Protecting your hair for sport
We are in the throws of Wimbledon 2012 we take our eyes of the Men and focus on the female players, who quite frankly are impossible to ignore with all that grunting but whom without a doubt are adding some glamour to proceedings.
Our hair highlights are provided by Marion Bartoli's long dark glossy locks, Gisela Dulko's long Argentinean sun-kissed mane, the versatility and elegance of Maria Sharapova and the edginess of Bethanie Mattek-Sands who has dyed her hair purple and green for the tournament - interesting decision!
We know this is a serious tournament that requires a balance of talent, strength, fitness and focus, so this is a hair guide of how 'not to' have your hair and steal the attention away from the game.
"Sport demands hair to have minimal maintenance and to be comfortable", says Mark Woolley founder of the Electric Hairdressing brand. Here are his tips for protecting your hair while playing sport.
1. Protect against the elements, the sun damages hair so ensure you apply a smoothing cream or light hair oil that contains UV protection.
2. Don't wear hair scraped back in a tight band - hair will snap, worn too often and you may experience female receding!
3. Avoid flyaways getting in your eyes by spraying hairspray onto your hands and smooth over hair, a good serum works equally well.
Our favourite style was worn by Bethanie Matleck-sands at the Hopman Cup (pictured) and by all the models in this years Louis Vuitton Spring Summer campaign.
Mark shows us how to achieve this look at home with a mini step-by-step guide to this fuss free but ever so chic style.
How to achieve a messy french twist with lots of texture:
Step 1. Cleanse hair - although this style can be achieved with day old hair a clean foundation always creates the best finish, use product to create texture.
Step 2. Blast blow dry hair - tipping head upside down to add volume.
Step 3. Apply some dry shampoo and backcombing the hair.
Step 4. Gather hair with fingers and work hair into a french twist and pin in place.
Step 5. Add a double headband or visor to keep hair off your face.