Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The ‘Jasmine’ Ponytail

Today I want to talk about hair, and how to keep it tamed while running. My own hair is long, thick, and gets tangled very easily when I run; the mixture of sweat and humidity really takes a toll. I think it is a safe bet to say that there are probably many other women out there with the same problem!

I discovered this issue for the very first time at the Disney Princess Half Marathon this past February. I wore my hair in a regular ponytail on that high humidity day, then when I finished the race and headed back to the hotel, I reached back and all I felt was a huge lump of tangled up knots. After washing and conditioning my hair thoroughly, the knot took almost 45 minutes to brush out!

Unfortunately, I accidentally made the same mistake on this past weekend’s 8 mile long run. The humidity was running high and I guess my brain was not working well enough to remember my usual hair technique when I woke up at 6 AM. My hair ended up like this (luckily it was not as bad as after the half marathon, but it still took a good 20-30 minutes to brush out):

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To prevent this from happening again, my mom suggested, after the half marathon, a new way to wear my hair when running; it is, what I like to call, the ‘Jasmine’ ponytail (named after the Disney princess of course)! It works 100% of the time for me – I have never had an issue with tangles when I wear my hair like Jasmine:

Finishing at the Cooper Sprint Tri back in July – no tangles!DSC03159 

If you have problems with easily tangled hair, give this a try and see how it works for you!

QOTD: Have you ever had to deal with overly tangled hair after a run/race?

12 comments

  1. Good idea! My biggest issue is that my ponytail always starts falling out, no matter how tight I make it. I actually like running in pigtails more than ponytails, but sometimes I get self conscious about wearing them when I'm 40 years old. LOL

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    1. LOL I've never tried pigtails before, but that would be super cute! I did try a ponytail braid once though and that was almost as bad as a normal ponytail for me.

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  2. Cute idea! fortunately I don't have that problem, but it could be that my hair just isn't long enough.

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  3. My hair is fine so I can brush it out after long runs, but I make sure to keep it in the pontytail until the tangles are out. After a race, it could take a few minutes, but I find it's much worse to brush out if I take the ponytail holder out first.

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    1. Yes, definitely worse if you take out the holder first!

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  4. Yes! It's why I almost always wear braids while running/racing, it's the only way that my hair is not ridiculously gross and unmanageable afterwards; a braided ponytail always works!

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    1. Haha glad I'm not the only one out there! Though, believe it or not, I tried the ponytail braid once for a 13.1 race and it was almost as bad as a normal ponytail. I must have some seriously stubborn hair LOL

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  5. I've got super long thick hair. Somewhere between Jasmine and Rapunzel... Add in the Florida humidity... So yes, I used to have the same problem with ponytails. Plus my ponies are so thick at the top that it makes it hard to wear visors and caps. So now - almost all of my race pics - I wear two braids - a la Laura Ingalls. lol. And that also gives you some idea how old I am - that I remember that show when it actually aired - not just reruns. Your Jasmine pony is super cute though. I might have to try that when I eventually chop off some of my hair. -DisneyBride

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    1. Hi DisneyBride! You must have very long hair if it is too long for this style lol. I have tried one braid, but haven't tried two yet - that could definitely work too since the braid wouldn't be near as thick! Great idea :)

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  6. My hair gets really messed up when running, something I didn't expect when I first started running. I usually go with a ponytail braid or a semi-Jasmine style (just one more hair tie).

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    1. I know, right! I never would have expected it to happen either. First world runner problems lol!!

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