How to make sweaty hair look good? That’s a forte of Julien Farel, who, as the official stylist of the US Open, makes the manes of star players like Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka look cute and court-ready.
This year, the celebrity hair guru created three signature looks for the Open, all of which incorporate braids—and which he’s shared with us. (Great news for going from boot camp to brunch, right?)
“These styles were carefully crafted to provide a trendy on-court look that can be created in 10 minutes or less,” says Farel, “and braids are perfect for sports because it secures hair down and prevents flyaways.”
Read on to find out how you can re-create these easy looks for your next sweat sesh. —Molly Gallagher
1. Create a French braid with the top portion of the hair.
2. Pull back the rest of the hair into a sleek ponytail.
3. Tuck the braid under the ponytail and pin it.
4. Use a gloss or hairspray to finish.
(Photo: Julien Farel)
1. Put your hair in a ponytail and leave out the front bang section.
2. Tease the front bang section, smooth down, and hide it underneath your ponytail for added volume. (This step is not necessary, if you want an ultra-sleek look.)
3. Take out a small portion of the ponytail and wrap it around the hair to hide the elastic.
4. Braid the ponytail tightly to the end. Loosen the braid by pulling out the sections to make it appear thicker. Secure at the bottom with an elastic band.
5. Loop the braid underneath and pin it to the back of the head with two bobby pins in a criss-cross position. Make sure that the end of the braid sticks out to the side of the ponytail to tame any flyaways.
(Photo: Julien Farel)
Pictured here is professional tennis player Jelena Jancovic
1. Part the front of the hair into three sections with the parts starting just above the arch of the brows.
2. Apply some gel to each section so it holds in place. (Farel likes to use his sculpting gel.)
3. French braid each section to meet in the back of the head and tie all three sections together with an elastic, while leaving the lower half of the hair down in the back.
4. Then group all of the hair together at the nape of the neck with an elastic. Finish with a gloss or hairspray to tame any flyaways.
(Photos: Julien Farel)