Beauty, Beauty Hacks, Hair, Sport

The Best Workout Hairstyles, According to Hair Type

Ever wonder why your friend’s perfectly coiffed ponytail stays in place through a long, hard workout and your droops within seconds? Well, just as with everything in life, what works for one person, might not for another. How you style your strands for a workout (and how they look after) depends largely on your hair type. Not sure what your ideal style is? We chatted with Cynthia Alvarez, Celebrity Hairstylist for Dove Hair, to learn her pro tips for preserving every type of hairstyle through a workout.

Workout hairstyle

For maintaining bouncier, smooth blowout: Alvarez says rolling your hair into a sock bun or hair donut would help keep the smooth shape of this style. “Add a tiny bit of dry oil like Dove Regenerative Nourishment Serum-in-Oil to the ends before tucking them in,” she says. And avoid pins! “The problem with using pins is that they will leave indents on the hair—not to mention pins are not the most comfortable if you’re working out!” she says.

For reviving curls: Flip your head upside down and lightly finger comb through your hair to breakup any knots, she says. Gather all of your hair into a pony at the highest point of your head and secure looselywith a hair tie. “Be careful not to tighten the hair tie or it will create an unwanted crease,” she adds.
Pro tip: roll the hair into the direction of your curls and secure with a hair pin to maintain your curly Q’s post gym session.

For preserving beach waves: For maintaining your look just-off-the-beach look, begin by spraying a dry shampoo, such as Dove Refresh + Care Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo, on your roots at the crown of your head. This removes oil and adds volume. At your part, create a French braid going down to the nape of your neck and secure it loosely with a hair tie. Twist the braid and wrap it around the base, securing with open pins, adds Alvarez. Lightly spray the finished look with your fave hairspray and you’re good to go.

How do you style your hair during workouts? Let me know in the comments below!

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Post-Workout Snacks to Refuel and Replenish

Grabbing a bite to eat after a strenuous workout is a must, as proper nutrients are essential to replenishing your body! We know, we know, you’re dying to start your “cheat meal a few days early, but you don’t have to sacrifice taste for health. We talked to Brooke Alpert, a NYC-based nutritionist and founder of B Nutritious, who knows exactly what your body needs to stay fit and healthy long after the workout is over. She dished to us a list of delicious snacks to treat yourself post-workout.

Apple with peanut butter

Apple with peanut butter

“This is an easy and very portable snack option, especially if you use the individual packets from Wild Friends Foods.”

Quick anti-inflammatory smoothie

Anti-inflammatory

“I love adding whey protein from Reserveage (they have a great unsweetened one!) to a smoothie for a great recovery. Throw in some coconut water and ½ cup pineapple, and you get all the recovery you could need from that HIIT workout!

Perfect Bar

Perfect Bar

“I love these bars! They are loaded with tons of nutrients, and they are delicious. My personal pick is the peanut butter flavor, and the smaller size is the perfect post-workout snack!”

Temple Turmeric Drinks

Temple Tumeric

“The new dark cherry flavor is a great way to help your muscles recover. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and a great relief to your muscles after a tough workout with weights.”

Quinn Popcorn

Quinn Popcorn

“This popcorn is delicious and GMO-free. It’s a great snack any time of day, but also great for a post-workout to help replenish your glycogen stores.”

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Hair, Sport, Tips & Tricks

How to Make Your Blowout Last Through a 5K

For anyone who’s ever sacrificed a good hair day in favor of a workout, listen up! Now you no longer have to give up your pretty mane in order to break a sweat. We chatted with two top hairstylists to learn how you can preserve your blowout, waves, or styled strands through a sweaty workout sesh. Heck, even a summer 5K doesn’t stand a chance!

Keep sweat at bay: The first step to keeping your blowout pristine through that morning run or yoga class is to keep sweat in its place. “This may not be the most fashionable thing to wear to the gym, but a headband will definitely keep the sweat under control,” explains Cynthia Alvarez, Celebrity Hairstylist for Dove Hair. She suggests opting for a cotton wrap rather than a satin one because cotton helps to absorb excess oil. And surprisingly, this is also one time you might actually want to reach for product. Alvarez explains applying a small amount of anti-frizz product to the root of the hair will aid in fighting sweat.

Ban frizz: Inevitably, if frizz does occur, don’t panic. A blast of air and dry shampoo can salvage your style. “Blowdry your hair while it’s still in your bun, so you don’t lose any volume and help keep the frizz at bay,” explains senior stylist Jill Engelsen at Butterfly Studio in New York. After blow drying, she suggests applying a little dry shampoo—she prefers Kerastase Powder Bluff—at your roots, namely only on your hairline and part. “The trick is holding the can six inches away and spraying in a sweeping motion,” she says. “Then, mimic your shampoo routine on your scalp to work the dirt and oil away!” Finally, finish the rest of the hair with a brush and blowdyer.

