Style, Sweat, Refresh: Gym Hair Made Easy
Working out doesn't have to mean ruining your curly hair. Learn this trick to flawless post-sweat session curls, plus 3 moves to master from trainer Rose Ann Serpico.
Caring for your curls while caring for your body is a delicate balance, especially when working up a sweat is part of your job.
We asked Rose Ann Serpico, owner of Manhattan fitness studio Serpico Powers, to share her secrets—plus teach us a few of her favorite moves.
What’s your preferred training method? I have a generalist approach to movement using whatever modality necessary to serve the body in front of me. I train myself with a strength and conditioning program that includes elements of gymnastics and locomotion.
How do you care for your curls while working out? I usually wear my hair pulled back into a high bun. I use high quality products (like Ouidad’s Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel) so that my hair doesn’t require special treatment when I'm training. I love that my curly hair always has body and shape, even after I've taken it down after a workout.
What are the top 3 tips you share with your clients? 1. Move it or lose it! Explore as much movement as you can—juggle, walk on a rail, take a dance class. 2. Don't be afraid to fail. Be willing to try movements that don't come easily. 3. Consistency is key to improvement. Show up for yourself every day.
On Rose Ann, we created a braided look that keeps hair off the face and can be refreshed post-workout. After taking out the braids, mist all over with Ouidad’s Botanical Boost® Curl Energizing & Refreshing Spray to moisturize curls and help them re-form—no shampoo required.
TRY THIS: Core Strengthener Series
“I love training with bodyweight movements because there’s no equipment needed—you can do it anywhere,” Rose Ann says.
1. Position 4 Sits Start by sitting with the legs in a shape that resembles the number four. Rise to the knees while twisting toward the front leg, then sit back while twisting toward the back leg. Repeat 10 times with the right leg in front, and 10 times with the left leg in front.
2. Quadruped Crawl Start on hands and knees. Lift your knees an inch off the floor, and keep the knees lifted. Simultaneously raise your opposite hand and foot on one side, then the other.
Repeat 5 times on each side, for a total of 10 lifts.
3. Twist and Reach Start on hands and knees. Lift your knees an inch off the floor, and keep the knees lifted. Lift your right hand and left foot, and twist to face up as you touch your hand to foot. Repeat with the left hand and right foot.
Repeat 5 times on each side, for a total of 10 reaches.