FitBeauty: Three trendy ways to wear your hair while you workoutPosted on Jan 25th 2007 6:00AM by Jessica Ashley
Bangs blocking your view? Same old ponytail swinging in your face? Great layered 'do suddenly have you looking like Rod Stewart post-Pilates?
There's no reason to have a coif conundrum while you are working out. And there's no reason to resort to the same old scrunchy that's seen you from Jazzercise to step aerobics to hip-hop dance and back to Jazzercise again. With a little guidance from this year's trends for tresses, here are three ways to wear your hair in functional and fashionable styles while you workout.
Headbands are at the top of hairstyle trends for 2007. Whether you choose designer brands or accessories on the cheap, a simple headband will keep your hair out of the way in a polished style.
If you take avid style notes from celebrities, you can translate the looks (and locks) from red carpet to locker room. Try out Sienna Miller's Greek goddess hair with this soft, braided hairband or Kristin Cavalleri's cuteness with this quirky (and customized) cotton number.
My favorite headbands for working out are soft, easy to slide on and still stay put while I hit the treadmill or the yoga mat. I've fallen in love with these jersey headwraps, which can be folded and outstretched out, going from skinny to wide to near-babushka. Adjust for your personal style, how much hair you have and how much control you desire.
If you're not keen on a spendy, trendy headband, you can achieve this style like my girlfriends and I did back in those days of glorious 80s layering: cut up a big, soft Hanes t-shirt (then it was my dad's and now wiser, I might opt for a man's shirt fresh out of the package), wrap and tie in a low knot.
If you're too tight to buy a tee to make a headband, consider stockings. Apparently, last year's funky tights are this year's hot headband. Tights – especially those with patterns and stripes – are a simple and sassy way to pull your hair back. Do keep in mind that, like the hosiery you wore to that dreadful wedding one late July afternoon, they won't absorb the sweat during your cardio class.
If you're sporting a shorter hairstyle, lots of wispy layers or have thinner hair, this year's skinny headbands will manage your mane just enough. Skinny headbands come in an array of candy shop colors, price points, and in materials from plastic to elastic.
If you've been blessed with thick tresses, a headband with teeth will secure your style. The headband's attached comb adds tidiness to a ponytail for longer and layered hair.
2. Clips and bands - not your daughter's plastic princess ponytail holder
If you prefer to stick to clips and elastic bands, try a twist on the classics (OK, some beauty blogger out there is cringing to hear me call these classics, but ignore him! We all know we're way past banana clips and post office rubber bands, right? Right? Just nod and keep reading...).
Since we all know trusty clips can make or break a tribal bellydancing circle or endurance run, check out these in preppy plaid or hot metallics. I also love upgraded salon clips to fasten a chignon that will get you through low-impact exercise, walking or stretching.
Next, update your ponytail holders. Bands adorned with leather flowers, baubles and other charms actually do make a difference in how your styley your updo is. You will spend a bit more than that 25 for $2.99 pack that you and your preschooler share, but I think you'll love having an adultified accessory all for yourself. Make sure that charm is sturdily attached to a thick, pliable band before you make your purchase. Just think how great you'll look as you blow past the competition at the finish line or courageously take up a bike next to the other front row spinners.
3. Head's up - a last resort for locks
If you've lost all interest in all this hair management or are having one of those days, just give it up already. Throw on one of the homemadey-slouchy caps that are showing up all over Sundance or dig out an adorable slope-inspired cap and make the most of an outdoor winter workout!