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Hair to wear for yoga practice

I have been doing yoga for literally years – not only do I get an overall balance, and feel great physically, but it has health benefits for me too. I am lucky enough to be able to practise yoga without having to worry about how I wear my hair, because the front part of my hair that would usually get in the way of my eyes and face is cut back to a blunt fringe, and the rest of my hair is short enough not to become too hot or sweaty or fall in my face.

Long hair can do just that right? I practised when I had long hair, and it just gets in the way! It doesn’t matter how many photos you see circulating the internet of perfectly executed poses with the person with hair loose and looking lovely, in reality we all know that there would be sweat, and maybe tears, but defo random strands of hair all over the place if not literally all over your face… Unless I was at the shoot to fix it just before the camera clicked ;o)

Here is what I would suggest you do with your lovely locks before your yoga practice if you have long hair or a choppy haircut, that could get in the way…


  • Wear a top knot, as long as you can achieve this with just a hair band and no grips. It needs to be secure, but you don’t want anything to dig in when you are in certain poses. And you also do not want it to be too tight, as you can create tension.
  • Avoid normal Alice bands, as they can easily slide off, leaving you looking for a loose hair accessory whilst trying to breath in downward facing dog. It will probably end up around your neck, leaving your hair back in your face and your focus away from the flow.
  • Avoid hard or plastic hair bands, as they can dig in, and if they do fall off will be dangerous – so opt for the zigzag sort. They don’t really dig in, are adjustable and quite flexible.
  • Go for a side bun or pigtails, instead of securing hair at the mid or low centre of the head, as you will feel uncomfortable when doing lying down poses.
  • French braids are great, as they keep all of your hair neatly tucked away and is quite flat, put it is still better to create the braid to one side instead of down the back.
  • Avoid clean hair, especially if you have sleek hair, as your hair tie or band will probably keep sliding off and leaving your hair loose. Damp or greasy hair are good for tying back…. you can always wash it after practice.
  • If you do choose to grip your hair away, then the Linziclip (available from Amazon) has a flat surface and it can easily be taken in and out of your hair in-between poses, and is less hassle than a hair tie… so it maybe a good idea to have one in your yoga bag as a back up, along with a zig-zag hair band.


Shona Mcgarty and Vicki Lord

Shona McGarty’s Award Bun

Here is the hair I created for Shona McGarty, who plays Whitney Dean in BBC1’s Eastenders, for the British Soap Awards 2012.  This hairstyle works best with long hair, but if you do not have long hair you can still achieve this look by using a ponytail hairpiece to create the bun. To give Shona’s long hair that extra wow-factor I used a hairpiece as well.  Denman website liked the up-do, I did for Shona, and briefly explain how you can simply create the same look… here is how I did it:

How to rock the look!

You will need:

Heat defence spray, a decent hair spray, a soft bristle brush, a strong snag-free hair band, straightners, hairgrips and fine hairpins.

1)   Make sure hair is pre-washed the night before leaving your hair more pliable and less slippery.

2)   Apply a good heat defence spray all over your hair protecting your luscious locks from the heat appliances.

3)   Straighten hair section-by-section, starting from the nape of your neck upwards, giving the hair a nice polished look.

… backcomb the ponytail

4)   Create a ponytail at the crown of your head. For best results tip your head upside-down and then brush into a tight sleek ponytail tying with a strong snag-free hair band.

5)   If using a hairpiece, secure at the base of the ponytail.

6)   Wrap the ponytail around and around in a clockwise direction gripping the hair to secure in place as you go along.

7)   Use the fine pins in more visual areas like at the front of bun to give more security.

8)   Spray with a good hairspray to secure the look, and voila one sexy show-stopping bun.

Hot Tip: To add a rock chick edge to the bun-style, backcomb the ponytail before you wrap it around.

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Look Magazine: Shona McGarty and Hetti Bywater



I had a fab time meeting up with Shona McGarty again, in order to create another hair masterpiece for her red carpet look for The British Soap Awards 2012.  Shona is close friends with Hetti Bywater, who plays Lucy Beale in Eastenders, and so I did her hair too on Saturday the 28th April.  Emily Rose was on the makeup, and Nina Sobers was the girls’ stylist for the event, choosing dresses from Tina Lobondi, who actually made each girl a bespoke dress.  The girls had heaps of red carpet coverage, and Look Magazine chose both of their looks in their top-five.  I created a high bun up-do for Shona, to add to her sophisticated Angelina Jolie inspired look, and for Hetti, I went for a 1920’s inspired up-do, with finger-wave detail and delicate curls.

Aunty Vix thinks you rocked the red carpet girls!