Tennis Identity

Best hair care for tennis. 5 tips for taming tresses in humidity.

Tennis pros rarely suffer bad hair days on court. Why? Because they’ve got help. DIY and you can stop the frizz and flyaways too. Here are 5 tips from Julien Farel, the official hairstylist of the US Open:

Jelena Jankovic braids by Julien Farel team


1. “A stylish braid is the way to go when you want to secure hair and keep it off the face while looking chic, both during and after a match. During the US Open, I offer players a menu of signature styles to withstand the stress of hours of competitive match play while looking chic during and after matches. The signature styles included a variety of braids, as well as a modern take on the ponytail to keep hair fresh and fun.

Julien Farel and Ana Ivanovic


2. To help hair to stay in place, a strong hold hair gel that doesn’t leave build-up is a must to implement into your hair regimen. I recommend Julien Farel Flexible Gel or Sculpting Gel. It’ll help keep hair in place without having to tug, pull and constantly re-style. A good, lightweight hairspray like L’Oreal Elnett is necessary as well to tame fly-aways. For those really stubborn ones that just won’t stay put, grab some bobby pins to secure.

3. Invest in a treatment to keep hair frizz-free with minimal maintenance, like the De-Frizz Quick Treatment offered at our salons. Made with hydrolyzed keratin, it tames the hair without removing body and volume, like some other chemical treatments do.

4. Give hair a break. Whenever possible, let hair go au naturel – hair that’s color-treated, over-processed and damaged from excessive heat styling is going to be more prone to frizz and flyways, especially when playing in hot, humid conditions.

5. If you don’t have time to wash hair after a match, the best thing to do is tease hair a bit at the top for body, then pull it into a messy ponytail to minimize the appearance of frizz and flyaways. When hair feels particularly greasy after practice or a match, spritz in some dry shampoo before styling, but be cautious of leaving any residue on the hair.” -Julien Farel

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