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2016 ISSUE 06

Story by Karen Kwan Photographs by Colin Medley Styling by Aylin C. Abraham


f your hairstyle is not a consideration on race day, you’re missing out on a way to rock not only those photos, but to excel in your run. A cool style will help you feel your best, both when it comes to your confidence and for helping to keep you at ease; hair whipping into your sweaty face, laying on your back or frozen in the winter, is distracting and uncomfortable. Simply sweeping it into a ponytail works well for keeping it out of your face, but with a little more effort, you can rock a look that’ll have you totally feeling yourself. Toronto-based hairstylist and runner Aylin C. Abraham has long been putting her hair up in braids for her workouts, so she’s figured out what works and what doesn’t. For amazing race hair, all you need are bobby pins (“to secure flyaways”), ouchless hair elastics (she suggests the type without any metal), a flexible hold hairspray (her fave is Bumble and Bumble Does It All Hairspray), and a wide-tooth comb to detangle your hair before you let it air dry. Tip: Your hair will be easier to work into these hairstyles if it’s a little damp. Here’s how to try a few styles. 1 BRAIDED CROWN Make a deeper, exaggerated part on the side of your hair you usually part it on. Then start braiding similar to boxer braids, except you’ll be working the braid around your head. Keep the braid as close to the front of your head as you’d like it and keep working your way around your head. When you have no more hair to add to the braid, tie the end with a hair elastic. Wrap the remaining braid to the top of your head and secure with bobby pins.


2 BRAIDED TOPKNOT Sit and lean over so that your hanging upside down. Start a braid at the nape of your neck; Begin with three small strands and cross the right strand over the middle, under the left. The strands will have shifted slightly so add hair to the right strand and bring it over the middle, and under the left. Work your way braiding up to the top of your head and secure the end with a hair elastic. Create a ponytail with it, and wrap the hair around the base and secure the topknot with another hair tie. 3 HIGH PONYTAIL “This hairstyle is great for a quick 5K run, or yoga class,” says Abraham. Brush your hair back into a high ponytail and fasten it with a hair elastic. Work with your hair slightly damp so that the ponytail can be held tightly. 4 DOUBLE BOXER BRAIDS Part your hair in two sections down the middle of your head. You’ll be doing the same pattern over and over until the very end. Starting on the right side, at the top of the head, grab three small strands of hair and take the right strand, bring it under the middle and over the left. Next, bring the strand on the left under the middle and over on the right. Again on the right side, but adding a bit of hair to the strand, cross it under the middle and over the left strand. Keep adding hair as you braid down your head. Tie with a hair elastic. Repeat on other half of your head.

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