Not super sweaty? Ditch the dry shampoo altogether. “After your workout, if you have a minimal amount of sweat, toss your head upside-down and use only the cool air setting on the hairdryer to blast the sweat away,” explains Alvarez. “Heat makes the hair malleable, so blasting a dryer with the warmer settings on any blowout post-workout would then flop any hope of your hair recovering!” Who knew?

Cross out the crease: Often times, creased hair is a runner or gym-goers red badge of honor. But for those times you’d rather not walk around with a dent in your mane, reach for your blow dryer to revive locks. Engelsen suggests switching your blow dryer to high and holding the creased pieces of hair tightly while running heat over the area. Let hair cool to set in!

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Health, Sport

This weeks fitness update

The achievements I got so far:

 

This week I completed 3 challenges:

F-16: for lifting a total of 20 000 kilo’s.

Going strong: for being active for over 10 hours.

Crunch: for doing 200 crunches.

Squatter (the actual one, the last one had another name in Dutch but I the translation is the same): for doing 150 squats.

Push it: this one is for doing push ups, but it didn’t say how much.

Zippo: for burning a total of 5000 calories.

Powerhunk (or something like that): for doing my first 50 power exercises.

Around the corner: this one is for going on walks, but it also didn’t say the amount of steps, the distance or anything of the sort.

The challenges I completed:

Doing 20 pushups in one rep.

Burning 2000 calories a week.

Next week I’ll do these again and try to burn 3000 calories and do 50 pushups in one rep. Well, to be honest with you, the pushups I do aren’t the regular ones so it’s not all that impressive. Maybe I’ll even be able to do the plank for 2 minutes.

My stats after this week are:

6532 calories burned (+3536)

1035 minutes of activity (+642)

56 km (+29)

1324 fitness points (+7548)

(you get these when doing challenges, getting achievements and doing sport in general I believe)

I’ll give an update on my stats every week and I’ll mention everything else aswell..

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Reviews, Sport

I started going to Basic-Fit

For about 2 weeks now, I’ve been going to the fitness, Basic-Fit. For those who don’t know this, it is rather cheap and it has 419 clubs in Europe, 159 of them are here in Belgium. So, it is very popular here.

My gym’s slogan: Making the world a FITTER place! I absolutely love this slogan, it is funny and motivating.

They also have a personal app you can download in the App Store and on Google Play, so far I really like it, you can get achievements and do challenges.

The achievements I got so far:

Diary: I got this for posting my very first post on my profile.

Squater: for doing 75 squats.

Cardio-starter: for doing my 20 first cardio activities.

Say Cheese!: uploading a profile picture.

Dumbo: for lifting a total of 5000 kilograms.

Active: being active for more than 100 minutes.

Lucifer: for burning my first 1000 calories.

First step: going to they gym for the first time.

This week I completed 3 challenges:

Doing 50 squats in one rep.

Doing 50 crunches in one rep.

Burning 1000 calories a week.

Next week I’ll do these again and try to burn 2000 calories! But I am starting school again on monday so going to the gym will be a bit more difficult but I’ll do my best!

My stats after this week are:

2996 calories burned

393 minutes of activity

27 km

5695 fitness points (you get these when doing challenges, getting achievements and doing sport in general I believe)

I’ll give an update on my stats every week and will do short posts when I did a challenge or got another achievement.

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Food, Health, Sport, Tips & Tricks

Post-Workout Snacks to Refuel and Replenish

Grabbing a bite to eat after a strenuous workout is a must, as proper nutrients are essential to replenishing your body! We know, we know, you’re dying to start your “cheat meal a few days early, but you don’t have to sacrifice taste for health. We talked to Brooke Alpert, a NYC-based nutritionist and founder of B Nutritious, who knows exactly what your body needs to stay fit and healthy long after the workout is over. She dished to us a list of delicious snacks to treat yourself post-workout.

Apple with peanut butter

Apple with peanut butter

“This is an easy and very portable snack option, especially if you use the individual packets from Wild Friends Foods.”

Quick anti-inflammatory smoothie

Anti-inflammatory

“I love adding whey protein from Reserveage (they have a great unsweetened one!) to a smoothie for a great recovery. Throw in some coconut water and ½ cup pineapple, and you get all the recovery you could need from that HIIT workout!

