Written on June 11, 2014 at 2:17 pm , by Molly Ritterbeck
Beauty—er, grooming—products probably aren’t the first things that come to mind when hunting down the perfect gift for your dad, but since men rarely buy these goods for themselves (after all, there’s no grooming aisle at Home Depot), they make amazing presents. So spoil him with these foolproof Father’s Day finds. No matter what type of guy he is, we have something he’ll totally gush over.
The Role Model: What little boy doesn’t want to be just like his dad? Create an Instagram-worthy moment for father and son to share by getting him Harry’s Father-Son Shave Set ($30, harrys.com). This kit contains a limited edition three-blade Winston razor for the big guy, a toy razor for the little guy and a how-to picture book so they can “shave” side by side. Too cute for words!
The Jetsetter: Whether he’s flying from one business meeting to the next or driving to see different clients, this on-the-go dad might run into some snags along the way. Keep him prepared for anything with the Pinch Minimergency Kit for Him ($13, pinchprovisions.com). So small, it can be stashed in a carry-on or glove compartment and includes 13 must-haves: lip balm, dental floss, breath freshener, stain remover, mending kit, safety pin, extra buttons, shoe shine towelette, nail clipper, hand-sanitizing towelette, deodorant towelette, adhesive bandage, and pain reliever.
The Classic: This guy is simple but he cares about his skin and he doesn’t like all the girly stuff his wife uses. Stock him up with a dopp kit—grab the new PC4MEN Complete Skincare Kit ($98, PC4MEN.com), which includes complexion-perfecting essentials (face wash, shave gel, after-shave, sunscreen and night cream) that are free of fragrance and irritating ingredients so he can always put his best face forward. Bonus: he gets to keep the preppy travel bag, too!
The Man’s Man: Beer, bacon and the great outdoors. Sound like your guy? Give him a little taste of his favorite things with a Yankee Candle Man Candle ($28 each, yankeecandle.com). Allow him to escape in his man cave with scents like On Tap (the cool, golden smell of a freshly poured draft) MMM Bacon! (the mouth-watering aroma of sizzling meat) and Camouflage (a natural woodsy fragrance that’ll transport him to the wilderness).
The Gym Warrior: This guy makes pancakes in the morning, reads bedtime stories at night and yet he still finds time to fit in a sweat session every dang day. Turn his quick locker room shower into a spa-like experience that invigorates the senses with Organix Citrus Mint 3 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner + Body Wash ($7, drugstore.com). The three-in-one formula saves him space in his gym bag and has citrus extracts to stimulate his hair and skin and refreshing spearmint and peppermint oils to re-energize after a hard workout.
The Sophisticate: Sleek and suave, smart and stylish—what man doesn’t want to be just like Bond, James Bond? He’s every guy’s favorite spy and now you can help your favorite father unleash his sense of sly adventure with the James Bond Quantum 007 Fragrance ($40, kohls.com). The fiercely masculine scent has a mix of earthy moss and a touch of lavender while notes of British crisp apple and sandalwood give it a modern twist. Offer him a spritz and then follow it up with a martini—shaken not stirred, of course.
Written on June 4, 2014 at 12:10 pm , by Molly Ritterbeck
Photos Courtesy of Karina Smirnoff
As a pro dancer on ABC’s hit show, Dancing with the Stars, Karina Smirnoff is an expert on two of our favorite things: fitness and beauty. As she prances around the dance floor making a fast-paced foxtrot look easy, she’s glammed out in full hair, makeup and of course, bronzer from head-to-toe. We recently grabbed a few minutes with the Ukrainian stunner to chat about how she stays camera-ready through tough routines and how she likes to stay fit off the dance floor.
You have to keep your skin camera-ready through sweaty performances. What’s your skincare routine like?
“Yes, the sweat is not only mine, it’s usually your partner’s too! It’s definitely not the most glamorous part of the show but in the very first season of DWTS, my skin actually started breaking out pretty badly because you have heavy makeup on for hours, especially on the day of the show. We get our makeup done at six, seven or eight in the morning and we don’t go live until five p.m. and then comes touch-ups, where they put more and more on you. So my skin was breaking out really badly. But you find a way to keep it healthy and clean and right now, I’m obsessed with the Apothederm Acne Clarifying Treatment ($33, apothederm.com). I use it two to three times a week during the season and it keeps the blemishes away. I always wash my skin when I’m off the air and try to take off all the makeup. I use an exfoliant or the Clarisonic brush (prices vary, clarisonic.com), which is amazing because all you do is hold it to your skin and it does the job. There are different types of cleansers that have some parabens in them but Apothederm doesn’t and it’s incredible. It lifts all of the makeup off of your skin. And if you use it with the Clarisonic, which you don’t have do it every day but maybe once or twice a week, it gets out everything from inside the pores as well. I love when you have time off and you can use a mask and sometimes, I even make my own mask when I go to a sauna. I mix salt with honey and use it as an exfoliant on my skin but its also very moisturizing because of the honey.”
