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How Fitness’ Senior Web Editor Got Over Her Fear of the Updo

Written on October 8, 2013 at 4:04 pm , by

Confession: I am obsessed with talking about my upcoming wedding. I’ve bought the books, signed up for the boot camps and have clicked through Pinterest so much I probably now have early carpal tunnel–I am definitely sipping the wedding crazy juice. The one area of planning I was not looking forward to however, was figuring out what to do with my hair.

My hair and I have had a tumultuous relationship. After years of flat-ironing and coloring and trying to cast spells to transform it into Gisele Bündchen-like length (spoiler: I’m no where close) I’ve finally given up, thrown in the towel and am just letting my mane do its thing. So when the beauty editors here at FITNESS hooked me up with a visit to see celebrity stylist Josue Perez (Who has styled likes of Katrina Bowden and Gwyneth Paltrow. No big deal.)  I was a tad anxious. My history with updos has been pretty terrible, probably because my hair was retaliating from years of trying to make it something it’s not, and I’ve spent many a high school dance in the bathroom minutes before with my mother trying to smash down my bouffant with bobby pins. So that was my one requirement for Josue – easy on the height. After all, I’m more sporty than stylish and while I want to look like a million bucks on my wedding day, I still want to look like me–just a really, really, put together me.

Here is how Josue handled my  “I hate updos but I want an updo” request. A low, woven bun that looks slightly undone but is definitely dance floor ready. Watch the video to see how he worked his magic and print the directions below to try this at home. In the world of updos – this one is classy, simple and speedy.


  1. Using a paddle brush, quickly roughdry your hair to take out any excess moisture (your hair should already be dry). Brush the hair back to find your natural part (in this case, my part was slightly to the left). Use an ionic blow dryer like the Rowenta Inspiration Pro Auto Sensor.
  2. Divide the hair into two sides (top and bottom), leaving the bottom portion free so you can separate it.
  3. Take the top portion and tease it by back brushing. To back brush, hold the section of the hair up and take a comb from the tips to the root brushing down (opposite to how you would normally brush your hair) to create height. Secure with bobby pins near the crown of your head. Comb back the sides of the hair to create a sleek, smooth look. Spray with hairspray and pin behind your ears if needed.
  4. Divide the bottom part of your hair into four sections. Grab the first two pieces and twist, pinning near the crown of your head. Repeat for the last two sections. This will create a ponytail that is secured by the bobby pins you just used and prevents you from having to curl your entire head.
  5. With the strands of hair hanging out of your ponytail, use a small curling iron like the Rowenta Versa Style to curl. Turn the iron 180 degrees (similar to curling a ribbon with a pair of scissors) and then release.
  6. To finish, place the curled strands of hair in a position to create a bun behind the head. Pin with bobby pins and top off with hairspray.

Favorite Find Friday: Klorane Extra Gentle Dry Shampoo

Written on September 28, 2012 at 11:26 am , by

OK, so I admit, this isn’t necessarily a new “find” for me, but it’s become a classic product that I always rely on. And while we’re on the topic of coming clean, I have another dirty (literally!) little secret: I hate washing my hair. Now don’t judge me, but I only wash my hair twice a week, which poses a serious problem when I’m working out everyday. Klorane Extra Gentle Dry Shampoo ($18, drugstore.com) eliminates sweaty strands in between washes without forcing me to totally restyle my hair. I just throw on a cap when I hit the shower and afterwards, spray the dry shampoo into my roots and comb through. Another trick: I’ll spray it in before bed and twist my hair up into a bun to add a little texture and prevent it from getting flat and greasy while I sleep. Then I wake up to perfectly tousled “bed-head” waves. I keep a bottle in my bathroom, at my desk, at my boyfriend’s apartment and a mini-size version in my gym bag because, seriously, it’s that good!

Erin Andrews Dishes on Beauty Products, Working Out, and Degree’s New Contest

Written on September 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm , by

Erin Andrews reporting from the sidelines.

