Sweat in style with the best gym hairstyles for every type of exercise

Gym newbie? Don't sweat it! These workout-proof hairstyles for the gym look good and will help you smash those goals.  

If you’re still sticking to your New Year’s resolution of working out more (you go Glen Coco!), you’ll be needing some stylish gym hairstyles to help you make those #gains look good.

Whatever your workout style, whether that’s spin, boxing or barre, we’ve put together some of our favourite hairstyles for the gym – all of which have one thing in common: they’re sweat-proof, workout-proof and still look cute enough to wear for the rest of the day!

So, grab your new active wear, try out one of these workout hairstyles and smash those goals!

woman with auburn brown hair in a ballerina bun
Let your inner prima ballerina free! Credit: Instagram.com/nihihikkidoo

Barre: Ballerina bun

If there’s one thing we love about barre class, it’s that you can basically pretend to be a ballerina for an hour. So, twisting your hair into a classic ballerina bun is naturally the way to go.

Just make sure you have plenty of bobby pins to hand to help secure it in place! Then you can penché, plié, and stand en pointe in style. Credit: @nihihikkidoo

Editor’s tip: Find that your baby hairs are poking out of your bun around your hairline? You can use a little hairspray, such as the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray, to set them down for a neater look.

woman with her afro hair in space buns wearing a light pink puffa jacker
Bust a move in these funky space buns. Credit: Instagram.com/freshlengths

Zumba: Space buns

These cute space buns are the perfect gym hair look for upbeat dance workouts, like Zumba.

Especially great for curly or natural haired girls who’re looking for ways to keep their curls under control, they also have the added bonus if being super on trend right now thanks to their funky ’90s vibes. Credit: @freshlengths

back view of a woman with a fishtail braid
The last thing you want when you’re mid-burpee is your hair falling out. Credit: Instagram.com/beautybyaudriana

HIIT: Fishtail braid

We love a braid, but if we’re being honest: a standard-three strand plait can easily come loose while working out. So instead of your usual plait, you need a braid that is stronger than your PT – which is why we suggest trying a tighter fishtail variation. Credit: @beautybyaudriana

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 Sea Salt Texturising Spray will help to add extra grip.

back view of a woman with long boxer braids
So you wanna be a boxer? You’d better look the part! Credit: Instagram.com/long_brown_hair_

Boxercise: 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!). Credit: @long_brown_hair_

back view of a woman sitting by a pool doing yoga with her brunette hair in a low bun
Make the most of a pretty sports bra with an updo. Credit: Instagram.com/easyupdoextensions

Yoga: Twisted bun

If you’ve ever made the mistake of forgetting your hair tie for yoga class, then you’ll know how very un-zen it is having your hair all over your face while you’re in downward dog.

This simple twisted bun will help you keep your focus and it’s pretty enough that you can head straight to brunch afterwards, without the faff of re-styling. Credit: @easyupdoextensions

brunette woman wearing a red hoodie with her long hair in a high ponytail tied with a red scrunchie
Style it like Ariana for your next spin class. Credit: Instagram.com/_purplecashmere

Spin: High pony

The lights may be off in spin class, but when you start to turn up that resistance, you’re going to want workout hairstyles that will have your hair up off of your neck. An Ariana Grande-style high pony is perfect for swishing your way through the class and will help keep you cool.

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


For more New Year’s hair inspiration, discover your January hair horoscope here and see what the stars have in store for your hair!