Ponytail vs. Bun: which style do you rock at Pure Barre? According to a recent poll on our Facebook page, both are popular with Pure Barre fans, but the trendy top knot bun wins hands down. To get some tips on creating the best looks for Pure Barre, we consulted celebrity hairstylist George Gonzalez of George the Salon in Chicago, located right down the street from our very own Pure Barre Chicago – River North.
Top knots are a stylish and effective way of putting hair up for a workout or even a day or evening look, Gonzalez says. For a secure bun, put your hair in a ponytail, twist it, then wrap your twisted ponytail around the base, using a hair tie to secure. Gonzalez recommends Knotty hair ties, which double as bracelets. “They are great because they do not pull hair,” he says. “They are also easier to use than a covered rubber band.”
Even if it does get in the way during flat back, the ponytail remains a go-to style for Pure Barre girls. Add some body by starting with two Knotty hair ties. Use one to secure the sides and back of your hair in a ponytail, leaving the top section of your hair out. Then, tease the top section and add it to your ponytail, securing it with the second hair tie. “This will allow you to lift the top hair to add volume without loosening sides or back,” Gonzalez explains.
Whether you’ve worn a cropped cut for a while, or are looking for a new hairstyle to reflect the amazing changes in your body, a wide variety of short styles will keep you cool during class. “Short haircuts are very popular now, from lobs (long bobs) to pixies and crops,” Gonzalez says.
No matter how you wear your hair to Pure Barre, chances are it’s going to end up downright drenched by the end of the hour. Consider freshening up with a dry shampoo. Gonzalez recommends Kerastase Powder Bluff. “It provides buildable texture and body,” he says. “Plus, since it is an aerosol, it is easy and quick to apply while you are getting ready.”