Controlled, great looking hair when you run, swim or work out
Celebrity hairdresser and director of Lisa Shepherd London, Jason Cocking gives his top tips on how to get super stylish sports hair - whether it be a run in the park, swimming, in the gym or a yoga retreat.
'Choose a ponytail to avoid the damage of tangles or a matted mane,' Jason advises, 'finishing off with a spritz of gel all over your hair to guarantee minimal movement, leaving you with a perfectly polished sports ponytail.'
Tailoring your ponytail to your fitness activity can make a difference, not only to your image, but also your performance.
Jason says, 'Whilst an up-do positioned on the crown of the head is best suited for those leisurely jogs and endurance runs, a low slung ponytail secured near the nape of your neck, is a much better swimming style. Swimming can be a nightmare; especially for those with curly and kinky hair, so if you swim regularly be sure to look after your locks. A top tip is that cheap conditioner acts as the perfect protective barrier. Applying a mask prior to swimming will keep your hair healthy and ward off unwanted chlorine damage.'
Looking for a change from the classic ponytail? Try experimenting with the fishtail braid and classic bun - fashion forward and suitable for longer and thickerhair.
Jason tells how to get the look:
The Fishtail Braid: A great alternative to the classic plait. It not only keeps your hair out of your face, but also keeps you cool and looking chic. Start by gathering hair and divide it into two sections. Grab a third, smaller piece of hair from the underside of the right section. Pull across the centre towards the middle and connect with the left hand section. Switch to the opposite side and repeat steps two through to four. Continue the braiding process finger combing each piece of hair before weaving. Secure braid with a band and spray with hairspray to ensure it is held firmly in place.
The Classic Bun: If you've got long, thick hair then the bun style could be your perfect option. Start by dampening hair (working with slightly oily hair will work to your advantage and hold bun firmly in place). Comb hair up into a ponytail and secure with a band towards the nape of the neck. Ensure locks are detangled and ready to style. Grasp the ponytail and twist the hair. Once twisted to the ends, wrap the twist around the base of the ponytail in a clockwise motion. Insert bobby pins into the centre of bun and spray with hairspray to secure. Pull out a few hairs for a looser, more dishevelled and relaxed look.
For Lisa Shepherd London visit the website on www.lisashepherd.co.uk or call the salon on 0207 467 9560
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