The confetti has settled. Gone are the days of televised athletic mastery, Ryan Lochte’s bachelor life and coverage of the Spice Girls. However, one exceedingly important category from the London 2012 Olympics was overlooked— the Mane Olympic Medals. Come on, how can we ignore the honor-worthy tresses seen at the Olympics this year?
Creativity props to Venus Williams for her coordinated braids, eye shadow and lipstick. The patriotic braids alone would have secured her an honorable mention in our Mane Olympic Medals, but the overall matchy-matchy look secured her the 3rd place slot. As a word of caution, don’t try this look unless you’re Venus Williams at the Olympics. ’Nuff said.
Irina Karpova of Kazakhstan mastered this criss-cross patterned ponytail, diverting from the classic slicked-back look donned by many female decathletes. Want to take this style for a test run? All you need are clear mini elastics from a beauty supply store and geometric inspiration. Simply divide the crown into square sections of mini ponytails. Pull each strand individually to another mini ponytail and reinforce with a second elastic. Criss-cross into any pattern you’d prefer and secure into a large pony for the final look.
Marta Pihan-Kulesza of Poland seizes the gold medal with her glitter braided twists. We applaud her unconventional pulled-back approach in contrast to the predictable gymnastic scrunchies. Since the iconic scrunchie made its Olympic debut decades ago, a Tumblr account has been created in its honor— Olympic Scrunchies Tumblr.
Ivan Zaytsev is our lone male honoree with his Neopolitan ice cream hair.
Nickiesha Wilson of Jamaica goes for the classic shaved Olympic rings with her fierce half-shave style.
Who were your mane picks from the London Olympics?
by Blair Badge
Photos from Ripley.za.net and Toronto Sun