Why Jell-O Is the Best-Kept Beauty Secret for Olympic Swimmers

It's an 🇺🇸 staple outside the kitchen too.

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If there's a genre of athlete that's mastered the art of indestructible makeup, it's the synchronized swimmer. The ladies of this majestic sport are well-versed in the art of making their face beats waterproof—and the same goes for their hair.

It's funny, because when you're watching their mesmerizing routines, it's easy to gloss over the fact that they're performing inside and outside of the pool, sans swim caps. So how exactly do they keep their coifs, well, coiffed?

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In a new interview with Vogue, U.S. synchronized swim goddesses Anita Alvarez and Mariya Koroleva reveal their we-never-would-have-guessed-it trick...

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"When we compete, we put Knox gelatin in our hair," they explain. "It's like unflavored Jell-O—we mix it with water, and it turns into a gooey mixture. You comb or brush that into your hair, put it up in a bun, and put a headpiece over that, so when it dries, it gets really hard and your hair doesn't fall out when you swim. We like to add glitter and other decorations to it—it's easy."

Uh, so does this mean glitter roots are cool for the pool? All signs point to yasss.

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