By: Maddie Poteat
Staying active, being healthy and working hard are all things we believe are beautiful! We dedicated last month to fitness as we know March can be the breaking point for many people… It’s still cold out, the days are not much longer than they used to be and we are all itching for warmer weather. Sometimes all it takes is a little inspiration to get us back on track so that is exactly what we aimed to provide!
By partnering with two local businesses in Omaha and Elkhorn, we were able to showcase different types of workouts and the amazing ladies who do them. Sweating, working hard and staying active isn’t always pretty but what makes us strong and powerful also makes us beautiful! Read below for a quick recap of the businesses we partnered with, the looks we showcased and the products we recommend when you are busy staying active!
Our first partnership of the month was with Barre Code and Athleta at Village Pointe in West Omaha. If you have never done a Barre class before you have never felt your legs and arms burn like this… The workouts consist of cardio and strength training but the overall emphasis is on positivity and female empowerment.
When styling this shoot, we went with styles that could be easily transitioned from work to workout. Many of the classes Barre Code offers are over the lunchtime hour so busy professionals are popping in during their lunch break. With no time to fix their hair and makeup after the workout, we made sure our looks could easily transition from one activity to the next.
The hairstyles we went for our Barre Code athletes can easily be replicated at home. The idea behind these looks was to keep the hair out of the face but provide a style that was easy enough to do at home and cute enough to wear to work (or anywhere else you are heading to that day!).
The double dutch braid in the first picture can be accomplished by crossing each of the three strands UNDER one another. Just think about how you normal braid your hair and pull the strands the opposite way. By doing this you are taking a normal braid style and mixing it up just a tad. And by wrapping a small strand of hair around your elastic you take the look to another level!
The hairstyle you see in the first picture above may seem complicated but it is actually four individual ponies braided and then fashioned into buns. Not only is this look extremely easy but it will also keep all those fly-away hairs in place as you transition from one barre move to the next.
As for products used to maintain these styles, Garbo’s Freshen Up Dry Shampoo is the answer. Throw the small can in your gym back and give your hair and scalp a quick spritz after class. The dry shampoo will absorb the oils while re-securing your hair back in place. The best part is this dry shampoo smells amazing so you don’t have to worry about any bad smells lingering once you get back to the office!
To achieve the makeup looks for this shoot, we used Aveda’s Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisture. This light foundation will both protect the skin and hide your imperfections all while feeling light and airy. By using products that were light and wouldn’t clog the pores, we ensured our models looked and felt beautiful while working out.
The other local business we partnered with this month was CrossFit Elkhorn. A CrossFit class is a bit different than a barre class. Focusing on power, speed, and athleticism, CrossFit is a much heavier workout. CrossFit Elkhorn (CFE) is located a bit further west than Village Pointe – on 204th street in Elkhorn, NE. With a membership of over 200 members, this gym is truly making its mark on the small town of Elkhorn. With an all-inclusive atmosphere, CFE stands out among other CrossFit gyms in town. Everyone is an athlete at CFE – no matter where you are on your fitness journey the trainers will help you reach your goals!
Although CrossFit does differ from a Barre workout our approach to the hair and makeup for this shoot didn’t change too much. Keeping the hair out of the face was priority number one. Amber Klebba (@amberklebbapro) styled the first look by adding braids to the typical ponytail. The tension in the braids along the hairline keeps the baby hairs, bangs and layers locked into place throughout your workout!
Another look we styled originated from a messy bun. Grabbing your hair and throwing it on the top of your head may seem like the best workout style but unfortunately, buns easily fall out. Add in a few powerful CrossFit moves and your once perfect top-knot is now resting on your shoulders… Therefore, we added in an additional elastic, a few bobby pins and a quick spritz of hair spray to keep this one in place!
The next look we styled also included braids as they truly are a great way to keep your hair out of your face while you workout! We added two buns to this version to make it stand out a bit!
Our goal this month was to inspire you to keep pushing through. Whether you gained inspiration from the strong women at Barre Code or the powerful women at CrossFit Elkhorn, we just hope these styles were enough to get you back on your feet!
A HUGE thank you to those who helped make this collaboration possible – the hairstylists and makeup artists who volunteered their time, Bonnie Eisenhart, her beautiful Barre Code Team, Justin and Lindsey Carraher and their amazing CrossFit Elkhorn Team!
Thanks so much for reading and make sure you stay tuned as we are working on a few Springtime posts that I’m sure you’ll love!