You wear some pretty intricate hairstyles on the show. Do you have any tips for keeping them in place during such active performances?
“Yes, besides hairpins and bobby pins, they have these little metal clips with teeth (similar here: L. Erickson Mini Mini Metal Jaw 8-Pack, $18, franceluxe.com) and they are the size of your pinky nail and they hold onto your hair so well to keep it in place. And not to mention, the excessive amount of hairspray! I can’t go out to places that have live fire just for the sake of catching my hair on fire!”
Everyone on the show is so bronzed! What is the self-tanning routine like?
“We get spray tanned on Sundays for the show during the season with a great company called South Seas Tanning, which gets you darker but it doesn’t get you nearly as dark as what we actually look like on the show. So there are different bronzers that I mix to create my own concoction for the body and you put it on and it dries so it doesn’t get on your clothes. It gives you that shimmery, glowing skin. I mix Rimmel Sunshimmer Instant Tan (available in the UK, boots.com) with South Seas Beach Bling Shimmer Lotion ($18, southseas.com), that’s the one that keeps it dry and then I add LORAC TANtalizer Body Bronzing Luminizer ($32, loraccosmetics.com). I mix it all in my hands. I wear gloves because it’s easier and you don’t have to wash your hands after and then you just put it all over! I love to look tan. But the funny part is I never spray tan my face, I only spray tan my body so you kind of have the floating head when the face is pale against the rest of the body, but I don’t want to clog my pores.”
The show is so glamorous but on a day when you’re not feeling your best, what’s one beauty move you do to boost your confidence?
“Oh, well, I always believe that a great pair of heels and mascara is all a girl needs to feel sexy!”
What’s your favorite mascara?
“I really like the new Blinc Mascara ($26, sephora.com). It’s not like a normal mascara. This one has an ingredient [tube-technology] so when you wash it off, you don’t get raccoon eyes. It gets soft and just comes right off like gel. I also like Marc Jacobs Gel Definition Mascara ($26, sephora.com) and Stila mascaras ($22 each, stilacosmetics.com). L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Power Volume 24H Mascara ($8, lorealparisusa.com) is great, too. It makes your eyelashes look twice as long!”
So when you’re not dancing, how do you like to stay in shape? What are your favorite workouts?
“I do everything, from martial arts to Krav Maga, to yoga to jogging, running, hiking. I like to spice it up and keep it different every time because I get bored really fast. And the ADD doesn’t help that either! So I try to do different stuff every time but to me, the best workout is dancing. That’s why I have the DanceFIT-KS. It’s a dance-inspired workout because it’s moves that dancers use to keep in shape and no matter how often you do it, your body never gets used to it because you never use the same muscles twice. We do dance camps, too and we take it to different hotels in the summer. It’s a win-win situation, with the travel, the amazing vacations, you get to work out, stay in shape, meet new people.”
Do you have any favorite snacks that you like to fuel up with before a workout or performance?
“I do but when you perform and dance you don’t want to feel full. Me, personally, when I eat, all I want to do is sit on the couch with the remote control. I get into the couch potato mode. And when I dance I don’t want to feel hungry but I want to feel light and alert. So I try to snack on things like pineapple or watermelon because they’re diuretic and go right through your system. I eat nuts a lot, like walnuts because they are a brain food and we could all use a little brain food! Sometimes I even do dried cranberries because they are a great source of energy. And you can never go wrong with dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is a divine food.”
Written on June 2, 2014 at 4:06 pm , by Molly Ritterbeck
Photo Courtesy of Landon Donovan
Pro soccer stud Landon Donovan is encouraging men to become pros at sun protection. He teamed up with The Skin Cancer Foundation and Energizer Personal Care, the makers of Banana Boat and Hawaiian Tropic sunscreens, to launch “Sun Blunders,” a public awareness campaign that aims to educate people on proper sun protection. In its second year, the campaign includes an educational video featuring Landon with his father Tim, a skin cancer survivor, speaking on the dangers of the sun. We stole a few minutes to chat with the athlete about his top sun protection tips.
