I received my first blog request recently from a blogger friend of mine, Jill (https://jillsofitness.wordpress.com/) looking for some tips on workout hairstyles. Now, as a forewarning, my workout routine is not exactly what you would describe as “intense”, but I have pretty much nailed some great workout styles, so I figured it was worth a shot.
- Ponytail – I know, I know…duh! Throwing your hair in a ponytail is the classic go-to for working out and for good reason…it works. The problem with ponytails is that if you do the same one every day, you will have a ton of breakage from the elastic in that spot. There are two ways to combat this. First, switch it up. Always put your pony in a different place to minimize the damage in one spot, or throw it in a topknot to do the least damage. Second, get a great elastic. This means no exposed rubber or metal closure holding it together that can snag on your hair. You should be able to pull it out of your hair without any hair coming with it. My favorite kind is the Goody Ouchless.
- Headbands – I have a love/hate relationship with working out in headbands. I always see people in those cute elastic headbands and am so jealous. I don’t know if my head is the wrong shape or what but they fly right off my head, which obviously isn’t ideal. I prefer using one that has some teeth on it (the little bumps inside that help grip it to your head) but they can be on the more uncomfortable side if you’re doing anything long term or high impact. My best advice for any kind of elastic or cloth headbands is Bobby pins. To help it stay, just take two pins and criss cross them at the base of the neck, or put a pin behind each ear. Another good tip is to spray the hair with hairspray before putting the headband on. I asked a friend of mine Ashley who writes the wonderful blog Running Bun (www.runningbun.com) for some advice, and she recommended Sparkly Soul headbands (sparklysoul.com) as the best non-budge option.
- Braids & Twists – I find braids to be the the golden goose when it comes to workout hair. This is my personal preferance because it’s so simple, holds well and looks cute. There are plenty of different ways to wear a braid, so it’s easy to switch up and do minimal damage to your hair. I love the twist braid, which is great combined with a ponytail. One of my favorite websites, Hair and Makeup by Steph, gives a great tutorial here: http://blog.hairandmakeupbysteph.com/2012/04/how-to-twist-braid.html