Let’s talk hair; gymnastics hair for competition day!
For the experts, meet-day hair is a great excuse to challenge your mad skills and create works of art.
If you’re more like me, competition hair means frustration, failure, multiple re-do’s and settling for the one hairstyle I know how to do in under 20 minutes.
THIS IS POST #1 IN A 4 POST SERIES ABOUT GYMNASTICS HAIR!
Tips & Tricks to Meet Day Gymnastics Hair – > YOU ARE HERE
Gymnastics Hairstyles for Competition Day: Braids Roundup
Gymnastics Hairstyles for Competition Day: Buns Roundup
Gymnastics Hairstyles for Holidays – Roundup – Coming Soon
The goal of this series?
Provide inspiration for the experts, motivation for the competent, and direction for anyone hanging out in my camp.
Provide gymnastics-specific tips and address hair culture and needs within the sport. Share expert advice on taking the stress out of performance-perfect hair and tips on securing hairstyles that withstand three hour meets.
Psst . . . Keep reading to learn what hair ninja, Jill Ehat from JEhat Hair has to say on the last two topics!
Creative but not distracting
The goal is to keep the attention on your daughter’s beautiful smile, pointed toes, and personality, and presentation. Hopefully her performance is not overshadowed by her hairstyle.
That doesn’t mean you have to be conservative on style! Just avoid using too much ribbon, glitter, or added accessories that will detract from your athlete’s hard-earned skills.
Beware of the Backward Roll
Did you know that all Compulsory Level gymnasts (levels 1-5) and many Xcel Gymnasts have backward rolls in their floor routines? In regards to gymnastics hair this skill is problematic and usually ends in one of three ways:
A) the gymnast is in tears because the massive and intricately placed ponytail or bun, tightly secured with one hundred bobby pins, was forcefully thrust into her scalp.
B) the mother is in tears because her artfully crafted masterpiece didn’t withstand the powerful impact with the floor and now looks more like a rat’s nest than her creative hair-do.
C) both gymnast and parent beam with pride as the daughter moves gracefully through the skill with ease and comfort. We’re obviously hoping for scenario C here.
If your daughter is competing a backward roll in her floor routine make sure you choose a style that will stay out of her way. The best way to find a good hairstyle is by sending her to practice to test out the “do” BEFORE competition day.
That brings us to the next tip . . .
Calm, collected, confident . . . all things we hope our child feels on competition day, right? But when mom is stressed about hair the anxiety is felt by everyone. Luckily a little prep work will remedy this.
First, remove the expectation of perfection. No one is going to notice a misplaced strand of hair, or a little bump. Really, they won’t.
Now on to Jill Ehat’s expert advice,
Choose the style & try it a couple of times for practice. Each time you do it, you’ll get better & find ways to improve it. Plus you’ll know how long it takes to do it, so day of competition can run smoothly & stress free!
I’ve included free downloads in Hairstyle Post #2 & #3 so you can keep track of hairstyles you’ve tried, one’s you and your daughter love, and about how long it takes you to execute each one. Find links below.
Hair in your gymnast’s face is anything but helpful during competition. But what is the best way to secure a hairstyle so it can withstand three hours of flipping, twisting, and tumbling?
Jill Ehat has the answer for us,
The key for creating a secure hairstyle is getting the right elastics! The greatest hairstyle can be ruined with elastics that slip out! And nearly any hairstyle can be converted to a gymnastics hairstyle by adding elastics! I add hidden elastics to secure styles all the time!
When shopping for elastics, you need ones that are strong enough to hold the amount of hair you are working with, are appropriate for the texture of hair, & don’t slip! I use 3 types of elastics on my girls silky baby fine hair: reusable ones (until they stretch out), medium ones, & small clear or colored ones for one time use.
Another tip is don’t be afraid of hair products! Dry shampoo, spray gel & a good strong hairspray are necessities for us! Make sure you choose products specific to your child’s hair type.
HUNT FOR HAIRSTYLES
Here are products that expert gym moms have recommended to me in the past. They’ve become staples for my competition hair execution!