Alice band

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Alice bands

An Alice band is either a flexible horse-shoe shaped garment or a loop of elastic material which is designed to fit over the head and hold long hair away from the face, but let it hang freely at the back. It used to be an almost universally female item of clothing, but recently has gained popularity amongst men in some countries, owing to a fashion for long hair. The use of Alice bands by men was possibly first made popular by David Beckham and Ronnie O'Sullivan[citation needed].

The name comes from the fact that Alice is often depicted wearing one in Through the Looking Glass. (Alice did not wear a headband or Alice band in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.)

In the United States an Alice band is known as a head band or "headband".