Perfect Bar

Perfect Bar

“I love these bars! They are loaded with tons of nutrients, and they are delicious. My personal pick is the peanut butter flavor, and the smaller size is the perfect post-workout snack!”

Temple Turmeric Drinks

Temple Tumeric

“The new dark cherry flavor is a great way to help your muscles recover. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and a great relief to your muscles after a tough workout with weights.”

Quinn Popcorn

Quinn Popcorn

“This popcorn is delicious and GMO-free. It’s a great snack any time of day, but also great for a post-workout to help replenish your glycogen stores.”

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Unexpected Ways To Find Your Zen

For yogis, finding your intention is a constant goal. To help you locate your own, first ask yourself, “What do I want to bring into my life?” Whether it’s stress relief, self-love, or happiness—your first step is to set your goal and you guessed it, intention. To help you sort through your thoughts and goals, we created this guide to help you locate the gemstone (and corresponding products!) you need to jumpstart your intention search!

For those in search of stress relief: 

Go all out spiritual with amethyst:

Amethyst will help expose your inner strength, allowing you to grow spiritually and find mental clarity and protection. It’s great to keep in your home for a lighthearted, positive energy vibe.

If amethyst is a little hard to locate, you can get instant relief with Massage and Stretching Foam or Aroma Therapy & Natural Air Purifying Lamp instead.

Stretch

 

For those in search of luck: 

Go all out spiritual with aventurine:

This stone will attract luck, abundance, and success. By harmonizing and protecting your heart chakra, aventurine turns your dreams into reality. (And for those who don’t know, chakra is the center of spiritual power in the human body.)

Good fortune may also come to those who don this Dogeared Good Luck Necklace:

Good Luck

 

For those in search of happiness: 

Go all out spiritual with citrine:

Fueled by the sun, citrine will fill you with light and happiness. By activating mental activity, it will enhance your imagination, helping to create a positive outlook on your very sacred life in general.

And of course, beauty lovers can get their happiness glow on with the help of self tanner or a journal of 365 Days Of Inspiration, Gratitude, and Joy

Self Tanner

 

For those in search of wisdom: 

Go all out spiritual with lapis lazuli:

Connected to a higher truth, lapis lazuli leads you to spiritual gardens and shields you from negative energy. Any negative vibrations will be pushed back towards their source.

Too much work for you? Get “instant” wisdom (or at least get an instant laugh!) with a Magic 8 Ball.

Magic 8

 

For those in search of healing: 

Go all out spiritual with mother of pearl

Associated with elements of water and the ocean, this powerful healing pearl will alleviate any fear while promoting an open mind. Through this, you’ll be able to see the beauty in everything. What can’t be fixed by the salt water, salt air, or salty tears cannot be fixed!

If the beach is a bit too out of reach for you, we have a feeling you’ll feel instantly healed with a spritz of Benefit Cosmetics Ultra-Radiance Facial Rehydrating Mist:

Facial Mist

 

For those in search of a cleanse: 

Go all out spiritual with obsidian:

Obsidian, made from volcanic rock, is said to be grounding. Like volcanic rock at the Earth’s core, it will bring your spirits deep into the core of your issue and remove any negative energy there. You’ll feel a release of emotions such as anger, fear, jealousy, and greed.

If all else fails, a juice cleanse like this one from Urban Remedy may be the answer.

Cleanse

 

For those in search of self-love: 

Go all out spiritual with rhodochrosite:

Self-love, self-worth, whatever you’d like to call it—rhodochrosite is in tune with your heart chakra and promotes emotional healing, giving you the courage to face things you once feared.

Honestly, we can’t imagine a better way to treat yo’self than with a spa day in the tub, featuring a Lush Bath Bomb:

Bath Bomb

 

For those in search of a master healer: 

Go all out spiritual with turquoise:

If you can’t decide what it is you’re looking for, turquoise is a great first stone to have. This master healer is said to be the bridge between Heaven, Sky, and Earth. It connects your mind to the endless possibilities of the universe, encouraging honest, open communication from the heart. All of your chakras will be aligned, strengthening your whole self.

Lastly, a much simpler and equally fun way to find a master healer is through your favorite playlist on Spotify. Sometimes nothing can help you reach inner peace more so than some R&R with mellow background music

Master Healer

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Hair, Health, Product Reviews, Sport, Tips & Tricks

Top 5 Hair Products for Your Gym Bag

Any woman who routinely attends workout classes has ruined a couple of great hair days. As tempting as it is, we think it’s time to nix the habit of skipping the gym to preserve a blowout. After all, there’s no need to sacrifice a good sweat session when there are a number of holy-grail post-workout products available. We’re laying out the best products to take you from post-workout to pre-game in no time.

Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Powder

Oscar Blandi

Price: $25 at Ulta

Dry shampoo is a go-to when you’re pressed for time and Oscar Blandi’s dry shampoo refreshes hair to save your pre-workout hairstyle. It cleanses without water and removes excess oil, dirt, and product to effectively nourish the scalp. As a plus, you won’t see any powdery white residue.

The Wet Brush

the wet brush

Price: $9.99 at JC Penney

Since post-workout hair can be sweaty and tangled, you’ll need a brush that can handle the fragility of wet hair. The Wet Brush is famous for effortlessly gliding through damp hair and preventing breakage.

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Oil Mist

Bamboo Smooth Dry Oil

Price: $25 at Sephora

This dry oil mist is like an instant keratin treatment that keeps frizz under control. It’s light-weight, non-greasy, and leaves hair with a glowing shine.

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon Flawless Finishing Creme

frizz ease

Price: $5.37 at Walmart

John Frieda’s cult favorite is great for taming fly-aways and sealing frizzing ends. On top of that, the scent is refreshing and invigorating after a tough workout.

Living Proof Restore Instant Repair Lotion

Living Proof Restore Instant Repair Lotion

Price: $29 at Sephora

Restore Instant Repair Lotion is the ultimate find for sealing in moisture to prevent damaged hair cuticles. It’s ideal for using after a lengthy gym session because it leaves hair with a healthy-looking finish that will take you to the office or drinks in no time.

How do you do post-workout hair? Tell us in the comments below! Head to the Influenster website for more! Follow my blog for more amazing posts at least 2 day!

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Health, Product Reviews, Recipes, Sport, Tips & Tricks

DIY Protein-Packed Snacks

Spring is fast approaching! As the weather heats up, so too do most workout routines. Everyone wants to get that beach body ASAP. In the spirit of spring, rejuvenate your diet with five protein-packed snacks to keep you free from cravings and full of energy!

1. Cottage Cheese + Fruit Parfait

What you will need:

Cottage Cheese/Granola/Raspberries/Blueberries

Make it your own by mixing in your favorite fruits or grains! Check out a a different combo here.

2. Over Night Oats

What you will need:

Rolled Oats/Milk/Greek Yogurt/Banana/Chia Seeds/Salt/Cinnamon

Add different toppings (protein packed of course) Check out the recipe here.

3. Baked Tofu Sticks

What you will need:

Tofu/Olive Oil/Tomato Sauce

Check out the recipe here!

4. Nut Butter Boat

What you will need:

Nut Butter/Celery/Almonds

Make it your own by switching up the spread, using apples, or changing the nut. Check it out here!

5. Homemade Protein Bar

What you will need:

Uncooked Oatmeal/Peanut Butter/Coconut Cream/Whey Vanilla Protein Powder

Check out the recipe here!

Have another favorite protein-packed snack? Share it with us in the comments below! Head to the Influenster website for more!

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Food, Product Reviews, Sport, Tips & Tricks

Protein Bars and Powders for Gym Devotees

Protein is an important part of any workout. It’s essential for muscle building, fat loss, and workout recovery. Plenty of protein-filled products have infiltrated the market but choosing the right post-workout snack for you is essential to making the most of your gym time. These are the top protein snacks on Influenster:

Luna Protein Bar

Luna Protein Bar

With 12 grams of protein, these bars come in a variety of flavors that satisfy hunger without compromising health. They have a nougaty texture, are gluten free, and come in under 200 calories per bar. They’re also packed full of folic acid, calcium, iron, and vitamin D to help keep your diet balanced.

What Influensters are saying: “These Luna protein bars are so good! The great taste of the regular Luna bars but these are packed full of protein! Perfect for a quick grab in the morning on the way to the gym.” – Mikayla M.

 

Clifbar Chocolate Brownie Energy Bar

Clifbar Chocolate Brownie Energy Bar

This energy bar is formulated with soy protein and 23 vitamins and minerals to sustain your energy on your next adventure. It was formulated to meet the needs of athletes and active people. Cocoa and chocolate chips in the mix give it the taste of a fresh baked brownie.

What Influensters are saying: “I like the cliff bars as a pre-workout snack. They give me just the boost I need to power through without making me feel lethargic.” – Katie P.

Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bars Salted Caramel Nut

Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bars Salted Caramel Nut - 5 CT

These chewy protein bars pack a crunch with whole nuts and 10 grams of protein. At under 200 calories per bar, these gluten free treats perfectly balance sweet-and-salty flavors for a snack that will keep you feeling as great as it tastes.

