How Top Fitness Instructors Maintain Such Great Hair

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How Top Fitness Instructors Maintain Such Great Hair
Anna Kaiser, founder and CEO of AKT inMotion.

I work out about five times a week, surrounded by super fit instructors from spinning to pilates, and while most students would probably cop to the occasional bout of body envy, I find myself fixating on something else: how do they all have such great hair? I would never do my hair before a workout, because it’d be destroyed in minutes, but these women seem to have unlocked the secret to bouncy, shiny, healthy strands in spite of rubber bands and constant exposure to heat and sweat. What gives? I had to ask.

Bethany Meyers, Director of Education at SLT.

Bethany Meyers, Director of Education (and instructor) at New York’s hot workout SLT, says it’s all about the tools. “Keeping a cute mane while working out all day isn’t easy. I always have bobby pins and a brush in my bag, but my favorite stay-in-place trick is a braid. Try a French braid on one side of your head or even three braids (two along the sides and one center) for a funky look that stays in place and looks great in or out of the studio.” 

Anna Kaiser, founder and CEO of AKT inMotion in New York City, (it’s how Kelly Ripa stays ripped) swears by detangler and conditioner: “I use Kerastase Masquintense ($62) every day,” she says. “I only wash my hair every two or three days, but I always rinse the sweat out and condition.  My husband is a hair restoration surgeon and reminds me of the importance of getting the sweat out of your hair to keep the salt from drying it out. I also swear by It’s a 10! Miracle Leave-In Product ($18; it not only conditions, it de-frizzes, adds incredible shine, and nourishes damaged hair.”

SoulCycle instructor Samantha Jade.

Samantha Jade, a highly-coveted instructor at the ever-popular SoulCycle in New York City, can’t live without a restorative hair mask. “I teach around 15 classes a week and shampoo three to four times, but conditioning my hair after each ride is a must! I run a dime-sized amount of Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask ($54) through my wet hair and once it dries, I’m left with beach-y waves. I also avoid hair bands (I ride with my hair down), and dryers or curling irons, to keep my mane as healthy as possible.”