Street Beauty: How Cool Girls Do Their Hair and Makeup for a Workout
In Los Angeles, the gym is not simply a venue for exercise: It's a place to see and be seen. Though the stereotypes of our fair city—with its dreams of fame, hot yoga instructors, and the perfect green juice—are often the butt of many national jokes, they are a real part of the culture here, too. So it helps to take it all with a sense of humour.
Going full-glam to the gym is a famed part of L.A.'s image-focused reputation, particularly in Byrdie's hometown of West Hollywood. After all, WeHo is the mecca for aspiring stars, and according to them, one's big break could come any time, anywhere—even at the gym. When opportunity comes knocking, you don't want to be the girl without her brows on, right?
Of course, one's image of the average L.A. gym-goer might not line up with reality. So to find out how L.A. girls really do their hair and makeup for the gym, we grabbed a photographer and posted up outside two of the city's most popular fitness scenes: Equinox on Sunset Boulevard and Cycle House on Melrose. There, we encountered actresses on their way from the treadmill to auditions and models rushing from photo shoots to spin class (plus an unexpected corporate type or two), and we interrogated them about their gym beauty routines.
Curious to see how real L.A. girls do their hair and makeup for the gym? Just keep scrolling.
Occupation: TV host and coach
"For my hairstyle, it depends how rigorously I'm going to work out. Like, if I'm doing yoga, I'll do a big messy bun and no hat. If I'm doing running or spin or weights, I usually do something cutesy, like a cute ponytail or side braid. And the hat's fun to hide under; that way the no-makeup face isn't showing."
Occupation: Social media marketing executive
"Getting ready for the gym, I usually put my hair up in a pony with a hair tie, because it keeps my hair up. After I work out, I use Oscar Blondi Dry Shampoo ($34). It's my favorite in the whole world. I just ran out. But I do like the after-sweat in my hair. It makes it have a little bit more body.
Occupation: Stylist and artist
"I sit in the steam room every day when I go to the gym. I normally work out for, like, three hours. I do a lot of cardio. So after my workout, I sit in the steam for 20 minutes, and that helps clear my face. Otherwise this is all just genetics."
Occupation: Corporate analyst
"I have crazy curly hair, so I pretty much just wrap it up, maybe once for a ponytail, and then I wrap it around and do another one for my big bun.
Occupation: Model and actress
"Usually I don't wear makeup, except if I'm coming from a shoot; then I still want to get my workout in, so I come right after. Because if not, I'll go home and get lazy.
"I'm wearing Too Faced eye shadow. I just use the brown color. … I don't wear foundation, but I do wear concealer. I wear Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind ($20) with a sponge, and then I wear Anastasia concealer ($40). I mix the two because my complexion is hard to find. I wear the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($33); that's the best one. For blush: Too Faced. It's the one in a little heart with three different shades ($44). And I also the Anastasia Contour Kit ($70), but I don't really contour; I just kind of put on bronze to bring out my cheekbones.
"My hair is really long, down to there, but the key to making it grow is not doing anything. I don't straighten it, or curl it, or put anything in it. I just leave it natural."
Occupation: TV host
"I'm a host, so I'm on my way to a casting. When I go to a casting from the gym, I just shower, moisturise, put on makeup, change, and look beautiful after working out!
"I washed my hair in the gym. I used their shampoo—Kiehl's, I think? And then I just blow-dried it out."