Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Run-Proof Hair

by Meghann on June 17, 2014

It’s been a while since we’ve talked about hair, so let’s chat for a minute.

A quick recap… Since I started my blog in 2008, I’ve gone through a zillion hair changes. Okay, maybe not a zillion, but it’s pretty obvious I get bored with my hair very easily. I’ve had blonde hair, dark hair, short hair, long hair, bangs, no bangs, and every style of long layers you can think of. My last major change was when I chopped all my hair off after my wedding in 2013 and donated eleven inches to Pantene Pro-V’s Beautiful Lengths program.

I kept the short hair through Ironman training and LOVED IT. Short hair was particularly easy when it came to those early morning swim workouts where I had approximately 15 minutes to shower, get dressed, and be on my way to work. Short hair rocks with triathlon training – I 100% recommend it.

Of course, as soon as I finished my Ironman, I was ready to have long hair again. So in the beginning of 2014 I started the painful process of growing my hair out for the umpteenth time. I’m almost past the super awkward in-between stage and I’ve already been having fun styling the new longer do.


Yay, curls!

No comment on growing out the bangs. I’ve never been a fan of side bands (they don’t really work with my double cowlicks and heavy hair), so more often than not I prefer to pin them up and out of the way.

As much fun as I’ve had re-learning to style the longer locks all over again, I haven’t been having as much running with the longer locks. I think this photo Gina took at Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego the other week pretty much sums it up.

My hair is thick, heavy, and hates being contained. If I place it in a ponytail on the top of my head, it immediately slides down. If I put it in braids, it immediately unravels. Honestly, it’s a pain in the butt.

I’m always playing with my hair, trying to figure out what will work best for my runs and races.  My latest trick is the double ponytail.


One pony tail on bottom, one on top, and a third holder to keep it all in place. It’s amazing the difference with this hold.

I’m a long time fan of Scunci No-slip Grip Evolution Jelly Ponytailers for containing thick hair. 

These hair ties are amazing. I’ve tried various versions of similar non-jelly hair ties, but they’re only good for two or three wears before they’re so stretched out that they’re not usable anymore. The jelly ones have a nice grip that gives it some staying power and they don’t stretch. They may be a little pricier, but they’re great because they last longer than normal hair ties.

Brooks recently sent me their new hair ties Run Happy Hair Ties to test out.

run happy hair ties

They’re so cute! I wanted them to work, but the thick band and inability to stretch made it impossible to get a good grip on my hair. What started as a ponytail on top of my head had slid to the bottom on my head on the drive to trail.

Unfortunately the hair ties did not pass the running test, but they would be great for a low ponytail where you’d want to avoid the dreaded ponytail crease.

For headbands, I cycle through my Sweaty Bands, Sparkly Soul, and BAMR. Each brand has a nice grip that sticks to my head, plus being cute is a huge bonus. I rarely leave the house without a headband.


I was also sent Brooks Run Happy Headbands to try.

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The material is very light with just enough grippy embellishments to force the headband to stay on my head. They come in fun colors and even work great at the office.

 I’m still playing. I have Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle this weekend and my goal is not have to mess with my hair for 13.1 miles. That means not having to adjust my headband, ponytail, or any flyaways coming loose. I’m pretty sure that’s close to impossible, but it doesn’t stop me from daydreaming it’s possible. 

Do you have any secrets for “run-proof” hair? Please share.

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