Sometimes the occasion calls for a choice between hair or body. You can head out for a run, but ruin your expensive straightening treatment, or you can skip the workout, yet have awesome hair – it really is a perpetual struggle between looking and feeling good at the same time. And if you have natural afro hair, you’ll know this better than anyone, which is why we’ve put together a definitive list of workout hairstyles for black hair.
So, stop deciding between a HIIT class and great strands, and start bringing your hair A-game with you to the gym!
Now, you don’t need us to tell you that natural hair lends itself well to uber tight braiding. Whether it’s box braids, French plaits, or micro braids, a cornrow plait is guaranteed to hold your hair in place, no matter what you put it through!
If you’re an avid gym-goer and want a hairstyle that’ll give you ultimate hold, we suggest opting for cornrows (AKA boxer braids) for a look that is as chic as it is strong. And what makes these plaits so great, is that they can be worn whether you have long or short hair, and can be jazzed up with almost any accessory, too!
Want a style that’ll keep all the hair out of your face, yet won’t ruin the curl pattern of your mane? Then turn to the pineapple look, that really packs a style punch. Simply stack your strands high, tie it in place with a hairband and pin for extra security. Yes, that really is all it takes!
if you find your workout leaves your coils looking flat, throw some TIGI Bed Head Foxy Curls Contour Cream into your gym bag, for the perfect pre-exercise curl bounce back.
A half-up ponytail is a perfect hairstyle for not-so-sweaty activities like yoga or pilates.
For a hairstyle that stays tight even during high-intensity workouts, you can’t go far wrong with a bun (or 4!). Now, depending on the texture of your hair, this can be achieved in several ways – some natural hair will lend itself to tight-twisted into Bantu knots, while other types might require hair straightening. Credit: @haut_standard
After a full week of tackling your hair to make it look presentable, you don’t really want to worry about what it looks like at the gym, right? Which is why relying on a head wrap is an excellent styling hack.
You can’t talk about workout hairstyles for black hair without mentioning ponytails. We love this twisted one because it does a great job of keeping hair in place, while also making sure you look stylish. Just imagine the curls you’ll get with this twist out!
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