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Four Ways to Workout Proof Your Hair

Written on September 23, 2013 at 11:04 am , by

Hitting the gym is one of the best things for your body but it can sometimes be one of the worst things for your hair. Too-tight ponytails and excess washing can leave strands brittle and breakage-prone, but you don’t have to sacrifice a killer workout for soft, healthy hair. Instead of just tossing your hair into a topknot before your spin class, give it the T.L.C. it needs. Below, four tips to get your strands into shape while you shape up at the gym:

Loosen Up 
Whether you’re gearing up for a long run or prepping for a mid-day Pilates class, the ponytail is, no doubt, a workout-friendly hairstyle, but tying it too tight can break strands mid-shaft. To avoid this, I tie my hair back with stretchy ribbon elastics like Emi-Jay Hair Ties ($14 for set of 5, emi-jay.com). They eliminate the unwanted ponytail crease and are comfortably loose enough to prevent breakage but still strong enough to keep your style from falling out. Bonus: They come in so many cute colors and patterns — I like to match them to my workout gear!

Spritz On Some Dry Oil 
My go-to gym hair is a messy topknot. It’s functional, keeps my hair off my neck and still manages to look a little bit cute while I’m drenched in sweat, but I started to notice my ends were getting seriously distressed from bending every which way. Before my workout, I spray Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Spray ($30, ulta.com) from mid-length down before tying my hair up, which makes a huge difference! This ultra-fine spray adds instant hydration and shine that makes my hair soft, manageable and easy to style.

Avoid Over Washing 
It’s hard to not suds up following a sweaty workout, but too much shampoo can dry out your hair and strip it of essential oils. We’re firm believers in the power of dry shampoo and I always keep one, like Dove Style+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo ($4, drugstore.com) stocked in my gym bag. If you can’t jump on the dry shampoo bandwagon, we suggest trying a cleansing conditioner like WEN by Chaz Dean Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner ($32 for 16 oz. bottle, chazdean.com). A sulfate-free, low-lather formula will keep your hair’s natural oils in check while still washing away all the sweaty stuff.

Use Your Sweat as a Styler 
As gross as it may seem, a little perspiration can give your hair some much-needed grip for certain hard-to-master styles. Avoid heat-induced damage by using your post-workout hair to your advantage and pulling it into a low side braid, then slide on a pretty headband like Goody FashioNow Patent Bow Headwrap ($5, Walmart stores). This look is an easy transition from workout to work-ready!

—Karee Hackel

Official Hairstylist for the U.S. Open, Julien Farel, Shares His Sporty Style Tips

Written on September 9, 2013 at 12:28 pm , by

Just before the U.S. Open wraps today with the men’s final match between Djokovic and Nadal, we snuck in some time with the official hairstylist for the tournament, Julien Farel. For seven years, Farel and his team have been offering their services in the official player salon at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York. Here, he shares with us his tricks for keeping the players looking like aces through grueling, multiple-hour matches.

Julien Farel cutting Ana Ivanovic’s hair in the salon.

So you set up a salon on site for the players. What kind of services do you offer?
“There are over 500 players and they all have access to any kind of services that they want. At Arthur Ashe Stadium, we cannot do any color or chemical treatments but if they need any kind of other services: hair cut, blow dry, manicure, pedicure, eyebrow waxing, tweezing or makeup, they can come in and get it done.”

And how does the styling work? Do the players tell you what they want or do they let you have some creativity with it?
“It depends. If they go on camera, they will come to get a quick braid or ponytail and sometimes a touchup for makeup. If they are playing, they usually skip the makeup. If not, sometimes we reopen the salon just for the biggest players. Sometimes you have to drop what you’re doing to just go and take care of them, especially the well-ranked players.”

Donna Vekic sporting a braided style at Julien Farel salon.

We’ve noticed a lot of braided hairstylists on the women this year. Are braids a big trend right now and what’s the trick to getting the look right?
“It is a very good style for tennis because it locks all the hair into place. For the U.S. Open, we use our anti-aging hair care technology and our styling products, which have UV-protection [Farel launched a 21 SKU product line back in 2011 available at dermstore.com]. So for a braid, we often apply some products on the hair before they go into the game to protect their hair. After the game, they sometimes come in because they get sunburned and we apply Julien Farel Haircare Vitamin Calm ($43, dermstore.com), which is a great product to repair sunburn because it immediately nourishes the scalp. It has anti-inflammatory ingredients, like algae extract and vitamin E to help replenish vital nutrients and combat harmful UV-rays. But because of the humidity and the heat, a lot of them are coming into get some gel or gloss to lock the hair in place, so in that case we do a ponytail or a braid out of the ponytail.”

