They say women don’t run as fast as men because of our bodies. More likely, it’s because of our hair.
Don’t take this personally, guys, but most of you don’t have a lot to work with above the forehead. Even those of you with enviably full heads of hair – think beautiful Dean Karnazes, ultra-marathon man – don’t sport hair that can slow you down. Many women, on the other hand, are both burdened and blessed with hair and hair products that cut deeply into our times.
The presence of hair spray alone, I’m convinced, can take a minute off our best miles. They don’t call it Aqua Net for nothing.
Shoe manufacturers spend a lot of time and money trying to design trainers that are an ounce lighter than their competitors’. So why aren’t women runners cutting off their hair en masse, trying for the same effect? Why doesn’t the current popularity of minimalist running translate to minimal hair?