Wristbands are encircling strip worn on the wrist or lower forearm. The term can be used to refer to a bracelet - like a band, similar to that of a wristwatch, to the cuff or another part of a sleeve that covers the wrist for many different reasons. Wristbands are often worn and used similarly to event passes such as lanyards to information or allow people entry to events. These wristbands are made from loops of plastic that are placed around the wrist and are used for identification purposes. Another type of wristband is the sweatband; usually made of a towel - like a terrycloth material. These are usually used to wipe sweat from the forehead during sport but have been known to be used as a badge of fashion statement. Types of Wristband Silicone wristband Bracelets often made of silicone became popular. They are worn to demonstrate the wearer's support of a cause or charitable organization, similar to awareness ribbons.