The Olympics might be over (*sob*), but we're still reeling over everything we witnessed in Rio—including, to be perfectly honest, one of the less talked-about aspects of competition. While maybe not quite as remarkable as say, Simone Biles' mind-bending acrobatics or the fact that Katie Ledecky is very likely part-fish, the fact that all these athletes were somehow able to keep their hair and makeup on lock while pushing their bodies to the brink—in South American heat and humidity, no less—is pretty impressive. And isn't it our duty as beauty editors to find out exactly what products they're using?
Fresh from her bronze-medal win with partner Kerri Walsh Jennings, volleyball player April Ross obliged to do exactly that. Below, Ross (who has partnered with Aussie haircare) clues into her competition-ready beauty routine, from the waterproof mascara that never budges to the hair products that frizz-proof her mane on and off the court.
BYRDIE: Did your beauty routine change at all due to the tropical climate in Rio?
APRIL ROSS: I found I had to use more product in my hair because it’s so humid here. I used a lot of Aussie's Sprunch Mousse ($3) to define my curls more, so it wasn’t just straight frizz in the humidity.
BYRDIE: How do you keep your hair out of your face when you're diving and jumping so much? Is there a go-to hairstyle that works best for competition?
AR: I always wear my hair slicked back in a ponytail and then braid it so I don’t have flyaways. I also always wear a visor to protect my face from the sun.
BYRDIE: Because you're spending so much time in the sun, how do you protect your hair from damage? Which products and techniques do you swear by?
AR: With all the time I spend on the court, my hair goes through quite a beating between the sun, sand and sweat and I don’t usually have the energy or time to put a lot of effort into making my hair look great again. [This product] is essential in making my hair look shiny, healthy and moisturized in a breeze—both on and off the court.
BYRDIE: What's your holy grail sweat-proof makeup product?
AR: If I know I’m going to be sweating, the only thing I put on is CoverGirl's Lashblast Volume Waterproof Mascara. It honestly doesn’t run or come off while I’m playing.
BYRDIE: What are your favorite ways to soothe your skin after a day of practice or competition?
AR: I honestly just use lotion. My skin gets so dried out, so my go-to is Olay Total Effects Lotion.
Want more Olympic beauty? Check out which waterproof makeup the U.S. synchronized swimming team recommends.