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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.