Sports broadcaster, Erin Andrews, has a busy fall ahead of her. She recently joined Fox Sports as part of the new college football broadcast team where she will host pregame shows from the sidelines. She is also the face of Degree Women Clinical Protection’s new contest, “Unapologetically Strong,” which encourages women to share their personal challenges on Facebook for a chance to win $5,000 to reach their goals. Andrews let us in on how to score the cash, stay in shape, and why she loves Gisele Bündchen.

Tell me about the Degree Women Clinical Protection’s Unapologetically Strong contest and why you wanted to be involved. 

“Degree is celebrating women who are unapologetically strong—women who are pushing the boundaries in their life, career and in anything that they’ve had success with. You don’t have to feel bad for how hard you worked for it and all the effort that you’ve put forward and all the success that you’ve had. There are a lot of times—and I know I do it with myself—if anyone gives you any sort of credit, you don’t want to make a big deal out of it. But you don’t need to apologize for it. Be unapologetically strong! If you go to Degree’s Facebook  page, you can share your Unapologetically Strong story and you can read everybody else’s stories. There’s a chance to win $5,000.”

If you were eligible to win the $5,ooo to achieve your goal, how would you use it?

“I’m really fascinated right now with these groups of women who have gone through a tough time that maybe don’t have the means to dress for a job interview. I would maybe give it to a group that could help women who are coming off a tough time and need to get out in the workforce.”

Let’s talk beauty: what are some of your favorite products?

“A good skin cream! I travel a lot from Los Angeles to New York every single week. I like to use La Mer (www.cremedelamer.com). They have a really thick cream that I use at night. I love Crest 3D White Strips (www.3dwhite.com). I use the strips and then I use the toothpaste all the time because I’m pumping in coffee and green tea religiously, so I know it’s definitely coloring my teeth. I also love lip gloss. I have about 40 in my purse. I really like the nude Laura Mercier lip glosses (www.lauramercier.com). Anything with a good shine is fabulous! I’m obsessed with dry shampoo right now. I love anything to texturize and really dirty up your hair. I’m obsessed with Marisa Miller and Gisele’s hair—they are the hair models of the world so anything I can do to get their beachy, Victoria’s Secret look is OK by me. Oh, and Kérastase hair products (www.kerastase-usa.com), anything that helps and moisturizes my hair after I beat it up at work all the time.”

You have an exciting new position with FOX Sports so you’re constantly surrounded by crazy-fit athletes. How do you stay in shape?

“I try to get it in my head, even though I know it’s not realistic, that I want to work out every single day and if I can’t work out one day then I excuse myself but I need to definitely try to make the effort to do something everyday. Not so much for my health or to rationalize what I eat, but just for my sanity. I live in a world where it’s just high pressure—I’m reading social networks, I’m running here, I’m on a plane, everything is nuts! So I really try to do it to calm myself down. I moved to New York in January and my latest craze are barre classes. I was doing Pure Barre for a while. I’m now doing Physique 57 and I’m really loving that. My building is connected to Soul Cycle so I need to go downstairs and get right over to Soul Cycle and try that out!”

Have you learned any great tricks from hairstylists or makeup artists?

“I try! I am so bad; half the time I’m just fooling around and not paying attention. The one thing I learned is coming from the South, I used to cake on my makeup and one makeup artist taught me to use a tinted moisturizer for everyday stuff. You don’t need a heavy foundation for everyday use, because apparently that’s all Gisele uses, so if that’s OK for her, it’s OK for me! Basically, I’m getting older; I’m 34. I don’t need to coat on the makeup. The more makeup I have on, I just look older. So I want to keep it fresh and glowy and dewy and act like I look 24!”

