At the World, the headbands of the Americans are a tip that all sports know

FOOTBALL - The American football team secured a place in the final of the Women's World Cup Sunday 7 July after defeating England 2-1 in a tight match. In their final match, they dazzled the fans with Alyssa Naeher's phenomenal interceptions and Christen Press's scoring header.

Some people are also moved by something that has nothing to do with the prowess on the field: where do these colorful headbands come from and how do they fit so well?

"How do these soccer players manage to keep their headbands in place? All I have to do is drink a glass of wine so mine can get out of my giant head. "

"I need the bandages worn by these players to BETTER MAINTAIN my hair ... Where can I buy it? How?

"Where does the pink band that the Americans wear? It makes archi well. I want one for the gym! "

Most twenties and thirties who have played sports in high school or college, especially in the United States, already know the answer: they are protective bands.

The protective band is an elastic foam material that athletes and sportsmen use to cover their skin before applying a bandage on a wound. This prevents it from sticking to the skin or hair, which is likely to cause irritation or pain when removed. The famous protective band is also sometimes called sub-bandage.

Although it's unclear when the protective band first appeared as a hair accessory, someone realized that this thin, non-slip material made a very effective headband. A trend was born. Alex Morgan, one of the stars of the team has even made a video (in English not subtitled):

There are many ways to use it.

Alex Morgan fold to make a thin band while Julie Ertz the guard natural, thick and flat. The two young players of the American women's football team have their own colors. We know that Morgan wears pink in honor of her stepmother, who is fighting against a breast cancer. Ertz has opted for blue.

"Some players are more concerned than others about the color of their headband," said a friend, former football player at university, when I asked her on these bands made with the help of a protective band. "Many girls opt for one color because it brings them luck, or because they have always done that."

Another sports friend told me that some of her team-mates were trying to match the color of their protective band to their university uniform, "but in general they just wore what was available."

Except preferences in terms of color, everyone agrees that the protection strips are very effective headbands. They maintain the hair better than the bands proposed by the sports brands, and absorb sweat well.

"It's crazy that the protective band is the best option that top athletes have to tie their hair !!! It proves that there is nothing better. We should still launch a challenge bandages! "

"I think it's great that the girls on the American football team are still using protection bands without worrying about the crazy partnerships they have elsewhere. Looks like they're still playing for the high school team and have stung it in the first aid kit. "

Many football players also use a protective band to hold their shin guards. We also use this material for things that have nothing to do with the sport: the assembly of floral compositions, the realization of markings of trails or the improvement of the comfort of the pens in terms of grip.

These headbands do not please everyone. They have been criticized on Twitter during the Cup, and before. It even seems that some sports associations high school students prohibit banners in protective bands because of "danger" that represent the "accessories to tie."

Anyway, they seem now well anchored in the habits of the players and should not go away anytime soon.

This article, published on American HuffPost, has been translated by Laura Pertuy for Fast ForWord.

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