Short Hairstyles

Got short hair? Gym hairstyles that’ll last beyond your workout

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Looking for gym hairstyles for short hair? Well, with these sporty ‘dos, you’ve got no excuse to not workout! 

Finding an exercise-appropriate hairstyle is difficult at the best of times, but when you have short hair, things just get even trickier, don’t they? So, if you’ve been searching high and low for the best gym hairstyles for short hair, don’t worry: we’re about to make it easier than doing mountain-climbers for a minute. 

Short hair at the gym is cute, but how do you keep it out of the way when you’re trying to make your PB on the treadmill? With our list of the best gym hairstyles for short hair, of course! So even if you’re struggling to keep up with your PT, at least your short hair will look on point.

Got short hair? Gym-worthy hairstyles to rock now


Gym hairstyles for short hair: Black woman with a pinned pixie boxing
Pinned back pixie.

The pinned-back pixie

Is your short hair too short to gather up into a ponytail? Fret not, there are other gym hairstyles for short hair that you can do with a pixie cut or a quiff.

All you need are bobby pins and some stronghold hairspray. Spray the TRESemmé Extra Hold Hairspray over your crop (only a tiny bit will do the trick) to make double-sure it stays.

Sporty hairsyles for short hair: woman with short quiff hairstyle stretching
The short hair gym quiff.

The short hair gym quiff

Clips, hairbands or pins not really your scene? Then this edgy alternative might be right up your street. The secret behind the success of this hairstyle is a good hair wax to hold it all in place.

Try the VO5 Classic Styling Soft Moulding Wax to secure your hair, while keeping frizz at bay. And the best part? It provides long-lasting definition and shine without leaving your hair feeling sticky!

Short hair: Gym ponytail styles for short hair for working out
The gym-ready ponytail.

The gym-ready ponytail

If your short crop is a little on the longer side, then nothing beats a classic ponytail when it comes to gym hairstyles for short hair. Simply gather your tresses back towards the crown of your head and wrap a hairband around your ponytail a few times.

If your hair is just a little too short to do a low ponytail, then why not create a high half-up ‘do instead?

Gym hairstyles for short hair: Braids

Sporty hairstyles for short hair: woman in black strappy top with pigtail braids
Sporty pigtails. Credit:

Sporty pigtails

French braiding your hair into 2 pigtails is the perfect style for those with shoulder-length hair. However, if you’re a plaiting novice, fret not: just take a look at our step-by-step tutorial, here, and you’ll have it mastered in no time! Credit: @zavalaashlee1

Sporty hairstyles for short hair: woman with silver and purple hair with braided fringe
The ‘no band’ braid hold. Credit:

The ‘no band’ braid

Can’t find a hairband? With this lovely ‘no band’ braid it’s no longer an issue! Credit: @emilyandersonstyling

Just tease the end of your plait with a comb and spritz your mane with the VO5 Classic Styling Ultimate Hold Hairspray. We aren’t guaranteeing it’ll hold tight during a high-intensity dance class, but it’s certain to make the yogis envious. 

Sporty hairstyles for short hair: Buns


Short hair: gym-ready brunette with half-up topknot
Half topknot hero. Credit:

Half topknot hero

We don’t like to show favouritism, but in our books, the half topknot bun is the ultimate bun for short-haired girls. Before creating your topknot, spritz your roots with a little of the TRESemmé Instant Refresh Translucent Dry Shampoo. This will help rid you of greasy tresses and give your hair some grip. Then play about with the position of the bun – and you’re done! Credit: @love_kaileyshell

Gym hairstyles for short hair: Brunette messy bun with sporty headband
The short-haired girl’s messy bun. Credit:

The short-haired girl’s messy bun

If your tresses are a little longer, you might just be able to do a messy bun. But don’t forget to team your ‘do with a hairband to help stop any stray baby hairs or flyaways from getting in your way. Credit: @abbyyxelizabeth

Short hair: Gym-ready dark haired woman with two half-up mini buns wearing red lipstick
Double buns. Credit:

Double buns

Why wear one bun when you could be rocking two? Channel your inner gym bunny with this half-up hairstyle and create two mini buns, leaving your shorter hair out at the back.

Like the half topknot hero, when it comes to sporty hairstyles for short hair, double buns are great for keeping your tresses up and out of your way. So, you can focus on your workout or your gym selfie. Credit@mina1003


So, what are your go-to gym hairstyles for short hair? Whichever one you pick, don’t forget to check out our half-up hairstyle for short hair tutorial by Maddie Bruce, will you?

27 February 2017