What Influensters are saying: “Wow this is my favorite snack when I go skiing. Best flavor and gives me the energy to be on the slopes all day.” – Alejandra F.

 

Whey Gold Standard Extreme Milk Chocolate

Whey Gold Standard Extreme Milk Chocolate

To maintain and increase lean muscle mass, this powde—packed with whey protein isolates—is an Influenster favorite. This chocolate-flavored protein powder is easily mixed with a spoon and each serving provides 24 grams of all-whey protein and 5.5 grams of naturally occurring Branched Chain Amino Acids.

What Influensters are saying: “I generally just shake this up with water after my workout (less calories!). I don’t take this every day because I still try to get my daily intake of protein through actual food but it’s definitely a great addition if you are hitting the gym and looking to get stronger. I started doing weights about half a year ago and I’ve gotten amazing results just from consistently going and eating properly to heal and grow my muscles.” – Tina C.

 

Power Crunch Protein Energy Bar

Power Crunch Protein Energy Bar

These wafer bars have the texture and taste of your favorite wafer candy bar but are packed with protein and contain significantly less sugar. Plus, they contain 13 grams of protein and di- and tripeptide-technology that formulates the protein to be most compatible with the human metabolism.

What Influensters are saying: “With only 5 grams sugar per bar, 13 grams of protein and 10 grams of carbs, and 200 calories these bars are a great choice for after workout or as a meal replacement. Peanut butter is my favorite but the vanilla are good too. They have quite a few flavors to pick from with salted caramel and chocolate ones I’ve tried. Walmart seems to have the best price at $1.28 per bar. I keep them refrigerated because I enjoy them cold. I would recommend these protein bars as a smart choice.” – Julie W.

 

Ensure High Protein Nutrition Shake

Ensure High Protein Nutrition Shake

This pre-mixed drink contains 16 grams of high-quality protein to help you stay active and strong. Each bottle contains a shake that is low lactose and gluten free and 23 vitamins and minerals that add essential nutrition. With a delicious milk chocolate flavor, you won’t believe you’re drinking a protein shake.

What Influensters are saying: “I am a vegetarian so I don’t get all the protein that I need. These shakes give me the extra protein I lack but also taste great! I’ll take them on the go for a quick liquid lunch if I’m in a hurry.” – Erin L.

 

LARABAR Energy Bar

LARABAR Energy Bar

These bars are made with a blend of nuts and fruit for a natural, whole-food approach to an energy bar. Depending which bar you choose, you’ll get a different nutritional benefit. But each bar is kosher, vegan, non-GMO, soy free, dairy free, and gluten free.

What Influensters are saying: “Who can say no to bars consisting of fruits and nuts and are made without genetically modified ingredients? I love these on the go, for snacking, and even as a small meal. It’s healthy and has enough protein to get me through the day as a supplement.” – Rosie G.
Living Harvest Organic Hemp Protein Powder Vanilla Spice

Living Harvest Organic Hemp Protein Powder Vanilla Spice 16 oz

This vegan, non-GMO, kosher, gluten, soy, and dairy free protein powder is made from raw hemp seeds that offers 10 grams of digestible protein. Hemp is also a balanced source of omega-3 and 6 essential fatty acids and contains all 10 essential Amino Acids.

What Influensters are saying: “I recently tried this, and I really enjoy it, It’s got a pretty good taste while getting the healthy benefits you’ve been needing, I would definitely try it!” – Alexis R.

 

KIND Plus Nutrition Bars

KIND Plus Nutrition Bars

The crowd-favorite KIND Bar has undergone a protein transformation in these KIND Plus bars. with 7 grams of protein and 50% of your daily value of vitamins A, C, and E, these bars are the perfect way to increase your protein intake in a delicious way.

What Influensters are saying: “This is like eating a candy bar, and not feeling any of the guilt. It’s a great tasting snack that is actually not bad for you. Gluten free, non-GMO, and nothing artificial.” – Janet P.

 

Probar Organic Mint Chocolate Core Bar

Probar Organic Mint Chocolate Core Bar Case of 12 2.46 oz

This “20 gram protein bar” is full of protein, omega-3 and 6, and fiber to give provide a fantastic post-workout snack. This mint chocolate bar is a tasty way to build lean muscle with really plant protein to help muscles heal.

What Influensters are saying: “I’ve had my fair share of protein bars, and in my experience, they usually taste more like cardboard and less like the advertised flavor. That has never been my experience with Probar Core bars, Mint Chocolate included. The flavor is spot on and delicious.” – Bethany S.

What’s your favorite post-workout protein snack? Share it with us in the comments. Head to the Influenster website for more!

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