It's a very slow process - two steps forward, one step back - but I'm inching in the right direction. - Rob Reiner

November 29, 2012

Chica Bands Review and Giveaway

In October, Jim and I headed to the Kansas City Marathon expo.  We weren't actually running the KC Marathon this year, but since the expo is just a few minutes away from where both of us work, we decided to stop by on our lunch breaks.  The expo for this race is usually pretty good and being avid runners we are always excited to browse through the many vendors.

While shopping the expo I ran across Chica Bands head bands.  I have seen running head bands before, but have never really thought about purchasing them. I figured they'd be no different than what you might buy at Wal-Mart or whatever...which would mean they would either fall out, or I'd have to put 10 bobby pins in them to hold them in.  But yet, I found myself drawn to the booth with all the sparkles and color. 

I looked at a few of the head bands, but decided I wanted something pretty plain and chose a thin sparkly black Chica Band (shown below).  Chica Bands retail for about $12-17 dollars, and the particular one I was buying was $14 if I remember correctly.  I was having a hard time deciding if I wanted to spend that much and the sales lady told me "It will be your favorite head band, I promise".  So with that I decided to go for it.
Me wearing the black one I purchased before the North Face Endurance Challenge Half Marathon

Let me just tell you that I literally wore it almost every single day after that.  I wore it to run, I wore it in races, I wore it to my boot camp class, I even wore it around the house or to wash my face.  I wore it all the time.  Jim even joked one night when we were headed to dinner and I was wearing my Chica Band "Man, you really love that head band don't you"?  "Yes I do" I replied. 

It was then that I decided to contact Chica Bands and ask if I could do a product review for them.  They gladly said yes, and shipped me two Chica Bands.  A thin sparkly pink one, like the black one I had already purchased and a thicker pink camouflage one.  I didn't get to pick out my colors, and I have to admit I probably would not have selected the camo one for myself, but that aside I love them and they have hundreds of different colors and styles to choose from.

The two Chica Bands I received
Chica Bands aren't just for race day.  Wear for a comfortable all day look.

Chica Bands are awesome because they stay in place.  I have long bangs and it's often difficult to pull them back.  I usually put 2 or 3 bobby pins in when I'm working out or running.  But with Chica Bands, all I have to do is put in a single band and I'm done.  My hair, especially my bangs stay completely out of my face and the band literally does not move.  I have worn them for a couple of half marathons now, as well as a super intense cardio class.  I have even worn one while being interviewed by the local news!  They are super cute and can be worn for athletic events or even just out for the evening.



Before the Ward Parkway Thanksgiving Day 5K


My Chica Band, still in place after the race - and while being interviewed by Fox 4 News KC

So now, for the best part.  One of my lucky followers will win a set of two Chica Bands.  So what do you have to do?  Just two simple things (both are required).

  • Be a follower of my blog and leave a comment below saying you are entering the giveaway.
  • Like Chica Bands on Facebook here and leave a comment on their page about Slowly Tri-ing!
Bonus Entries: 
  • Post the giveaway on your blog and leave me a comment telling me you did so.
  • Sign up to participate in my December 5K a Day Challenge (that will get you 2 bonus entries)
That's all you have to do.  One person will be chosen using random.org.  Contest closes at 11 pm CST on Sunday, December 9th.  Winner will be announced on December 10th.

In the meantime, feel free to shop the Chica Band website.  Tis the season.  These would make GREAT Holiday Gifts!  AND, Chica Bands is kicking off a "12 Days of Christmas" promotion on December 1st.  They will be offering freebies and some percentage off discounts.  So check them out!

Disclaimer: I was sent two Chica Bands for free for this review however, I was not paid to review this product or asked to provide a positive review. The opinions contained in this post are my own.


36 comments:

  1. I follow your blog. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  2. I have often wondered if those would stay on my large head. I have a tendency to fling them off my head and lose them. :( I'd sure love to win one and try them out! :)

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  3. I was in a car accident and had to give up running and exercising for a year while I was in physical therapy. I am back to the gym and running and realized my bangs grew out and constantly get in my eyes. This band would come in handy.

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  4. I follow your blog

    danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

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  5. I like Chica Bands on Facebook (Danielle Knapp)

    danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

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  6. I am not chicking any guys in the tri! It was a weird start by when you signed up. My wave started before these guys I assure you. I liked that I was amongst a lot of people in the other legs and not way back but I wasn't thrilled about swimming ahead of these guys.

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  7. I follow your blog ... I'm losing my hair, but I think you're super sexy, does that count???

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  8. I'm not entering because I just don't have enough hair to pull back (although I have WAY more than Jim). Just wanted to way that they look really cute on you. No wonder you want to wear them all the time.

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  9. OMG Jim. HAHAHAHA. I have hair but it's short. :(

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  10. Jim would look great in the pink headbands, right? LOL! Would love to try them - I have the same issue with bangs - need help :)

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  11. All pink all the time....unless Jim REALLY wants those headbands...;-D

    I follow! Love them!

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  12. I liked them on fb and posted!

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  13. I follow your blog! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. I like Chica Bands on FB and left a comment about you.

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  16. I blogged: too:

    http://goalittlefastermama.blogspot.com/2012/12/chica-headbands-giveaway.html

    Neat giveaway. Thanks!

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  17. I follow your blog via my Google Reader (just trying to be thorough and follow directions ;-))

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  18. I already liked Chica Bands on FB, but I left a comment that I visited from you.

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  19. I'm a follower and entering your giveaway!

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  20. I'm not allowed to "try" and run more than 2 times a week...so i couldn't enter your challenge ;(

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  21. I would love to win a Chica headband and I already follow your blog

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  22. Ok I'm in...of course I follow you...maybe I don't read as often as I should lately...but I'm hoping to change this soon. :)

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  23. Ok...just liked and commented on FB Chica page!

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