Recently, I had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with actress Nicole Ari Parker specifically to discuss her new business venture. However, by the time we finished we had talked about much much more. Meeting Ms. Parker, highly known for her roles in the series Soul Food and films such as Boogie Nights and Blue Streak, was one of the most enjoyable meetings I have ever had with someone. That is why I am breaking up this post into two parts. The first being specifically about Save Your Do gym wrap and the latter being life, love, fitness and everything in between. Be sure to check back Monday.
First, Ms. Parker is simply stunning. She had Flawless skin, was completely put together and has a cool confidence about her. Her inner beauty is matched equally to her outer beauty as she was open, honest, kind and funny. I was her last interview of the day before she flew out of Chicago. Since I had no cameras rolling we took our interview to the huge chaise couch, relaxed and started chatting.
Nicole Ari Parker was in town specifically promoting her new business venture, Save Your Do gym wrap. A hair wrap which looks like a large headband that helps ladies hair stay in tact while working out. Studies have shown that one of the top reasons women don't work out is because they don't want to mess their hair up! Ms. Parker experienced this in person when she went to destination bridal shower. It was her responsibility to set up the fitness events for the weekend. She went all out and set up a boot camp with her friend Delvette Quince (trainer from the Biggest Loser) for Saturday Morning. When it came time to work it out all the ladies said, "no way I don't want to mess my hair up before we go out tonight". Nicole thought, there had to be a way to fix this problem.
Women do spend a great deal of time and money on their hair. Whether they style it themselves, go to a salon, have extensions, get it straightened, etc. Nicole wanted to come up with something that would allow you to save your hair style and get that gym time in. Nicole realized there was tons of moisture wicking apparel on the market, why couldn't there be something like that for your hair? She went to work with her partner and after numerous tests found the right material and combinations to create the Save Your Do gym wrap.
This product is designed to do two main things. First, soak up the sweat during your workout. If you have to go back to work after the gym your hair won't be soaking wet. Now, you have no excuse not to hit the gym at lunch time. Secondly, extend the life of your hair style. When you're done working out you need to do a little styling, but then you're ready to go.
There are three different varieties of the Save Your Do Gym Wrap; narrow band, wide band and full triangle. I asked Nicole how someone should go about choosing which one they should use. She responded that it was really a matter of how much you sweat and your personal preference. Nicole admitted that she is a heavy head sweater, but she doesn't prefer full coverage so she would usually go with the medium wide band. Nicole went on to say that I had a nice shaped head (why, thank you I responded) and that I could probably do the small band so it was not too big. Perfect for soaking up sweat while my hair was in a pony tail.
Nicole gave me a wrap to try and I loved it. I wore it to my Vinyasa Flow Yoga class and really liked it. It did exactly what it said it would do, soaked up my sweat. If that wasn't enough reason to grab one here's two more. Right now, there is a five dollar discount coupon available on the website. The next even better reason ten percent of every purchase goes to the Sophie's Voice Foundation, which was created by Nicole and her husband. They created the foundation in honor of their daughter, Sophie, who was born with Spina Bifida. Sophie's Voice Foundation is an organization that raises awareness about the prevention of Spina Bifida and seeks to improve the quality of life for those affected by it. Grab a Save Your Do gym wrap and you'll be saving your hair and benefitting others. It's a win win.
Be sure to check back Monday for the remaining half of my interview with Nicole Ari Parker.
Have a fun and fit day, Chicago.