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4 Practical gym hairstyles for thick hair

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Thick hair woes? We’ve got your gym style sorted!


New year, new you? January is the perfect time to hit the gym and work on your fitness goals. However, if you’re blessed with thick hair, you’ll know how much of a struggle it can be to focus on your squats and lunges when your hair keeps getting in the way! But this age-old struggle is about to come to an end, because we’ve rounded up 4 gym hairstyles for thick hair that are both pretty and practical!

So, if you want to workout in style, read on to discover our failsafe ‘dos for your thick locks, which will keep you cool while you work up a sweat.

Practical gym hairstyles for thick hair: 4 Styles we love…


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Gym hairstyles for thick hair: A high ponytail.

A high ponytail

Ah, the trusty ponytail. It might seem an obvious choice, but it’s a classic for a reason. But rather than opting for a standard low pony, why not try positioning your ponytail higher on your head à la Ariana Grande? This not only looks super elegant, but will also prevent your hair from sticking to your neck (always a plus!).

Looking to create the perfect high ponytail for your gym session? Then follow our simple step-by-step guide, here, and rest assured that your strands will be stylishly tucked away!

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Gym hairstyles for thick hair: A French braid.

French braids

Not only are they an adorable style choice for any occasion, but braids are also some of the most practical gym hairstyles for thick hair. Why? Well, because once they’re in place, they don’t budge – no matter what your workout throws at them. But if you’re a weaving rookie, just start off by sectioning the hair and creating a standard 3-strand plait. As you plait, gradually add in more hair from either side to create a classic French braid.

Editor’s tip: Braids actually work best on unwashed hair, but don’t worry if yours is squeaky clean, as a quick spritz of the Toni&Guy Matt Texture Dry Shampoo will help to add extra grip.

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Gym hairstyles for thick hair: A high bun.

A high bun

If you don’t like your hair swishing around when you’re on the treadmill or doing a floor workout, twisting your hair into a high bun is definitely the way to go. Just make sure to have plenty of bobby pins handy, to help secure it in place!

Love the idea of wearing a bun the the gym, but like to get a little creative with your tresses? Then you need to take a look at the best street hairstyles from couture fashion week 2016: Battle of the buns, right here.

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Gym hairstyles for thick hair: Boxer braids.

Boxer braids

Stars like Bella Hadid and Katy Perry have become huge fans of this boxer braid style, and it’s not hard to see why. Now, it may look difficult to achieve, but don’t fret: once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll be able to whip up this impressive style in under 5 minutes (yes, really!).

Editor’s tip: If you’ve got layers or you’re prone to flyaways, it’s essential that you set your style in place with a strong hold hairspray, like the VO5 Firm Hold Hairspray, to help it last all day.


If you loved these gym hairstyles for thick hair, don’t forget to check out our round-up of A-list inspo, here, and take a spin around our Thick Hairstyles page! Trust us, with one of these gorgeous styles, you’ll never have a bad hair day again.

16 January 2017