Yoga enthusiasts will know that figuring out how to wear your hair to class is often a workout in itself. Turning into Cousin Itt while you’re stretching into downward dog isn’t exactly zen, and as you move in and out of different poses, you want yoga hairstyles that can hold up.
Now, we may not be fitness bloggers, but we’ve got a few handy styles that we’ve found to work really well for low-intensity style workout classes – and we’re sharing them, here!
Don’t be fooled by the name, boxer braids are great for all forms of exercise. Made up of 2 Dutch braids, they keep the hair tight and close to the scalp so you don’t have to worry about it coming loose.
Originally a hairstyle worn by women with natural hair, this style was re-popularised by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian.
Low Messy Bun
If you want something you can do quickly with no fuss and no mirror required, the humble messy bun comes up trumps. It keeps the hair out of your face but isn’t so tight that you’ll get a headache while you’re stretched out on the mat! Credit: @lornajaneactive
Dutch Braid Pony
And the award for most Instagrammable yoga hairstyles ever goes to… This one will take a little more time to do, but if you’re planning on heading out to grab a smoothie after class it’s a really pretty one to try.
This style starts off in the same way as boxer braids, with a Dutch braid on either side but instead of braiding all the way down, the hair is tied into a ponytail at the nape of your neck. Credit: @gabitrybyte
Editor’s tip: Fine hair? Before you get going with your braids, prep your strands with a blast of the TONI&GUY Sky High Volume Dry Shampoo. This will help to plump up braids and add more texture for a fuller, more aesthetic finish.
Looking for a straightforward style that looks nice but doesn’t call for superhuman styling skills? Verticle double buns one on top of each other are a really underrated style, great for keeping your neck cool during those sweaty Bikram sessions. Credit: @daniellabenita
Blessed with thick or curly hair? Then you’ll need a hard-working style that can keep unruly hair in check during class. Fishtail braids tick all the right boxes and they’re just that little bit more impressive than your regular 3-strand braid. Credit: @cabellobycarolina
There’s a reason ballerinas wear their hair in high buns – it stops loose strands getting in their face and stops them being slapped by their ponytails as they turn.
This pretty wrapped style takes all of the practical elements of the classic ballerina bun and makes it even prettier – if that’s possible. Credit: @verolocalb
Editor’s tip: If you find any of your hair starts to come out, don’t panic. You don’t have to take your hair out and start all over, just keep a can of the VO5 Sleek Creation Hairspray in your gym bag and use it to smooth down any stray strands with your fingers.
Braids are always a good option whatever exercise you’re doing. This updated rope braid style will give long lengths a fresh twist and with celeb fans like Shay Mitchell and Blake Lively, just whip on some shades and everyone will think you’re an A-list gym-goer. Credit: @salonnirvana954
We’ve got a soft spot for space buns, so much so that we’d rock them at any opportunity if we could, but they do actually fare well in the gym.
Just as effective as high buns but double the fun, you can let your personality show through with this playful look. Credit: @khanh.hong.tran