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If you’re among her 7.1 million Instagram followers, the first thing you probably notice about a signature Kayla Itsines mirror selfie is the superstar trainer’s abs. (Just being honest.) The second thing you’re likely to notice is her always on-trend outfit (usually a sports bra paired with matching short-shorts or chic leggings). Then there’s the hair.

Usually in a long, sleek ponytail, giant messy bun, or braid, the oh-so-influential Australian trainer‘s hair has become as ubiquitous as her bright white sneakers.

“Of course I’m super conscious about it and I’ve tried everything to fix it, trust me.”

But it turns out, nabbing a #BBG-worthy pony has nothing to do with a special shampoo or hair mask.

“My natural hair is actually super short,” says the selfie-snapping creator of the Bikini Body Guides workout, cookbook, and Sweat With Kayla app. “I have genetically really thin hair.” She says that both her grandma and mom have the same issue, and that female pattern baldness runs in her family. So when she wants to rock long locks, she wears a clip-in ponytail.

“Of course I’m super conscious about it and I’ve tried everything to fix it, trust me,” she writes. “But, at the same time, I am at peace with it and I will not let it rule my life. So instead I focus on being healthy and happy.” Basically, less time focusing on your “flaws” means more time spent on what you’re passionate about—now there’s a recipe for success. (AKA if you wanted to become the world’s most influential trainer, for instance…)

I have had a lot of you girls ask me about my hair!! So here is a fact that I haven't actually ever really spoken about. My natural hair is actually super short. I have genetically really thin hair (my grandma and mum both have really thin hair as does a lot of my family) I often just wear a clip in pony tail when I want long hair. It is something I have come to terms with over the years. I have a family history of female pattern baldness. 😁 Most days, as you would see, I leave my hair in a messy bun with a hair tie and I do nothing with it 😝👵🏼 I know we all have our own little insecurities, and one of mine has always been my hair, but it is just me! I can see my hair getting thinner and thinner the older I get. Yes, of course I'm super conscious about it and Ive tried everything to fix it, trust me. But, at the same time, I am at peace with it and I will not let it rule my life. So instead I focus on being healthy and happy. This is definitely a really difficult thing to do and I know from first hand experience, but it is definitely worth it and you have NOTHING to be shy about, be PROUD. I am sure all of you girls know what I am saying, so lets talk about it. Have you ever experienced anything like this? 💜💛www.kaylaitsines.com/app

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Meanwhile, here’s why some devotees are deviating from before-and-after progress photos. And here’s why Itsines herself is rethinking the whole “bikini body” thing.

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