Don’t sweat it babe! Your next gym hairstyle for short hair is here

All Things Hair | 11 January 2018

Scroll down and discover your new exercise companion…


If you’re anything like us, then you will have undoubtedly made the promise to get fit this year. Yet while half the effort is the time and commitment put into getting to the gym itself, the other half is finding suitable hairstyles that’ll keep your tresses off your face! And with so many fitness bloggers filling up our social media timelines, the pressure to look picture perfect has never been more apparent.

To help take some of that stress, we’ve shortlisted a number of looks and have narrowed it down to 7 gym approved short updos, ideal for any workout. Come on ladies, let’s beat those PBs together!

Pretty and practical short hair updos for the gym


model with dark brown short hair in half-up, half-down bun
Looking good hun. Credit:

1. The hun

Half-up, half-down bun hairstyles (AKA the hun) have been spotted everywhere, from the runway to our fave influencers and we think it makes for one of the most on-trend hairstyles in and out of the gym.

woman with dark brown hair and a low bun hairstyle
The low bun can take you from the office to the gym.

2. The low bun

If there was ever a perfect hairstyles for working out, it would have to be a bun. Why, you ask? Because it ensures that all of your hair is tucked neatly away, without having any annoying flyways in your face!

Now, when it comes to short hair, it’s best to opt for a low bun, as this will ensure that all of your strands are tied securely into your updo.

VO5 Refresh Dry Shampoo

Editor’s tip: If you have a fringe that is too short to be pulled back into your bun, don’t forget to spritz it with a little of the VO5 Refresh Me Quick Dry Shampoo. This will to help absorb any sweat and oil produced while you’re working out!

blonde model with short hair and headband braid
Headband braids will become your new BFF.

3. Headband braids

From pixie cuts to bob length tresses, if your hair is a tad too short to style in a updo, don’t fret as you can still tame your tresses (and stop them from sticking to your forehead in that HIIT class you love) with a headband braid.

Psst: This is also a great option for those with bangs too!

short hair updos for the gym woman working out with a low ponytail
All the gear and no idea? Not you!

4. The low ponytail

What gym hairstyles round-up would be complete without a classic low ponytail? Probably the easiest gym-worthy hairstyle out there, this updo takes a matter of seconds to whip up (making it our all-time favourite!). Not to mention it will do the job in securing shorter hair or layers.

TRESemmé Ultimate Hold Hairspray

Editor’s tip: To help banish frizz and flyaways, give your mane a spritz with the TRESemmé Ultimate Hold Hairspray after styling, and smoothing down your strands with your hand.

model on runway with red headband
Let’s get physical. Credit:

5. Headbands

Now if we told you that headbands were back (and not just in the gym) would you believe us? We thought not. Taking the runway by storm over the last few seasons, headbands have become not only acceptable for the gym but have solidified their style credentials, too!

Of course headbands are great as a gym hairstyle for all hair lengths, but if you are constantly blowing those pesky short strands out of your face, grab a headband (or even a sweatband for full Olivia Newton John ’80s vibes) and let’s get physical.

half-up, half-down braids on short hair for the gym
Be prepared for a lot of hair envy with this look. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

6. Half-up, half-down braids

If you don’t enjoy wearing all of your hair up, then why not try rocking 2 edgy half-up, half-down braids, instead? Parted neatly down the centre and featuring 2 pancaked French braids, this hairstyle really adds a twist to your workout look!

Style tip: Tie the rest of your hair into pigtails for a modern take on the primary school classic style.

short hair updos black curls afro hair with a bandana
The bandana updo will keep your curls in check.

7. The bandana updo

Want to keep your curly hair in place during a hardcore gym session? Then you’ll need to look to a bandana for a helping hand.

To achieve this workout-worthy updo with your short curls, simply pull all of your hair up into a really loose pineapple, before positioning your bandana at the front of your head. Not only will this help to keep all of your curls under control, but it’s also a rather chic way to accessorise your style!

TIGI S Factor Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray

Editor’s tip: Before you wrap up all of your lovely tresses, try applying some TIGI S-Factor Papaya Leave-in Moisture Spray to your hair, to help moisturise your locks and banish any frizz.