Gym hairstyles for thick hair: 8 looks worthy of the #gymbunny

All Things Hair | 10 January 2018

Slay your workout in style with our fave gym hairstyles for thick hair!


In honour of #NewYearNewMe, high on your 2018 goals list is hitting the gym, right? Like many other women, your first appearance in your local fitness centre may be a little daunting, not to mention overwhelming (just attempting to set up your locker key is a struggle in itself!). But one aspect you can control is your hair game of course.

Whether it’s been a while since you stepped into the gym or simply looking to make 2018 an excuse to revamp your look – #gymbunny – we have shortlisted the top 8 gym hairstyles for thick hair to make sure you look amazing while you crunch, squat and lunge your way to your beach body dream.

8 hairstyles for thick hair that hold tight at the gym


girl wearing white lace up top with her short brunette hair braided down the middle
This practical braid will work just as hard as you do. Credit:

1. Centre braid

Want to hit the gym in peace, yet still don’t want to compromise on your style? Then we think you should give this stunning centre braid a go!

This style is the perfect opportunity to show off your hair’s thickness, since you can braid in the middle section of your mane, before pulling the rest up into a messy half bun. It’s practical, packs a style punch, and will work just has hard as you do during your workout! Credit: @byrdiebeauty

back view of woman with brown blonde ombre hair in double stacked buns
When one bun isn’t enough, double up. Credit:

2. Stacked buns

If no hair tie in the world can keep your thick mane in place, we say divide and conquer with this stacked bun hairstyle.

If low space buns are a little to primary school for you, this stacked bun is the newest way to style your tresses both in and out of the gym – meaning you can still hit the smoothie bar after your gruelling gym session and look totally on trend. Credit: @kristin_ess

TRESemmé Ultimate Shine Hold Hairspray

Editor’s tip: If pesky flyaways are the bane of your gym life, give your tresses a spritz of the TRESemmé Ultimate Hold Hairspray to help smooth down any stray hairs and to keep your style in place.

girl wearing white fishnet top with her hair in a half up half down hairstyle
Half-up half-down styles are ideal for those with shorter manes. Credit:

3. Half-up, half-down ‘do

If you have short, thick hair, sometimes the biggest aspiration can simply be a style that ensures you don’t get a mouthful of hair as you work out.

Enter: the half-up, half-down ‘do, which works to keep the majority of your strands away from your face, ensuring your only focus is your plank technique. Feel the burn, ladies! Credit: @artisticbreed

back view of woman with light blonde hair in chunky dutch braid
Chunky Dutch braids will tame those pesky flyaways. Credit:

4. Chunky Dutch braid

While those with thin hair can get away with a simple low ponytail, those with thick hair have to add a little more time and energy into their gym hairstyle. But don’t be disheartened, because the results are totally worth it!

Take this chunky Dutch braid as a prime example. Not only will it keep your thick mane secure but by wrapping some loose strands around your hairband, you’ll have a look that’s neat, gym ready, and worthy of more formal occasions, too! Credit: @whatlydialikes 

khloe kardashian with blonde hair in a low sleek ponytail with lots of hair grip accessories
We love this hairstyle for anyone with short layers. Credit:

5. Grip it

As any avid gym-goer will know, the problem with short layers in your hair is that it doesn’t hold very well in an updo, especially when your workout ramps up in intensity.

To counter this, don’t be shy about utilising a bobby pin (or 12!). Guaranteed to hold even the most stubborn and thickest of hairs in place, this nifty styling tool can also double up as a super on-trend accessory, too! Credit: @khloekardashian

Style tip: Are you finding your bobby pins are constantly sliding out of your hair? Then the best inside tip we can ever give is spraying hairspray on your bobby pins before using – honestly, this style hack is a game changer.

back view of woman with long blonde hair in double dutch braids
Hit the spin class in style with this Dutch braid ‘do. Credit:

6. Double dutch braids

When it comes to gym hairstyles for thick hair, braided hairstyles will be your new BFF – and this double Dutch braid is the fanciest gym hairstyle of all, yet far easier to create than they may first seem. But be warned: it’s best to avoid attempting this look after arm day, trust us! Credit: @sass.and.braids

Style tip: If you have long tresses like this sports babe, wrap the lengths of your hair into buns and secure.

asian woman with silver hair wearing a knotted headband
Headbands are a welcome sight back in the gym. Credit:

7. Headbands

No longer confined to the realms of the ‘80s, the headband is officially back – and boy is it hot!

No matter what length your hair is, a headband (or, dare we say it, a sweatband) is guaranteed to hold thick hair in place while you reach your workout goals. Credit: @selfassemblyrequired

girl with thick short hair coloured platinum blonde and styled into a quiff
Girl quiff is great for keeping fringes from sticking to your forehead. Credit:

8. Girl quiff

If you’re a thick-haired girl with bangs, you might find that your fringe irritates you as you get physical. One great solution is to work a sleek and chic quiff, which works to sweep hair away from the face and hold firm as you burn those calories! Credit: @constancepeach

VO5 Classic Styling Soft Moulding Wax

Editor’s tip: To keep your girl quiff in place, reach for the VO5 Soft Moulding Wax and scoop out a small amount of product (roughly the size of your fingertip) and work into your hair, raking your fringe up and back.





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