8 Chic Workout-Friendly Hairstyles

Getting your hair plastered on your sweaty face and neck is not exactly flattering when you are trying to look cool on the elliptical machine. Maybe it will make you feel more icky and annoyed because you have to stop halfway through your workout to keep your hair back in place with a boring ol’ ponytail which could come off a few minutes later too.

Though the ponytail is the easiest and fastest way to keep your hair in place, we think it’s time to change up your hair game to go with your stylish workout clothes. So here are 8 workout-friendly hairstyles that you can do to be the belle of the gym that sweats in style!

Low-impact workout hairstyles

Yoga, rock climbing, pilates and hiking are low-impact exercises that doesn’t require you to tie a sturdy, budge-free hairstyle. These workouts let you get away with some loose, unkempt braids that you just have to secure with a good hair tie and some bobby pins to not affect your workout zen.

1. French braid

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This style doesn’t affect your head posture when you lie down and it doesn’t have the tendency to slap your face if you were to shake your head like the usual ponytail. Tutorial here.

2. Side braid

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Whether you want to start the braid below your ear or from your fringe, the side braid is one versatile hairstyle that can take you from gym to a date in no time. You can choose to use the French or Fishtail braid. Tutorial here.

3. Top knot

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Messy top knots are not just for those casual day outs, take it to your workout sessions too. It’s easy, effortless and you get loose waves once you take it down. Tutorial here.

4. Fishtail braid

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Fishtail braids may take longer than the usual French braids but it gives you a more demure look. Look pretty while you are rock climbing we say! Tutorial here.

High-impact workouts hairstyles

Crossfit, bootcamp, freeletics and cycling can get pretty intense so you need a fuss-free hairstyle that holds your hair in place. Tie your braids tight and pin those loose strands away if you think it bothers your workout.

5. Textured topsy turvy

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Tie a low ponytail, start your French braid at the nape of your neck and keep the braids tight. Then, you just need to loop it until you get a braided bun then pin it. Tutorial here.

6. Pony braid bun

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Braid your high ponytail then twist it into a bun. It’s super easy and makes you look like you put a lot of effort into it. Tutorial here.

7. Boxer braids

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If you need something that can withstand the intense moves that you will be doing, tight pigtails are one of the best. It’s more secure than a ponytail and you get pretty mermaid waves once you let your hair down. Great for short hair too. Tutorial here.

8. Ballet Bun

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A classic hairstyle that has been tried and tested numerous times on ballerinas and other athletes to keep all your hair away from your face. Pin it to secure the bun and take it all off after your workout for nice loose waves. Tutorial here.

Got bangs or fringe? Short hair?

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Use an elastic hairband to keep your bangs from sticking to your forehead. If the hairband does not stay in place then use some bobby pins to secure it. Now you have another extra accessory to your workout OOTD.

Change up your hairstyle

Depending on what exercise you will be doing on that day, you can tie your hair in any way that you feel comfortable with. Also if you have a lot of layers in your hair, you might need to add in more bobby pins to hold it up. Braiding will take some time to get the hang of but the results is worth it. Be sure to loosen up the hair tie a little bit to avoid damaging your hair from donning tight buns and ponytails.


Which hairstyle will you be rocking for your next workout session? Let us know in the comments section below or on our Facebook page!

Sources: Greatist, Cosmopolitan, Shape, Pop Sugar, XOVain, Daily Makeover, Madison Reed, Hair Addiction

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