Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Ladies with layers. Chicks with ponytails. Justin Bieber. How do you manage your hair during practice?
Shaggy hair in Urdhva Mukha Paschimattanasana.
Photo courtesy of Manuel Ferreira
Pigtails coming out of Supta Kurmasana.
Photo courtesy of Eileen Grey

I have tried and tested many hair accessories to keep my shag in place during practice. It is quite annoying to have to swat away sweaty strands of hair each time you come out of a pose. 

Some products I've used:

Lululemon Slipless Headband
Stays in place most of the time but sometimes falls off during Prasarita Padottanasana A B C D. Available at lululemon.com ($12.00)
Image from lululemon.com

Prana Wide Headband
Wonderful for keeping those Anna Wintour bangs out of your face. Thin enough to keep on during Headstands. Unfortunately it slips off during the more vigorous parts of practice. Available at Certified Calm.
Image from nationaloutdoors.net

This is the cheapest yet most effective solution I've found. It is unobtrusive, it keeps my hair in place and it can, through strategic placement, tame even the most unruly hair. Just make sure you don't stab yourself in the skull when you get into Headstands.

Next question, what to do with your ponytail during Chakrasana? 


  1. the hair stuff is indeed tricky! what to do with the ponytail??? i always end up finishing practice with hair on me and my mat. :p

  2. I know, right?! I sometimes wonder if it's worth trying to practice with a hair net :P


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