The 2016 Rio Olympics are only days away, and we here are Lionesse are beyond excited for Team USA to take on competitors in the pool, on the mat, and on the courts! We’re more than certain that the athletes, along with their coaches, trainers and families are just as excited for the events to take place in the temporary home base, Rio Olympic Village. The excitement of the 2012 Olympics still remains today, and as we reminisce on Team USA’s feats and fallbacks, one thing that we can’t help but think about are the fab hairstyles worn by our Lady Olympians.
Yes, you read that right – we are in awe of the glam, yet practical hairstyles worn by America’s Star athletes. Can you remember the last time that you went on a jog that your ponytail didn’t annoy you? Was there ever a time your bun stayed in through an entire hot yoga or soul cycle class without needing to be fixed or re-adjusted? If you’re like the majority of women, you may have answered no to both of these questions. So how do these top notch competitors keep their hair put while pouring every ounce of their energy into a high beam performance? To find out, we talked to an athletes’ stylist who gave us a few tips on Olympian’s hairstyles. Want to be in the know? Read on to find out how to rock Olympian hairstyles.
The High Braid
While a typical French braid seems like it might do the trick, we all know how easy they fall out of place. Because braids are a cute feminine touch to any athletes look, one of the most common Olympian hairstyles is the high braid. And guess what? It’s super simple. Use a brush to comb totally dry hair back into a medium-to-high ponytail. Before securing it with a hair elastic, you can spray in a bit of strong hold hairspray around the pulled back hair, then use the brush to smooth it out. This will ensure that the hair stays put and that flyaways aren’t tempted to pop-up and loosen the look. Secure the ponytail with the tightest elastic that you have, then braid the hair however you’d like and use another elastic to secure it again at the bottom. Give the ‘do just a bit more hairspray to lock the style in place.
The High Bun
Ah yes, the oh-so-famous ballerina bun. Albeit it makes total sense that Olympians are rocking this new-to-be high-fashion hairstyle, as it’s managed to stay put through the twists and turns of countless dance recitals for decades. There’s nothing new to styling this look; simply get your hair up into a high ponytail, then place your hair doughnut or sock bun over the pony. As you normally would, continue to wrap the hair over itself until the bun is tight at the base of your head. Give it a good dose of strong-hold hairspray and you’ll be good to go!