Here’s how to keep a healthy glow this holiday.
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Whether you’re headed to an ugly sweater shindig or dressing up for a fancy night, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re achieving that coveted party-ready hair. Here are three top tips on how to prep your hair for the glamour and the glitz of the season!
It’s not always obvious, but our diet and lifestyle can have an impact on the shine, gloss, and length of our hair. We know that getting in your five a day and an early night isn’t exactly top priority during party season, but if you can maintain some of your healthy habits, your hair will thank you for it!
For example, don’t skip your usual morning workout, as it can actually help your hair to grow! When you sweat from your scalp, it can unclog hair follicles—giving enough space for the new hair to come through. If you need a bit of *extra* motivation to workout whilst it’s hectic, download the MINDBODY app and filter workouts by time and location to make it more convenient for you.
Just like your fitness, sometimes you need to mix up your hair routine to get maximum results. Take stock of what products you are using on a regular basis—like shampoo and styling products—and ask yourself if you’re getting the results you want. You might be using a product for blonde hair when you’re actually more of a brunette or your conditioner might be leaving your hair feeling more dewy than nourished.
Volume is a must for impressive party hair, so invest in products that can help take your hair to new heights! Firstly, choose a volumizing shampoo. Some formulas can weigh your hair down, so use one that is specifically designed to lift. Also, when you condition your hair, only apply it to the ends to prevent any residue at the roots.
If you don’t have time to wash your hair, then products like dry shampoo and volumizing sprays are great for a quick fix (especially if you’re on the go and transitioning from the office to a party). You can also create some much-needed volume with just a brush!
Top Tip - As you dry your hair, hold a rounded brush under your hair and push it upwards to lift your roots and give them the most volume. You can also use a nozzle attachment on your hairdryer, making it easier to focus the air on the brush.
From updos to braids and buns, utilize these three easy tips to make your holiday season all about being merry—and not fussing with your hair.
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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