It has been awfully humid for most of the Open. What’s your best tip for blocking humidity out of your hair?
“Yea, we use an anti-frizz balm [Julien Farel Haircare Zero Frizz Relaxing Balm ($32, dermstore.com)]. We offer that to make sure we can help to protect the hair. For me, it’s really about protecting the hair in every way we can so by moisturizing, making sure the hair feels better, to be moisturized from the end to the root or by having something where the hair is going to be protected from the sun.”

These matches can last for hours so what’s your secret for getting the styles to last?
“Well, if it’s a case of someone like Nadal who is wearing a bandana, or others are wearing bobby pins and some hair bands, or some ponytails and some braids and the reason is because these things help to lock the hair into place. So if you’re winning, you go on camera right away and you still look good because after the players finish the match, they’re not going to come to the salon to get their hair done because the people, especially the press, want them to comment right as they are on the moment. They don’t want you to wait to think about it. They want to feel the emotion.”

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: Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition 3-Minute Undo Dryness Reversal Treatment

Written on August 2, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

My hair and I have been through a lot together. I’ve been a blonde, brunette and redhead, and I have a tendency to be little too friendly with my hot tools. These styling faux pas have left my strands feeling dry, weak and in need of some serious T.L.C. Thankfully in recent years I’ve learned my lesson, steered clear of anything that could further damage my locks and treated my tresses to a hair indulgence once a week. Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition 3-Minute Undo Dryness Reversal Treatment ($6, drugstores) is my current go-to strand saver. Loaded with ultra-nourishing avocado, olive and almond oils, this quick fix instantly reverses signs of dryness and leaves my hair feeling super soft. It contains teeny-tiny crushed apricot kernels that smooth hair cuticles for amped-up shine and minimal frizz. After shampooing, I apply a layer of this starting mid-shaft all the way to my ends, comb through with a wide-tooth comb, clip my hair up off my neck (did you know the built-up oils from your hair products can cause back and chest breakouts?), wait three minutes, rinse and violà! – instantly refreshed, healthy hair.

—Karee Hackel, beauty intern

L.A. Angels Pitcher C.J. Wilson Dishes on Strikeouts, Workouts and His Enviable Hair

Written on July 31, 2013 at 1:49 pm , by

Hanging with “Mane Man” C.J. Wilson

To one of the guys, C.J. Wilson might be most well-known for his success on the pitcher’s mound, but to the ladies, his boyish good looks and a great head of hair are what stand out (sorry girls, he’s recently engaged to supermodel Lisalla Montenegro). Head & Shoulders also took note of his flowing locks and signed him up as their “Mane Man” for the 2012-2013 MLB Season to launch their “Season of the #Whiff” campaign. We stole a moment with him before last week’s All-Star game to chat about the details of the campaign and got him to spill some of his great hair secrets as well as his pro-workout routine.

Tell us about the Season of the #Whiff Campaign and why it’s important to you.
“The Season of the #Whiff (strikeout) campaign is with Head & Shoulders, the MLB and the RBI program. The RBI program is really cool because it brings kids that wouldn’t normally be able to play baseball onto the baseball field. It gets them equipment, places to play. Obviously being a baseball player, it’s been a life-changing opportunity for me, so I wanted other people to get that opportunity. For every strike out or “whiff” this season, Head & Shoulders donates one dollar to the RBI program, so as you can imagine, over the season that becomes a lot of money, and then they have special contests for every month for different teams. If their fans tweet #whiff, they total that up at the end of the month, and whoever wins gets  $10,000 per month for their local RBI program, so it’s a really cool thing overall.”

Pitchers have a lot of pressure on them throughout the game. How do you keep your cool on the mound?
“You just have to trust your preparation. A lot of pressure is on you because you initiate the action. You have a ball in your hands, so you have to not screw up, basically. One of the adages of baseball is good pitching beats good hitting, so you have to trust that the odds are in your favor. If you make good pitches, the guys are going to strike out the majority of the time. You just have to hope the odds stack up, so that if they do get a hit, it’s not when a bunch of guys are on base. You have to try to throw strikes and strike out as many guys as possible. At least that’s the way I try to pitch. Go for the whiff!”