Hair Models Needed in NYC

Written on August 29, 2012 at 2:46 pm , by

Hair models in action. (Photo courtesy of L'Oreal Professionel)

Written by Daniella Araujo, beauty intern

Do you love products from L’Oréal Professional, Redken, Matrix, and Shu Uemura, and enjoy getting your hair done, but dread footing the bill? Well, then, being a hair model, might be the right gig for you. The style team at L’Oréal Professional Product Academy is looking for women (and men) of all ethnicities and ages to test hair color, hair care products, styling products, relaxers, and other hair treatments.

What’s in it for you: Models receive a free salon service, a gift bag loaded with hair products, and a complimentary pass to the private L’Oréal Employee Company Store where you can buy beauty products (including makeup, fragrance, hair and skin products) at 75 percent off.

All of the hairstylists are licensed professionals with years of industry experience, and during your consultation, you get to choose what hairstyle and/or treatment you want, plus get expert suggestions based on your features.

To book an appointment or for more information, contact Ashley McGinnis at 917.606.9563 or send an email to amcginnis@us.loreal.com.

You can also come in for a 15-minute evaluation at the L’Oréal testing center located at 435 Hudson Street in the West Village. Evaluations are held Tuesday through Friday from 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm. Here’s to happy hair days!


Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber Dish on Olympic Beauty!

Written on August 17, 2012 at 4:17 pm , by

Part of the Fab Five, Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber!

Olympic gold medalists’ Gabby Douglas (16) and Jordyn Wieber (17) are obviously amazing athletes but they also know a thing about beauty. Case in point: They each did their own hair and makeup at the Olympics. Impressive, right? I sat down with them to learn about their favorite products, their beauty icon (they share the same one!), and their intense training.

You two have been going non-stop since returning from London. Have you had any free time?
JW: “We’ve been having so much fun! Yesterday we had some free time and went shopping!”
GD: “And tonight, we each get to fly home!”

Ooh, shopping! What are some of your favorite stores?
JW: “I like Forever 21 and yesterday I went into this store called C. Wonder, and it was really cool.”
GD: “I like Topshop and BCBG.”

So you two are just like regular teenager girls?
GD: “Yes! We hang out with our friends and talk about boy crushes.”

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Yankees’ Cutie Nick Swisher Talks Hair (and Baseball)

Written on August 3, 2012 at 4:41 pm , by

You might not think professional male athletes spend a ton of time on their hair but Yankees’ right fielder Nick Swisher (yes, he’s as charming as you hoped) will make you think again. The baseball superstar is one of the faces of Head & Shoulders and rightfully so: Swisher’s known for mixing up his hairstyle. For more on “Swish,” his hair, and his guilty pleasure, read on.

The Yankees' Nick Swisher (Photo courtesy of Head & Shoulders)

Let’s talk about your hair. You’ve worn it long, super-short, and even rocked a mohawk. What hairstyle has been your favorite?
“I’ve had them all: long hair, which I would wear in a half ponytail and full ponytail—I didn’t really know what I was doing. I started growing it out when my grandmother passed away in 2005 and in the 2007 season, I donated 11-inches to Beautiful Lengths—so that’s been the most memorable one. My wife loves the mohawk. Everyone always asks me to bring it back but right now I’m trying the faded comb over—gotta keep them guessing!”

Who on the team has the best hair and who has the worst?
“I don’t want to sound full of myself but, the best, is myself. [Raul] Ibanez and [Andruw] Jones have the Mr. Clean look going on. And D-Rob [David Robertson] works hard at getting his hair perfect. The worst…I don’t want to call anyone out, but I have to say Russ [Russell] Martin because he’s always in between styles. He doesn’t know where he’s going. And with hair, you have to have a plan—you have to have goals.”

What do you love about Head & Shoulders?
“They’ve been so gracious to me. They’re like a family. And they make it fun with things like the Mane Man challenge where other athletes and I compete in competition and try to get votes. We’re letting people know that Head & Shoulders is where it’s at. I shower everyday—obviously I have to—and always use their shampoo. It’s a staple in the Swisher household.”

