Hair is one
of those things that’s always been more about style rather than performance.
However, for Julien Farel, the official hair stylist for the US Open for the 11th
year running, styling hair that looks good is only half the battle. During the
two weeks that the French stylist and his team operate the Julian Farel Style
Suite at the US Open, creating ‘dos that can withstand the high intensity of
competition without falling apart or getting in the athlete’s way is also a top
priority. While we may not be able to bust out the intricate fishtail braids
favored by this year’s players, we were able to pick up a couple performance
hair tips of our own during a recent visit to the Style Suite.
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DIYing a hairstyle in preparation for an active day ahead, a ponytail is the
best option because it’s so easy and simple,” says Farel. But even something as
straightforward as that can present its share of problems. Pull it too loose
and your hair falls out of the style. Too tight and you’ll be battling the
dreaded ponytail headache. Luckily, both issues can be fixed with two simple
tips you’ve probably never thought of before.
haircut could be to blame for fallout and flyaways,” explains Farel. “While a
ponytail is always a safe bet for a hairstyle that won’t budge throughout the
day, if you have layers, you will want to add a tight braid to the front to
lock the layers in place.” A smoothing product like Julien Farel Flexible
Smoothing Balm helps to fight frizz and humidity while keeping the style in
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the side effects of a too-tight ponytail, Farel offers up this genius tip. “If
you pull your hair into a tight ponytail, it’s best to do it wet. When
the hair and scalp are wet the roots of the hair are softer and so is the
scalp. When you pull the hair up tight during this time the hair is not being
forced into it and it will dry in that direction. If the hair is pulled tight
after it’s already been dried, the direction of the hair will have to be forced
into a different side to create the ponytail. This causes extra strength and
pull which is what creates the headaches.”
Armed with these tips, we’re ready to ace our next style.