Do you have any pre-game rituals that you do before every game?
“Yeah, definitely. I try to visualize the opposing team and how I’m going to pitch to them, so that I have a game plan. For the most part, you get acclimated to it. You start as a little kid, and even when I was a little kid, I threw the same exact way that I throw now. It’s just something that I’ve always done. You trust the training and make sure you’re wearing your shoes and socks. I’ve actually left the locker room with my jacket and glove, but didn’t have my hat. Even as a grown man, you still make those little mistakes, but you just have to try to make it as much about routine as possible.”

What are your workouts like?
“My workouts are kind of all over the board because I try to train all of my different systems. You have to have endurance in terms of recovery. As a pitcher, you pitch for basically two straight hours, so your body is up for all that time. You have to do enough volume between running and lifting weights to be able to handle that. At the same time, if you don’t train the right way, your body can break down pretty easily. A lot of guys have arm injuries because the little, tiny muscles in your arm that you can easily injure if you do something like lift up a jug of milk the wrong way, those are the ones that hold our arm together. We have to do all these weird exercises with rubber bands and three pound weights. If you go to the gym and see someone doing these exercises, you’re going to be like, ‘What is wrong with that guy?’ because they are clearly not very difficult, but if you do them for 10 minutes straight, then it is difficult. It’s very specialized in that regard. Other than that, I do Crossfit, cardio and sprints.”

You’re a Head & Shoulders “Mane Man,” and you have a good head of hair, so what is your typical hair care routine like?
“Other than using Head & Shoulders as often as possible, I don’t really have much that I do. I try not to put a lot of product in it because we have to wear hats, so if you wear a lot of pomade or something and it gets in your face, it kind of becomes a mess. I try to keep it long so that it lies down. If it’s short, I have to put stuff in it to tame it. My hair sort of just does what I need it do to. I guess I’m naturally gifted in that way. No performance enhancers here!”

So what do you love about the new addition of the Old Spice scent to the Head & Shoulders line?
“It smells manly. There’s definitely a confidence thing to it. When you’re shopping, you’re attracted to certain colors. For me, the blue and red put together is a cool combination. I’ll look at it, then open the bottle and smell it, and I’m like ‘Oh, that smells good!’ I think all of the Old Spice products smell good, whether it’s the body wash or the deodorant. It smells homogenous. You maintain some of your unpolished manliness, which is kind of the charm.”

Do you have any other grooming products that you like?
“The biggest thing to me is the stuff that I shave with because I have very sensitive skin. I have to shave in regular intervals otherwise I get skin issues. If I’m the spokesman for any type of grooming product, I can’t have some sort of caveman beard. Brett Keisel (Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end a fellow Head & Shoulders Mane Man) has a crazy beard, but his beard is the most beautiful, manly beard I have ever seen. I’m the clean-shaven guy, so I kind of have to stay that way.”

Pro Surfer Courtney Conlogue Shares Quick Workout Tips and Hair & Skin Saving Products

Written on July 11, 2013 at 12:15 pm , by

Photo Credit: James Dombrowski

Courtney Conlogue and her surfboard carry quite the record. As a leading competitor with multiple wins and titles, she is one of the best women surfers to emerge out of Orange County, California. With summer in full swing and (hopefully) a trip to the beach penciled in on your calendar, we tapped her for the best ways to workout fast, and how to keep your strands looking fresh after some serious sun damage. Plus, if you’ve always dreamed of jumping onto a surfboard and hanging ten, Conlogue shared her tips on how to get started.

How do you train to stay fit during surf season?
“I’ve gone through a couple of phases. During my track and field days, I was really bulking up and that wasn’t really working out for me. So right now, I’m currently using either low weight or just my weight in my workouts. And incorporating endurance, power, speed, agility, all of those things and balance especially. Working out on the Bosu ball has been my favorite right now.”

Photo Credit: Shayne Nienaber

And that helps with balance in the water, right?
“Yeah, I do a lot of rowing stuff, reverse push-ups, inverted push-ups, hamstring curls, single-leg snaps on the Bosu and single-leg toe touches. Actually, right now, I’m trying to make a video with all my surf workouts. I’m not sure when it’s going to come out, but I’m pretty excited to do a little workout and have it where other people can try it out.”