Tell us more about the campaign.
“I’ve partnered with The Skin Cancer Foundation and Energizer Personal Care for the second year in a row, to teach men about the importance of sun protection. Many people don’t realize that melanoma is the fifth common cancer among men, and in a survey by The Skin Cancer Foundation, almost half of males admitted to not wearing sunscreen in the past year. My father, Tim Donovan, used to be one of those men, and this year, he’s joining me to support the campaign and share his personal skin cancer story. As we get ready for the upcoming games in Brazil, I’m also excited to share that from now through July, Energizer Personal Care will be making a $5,000 donation for every goal scored by the USA Soccer Team [up to $50,000!]. Funds will be given to The Skin Cancer Foundation in support of skin cancer research and education. More information can be found at SunBlunders.com.”
How important is sunscreen to you?
“Skin cancer has always been an important issue to me but it really became personal when my father was diagnosed with skin cancer a few years back. Thankfully, the doctors caught it early and he is doing great now. With my family history, and as a soccer player who spends a lot of my time outside, I definitely need to be careful in the sun and use protection. You don’t have to play an outdoor sport or be at the beach to get a sunburn, though, it can happen during everyday activities like walking the dog. I’ve gotten into the habit of wearing sunscreen and remembering to stay safe outside in the sun by throwing on a hat or wearing long sleeves on particularly sunny days.”
What do you look for in a sunscreen formula?
“I prefer to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 or higher—especially while I’m out on the soccer field in the direct sunlight.”
People always forget to reapply. Do you have any tricks for remembering?
“I make sunscreen application part of my morning routine to make sure I’m covered at the beginning of the day, and I keep sunscreen in the locker room and in the car to make it convenient to reapply while I’m on the go. It’s taken a bit of practice to get into a routine, but I make it a rule to re-apply during half time at games and in the middle of practice.”
Written on May 29, 2014 at 9:34 am , by Molly Ritterbeck
Though summer is probably when you’re most diligent when it comes to applying sunscreen, pro tennis beauty Maria Sharapova and suncare brand, Supergoop!, want you to think of SPF as an everyday essential—despite the season. Here, Sharapova’s secrets on staying safe in the sunshine.
Tell us why you partnered with Supergoop.
“As an avid user of Supergoop! daily for a number of years, I was drawn to not only the quality of the product but also the opportunity to educate people around the world about the importance of practicing safe sun habits everyday. I love that Supergoop! began for the sole purpose of sun protection, as opposed to other brands that just add suncare to existing beauty products due to trends. Supergoop! is not just another brand endorsement; I truly believe in the products and everything the brand stands for.”
As a tennis player, you compete and practice outdoors a lot. How important is suncare?
“Suncare is essential to me. My mom always told me that I should start thinking about anti-aging at a young age. Suncare became a habit from an early age because I wanted to make sure that I always kept my skin looking youthful. Being out in the sun so much, it is crucial that I protect my skin—both from an anti-aging perspective and as a preventative measure against skin cancer. If only everyone realized how important quality SPF protection is not only when outdoors, but also indoors.”
How do you find a formula that won’t melt down with sweat, sting your eyes or give you a slippery grip on your racket?
“The Supergoop! products are non-greasy. On match days, I always wear the Every Day Sunscreen ($19, supergoop.com) because it is so lightweight that I don’t feel like I am wearing anything, but my skin is always super-protected. The formula is good for sensitive skin and eyes.”
How are you and Supergoop! working together to spread the word on the importance of sun protection?
“Supergoop! and I will challenge consumers to think past ‘sunscreen’ and seasonal use of sun protection and instead, see it as an essential start to a healthy lifestyle— just like diet and exercise. I incorporate sun protection into my daily beauty routine and I make sure I am covered at all times. With this relationship, we have a lot of exciting plans coming up to help get the word out on how important it is to incorporate sunscreen into your beauty routine every single day.”
Besides sunscreen, what are your other beauty must-haves before practicing or a match?
“I don’t wear any makeup on the court, but I always make sure I have my Nike visor on as an extra sun blocker. This helps as an extra skin-protector.”
