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…With Olympic Track Star Tori Bowie!

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She’s fast—and she’s got the medals to prove it! Track star Tori Bowie is the most decorated track athlete to return from the Olympics in Rio, bringing home gold, silver and bronze hardware from the games. Here, the Mississippi native stopped by Sophisticate’s Black Hair for a super-quick beauty chat…

Sophisticate’s Black Hair: To start off what brings you to Chicago?
Tori Bowie: I came to Chicago for the espnW Women + Sports Chicago. I was on the panel and we talked about body image, in terms of athletes and the insecurities that we had, how we feel now about it and how we had to overcome those insecurities.

SBH: You competed in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. How was that?
TB: Special. A special moment. Yes, it’s kind of like a dream come true…I went and I came back with three medals. So I’m more than pleased.

SBH: Let’s talk about your hair…
TB: I’ve been relaxed before. I’m on this Natural journey or trying to at least be Natural. I’m not going [to] say that it’s easy. It is so hard, but I can say my hair is a lot stronger.

SBH: How do you wear your hair?
TB: Next week I plan to wear my braids when I’m in Shanghai competing…I want to get there and I don’t want to have to worry about my hair. I just want to tie it down and focus on my competition. But, I have a meet in Eugene [Oregon] at the end of the month and I always change my hair for each [track] meet.

SBH: Do you have any go-to beauty products?
TB: My favorite one is the tea tree oil. It’s simple, but that’s my favorite one.

SBH: Fitness first or hair first? Any tips on how we can keep our hair looking cute while working out?
TB: Fitness first always! And, that’s a tough one especially for Natural hair. I know with my Natural hair I wrap it up a lot and sometimes it still gets sweaty. You know? So I’m not sure if there’s a way around it when it comes to working out. But, I love both. I cannot go without stylish hair and I cannot go with out working out. So it’s a balance.

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