How do you manage to fit in your workouts when you have a tight schedule?
“I just kind of make it happen whenever I see a little bit of a gap—whether it’s twenty minutes or an hour. You can do a solid workout that lasts twenty minutes; all you do is have less of a break. The maximum break I really do in a workout in between sets of sets is probably 20-30 seconds. And when doing that, your body learns to recover a lot quicker and you build a lot of endurance. I’ve always found that to be really good, especially with surfing.”

Being in the sun and salt water all the time can be pretty rough on your skin and hair. What are your best beauty tips for keeping your skin and hair healthy?
“I always have leave-in conditioner in my hair no matter what. That’s one of the things I do. I just leave the conditioner in because my hair is always getting moisture and nutrients sucked out of it, especially with the sun and the salt. So I use that as a protectant, and then I have a UV spray and it’s like a hairspray that you spray on your hair before you go into the water. And then for my face, I always like to put night cream on and I’m always wearing sunscreen—the higher the SPF, the better. I like foundation sunscreen because it gives you a little tint and it stays on better.  What else? I’ve been doing this little thing when I go into the sauna, I put a hair mask in my hair, and put a towel on my head and just let it kind of bake and it re-moisturizes and gives it back its nutrients.”

Do you use any waterproof products?
“When I’m doing photo shoots and stuff like that I do wear waterproof mascaras.  But I go natural when I’m in the water. I don’t bother looking good when surfing most of the time, I think natural is best. I’ve always found being natural at the beach is what the beach is about.”

What’s your advice for someone who wants to get into surfing but is intimidated by it?  
“I think the key is just knowing how to swim—know the basics. And then I think having a surf instructor, having an individual lesson with a group of friends or just yourself with someone is always really helpful because it gives you that confidence and comfort knowing they always have your back. I do a couple lessons here and there with people in programs and stuff and I always have my eye on everyone, making sure they have the best time of their life when they’re out so they want to go out again. We love getting more people in our community as a part of the surfing family. So I think just getting out there and having fun because no matter what, you’re going to have a blast once you get on the board. And then you get into a couple waves and you stand up, that thrill you get when you’re dropping down the wave is just awesome.”

Favorite Find Friday: Sarah Potempa The Wrap Up

Written on May 17, 2013 at 10:18 am , by

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.

Favorite Find Friday: Emi-Jay Hair Ties and Headbands

Written on May 10, 2013 at 1:58 pm , by

We go to the gym to put in work. But that’s not to say we don’t get giddy when we find an accessory that is both functional and cute to wear during our sweat sessions. Enter Emi-Jay Hair Ties and Headbands (prices vary, emi-jay.com). Not only do they keep hair and sweat out of our face, but they add a pop of color to basic workout clothes. What makes these ribbon-like accessories cool is that they can be used in multiple ways. Want to glam up a boring pony, bun or braid? Tie your hair with one of the lightweight, stretchy bands, or simply slide on a bright, patterned headband to keep flyaways tame. No matter how you wear them, they’re guaranteed to brighten your look and mood.

 

—Katelyn Blough, 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!

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Latest Beauty and Fitness Venture

Written on March 27, 2013 at 5:00 pm , by

Tracy Anderson’s clients will soon have the opportunity to get a hot new hairstyle to match their hot new body. Friend and business partner Gwyneth Paltrow is teaming up with Anderson, as well as, celebrity hairstylist David Babaii (Paltrow’s go-to stylist) to open David Babaii Blow Dry Bar in Anderson’s Brentwood, California studio.

The cool thing about this collaboration is the collision of fitness and beauty (a match made in heaven, we think!). This idea of overall wellness has significant meaning to Babaii who, with the help of Anderson, lost an impressive 100 pounds! “I am so excited and honored to join the team as we all share the same devotion to women’s fitness, health and beauty,” says Babaii regarding the partnership. He understands the importance of regaining your confidence while transforming your body, and, let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to reward themselves with a little post-workout pampering?

The beauty bar is set to open its doors Thursday, April 4th, exclusively for Anderson’s Brentwood studio members. Services will range from a yoga-mat worthy ponytail to a glamorous, red carpet style, plus, all of the stylists will be trained by Babaii himself.

For more information, email brentwood@tracyandersonmethod.com.