When you're on the verge of crushing a workout-whether it's hitting that Insta-worthy Cobra Pose or reaching a new floor on the Stairmaster-the last thing you want to deal with is bangs getting into your eyes. Do not get me wrong, I absolutely love my bangs. They're a heavily recycled beauty look that has stayed with me since my earliest days in high school. Bangs offer the perfect cover-up for moments when my eyebrows are on caterpillar status, or when I'm not quite in the mood to show off my Tyra Banks-esque forehead. But my fringe can really put a wrench in my workout plans.
Albeit a little on the boring side, I usually throw my hair into a messy topknot and jump directly into my workout. But then my bangs are constantly falling into my eyes, meaning I have to stop the workout. Because if I do not, my bangs end up wet and stuck to my face. And as an African-American woman with naturally coil hair that I often wear flatironed straight, it's imperative for me to keep my pressed hair as far away from any moisture as possible.
Sweat can totally sabotage the results of a blowout, causing my straight bangs to curl up into coils. And I'm sure my hair does not appreciate that I've been using my favorite flatiron after each workout (eek!) To ensure every strand is still styled straight. There's got to be better (less damaging) way. To find a solution-and help other fringe fanatics fix their gym hair woes-I got a bunch of bang-taming hair accessories for working out and put them to the test. They are the coveted spot in my gym bag.