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Beek attire - Wish I knew before yesterday...

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One item that I have not seen beekeepers using and I wonder why... a sweatband/headband to absorb sweat rolling off the forehead and onto eye glasses essentially blinding the beekeeper.

It happened yesterday - it's very warm, I'm suited up with my jacket and attached hood/veil. In no time sweat is rolling off my forehead onto my glasses restricting my view as well as being very uncomfortable. While fumbling around trying to see what I was doing I received two stings.

Today, lacking a real sweatband, I tied a long sleeve t shirt's sleeves around my head before suiting up. I thought I would be overheating even more, however, even with temps higher today than yesterday I was comfortable, was able to see well and could take my time. I'm going to be adding a simple terrycloth band to my beekeeping attire.
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I'm bald, like shaved to the bone bald. Believe me, I can relate. I have a 10 pack of those cheesy '70s and '80s style terry cloth headbands. Without them, sweat just streams right down my head and into my eyes.
 

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Same issue with my glasses, I use a rolled up bandana as a headband. In mid summer when it's really steamy I'll periodically soak it in cold water and wring it out before placing back around my forehead. Makes a world of difference in comfort, and keeps my glasses clear of sweat.
 

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I use strips of cotton fabric cut from retired t-shirts for homemade sweat bands. I put on sunscreen and the mix of that and perspiration in my eyes….I’d be blinded within a few minutes on a hot summer day.
Sweat bands? Don’t leave home without them.
 

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