Written on May 22, 2014 at 1:59 pm , by Molly Ritterbeck
Barbeques, beach weekends and outside workouts—summer is finally here! With all of the bliss associated with the gorgeous weather, it’s easy to slack on your suncare game. But don’t, since the sun’s harsh rays can accelerate aging (think brown spots and fine lines) as well as cause skin cancer. So load up on your favorite SPF—30 plus, please (checkout some of our favorite brands: SkinCeuticals, La Roche-Posay, L’Oréal Paris, Banana Boat, SunBum, Neutrogena, Aveeno, Supergoop!—the list goes on). The latest formulas are so light and yummy, there’s no excuse not to slather yourself in them from head-to-toe. Pick out a cute wide-brimmed hat for beach days (and rock an old school baseball cap when running for extra protection) and treat yourself to a pair of UV-blocking sunnies. See, sun protection can be fun, right? Equally important, pop into your derm’s office to get a skin cancer screening once a year—it’s quick and painless. Don’t have a derm? No problem. You can utilize this awesome program The Skin Cancer Foundation’s “Road to Healthy Skin Tour” presented by Rite Aid. This potentially life-saving RV stops in 53 communities around the country and offers free full-body skin cancer screenings by local dermatologists who volunteer their time. Remember: Skin cancer is the most common, yet the most easily treated form of cancer, so it’s essential for you and your loved ones to get screened. To find a stop near you, click here. Have a happy (sun smart!) summer!
Written on May 9, 2014 at 3:25 pm , by Molly Ritterbeck
Full disclosure: I fall off the clean-eating wagon when I travel. Between the lack of healthy options at the airport, food chains and room service (eek) plus my mental shift to the “I’m on vacation!” mind-set, I go from feeling great pre-trip to indulging and bloating up after just one day. And when it comes to keeping up with my daily sweat sessions, I always feel torn when I’m at the gym in the middle of paradise. I feel like I should be exploring, sightseeing or relaxing. The pressure of trying to maintain my good habits when I’m out of my typical environment ends up stressing me out, which is the exact opposite of what a vacation should do. Recently, I stumbled upon a stress-free solution: a vacay that supports a healthy and active lifestyle without missing the fun that goes along with getting away on a Celebrity Cruise.
I recently took one of the company’s Reflection cruises to the Caribbean (tough job, I know). I had never been on a cruise ship before so I had no idea what to expect, but I was impressed. A Celebrity Cruise is a fit girl’s dream. There are several different packages available but their AquaClass caters to a healthy lifestyle. Here, the highlights:
I assumed the rooms would be tiny with bunk beds. I blame it on watching Titanic too many times. But the spacious room—301 square feet—was almost the size of my entire New York City apartment and it included a 79-square foot veranda, perfect for getting fresh air and admiring the breathtaking views. It was exactly like a room in a luxury hotel. In fact, there were times I forgot I was on a ship! The AquaClass staterooms offer spa elements to help you relax, feel comfortable and stay focused on your goals.
In AquaClass, you get exclusive access to and priority seating at the specialty restaurant, Blu, which features “clean cuisine” (inspired by light dishes of the Mediterranean which change nightly) and complimentary breakfast each day. You also get a daily delivery of ice, bottled water, tea and fruit. Plus, like other guests, you have access to the main buffet. Now—buffets can sometimes be a nightmare, but this one had many healthy (not to mention yummy!) options.
No matter which class you are in, every guest gets access to the fitness center on board. This is essential for days when you are at sea. I went everyday and loved it! Instead of being stuck in a basement gym, the 12th story gym featured cardio machines facing floor-to-ceiling windows that overlooked expansive and gorgeous views of the endless ocean and each port. This makes a “dreadmill” workout a whole lot less dreadful. Once docked, you also have the option (for a small additional cost) of touring certain destinations through different shore excursions. These vary from mild to strenuous effort and include fun activities like walking tours, snorkeling and swimming, bike adventures and zip lining. These activities offer ways to get in some fitness and enjoy your destination at the same time.
As an AquaClass benefit, you receive a personal spa concierge to arrange spa treatments. Celebrity Cruises feature Canyon Ranch Spa Club, one of the world’s leading health and wellness brands, on 10 of their ships. Because I worked out everyday, I booked a massage (bonus: they were offering a discounted price during my stay!) to help ease muscle soreness. When I tell you this massage changed my life, I am not exaggerating. It was amazing! In addition, you get unlimited, complimentary access to the Persian Gardens, which is a relaxation room on board so you can chill out whenever you’d like. If your goal is to get healthier on the trip, you can also opt for various fitness-related services including a basic fitness assessment, an exercise prescription or an exercise program for weight loss for a small additional cost.
