How to wear a ‘buff’ multifunctional headwear

How to wear a ‘buff’

It’s handy to know how to wear a buff, so you can get full use out of this incredibly versatile piece of multifunctional headwear.

Don’t be restricted by how you may have seen people using them.  Grab one, have a go and post below if you find some new ways to wear them.

What is a ‘buff’?

A buff or multifunctional headwear is a necktube made of lightweight breathable fabric that is so comfy to wear, you hardly notice it.

Why is it called a ‘buff’

The brand who are most known for this piece of kit is called ‘Buff’ and so most people call the item itself  ‘a buff’, a bit like the way most people call vacuums ‘Hoovers’. No other term has really stuck, partly because there are about as many names for them as ways to wear them, including:

Multifunctional headwear, multiway headwear, head wrap, multi wrap, neck scarf, snood, snug, wrap, neck tube, bandana, tube bandana

Can you think of any I’ve missed?

How to wear a ‘buff’:

You can wear a buff on your head, neck and wrist. There are at least 12 ways to wear a buff, including headband, neckerchief, scarf, balaclava, face warmer, cap, bandana and wristband

Here’s an image and a short video showing how to to wear a buff.

Don’t forget, you’re not limited to a single use.  You could start with one round your neck, and move it to your wrist, as many people do when racing.

How to wear a ‘buff’ in the summer

It’s a myth that ‘buffs’ are just for winter or cold weather. The reality is you can wear them all year round.

In this video Art Of Your Success customers demonstrate wearing their multifunctional headwear in the summer.

Who can use a ‘buff’:

Runners, triathletes, cyclists, walkers, skiers, snowboarders, horse riders, tennis players – almost any sport is suitable.

When can you wear a ‘buff’:

Many people think buffs are just for cold weather, but as they are made from microfibre, you can wear them all year for any activity.  The microfibre keeps you warm in the cold, and wicks sweat away from your skin to keep you cool in hot conditions.

Some ways I use them most often are:

  • doubled up, round my neck & on my head in the coldest times
  • as a headband to keep the sweat off my face when running
  • in my pocket/ belt to wear to keep warm after exercise or during a cafe stop

Other uses for a ‘buff’:

I’ve used a buff as a makeshift bag, people use them as wipes when nothing else is available. I’ve know people stuff them into underwear for extra windchill protection. Some runners soak them in water & then cool themselves by putting the buff back on their head or round their wrist.

They are so portable that if you keep one on you at all times, you’re bound to find new ways to use it.

How to wear a buff in face covering mode

Wearing a buff in face covering mode was always handy in very cold weather. But since COVID-19, it’s also very useful to wear as a breathable face covering in summer.

Here are a few tips how to wear yours for short or long periods in this video.

How to care for your ‘buff’:

I recommend washing them inside out, ideally on a cool wash like 30 degrees. When they’re not washed inside out, they can become a bit bobbly.  I put them in with the rest of my sports kit, with no fabric softener.

How many ‘buffs’ do you need?

I think you can never have too many. You’ll find once people have one, they find them so useful, they have lots!

I always have a couple on the go at any time.  If you’d like your own buff, here are some of mine available.  Do check back on my multifunctional headwear as I add more designs when I can. Here’s a selection below.

Art Of Your Success ‘buff’ designs

Designs inspired by exploring, running, cycling, and nature.  Great for showing your passions or giving to a friend who loves mountains, marathons or more.

Custom ‘buffs’ for clubs, groups & events

I also design buffs for clubs & events.  You can see some previous examples of custom buffs I’ve designed and produced, along with more info about what’s involved.

So over to you – which is your favourite way to wear them? Have you got any other uses for them not included here?

About Art Of Your Success

Sarah is the athlete and artist behind Art Of Your Success. She is a marathon runner with a PB of 2:55, and a few silly Guinness world records. She also loves cycling, and has biked the whole Tour de France route. Sarah enjoys using her experience to make products to help motivate and celebrate your training and racing.

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