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“Hi. It’s A Headband! Not Only An Accessory But A Utility!”

“Hi. It’s A Headband! Not Only An Accessory But A Utility!”



The “do or die!” headbands dekhe kabhi in media productions or some anime? Yes! That’s the practice that Korean Contemporary High School students do to stay encouraged. That’s the power of a headband!

  1. A headband is a hair accessory that is used to keep hair away from the eyes and face. A headband is made of cloth or plastic. They are usually worn in the hair or around the forehead.

  2. The use of headbands goes back to 330BC when Ancient Greeks used to wear hair wreaths. Wreaths were worn for special occasions. Romans also started to decorate their wreaths with gold and silver jewels.

  3. Jews are also believed to have worn headbands besides turbans and keffiyehs as their traditional clothing.

  4. Initially, they used to be made up of metal and wood. Now they are made up of plastic and cloth to provide comfort to the wearer.

  5. Headbands were used by working-class women in the 1950s and 1960s, as they wrapped strips of cloth around their hair to protect them from industrial pollution and dirty rain.

  6. Headband became more popular after the Summer Of Love in 1967 among the hippies. Hard rock and heavy metal guitarists (like Jimmi Hendrix and Ted Nugent) also wore these headbands to keep up with the fashion trend.

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  7. In the early 20th-century, headache bands became popular in women’s fashion. It was believed that wearing a headband around the forehead could provide relief in headaches.

  8. Hachimake Headband is also very popular in Japanese culture as it symbolizes devotion and discipline. In popular media, it is shown that young students wear these bands to show discipline and determination. 

  9. Headbands are also used as a utility by many athletes. They wear it around their head to absorb sweat and keep it from coming into the eyes. These headbands are also called sweatbands, made up of terrycloth.


Interestingly, Korea is kind of serious about headbands. They are worn by combatants to keep their hair back and symbolize loyalty and submission to the nation.

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