Sometimes, like in the case of Olympic boxing, a selected combating coiffure is required as a consequence of sure guidelines and laws. “The rules state that boxers cannot have an inch of hair showing out of our headgear during competition, so making sure my hair is kept up is required during a fight,” says Ginny Fuchs, the captain of the United States Olympic boxing workforce. Even so, maintaining her mind on fights as an alternative of hair is a high precedence for her, too. “The sensation of feeling my hair coming out automatically shifts my focus to my hair — my hair also has fallen in my eyesight, affecting my vision in the ring,” Fuchs remembers. “Knowing my hair is up safely helps give me full confidence in the ring.” A pair of French or Dutch braids are what she finds to be the handiest fashion as properly.
Hairstyling is equally essential for these in grappling sports activities (ones that require gripping and submitting your opponents equivalent to jiu-jitsu, judo, or wrestling). “A lot of times, girls, instead of grabbing your head and pulling it down, they’ll grab onto your hair,” explains two-time world wrestling champion and Olympic gold medalist Helen Maroulis. “Even though this is illegal, it does happen a lot.” Sometimes, a wrestler’s hair may even get caught between their physique and their competitor’s or between their physique and the mat, by which case they get caught and cannot execute sure strikes. That’s the worst-case state of affairs so far as wrestling hair goes, Maroulis provides. That’s why her competitors fashion of alternative is “a bunch of intricate braids.”
Hairstyles symbolize one thing deeper past practicality to many fighters, too. As boxer and health coach Holly Lawson factors out, these braids can denote luck, energy, and extra. “A lot of fighters are superstitious, so a lot of us have a certain way we wear our hair when we have it done for the fight,” she explains. “I always feel like I am ready for battle once my hair has been braided, and I enjoy the banter that I have while I am getting it done.” Maroulis feels equally. “I always joke that once the braid comes in, I’m a different person. I’m just like, ‘All right, here we go. It’s fight mode. Don’t talk to me. I’m just ready to go do this.'”
Depending on how distant a combat or match takes place from a fighters’ dwelling, they may very well be sporting their braids in a single day if they do not braid it themselves (and loads of fighters do not). “I have a woman who braids my hair for each fight,” Lawson says. “I either have it braided the day of the fight before I head to the venue or before I leave for the weigh-ins.”