Bottom line: This was the first trip I’ve ever went on where I came back feeling lighter, fitter and healthier than before I left. So if you’re someone looking for a way to stay focused on your fitness while enjoying an amazing vacay, this getaway is for you. For more info., head to the Celebrity Cruises website here. For other fit vacation ideas and to get inspired to have your healthiest summer yet, pick up a copy of our July/August issue on stands this June!
Written on May 7, 2014 at 9:00 am , by Molly Ritterbeck
In real life, Connie Britton is a little different from her Nashville character, Rayna Jaymes—mainly that she’s not a country singer with a drama-packed personal life. But when it comes to beauty, both women have the same MO: glowing skin and to-die-for hair. (Who hasn’t tried to replicate those waves?) We recently chatted with Britton to find out her beauty tricks (spoiler: her go-to skincare product is a classic). Bonus: she let us in on what’s coming up in the last two episodes of Nashville. Tune in tonight, May 7th at 10pm on ABC to find out and click below to watch our interview!
Written on April 25, 2014 at 12:48 pm , by Molly Ritterbeck
There’s nothing more beautiful than a gorgeous smile. So to get mine to that level, I endured dozens of whitening treatments, floss nightly and had braces—not once, but twice! (You can read more about that here) Kind of crazy, I know, but since I went through all of that, I know how important it is to properly maintain my teeth with good brushing habits, even more flossing and most importantly—wearing my retainers (possibly the least sexiest thing on the planet, I know). But after my second round of braces, I swore to myself I would never let my teeth shift again, so I wear them every night like a good patient. Because of this, my orthodontist (shout out to Dr. Schulhof!) discovered I was grinding my teeth like a maniac at night. I actually ground holes in my retainers! (Maybe from all the stress of trying to have perfect teeth? Who knows?) So now I wear an additional grind guard as well. I basically look like a football player before bed and I have no idea why my boyfriend still thinks I’m cute. But I digress—the whole point of this is to say that I realized how insanely hard it is to clean a dental device. Each morning, I’d pop my retainers and guard out, and if you know anything about morning breath, then you can imagine what they smell like. I asked my orthodontist how to clean them and he suggested brushing with my toothbrush like you do your teeth. That seemed annoying so I suggested soaking them in mouthwash, but he informed me that doing so would actually dye my retainers, which are clear, so that was out of the question. So I diligently brushed my retainers each morning after my own teeth, but it takes up a lot of extra time. So, based on what you now know about my weird obsession with teeth, I’m sure you can imagine how ecstatic I was when Fresh Guard by Efferdent ($6, drugstores) came across my desk. Like, I was literally squealing. It’s like the Efferdent you always knew of for dentures but made specifically for dental devices like Invisalign, grind guards, retainers or even mouth guards for sports. They come in small Crystal-Light-like packets. You just fill a glass with warm water, pour in the packet and let them sit for five minutes. It contains a special formula that prevents the buildup of icky mouth film, reduces yellowing, helps remove stains and kills 99.9 percent of odor-causing bacteria—aka, my dream come true. As they soak, I brush my teeth, wash my face, put in my contacts and they’re clean! The water goes from blue and bubbly to clear so you know it’s time to take them out. Plus they’re also available in a wipe form, which is super-convenient for traveling or after meals when you’re on the go. I stash these in my purse and suitcase. And the wipes leave behind a fresh mint flavor so, to sum it up—this is one “find” that has put one big smile on my face!
Written on April 22, 2014 at 2:26 pm , by Molly Ritterbeck
Heidi Klum’s got legs-for-days so she could probably get away with never wearing a pair of painful pumps in her life! But as a globally-recognized supermodel and host of television shows, including Project Runway and Germany’s Next Top Model, trend-setting footwear is a part of the biz. And even a stunner like Klum can’t escape the pain that sometimes goes hand-in-hand with a killer pair of shoes. So she’s teamed up with the foot support and care expert, Dr. Scholl’s, to launch their latest series of inserts—the DreamWalk collection. We chatted with Klum about how she takes care of her tootsies and how she takes care of herself, all while juggling a booming career and four super-cute kids.
