11 DIY Sporty Hairstyles You’ll Love

Consider these chic sports hairstyles the #hairinspo you need to stay motivated!  

Resolving to get fitter? There’s something you should know: sporty hairstyles were practically made to make your workouts easier (after all, nobody wants a sweaty ‘do that gets in the way!). And if you’re eager to know which cute sporty hairstyles will help you with achieving your #bodygoals, you’ve come to the right place.

Below we’ve created an exclusive list of chic yet practical easy sporty hairstyles for you to try, each of which will make your gorgeous gym outfit look even better!

1. Messy bun

easy sports hairstyles: close up shot of woman with messy bun hairstyle, wearing gym clothing and holding gym equipment
The messy top knot s the easiest bun in the world! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

The best thing about sports hairstyles? The fact you can wear them messy, of course! So, if you’ve just found out your off the waiting list for spin class, try working with your bedhead texture to create this pretty, practical messy bun hairstyle.

Not only does this easy-peasy style emit tonnes off-duty vibes, it also masks any greasy roots (phew!).

Editor’s tip: If you’re planning on skipping your post-gym hair wash, spritz the TONI&GUY Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo throughout your roots before you hit the gym. That way it can soak up excess oils and debris while you sweat, leaving your mane looking fresh and smelling fab!

2. Pineapple updo

sporty hairstyles: close up shot of woman with natural hair styled into a pineapple updo, wearing denim jacket and standing outside
There’s nothing wrong with making your coils resemble your fave fruit! Credit: Dvora

Finding the motivation to work out weekly when you have natural hair is a serious struggle. However, that doesn’t mean you should skip a workout! The solution? The pineapple updo hairstyle, which this #gymbunny slays.

This fail-safe ‘do will stylishly keep your natural coils in place, while doubling for a super cute gym hairstyle! Are you ready to put it to the test?

3. Ballerina bun

cute sporty hairstyles: close up of woman with natural hair styled into ballerina bun, wearing gym clothing and posing outside
Yoga bunny? You’ll love this! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Now, if you’re after a neat-looking updo to keep hair out of your face, a simple and elegant ballerina bun should suffice.

To jazz up your classic bun, why not try adding a brightly-coloured headband, or even a few quirky bobby pins? Nobody said sporty hairstyles have to be basic, so go as wild as you want!

4. Braided bun

close up shot of woman with low braided bun hairstyle, wearing sporty clothing and posing in a studio
These are the kinda buns that’ll ensure you get stuff done, hun!

Honestly, is there anything braids can’t do? Just look at how this mega-babe incorporates a braid into her on-trend low bun hairstyle, and then you’ll understand why we’re obsessed.

Whether you’re doing deadlifts or taking on the treadmill, this badass bun will give you the confidence you need to go the extra mile.

Editor’s tip: Now, if you want to make this fierce ‘do (or any other of these easy sporty hairstyles) last way beyond your workout, generously spray your hair with the VO5 Ultimate Hold HairsprayIt’ll help tame flyaways, provide 24h humidity protection, plus keep your style firmly in place!

5. Braided macaroon buns

close up shot of woman outside with braided low macaron bun hairstyles, wearing denim and sporty clothing
When it comes to stylish sports hairstyles, macaron buns are the hottest to covet! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

This season it’s all about borrowing from the French girls and wearing macaron buns (AKA low space buns) to the gym. Ooh la la!

So, if it’s cute sporty hairstyles you’re after, you should definitely keep this sweet hairstyle on your mane radar. Trust us: with this ‘do at hand, you’ll be the queen of the gym in no time.

6. Dutch braid

easy sporty hairstyles: close up shot of woman with dutch braid hairstyle, wearing denim jacket and red jumper, with hoop earrings
This Dutch braid is here to make sure you slay! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Hopping from one class to another? Your hair isn’t going anywhere with this sleek and tightly woven Dutch braid hairstyle. With this beauty, you can do both high-energy classes and toning ones (without worrying about your hair falling out of place!).

If you’re a Dutch plait novice, our quick tutorial, here, will have you weaving like a total pro in no time.

7. Three-part cornrow bun

close up shot of woman with three part cornrow hairstyle, wearing green sporty top and posing outside
Keep your mane game strong with this three part cornrow. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

If you’re playing a sport which requires you to have your hair tied back and out of your face, then try this trendy three-part cornrow bun — it’s one of our personal favourite sporty hairstyles, that just so happens to suitable for most hair types, too!

Editor’s tip: Loving all these sporty ‘dos? Just because your natural hair is protected, that doesn’t mean you won’t need a leave-in conditioning spray (like the TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist) in your life.

This must-have product helps give your natural mane a much-needed boost of moisture and will leave your locks smelling like a coconut. Now, who wouldn’t want that?

8. Braided ponytail

close up shot of woman with sporty braided hairstyle, wearing floral gym clothing and posing
With a ponytail this chic, you’ll be killing it at the gym!

Got long hair and lusting after a clean, tidy option that will still show off your gorgeous Rapunzel lengths? It’s impossible to go wrong with a braided ponytail hairstyle. Apply gel to the crown to keep flyaways at bay and you’ll be good to glow!

9. Bubble ponytail

Sporty hairstyles: close up shot of woman with bubble ponytail hairstyle, wearing sporty top and posing outside
Runway-approved and sporty? Yes please! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Another look you can rock with ease? The bubble ponytail, of course! It’s practical and practically radiating with high-fashion vibes.

You can either opt for consistently-coloured hairbands throughout your ponytail, or, if you want to inject a more playful vibe into the look, why not mix it up with an array of shades?

10. Hat hairstyle

close up shot of woman with sporty hat hairstyle, wearing all black and posing outside
When it comes to sports hairstyles, you really can’t go wrong with this combo. Credit: Dvora

If you’re going to insist on sticking with your go-to hairstyle (be it pigtail braids or a bun), then it should certainly be paired with a stylish gym hat of your choice.

This will keep your mane under wraps, meaning you can focus your energy on hitting your rep goals. Boring gym hair? Not here!

11. Messy ponytail with hidden braids

Sporty hairstyles: Side shot of a woman with messy ponytail with mini braids in it, wearing a sports bra and posing in a studio
Your messy ponytail will work perfectly for your next workout;. Credit: Instagram.com/melipelaezo

Woken up with bedhead hair? If you need to dash to the gym or go for a run, just work your messy strands into this chic, model-off-duty ponytail. You’ll get bonus points if you add mini braids into the mix! Credit: @melipelaezo