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Tips to Make Your Blowout Last at the Gym


Is your blowout falling flat after the gym? Allure has the steps to maintain your smoothed-out style even through a sweaty workout routine.

We're officially halfway through January, and I'm thrilled to report that I am kicking some New Year's resolution tush. I haven't missed a day at the gym yet (just did an acceptance-speech-style "thank you, thank you so much" gesture, don't worry), but here's the rub: my hair, usually blown out and shiny, is taking a hit. Fortunately, I cracked the code for preserving my face-framing waves. Here's to not sacrificing one good beauty habit for another. Learn how to make your blowout last when you read more.

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Get off the pony express. The obvious way to keep hair off your neck during a sweat session is with a rubber band, but ponytails are a no-go here for a few reasons. First, those elastics kink hair (especially when your scalp heats up and hair's ripe for restyling). Second, even the gentlest rubber bands cause breakage — high-impact workouts (bouncing, bobbing around, running) put stress on your strands. All of these problems, and more, are solved with the Goody Spin Pin ($8). It's basically a beefed-up, coiled metal bobby pin that you twist through hair, securing it into a bun. Here's what you do: After pulling your hair back into a low-ish ponytail, make one ropy twist and coil the hair around itself to create a bun. Then grab a Spin Pin and dig it into the bun where it meets your head — the pin will twist through the hair along your scalp to hold things tight — and spin all the way through. My hair's getting long, so I've been using an extra pin.

Refresh your waves with Velcro. As with Spin Pins, the Velcro rollers' X-factor is their subtle gentleness. Grab a six-pack of rollers 2.5 inches or bigger (the larger the size, the less tight the curl) and some pins (I use little duckbill clips). Here's my technique: After the workout, brush your hair out, taking care to pull the brush forward toward your face. This avoids that windblown look along your hairline that can prevent waves from falling the right way. Work around the head in tiers, starting from the top. Grab a three-inch section of hair, and lay the roller on top so hair's coming out from under it; slowly roll backward and up, away from your face, securing the roller against your head with a pin. The beauty here is in the imperfection — the more you vary thickness of sections and placement, the more natural of a look you'll have. Blast your whole head evenly with a hair-dryer on high heat — a nozzle attachment will focus the heat. Go get dressed and forget about your hair — as your head cools off, the curls "set." Gently remove rollers, starting with the bottom layer, and mist with a light-hold hair spray to combat static and guard against wind. These will be some very soft-focus curves, so don't disrupt them with much brushing or fussing. The final look should take no more than two minutes (not including cooling).

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