What other products do you love?
“I’m a big cologne guy but I mix it up. I have a heap of different ones but smelling good is a big thing. It’s important. My wife and I both wear Creed Virgin Island Water—it’s unisex—it reminds me of being at the beach.”

Keep reading for Swisher’s workout and pre-game rituals! Read more

Budget Buys for Your Summer Beauty Routine

Written on July 16, 2012 at 12:50 pm , by

Don’t let this hothothot July bring down your beauty routine! Our Fashion Director, Argy Koutsothanasis, highlights some affordable products that will make your primping process a little bit easier…

Argy talking about affordable beauty tools.


Travelers’ Guide To Good Hair

Written on June 12, 2012 at 11:27 am , by

Good hair days start with packing the right products.

Call us crazy, but there are certain cities that just make our hair look better. Blame the climate, air quality, general energy of the place, but the biggest culprit is the water. Lathering up with H20 that’s foreign to your strands can make them look and feel pretty funky. If you’re racking up travel mileage this summer, you can’t rely on your trusty haircare routine that works at home. Here’s what we stash in our suitcases and how we console our homesick locks:

—By Cody Marick, beauty intern

Beauty From The Barre

Written on June 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm , by

Up until starting college a few years ago, I was a ballerina. When you’re propped up in pointe shoes for hours at a time, there’s little tolerance for beauty woes. Ballerinas have primping solutions that stand up to the thickest sweat, most unflattering lighting and unruliest hair. And you don’t have to be Natalie Portman to get the in.

Flash-Friendly Makeup:

Take a peek at a principal dancer’s makeup kit and there’s not a speck of glitter or shimmer in sight. Stage lighting makes shimmer look like grease and sweat, and so do the flashes on your best friend’s camera. If you know you’re going to be getting mobile upload notifications throughout the evening, switch out your illuminating foundation for a matte yet hydrating formula, like Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation— you’ll find yourself untagging fewer pictures. Use a highlighter just on cheekbones to catch the light, but be sure to keep blush and bronzer matte.

Topknot 101:

The buns perched on the top of ballerinas’ heads look polished and sophisticated, but when you try the look on yourself it’s more of a Christmas elf situation. Here’s your guide to conquering the bun:

  1. Study your cheekbones: Your ponytail should be gathered at your crown following the angle of your cheekbones to create the most flattering proportions. So, if you were to draw a line from the top of your cheekbone to the base of your pony, the line would be straight.
  2. Don’t twirl too tightly: If you twist your pony too tightly before you wrap it around the base, it’ll create an awkward, lopsided shape. Give it a few twirls, then slowly start your spiral.
  3. Use two hands: As you’re spiraling with one hand, use the other to gently press the bun against your crown. This will prevent the dreaded doorknob shape (FYI: donuts are the ideal shape.)
  4. Tuck and pin: Tuck the tips of your hair underneath your formed donut. Next, grab the hairpins. Note: not bobby pins, hairpins. They’re different. If you have superthick hair, the drugstore hair aisle won’t cut it. Bunheads Hair Pins hold up through 32 fouetté turns—the true test of a hair product’s prowess.
  5. Mess it up: You don’t want your knot to look too perfect. After all pins are secured, lightly pinch little sections of your donut. It’ll make it look effortless—like you didn’t just get a full tricep workout trying to put your hair up.
  6. Spritz, baby, spritz: Mist your ‘do with hairspray. You’ll find Aussie Instant Freeze Hairspray backstage.

—By Cody Marick, beauty intern

Make a *Free* Donation to Children’s Charity With John Frieda + Stacy Keibler

Written on June 5, 2012 at 10:43 am , by

Haircare brand John Frieda is pairing with TV personality and actress Stacy Keibler (she of the lustrous, George Clooney-mesmerizing blonde locks) to raise money for HAIRraising, a charity that supports the Children’s Hospital Boston. For each viewing of the video here, where Stacy reveals how she’s using Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray to brighten her strands, John Frieda will donate $2 to the cause. An easy way to lighten up— and give back.