Celeb stylist Nicholas Penna Jr. of SalonCapri  and founder and creative director of in Boston shares his hairstyle tips with runners who want to look photo ready at the finish line!


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The Runners Knot | Step-by-step instructions: “This look is completely effortless,” says Penna.  “It’s a red carpet ready look that’s easily transferable to athletic chic.”

  • • Nick suggests applying a quarter size of L’Oreal’s EverStyle Texture Series Tousle Crème to dampen hair. This will give hair added texture and that “undone-yet-done look”
  • • Part hair down the center
  • • Gather hair in a low knot and secure tightly with elastic as desired
  • • Let wispy pieces daintily fall around the frame of your face
  • • Finish with a light spritz of hairspray. Nick recommends L’Oreal Professionnel Texture Expert Freezing Mist.


The Hidden Braid | Step-by-step instructions: “The hidden braid is a classic twist on the braided updo,” says Penna. “This hairstyle is perfect for runners because it’s up and away from the face, yet adds a feminine touch.”

  • • Gather all hair above the temple and clip it up so it’s out of the way
  • • Flip hair upside down and begin French-braiding the back section of the hair from the nape of the neck up towards the crown
  • • Don’t stress if you have bumps or mistakes; this hairstyle doesn’t call for perfection
  • • When you reach the crown, gently brush the rest of your hair back and gather it into a ponytail
  • • The next step is up to you; either wrap the ponytail up into a loose bun with an elastic, or leave it as a chic, high ponytail
  • • For an extra ounce of girly, curl the ends of your ponytail (if you decide to go that route)
  • • To secure the look, Nick recommends Kerastase Double Force Controle Ultime spray