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#SolveFitnessGirlProblems: How To Make a Blow-Out Last Through Workouts

Written on April 17, 2014 at 2:36 pm , by

“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

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.

Your low bun doesn’t have to be perfect, just twist it up!

Day 2: my hair post-workout

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

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.

Switching your part is a great way to add extra volume.

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!

DYING to wash my hair in this pic.

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.

The Mini Flat Iron Your Gym Bag Needs, Plus An Exclusive Discount Offer for FITNESS Readers!

Written on August 19, 2013 at 9:32 am , by

We get it—you don’t want to carry your entire beauty arsenal around in your gym bag. Luckily it doesn’t take tons of tools to look sleek postworkout. Meet The Jet-Setter by Sarah Potempa ($99, joyus.com), a small but mighty four-inch iron (featured in the September issue of FITNESS, on stands now!) that clams frizz, straightens strands and smooths that annoying ponytail crease in a snap. No outlet? No problem—it’s rechargeable and cordless, and now you can get it (and anything else you toss in your cart) for an even bigger steal! Head to joyus.com and enter the code JETSET9 for 15% off your entire order now through August 30, 2013. Then, check out styling tips from the creator, celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa here.

 

Favorite Find Friday: Sweaty Bands

Written on July 19, 2013 at 10:00 am , by

It’s official—I’m obsessed with Spinning. But I’ll be totally honest, I’m one of those girls in class that drips sweat. I can’t stand when my headband slides off my head mid-climb forcing me to stop my bike and reposition it, only to have it happen again (annoying!). Thankfully, I’ve found a new favorite accessory that stays put for an entire hour of class: Sweaty Bands ($15, sweatybands.com) are velvet-lined headbands that won’t move. Fitness instructor and Sweaty Bands founder, Donna Browning, developed these headbands from her own frustration with the slip-right-off-your-head kind we’ve all experienced and vows that hers will stay put through even the most strenuous workout. The velvet lining and strong, stretchy elastic have a tight grip and hold your hair without tugging or pulling. Plus, they come in 800 cool styles. I’m a sucker for Viva Diva from the Bling collection.

—Karee Hackel, beauty intern

Favorite Find Friday: Göt2b 2Sexy Voluptuous Volume Spray Mousse

Written on April 19, 2013 at 2:55 pm , by

Next week, I’m traveling to Texas for the first time, and while preparing for my trip, I’ve been testing out hair products to use while I’m there. I love the look of voluminous hair, but I have naturally fine, straight strands that look flat and limp without any styling magic. The problem is, I hate spending more than a few minutes on my hair so I’m usually looking for a product that’ll do all the work for me. I found it with Göt2b’s 2sexy Voluptuous Volume Spray Mousse ($6, ulta.com). The unique spray formula makes it easy to target your roots. Here’s how I use it: I part my hair in several places along the top and crown of my head and spray it along my scalp. Then I mist it through the length of my hair for extra body. I flip my hair upside down to blow-dry, using my fingers to massage the product into my roots and a boar bristle brush to avoid tangles. When I’m done, you’d swear my hair was defying gravity. You get maximum lift that doesn’t feel dirty, as well as, workable hold and shine. I haven’t had to use my teasing comb in weeks. You know how they say, “Everything’s bigger in Texas?” Well, I’ll fit right in the Lone Star State thanks to this miracle mousse!

Tame Your Summer Mane

Written on July 13, 2011 at 9:23 am , by

The height of summer is in full swing in New York City, and our hair’s been reacting in accordance (read: frizz, grease, and flyaways).

Thankfully, Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Collection has come up with a foolproof style for your next getaway or day at the beach. Here’s to good hair days ahead!

  1. Before heading to the beach or the pool, wash and condition your hair thoroughly.
  2. Towel dry and put hair in a ponytail at the top of your head.
  3. Twist hair around the ponytail and secure in a spiraled bun.
  4. Spritz strands with a soft-touch hairspray.
  5. After your day in the sun, let the bun fall to form smooth waves, and finish with a mist of hairspray to keep locks in place.

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    —By Amanda Downs, beauty intern

    Reaching New Heights

    Written on March 15, 2011 at 9:31 am , by

    Simple and easy updos, perfect for those days when the alarm doesn’t go off or you hit the snooze button one too many times, are having a serious celebrity moment (check out our Fresh Hair feature in the April issue, out today, for the best gym-friendly options). Jessica Alba’s messy updo, above, is top notch: This effortlessly cool style can be twisted in a few seconds—push a headband over the front to smooth flyaways and make the look more polished.

    If you’re a curly girl, the messy bun that both Annalynne McCord and Vanessa Hudgens sport is perfect for you.  To get this look, pull your hair up into a loose bun and pull some tendrils free to finish it off.  This is easygoing style will take your hair from frizzy to chic with time to spare!

    Another celeb diving head first into the topknot trend is Kate Bosworth. Channeling her inner ballerina, Kate puts a more polished spin on the bun trend: Her look is elegant, yet fuss-free. This style works best on ladies with straight hair. Start by pulling your hair into a high, tight ponytail. Twist hair around the base of the ponytail and loosen the twist as you place it. Once you have perfected your bun, pin it in place (we love the Goody Spin Pin, a single pin—you may need two if you have a ton of hair—that miraculously, undetectably holds hair in place).

    —By Lindsay Richardson, beauty intern