Hairstyles for athletes: How sportswomen style their hair when they’re not playing sport

Proof that world-class sportswomen look just as good off the track. 

Sporting games celebrate and showcase the best sportsmen and women in the business, and while most people have their eyes peeled on the track, field or pool, the All Things Hair team always spend our time admiring the sporty hairstyles worn by the likes of Jessica Ennis-Hill and Serena Williams. But these women have also proved that there is indeed a glamorous side to playing sport – we thought it might be nice to show you how celebrity sportswomen style their hair off the track/court.  Trust us: you’ll be surprised how different they look with their hair down!

So have a scroll through the gallery above to see how world-class athletes take their hair from work to play, and keep reading to get the lowdown on each hairstyle.

Off-duty hairstyles for athletes


Hairstyles for athletes Venus Williams tennis
Hairstyles for athletes: Venus Williams. Credit: Getty Images

Venus Williams

Tennis champion Venus Williams may like to style her hair into a box braid ponytail when she’s playing tennis, but for evening events, she often opts for a loose style. While attending the 2015 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson Of The Year Ceremony, Venus styled her ombre purple mane into tight, bouncy curls. Ooh la la!

Hairstyles for athletes serena williams tennis
Hairstyles for athletes: Serena Williams. Credit: Getty Images

Serena Williams

Venus Williams’ sister and fellow tennis star Serena Williams also knows how to work her hair for glamorous events. For the premiere of Serena (a documentary made by the BBC about her), she opted for a poker straight look. With a neat centre parting, she tucked each side of her slick hair behind her ears to showcase her glitzy earrings.

Tip: To recreate this statement look, use a fine tooth comb to create a precision parting, before applying some TRESemmé Runway Collection Get Sleek Smooth & Tame Cream (£5.50*) to your strands for a super slick finish.

olympics hairstyles Laura Trott
Hairstyles for athletes: Laura Trott. Credit: Getty Images

Laura Trott

British cyclist Laura Trott, who won Sportswoman of the Year last year at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards usually wears her hair in a ponytail or braids when competing. But for Glamour’s star-studded bash, her blonde hair was styled into romantic soft waves, accented by a deep side part with one side tucked behind her ear. Casual elegance at its best, don’t you think?

Hairstyles for athletes Jessica Ennis-Hill
Hairstyles for athletes: Jessica Ennis-Hill. Credit: Getty Images

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill’s go-to sporting hairstyle may be a low ponytail or bun, but when she’s not hurdling or jumping the long jump, she lets her shoulder-length locks flow. Here, Jessica’s hair has been curled away from her face to create soft, casual waves – a look we think works wonders for her heart-shaped complexion.

Tip: To recreate this look at home, use a large-barrel curling tong to curl your hair. Then spray your finished style with some TIGI Bed Head Headrush Shine Hairspray (£17.50*) to help add shine and gloss.

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

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