Some of my clients tell me that they know they should go to the gym, but feel so discouraged by the way they look when they first start to workout. Yoga and Pilates studios and gyms rooms are plastered in mirrors, so the image of themselves bare faced with sweaty hair, wearing clothes that reveal every bodily defect can defeat them before they even walk out the door. What I recommend is that they prepare themselves like an actor getting ready for a performance. It’s like getting into a costume. Once you see yourself looking healthy and athletic, you will be inspired enough to go to the class and it will keep you motivated to finish it.
THE GOLDEN RULE OF GYM HAIR: HAVE BUN
|the "samurai" bun I styled for Vogue|
Keep it simple. Instead of just letting your ratty ponytail flop around, I recommend what I call a “samurai” bun. Simply pull it back and fasten with an elastic, either high like Pebbles Flintstone, midway below the crown or lower if you are more comfortable that way. When you get to that final pull of hair through the elastic, stop before you pull it all the way through so that it forms a small loop-like bun. Then, take a wide, black elastic head band and pull back the front securely. You can pin the head band in place with a few pins if you are going to be very active. If you have short hair, just do the black headband. Basta!
What I love about this hair style is that you can use this as a set to create fullness if you are going out afterwards, as long as you haven’t gotten too sweaty! The upwards pull creates lift at the roots, so take out the elastic and brush with fingers for sexy volume.
|another Vogue shoot|
GOOD NEWS GYM CLOTHES
The last element is a great set of workout clothes. Swap the baggy sweatpants and stretched-out tank top for the latest gear that offer support for the back, tummy and chest while creating a smoother silhouette instantly, like Spanx for the spinning class. Target and Walmart all have full workout clothes departments, so you don’t have to spend a fortune.
YOU CAN DO IT: Remember that it’s more important to be healthy in body and mind than to worry about how you look while you are getting there. Focus on that rather than the imperfections you see in the studio mirror to push through any self-defeating roadblocks you put in your own way. Namaste!