So obviously you spend a lot of time walking in heels and on your feet all day. How does Dr. Scholl’s play a role in your daily life?
“Well, it is a new role in my life; they were not really on my radar before, like I don’t know why not. You know, from wearing the highest heels for so many years and I just never thought of putting a cushion in my shoe—how stupid? But it makes such a huge difference, when you’re on your feet for 10 to 14 hours a day and I wear more heels than I do flats, in my job I kind of have to. Like if I don’t, people usually say ‘Oh, you’re so much shorter than I thought!’”
So who introduced you to Dr. Scholl’s?
“They did. They came to me and they said, ‘We would like to talk with you about doing a business venture together. We would like to have you do our commercials and our ads’ and I said ‘I wanted to see the product first. I want to see if I like it.’ So they sent me the product and I was just filming Germany’s Next Top Model and I film that for four months and it’s a grueling schedule in terms of being on my feet; it’s probably the hardest. You know, when I do America’s Got Talent, I sit at my desk all day; on Project Runway, I stand on the runway, but then I usually sit in my chair, so it’s fine. Even though sometimes the heels can hurt too when you sit in them too long, it’s also not the most comfortable all day, but when I do Top Model, I’m on my feet the longest. So it was a great time for me to try this. It makes a huge difference because you have that extra arch support. And no one sees that. No one knows, you hide it in your shoe. You stick it down; it doesn’t slide around. It’s in there and it’s perfect.”
On the topic of taking care of your feet, what are some other ways that you get your feet pedicure-ready for spring?
“I do get a lot of manicures and pedicures. But that also comes with my business. You know, I always think it’s important to have beautiful hands and beautiful feet. You just never know what shoe they’re going to give you and then you have to take your shoes off and they’re like ‘Oh my god!’ You know, in my business, hands and feet always have to look good.”
Do you have a favorite pedicure color?
“It depends on what I’m doing. Like I was just on holiday so I had turquoise, which I loved.”
Is there anything you do at home that’s pampering? Something you do to treat yourself?
“I don’t really have time! I have my hair and makeup team and I trust them. For me, I just eat really well, really healthily; I stay away from bad things. We do smoothies every morning. We cook every day and I try to really rotate the fish and the chicken and the vegetables and the salads. So for me, I try to do everything from the inside to be healthy. And for the beauty department, I let my team take care of that.”
Sometimes a great pair of shoes can make an entire outfit. Do you have a beauty equivalent to that?
“Well, it always depends on the outfit. You have to start with the outfit and then you have to think about what you want to do with your hair. I don’t really have super big lips, so I usually do my eyes bigger than my mouth. Every once in a while, I will do a bold mouth because sometimes it’s like a statement—like a fuchsia or a red. I never really go brown, that doesn’t really go with me, or if it’s too dark, that doesn’t look good on me. I like friendlier colors better.”
We know you travel so much for work, so how do you find time to stay fit?
“Well, when I’m at home with four kids, it’s a workout by itself to be honest. They always want to do something, so I’m always running after them. I was just in the Bahamas, but it wasn’t like a holiday. It was like, ‘Let’s go down the slide! Let’s go do the lazy river! Come in the ocean with me! Can you blow this up? Let’s do a sandcastle! Let’s go chasing!’ You know, it’s always something. So it’s not like I’m just lying there and sunbathing all day; it’s constant. There’s always something they want to do and I understand that. When I have time, I try to run. I have a great treadmill at home and even just to get two miles in, every now and then, makes a huge difference for me. Cardio is important because also it’s good for your heart and when we get older, we have to make sure the heart is with it, too. So it’s not just about being fit in your body. I think it’s important to have a healthy heart too, so you have to keep it pumping!”
Written on April 17, 2014 at 2:36 pm , by Molly Ritterbeck
“Loving my fab blow-out but sad bc it’ll be gone with the first drop of sweat tomorrow during my early morning workout. #FitnessGirlProblems”
Does this tweet sound familiar? We totally understand your pain. We love hearing about your #FitnessGirlProblems, especially the beauty-related ones, and we love solving them even more. So we started tweeting with the hashtag #SolveFitnessGirlProblems (hopefully you’ve been following!). We’ll send out tips and tricks to beat those fit-girl-specific issues and we want to hear your solutions as well. This edition: how to make a blow-out last through daily workouts.
