Lisa Hannam
Lisa Hannam
@lisahannam

Why Rooney Mara has become my gym hair fitspo

Rooney Mara’s recent red-carpet hair is total gym hair and gave me all kinds of go-to-the-gym vibes. Each look – from her double-pony at the SAGs, the cool-girl braid at the Golden Globes and triple bun at Oscars – was powerful, kick-butt and not a strand could fall out of place. That’s why I just had to try each one for myself. Here’s the sitch on her stylist and how I fared with the looks.

The stylist: Adir Abergel
It’s tough to pinpoint Adir’s style, as he’s done so many red-carpet hotties, from Saoirse Ronan to Anne Hathaway. He focuses on his client’s personal “brand” moreso than his own taste. No wonder the celebs love him. But clicking with Rooney Mara is a match made in heaven, if you ask me. She seems to bring out a creative side in him that has me jonesing every time I see a pic of Rooney.
Here’s how I reinterpreted his red carpet looks into beastmode ’dos.

The tools: Stylize No Snag Elastics, Tail Comb, Finishing brush, and göt2b Guardian Angel Frizz Taming Hairspray.

Gym Hair: SAGs Double Pony

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(I’m wearing a New Balance pullover.)

I’m sure there are all kinds of behind-the-scenes techniques I missed out on. But I kept it simple by splitting my hair into two sections, wrapping an elastic around the top pony and then the bottom one. I spritzed my hair with hairspray and used the tail of the comb to smooth any flyaways.
Why I love it: This is the cutest ’do for spin class or a circuit. As long as there is no mat work (hate lying on my ponytail), I’m good to go.

Gym Hair: Golden Globes Cool-Girl Braid

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(I’m wearing a Nike tank and sports bra.)

Bet you a hundred bucks that this pic was the inspiration behind what Adir did for Rooney. It’s a total fashion/runway look that Rooney can carry off. So, I started off by doing the same thing I did for the double pony (except I went a bit higher). I braided the top plait completely, then temporarily wrapped an elastic around the end. I put a low ponytail underneath the occipital bone (that bump at the back of your head). I sectioned the low ponytail into three sections and wove in the top braid into the centre piece and continued to braid. Take off the bottom elastic of the top braid before you braid it into the bottom braid. Again, I smoothed out the sides with hairspray and a comb. This braid should look messy, and since I have thinnish hair I squeezed, pinched and pulled the braid. If Adir made Rooney’s braid intentionally piecey, so could I.
Why I love it: This has me feeling all Lara Croft. I wore it to a circuit class and a Pilates class. The braids were comfortable for both, even when doing rollbacks.

Gym Hair: Oscars Triple Bun

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(I’m wearing an Adidas running jacket.)

So there’s a lot of talk that this might have been inspired by the recent Star Wars flick. And – not gonna lie – I like Adir’s take better. However, I’m not going to do a three bun look for the gym. One bun is hard enough! Here’s my hack: I did a top ponytail, wrapping the elastic tight. Then I pulled half the elastic down and pulled the hair through a touch, as if I was going to do a hair loop. I did the second section the same way, pulling the end of the top ponytail into the second ponytail. For the third one, I did a full loop bun, instead of a bump. I finished it off by smoothing any stray strands and baby hairs.
Why I love it: My next charity run, I’ll be rocking this hair. It’s so fierce, it’ll give me the motivation I need to finish the race. Boo-yah!

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göt2b Guardian Angel Frizz Taming Hairspray

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Stylize Finishing Brush

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göt2b Guardian Angel Frizz Taming Hairspray

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Stylize Finishing Brush