Urban Halo to the rescue

I travel a lot, and my travel really varies between air travel, road tripping, camping and backpacking, and river rafting (and just about anything in-between). I’m a low-maintenance person, so often, just a hat or cap will ‘fix’ a bad hair day or day between luxuries like indoor plumbing. But sometimes, traveling with hats can be a hassle. (Ever try to bring an uncrushable cowboy hat on a plane? Annoying!)

I’m in love with a new solution for low-maintenance women like myself, as well as you guys out there: Urban Halo headbands. If you’re familiar with headbands, bandanas, and buffs, you already get a general idea, but an Urban Halo is an interesting and resourceful¬†hybrid between all three. Here’s what I mean: an Urban Halo headband can be adjusted to have the width of a traditional headband or expanded to cover the top of the head as much as a buff or bandana. Each Urban Halo is thin and stretchy, super lightweight, and soft. I love that the base of it (that sits at the nape of the neck) is thinner and bunched (otherwise, my neck tends to get hot in buffs in summer). I like to wear my Urban Halos expanded most of the way to look like a buff, but certainly, it can be worn a myriad of ways. I have started the habit of stashing a few in my toiletry bag for each trip, where they take up almost virtually no extra room.

Their ‘signature’ halos are their standard women’s halo, which come in a wide variety of patterns and solid prints. They’re nylon-free and wick away moisture as well as a headband twice as thick, making halos perfect for hiking, city touring, running, and the like. There are 58 patterns designed for women, with another 14 patterns for the guys (called Iron Halos), plus all the solid colors. I checked out both the women’s and men’s version, and they seem essentially the same, so pick based on your favorite pattern and maybe the size of your head and not much else. Oh, and ready for cuteness? They come in baby sizes and patterns, too.

Pick up a halo for $15, or do as I did, and select two patterns to keep you with one at the ready. I saw some imitations on Amazon, but not the real deal, at the time of this review.



Amy Whitley is a freelance creative and travel writer and founding editor of the family travel website Pit Stops for Kids. An avid lover of the outdoors, Amy makes her home in Southern Oregon, where she, her husband, and three school-aged children spend much of their time backpacking, camping, skiing, and hiking. When not exploring her own backyard, Amy and her family hit the road for travel reviews of resorts, tour operations, and hotels across the country and abroad. Follow Amy Whitley on Twitter and Facebook.