The Viral TikTok Spa Headband: Is it Worth the Hype?

The viral sponge spa headband is all over social media and Amazon. But it may not be the best solution for healthy hair or long-term wear. This article explains the difference between the popular viral headband and a pure silk glam band from Mulberry Park Silks.

The Viral Tik Tok Headband

The design team at Mulberry Park Silks is always here for a great viral trend (just keep it safe and legal, fam). And we weren’t at all surprised to see a super cute viral TikTok headband popping up across our social feeds on repeat. It’s affordable, adorable, and gives us major Anne Boleyn in the Tudor court vibes (yes!). But eventually we got to wondering whether it really lives up to all the hype and viral love. Read on as we do a deeper dive.

Pure Mulberry Silk: The Best Fabric for Your Hair

Model Wears Silver Glam Band

Our whole business is silk pillowcases, bedding, and accessories. That means we know a thing or two about how different fabrics treat your hair. And if you’re a regular visitor to this site, you’ve likely read a blog or seen a video where we talk about how silk outperforms cotton and other fabrics for managing tangles, breakage and frizz; keeping hair moisturized; and preserving your style. Our pure mulberry silk is truly amazing for your hair (and skin); this is why you’ll find us regularly expanding our product line to offer more products to pamper your hair like silk head scarves, silk scrunchies and—most recently—our 22 momme silk glam band.


Comparing the Spa Sponge Headband with Mulberry Park Silks Glam Band

In the spirit of transparency—and because we truly appreciate the on-trend look of the TikTok headband—we’re taking a minute to compare them with our pure silk Glam Band.

About the TikTok Spa Sponge Headband

A simple search for “spa sponge headband” yields dozens of these products, all similar in design and price. For comparison purposes today, we will use the Mimi and Co version of the headband sold on Amazon.  

The Viral Tik-Tok Headband
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This terry cloth covered headband features a fluffy sponge design across the crown (yay, crowns!) and made for holding back hair for makeup application, spa treatments, and other skin care. It comes in one size and is available in pink, blue, green, white, and black. The manufacturers say that this is a comfortable headband that absorbs water, won’t damage your scalp, and can be worn all day (for anyone who loves crowns). It sells for $7.99.


Our take: This product is fashionable and fun to wear. You also can’t argue with the price. However, in our view, you should not be wearing this type of headband for any extended period because terry cloth is absorbent and, over the course of wearing, will actually pull precious moisture and/or hair products out from your hair. Additionally, it is not clear precisely what fabric is used for this headband; the weave is labeled “terry” but we are not sure if it is made of cotton, a blend, or an artificial synthetic fabric. We also don’t know the safety of this fabric. Finally, this headband is fashioned over a rigid plastic frame, which means it cannot be washed in the machine.

About the Mulberry Park Silks 22 Momme Glam Band

The Mulberry Park Silk Glam Band is made from pure, 22 momme silk of the highest quality (6A), the same as our signature sheets. It was designed specifically to hold hair back during workouts, skin care treatments, and daily makeup application and removal. While a traditional makeup headband can tug and damage delicate regrowth at the hairline, our Glam Band is gentle to prevent breakage and damage. 

Model Wears Glam Band in Sage


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Silk also helps hair and skin retain moisture and helps to your pricey hair and skin products stay where they belong! Available in seven colors. One size fits all comfortably with an adjustable Velcro closure (secure yet smooth enough to slip in and out of hair without tugging). Price is $36.


Our take: These handmade headbands are designed to be a long-term beauty essential. Our pure mulberry silk is hypoallergenic, and resistant to mold, dust and mites. The Glam Band, like all Mulberry Park Silks products, has been STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified as safe from harmful chemicals (read more about OEKO-TEX® here). The cost is a factor, but you get what you pay for in terms of quality materials. Additionally, the pure silk Glam Band can be washed either by hand or machine (in a fine mesh bag). It is lightweight, comfortable, and made to last.

TikTok Spa Sponge Headband

Mulberry Park Silks Glam Band


Terry (not sure of composition)

100% pure silk, 22 momme, Grade 6A


Trendy padded sponge “crown” covered in fabric

Classic hair band, sleek fabric with Velcro closure


Five: Pink, blue, green, white, black

Seven: black, gunmetal, plum, sage, sapphire, ivory, steel blue


O/S, plastic frame

O/S adjustable Velcro



STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified













Which is Better: The Spa Sponge Headband or Mulberry Park Silks Glam Band?

This might surprise you, but we say BUY THEM BOTH! Why? They serve two very different purposes:

  • The TikTok spa sponge headband is a novelty item, made for a bit of fun and fashion. It does a fine job holding back your hair but is really not something you should wear all day. It is made to be used briefly, and priced accordingly. So go ahead, treat yourself. 
  • At the same time, we absolutely recommend picking up a pure silk Glam Bandfrom Mulberry Park Silks. This is a classic beauty accessory that is in it for the long haul. It is made from the highest quality silk, and designed to last. Our silk Glam Band does a wonderful job holding back your hair for all your makeup, beauty, and spa needs, while moisturizing and protecting your tresses. It is natural, hypoallergenic, and washable. A Glam Band is a bit of an investment, but it’s a must-have accessory for anyone who is serious about beauty and healthy hair.

In the meantime, rest assured that the entire Mulberry Park Silks team is here to help you with anything and everything related to silk. We can answer any questions you have about our pillowcases, sheets, bedding, or accessories. We’ll even send you complimentary swatch samples of our fabrics so you can check them out at home before you shop. And be sure to check out our blog for the latest on all things silk, including silk care and new products.

Mulberry Park: Accessible and Affordable Luxury Silk

We founded Mulberry Park with one simple mission: to design the highest quality silk items in the market and offer them at an affordable price. And we've done just that, with a full range of silk products made from 100% pure mulberry long strand silk fabric. The silk fabric used for our silk sheets and silk pillowcases has also been OEKO-TEX® Certified (Standard 100) to be free of chemicals.

Visit us online or call us at (800) 860-1924 to learn more about our silk sheets, silk pillowcases, duvet covers and shams, and real silk accessories including sleep masks, travel pillows, and silk hair scrunchies.