As the weather’s warming up, my go-to hairstyle these past few weeks has been the top knot (just like every other girl in New York City). It’s easy, and can transform dirty strands into a cute style. I’ve played around with nearly every “bun-stuffing” contraption that has come into our office and my favorite is the Sarah Potempa The Wrap Up ($12, sarahpotempa.com). You simply pull your hair into a ponytail and slide the pony through the opening in the middle. Then, roll it up to the base, fold the flexible ends into a round bun and voilá—an instantly chic updo. If you have layers and a few pieces poke out, just smooth them down with hairspray and pin into place. You can go for a formal look (I used it to style my hair smooth and polished for a recent wedding I attended), or try something a little more piecey and casual (my messy bun held up through a training session with The Biggest Loser trainer, Dolvett Quince!). The possibilities are endless. And it comes in a smaller size, The Half Up ($9, sarahpotempa.com) so girls with fine or shorter hair can get in on the fun too.
You can read about FITNESS cover girl and Wella Professionals celebrity ambassador Rebecca Romijn‘s workout and diet secrets in our March issue— but we got her to reveal how she gets those beach waves and that fresh, glowing skin, plus the products she can’t live without.
FITNESS: What’s the one beauty product that never leaves your bag?
Rebecca Romijn: I always carry Wella Ocean Spritz to refresh my hair. It mimics sea water and adds great texture. It’s a very good low-maintenance solution for someone who’s on the go.
FITNESS: What are your haircare, makeup and skincare routines like on a typical day?
RR: I cleanse and moisturize my face in the morning and at night, and never forget sunscreen.
FITNESS: What are your secrets for looking great no matter where you are and what you’re doing? Do you have a go-to makeup look or hairstyle?
RR: I don’t wash my hair every day; in fact I always prefer “second day hair”. It’s easy and it does what I want it to do!
FITNESS: What are you gym bag beauty essentials?
RR: I always carry a hair elastic and bobby pins in my gym bag to put my postworkout hair into a bun. A bun is an easy classic. I also put on a great pair of sunglasses and Smashbox O-Gloss for my lips. The pink shade is natural-looking and perfect on everyone. And I love the texture.
FITNESS: What’s your biggest beauty indulgence?
RR: My biggest beauty indulgence are regular facials, and I splurge on Oyxgen Plasma by Knutek. It’s a miracle-worker, and I use it morning and night when I cleanse. Oxygen helps with fine lines and to heal blemishes.
FITNESS: What’s the best tip you’ve picked up from the makeup, hair and skincare experts you’ve worked with?
RR: The best tip I’ve learned from makeup artists is to regularly use the Clarisonic on my face. Even if I think I’ve removed all my makeup, it’s amazing how much cleaner my face becomes after I use my Clarisonic. It’s possibly the best investment I’ve made in my skincare routine since I’ve been an adult.
Categories: Beauty On the Go | Tags: Beauty, bun, Clarisonic, cleanse, facials, hair, March issue, moisturize, postworkout, Rebecca Romijn, Smashbox O-Gloss, sunscreen, Wella Ocean Spritz, Wella Professionals
Many of us struggle with how to wear our hair while we exercise. We polled FITNESS staffers for their strategies:
- “I usually wear a Lululemon headband—bangs flapping in my face are distracting—and a simple ponytail. On hot days when I run outside, though, a braid is a must because ponytails get sweaty and gross.”—Bethany Gumper, senior editor
- “I wrap a French braid into a bun, so it’s off my face and out of the way. My trainer calls me sporty spice!”—Heidi Smith, art department intern
- “My hair is super-thick, so I wrap a headband around the base of my ponytail so that it stays put no matter what, and I can actually focus on my workout, rather than how my hair looks.”—Marianne Magno, assistant web editor
- “I tie my hair into a tight bun. Because I have curly hair, this technique helps to give my hair volume post-run. I keep it up while showering, then let it down and air-dry. My hair’s left looking really full and lush.”—Argy Koutsothanasis, fashion director
- “I twist a loose top-knot high on my head to prevent dreaded ponytail creases, keep my waves intact and the sweat off my neck.”—Eleanor Langston, beauty director
- “I wear my hair in a low ponytail with a side part. It keeps the hair out of my face but still looks cute.”—Marla Horenbein, fashion assistant
- “Ponytail always. I can’t stand having hair in my face when I sweat. My dance teacher trained me as a kid: No hair in the face, ever!”—Betty Wong, editor-in-chief
- “Pulled back into a low, kind of loose bun. It’s neat, off my neck, and still looks good.”—Cheri Crump, sittings editor
- “In a ponytail with a headband—it’s a must to keep shorter layers out of my eyes. I swear by rubber Scunci hairties for my ponytails: They’re so durable!”—Karla Walsh, editorial assistant
How do you wear your hair when you work out?
Sixty-five percent of women want their hair to look good when they go to the gym, according to Pantene. In our April Fresh Hair feature, we highlighted three flattering, speedy hairstyles that keep strands in place while you sweat. Next up: A bun plus headband combo, perfect for medium-length hair: