“I’m bored with my running hair,” Rochelle said to me as we were on our way back from picking up our packets for the Wisconsin Half Marathon.
We had gotten on the subject because I was complaining about my ponytail of long hair getting tangled after long runs. When you mix a head of hair susceptible to tangling with lots of swaying around and sweating and wind, it makes for a mess when you get home. The woes of the long-haired runner. We don’t have the ‘wispy hair’ dilemma with a Bondi band solution. We don’t have bangs to secure. We just have to tie it down somehow.
Rochelle remarked that she is faced with putting her ponytail up high because if it’s down too low it will bounce against the back of her neck and actually start to hurt after a while. But, place it TOO high, and it swirls around like a whirlygig and we decided that a serious runner doesn’t want a swingy ponytail. It’s too youthful for our taste.
So we have my low, tangly ponytail option, and Rochelle’s high swingy option. We thought about what else we could do.
“I’ve seen Tracey wear her hair up in a bun piled on top of her head. I’ve never understood it until now,” I told Ro. Here I am trying to grow my hair ‘Kardashian long’ and not thinking about the consequences. Surely this bun solves both the tangle AND the swingy problem for her. I’m not sure I’m on board with it though. I feel like have too much hair to just pile it up there.
I’ve also seen my friend Laurie wear a big, long, Laura Croft braid. I wondered if that made her hair heavy. I tried braiding my ponytail, but my layers just stick out all over the place and it looks ridiculous. I wonder if the braid is really the solution, though. On one long run, Laurie’s hair kept coming undone and eventually she just used the bottom band to secure the end of her hair. I’ve seen this technique used before at races – several bands along the loose end of the ponytail. I’m not on board with that either. Reminds me of sausage casing.
So what’s a girl to do? Short of getting a haircut, I’m stumped.
What’s your long-hair running solution?