There’s nothing quite as fabulous as the feeling you get after a fresh blow-out, but we’re not about to sacrifice our sweat-sessions just for a good hair day. And you don’t have to either. After years of balancing beauty and brawn, we’ve picked up a few tried and true tips. To prove you can have your blow-out and work out, too, we embarked on a little exp-hair-iment: get a blow-out to last five days while working out. Here’s how it went down:
Day 1: I got a really good workout in first thing in the morning (a sweaty cardio session followed by some lightweight training). I hit the showers and just washed my body, not my hair, then went for a blow-out at Drybar (I saw Scott at the 76th Street location in NYC). Skipping the shampoo will save you time in the locker room and you’ll still get to enjoy the rest of the day or night with a to-die-for style. Don’t feel weird about walking in with greasy, sweat-drenched strands. The stylists are used to it (I, alone, have done it dozens of times) and some places will even offer a second shampoo to make sure you leave squeaky clean. Before bed, I twisted my hair into a loose low bun to preserve the body and waves. I’ve found that high buns leave you with a weird crease in the morning. I like to use Scunci Everyday & Active Flat Hairties ($6, Walmart stores), which won’t dent your hair.
Day 2: My hair was still looking pretty fresh and since I got in a hard session yesterday before my blow dry, I decided to go easy this day with a Pilates class to minimize sweat as much as I could. I twisted my hair back in a low bun, similar to how I went to bed. I put an extra hair tie around it to make sure it stayed secure through “the Hundred.” Afterward, I donned a shower cap (two of my faves: Sonia Kashuk Couture Shower Cap, ($5, target.com) and DryBar The Morning After Shower Cap ($15, thedrybar.com)) and body showered. Then I shook out my strands and hit my roots with the hairdryer for a minute or two just to reactivate volume and dry up any moisture.
Day 3: I was itching to go for a run and didn’t feel like letting my style get in the way. I defaulted back to the same ol’ low bun, but this time, I slipped on a headband to absorb sweat at my hairline. Luckily, the wind blowing through my hair actually helped to keep my strands on the dry side (as opposed to say, a steamy hot yoga class), and after four miles, I felt like I still got a solid workout in. By the third day, I saw my volume was deflating so after a body shower, I spritzed in a volumizing mist. Try Paul Lebrecque Volume Style Root Lifting Spray ($20, paullabrecque.com). Unlike a mousse, this rewets your hair so it breaks the bonds that are keeping it flat. After hitting your roots with some heat for a few minutes to dry, you’re able to pump life back into them.
Day 4: Ok, I’m nearing my no-wash limit but it’s almost Friday so I stuck it out. My quads and calves were sore post-run so I decided to stretch things out with a Vinyasa yoga class—low impact = low sweat = high style. After a quick body rinse, I sprayed a generous amount of dry shampoo through my hair concentrating it at the roots. I used one of my favorites, Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk ($20, drugstore.com). Then, I flipped my part from a center one to a side part. This concealed some oily roots and helped me fake extra volume for the day. Luckily, my ends were still holding up well and ironically, today—when my hair is the greasiest—was the day I got the most compliments. Score!
Day 5: The grease-beast has taken over (ah!) so I know this will be my last day before I wash. To celebrate, I decided to go for my favorite and sweatiest workouts of the week, a spin class at Flywheel Sports. I slid on a headband for good measure and let it fly. This time, during my body shower, I tied my hair up in a high bun and wrapped just the bun in a disposable shower cap. (Those plastic bags that gyms and studios offer for your dirty clothes work well, too). Then I used just a pea-sized amount of shampoo and gently massaged it into my roots along my hairline in the front. I ducked just that portion of hair under the water to rinse. It’s a small effort (and truthfully, I was dying just to scrub my whole head clean) but the results got me through the day. I blow-dried just the portion of hair that was damp, which only took a few seconds and dreamt of the following day when I could give this mop a good wash.
The verdict: Well, I made it five days, but truth be told, I think my max when working out is four (of course everyone’s hair is different). I honestly have no problem with dirty hair, but even I was feeling icky by day five. Yes, I cut some corners to help my hair along the way (root-boosting and a mini-wash) but that’s what people forget when they’re trying to make a blowout last—they mistakenly think they either have to skip washes (and workouts) or sweat and lose their style immediately. I hope I’ve shown you can have your blowout and you workout, too and helped you solve one of your top #FitnessGirlProblems.