ve gotten to comfortable with my current look. So @rooeytoo no, it has nothing to do with jealousy. I just doesn’t look right in my book and why does everyone think the people opposed are all “upset”? I really could care less, but I just felt like giving my opinion.

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

I think they look awful and tacky. Let me put it this way…I live in a small town where most people don’t care much about fashion but I have yet to see a man wearing a headband. And I’ve seen a LOT of strange things in this town.

killertofu's avatar

@axemusica some of the responses seem like disgust in the idea.

Axemusica's avatar

@killertofu It is. I’m also disgusted with gay sex, but have quite a few friends that are and could careless about their sexual orientation.

By all means people can do and will do what every it is they want. I’m just merely pointing out that I too had long hair and disapprove of the style or whatever it is. I also think this new fad of wearing girls jeans on a guy and having it hanging half off their ass is appalling, but that’s just me. I’ve never been a fashion victim and it just sounds like another trend.

Though I have a very open mind and just because I don’t like something doesn’t mean I can’t embrace someone else that does. So, I quote myself in a previous response, “True I don’t know them, but it’s a mnemonic thing & until I do know them, that’s just the way it’ll be.”

Jeruba's avatar

@Axemusica, I don’t understand what you mean by “it’s a mnemonic thing.”

Axemusica's avatar

@Jeruba Do you understand how the memory uses mnemonics to connect things? I.E. you might not like a certain actor or something due to relative connection “mnemonic” to a memory you have that is relative of related to something you’ve developed a memory for. Help? Mnemonics are the reason why you have memories flood back when you smell that particular smell; why you have happy memories of let’s say, going to the movies. Mnemonics can also help you develop a better memory by training or forcing things to be triggers for what ever it is you want to memorize.

I was reading this book on memory and I loaned it to a friend that I stopped talking to. I really need to get another, I never got to finish and it was really helping me with my memory.

Jeruba's avatar

@Axemusica, mnemonics is about memory aids and not just about memory functions. What I was saying was that I don’t understand how avoiding people who remind you of other people you dislike (I also avoid people that talk like “valley girls” & people that resemble people I don’t like. True I don’t know them, but it’s a mnemonic thing & until I do know them, that’s just the way it’ll be.) has anything to do with aids to memory.

Jeruba's avatar

[Accidental duplication removed.]

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Axemusica ah yes, I love how you say you’re disgusted by gay sex but it’s okay nonetheless

NuGoonie23's avatar

there’s a guy in my english class who just likes to wear them around his wrist. quite uncommon, but hey whatever floats your boat.

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