Let’s be honest: it’s not just women who worry about their mane looking good while they’re hitting the gym, as guys also want an on-point style while they hit their PB! With this in mind, we decided to create a round up of the best gym hairstyles, including celeb-approved gym ‘dos that have been tried and tested by Hollywood’s fitness elite.
The Best 18 Gym Hairstyles for Guys
If you’re going to insist on sticking with your go-to hairstyle, then it certainly should be paired with a stylish gym hat of your choice. This will keep your mane looking good and under wraps, meaning you can focus your energy on the heavy lifting. Credit: @rebeletics.apparel
Have you ever tried to do a push up with long hair? It’s impossible, right? Well, you should make like this gentleman and tie it back into a ponytail.
The best thing about it? It will stay in place and still look dapper after a sweaty sesh. Now doesn’t that sound like a win-win situation? Credit: @yoyoyotsuda
Editor’s tip: If you prefer to wash your mane after your workout, the TONI&GUY Deep Clean Shampoo has got your back. It’ll cleanse your scalp, plus remove any sweat and product build up, leaving your hair feeling fresh as hell.
It’s safe to say that the man braid is here to stay. So, if you’re a black gentleman worried about how your natural mane will hold out in the gym, you should get on board with this trend. If it’s good enough for A$AP Rocky, it’s good enough for you. Credit: @asaprockyscloset
Swept-Back Gym Hair
Keep your hair groomed at the gym with this super sleek hairstyle by slicking your mane back with a strong hold styling product. You’ll keep your hair off your face and look go while doing it.
Temple Fade With Twists
If you’re the kind of gent who likes to work hard and play hard, the temple fade haircut will see you through every eventuality. Look as sharp on the courts as you do off duty with this sleek-looking style, that’s a classic favourite. Credit: @russwest44
Whether you wear your quiff high or low day-to-day, there’s no denying that a quiff can be a great way to style your hair for the gym.
For a gym-proof quiff, we suggest spiking up the front section of your hair vertically with the VO5 Lifting Paste, which will ensure your hair stays put. What’s more, if you need to tweak your locks for a post-workout brunch or boardroom meeting, the paste can easily be remoulded. Smart, eh?
Editor’s tip: New to hair pastes? Don’t worry, you can get up to speed with our comprehensive guide, here.
Textured Top Hairstyle
For for longer curlier hair on top like Henry Cavill. Credit: Instagram.com/henrycavillThis gym style as sported by Henry Cavill, is practical and workout ready. The length on top allows for plenty of movement and texture, making it the perfect style for gents with curly or wavy tresses. Go for messier hair, with shorter sides, so that the style will look good no matter how hard you push yourself. Credit: @henrycavill
Short and Choppy
Let’s start by saying, who wouldn’t want to look a little like Wolverine! Take inspiration from Hollywood’s tough guy Hugh Jackman with this short and choppy hair cut.
This is a great wake-up-and-go look that’s ideal for the gym as it requires very little styling. Simply work in some wax to create definition and texture. Credit: @thehughjackman
Sporty Man Bun
If your hair is a little on the long side, be sure to slick it up into a high ponytail or man bun to keep it out of your way during your drills. And if you need further convincing? Louis Smith and Gareth Bale and big fans of this ‘do. We thought that might help change your mind.
If you’re intent on bulking up, then why not take your tresses along for the ride and ‘bulk up’ your locks with some serious volume. The pompadour hairstyle is a retro classic, that will give you an on-trend style.
Work plenty of height into your hair by blasting your tresses with a hot hair dryer and working in some mouse to add volume, or pomade to keep everything in place. Credit: @menshealthuk
The Body Coach (AKA Joe Wicks) not only revolutionised our world with #LeanIn15 but he also showed us that it’s totally possible to rock voluminous curls at the gym and still look effortlessly stylish. He’s also a big fan of the man bun for those times when he needs his face to be curl free. Credit: @thebodycoach
If you like to push yourself to the limits when you’re maxing out then go for a style that won’t interfere with your reps. So, think shorter, textured hair, that will require low maintenance and little styling upkeep.
Keep the sides graduated and work your hair upwards into textured spikes, for a style that looks like you’re a man ready to achieve his goals. #Winning. Credit: @joemanganiello
If it’s a classic style you seek, then former professional body builder, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is leading the way.
His longer locks can be swept back to keep his face sweat-free, while this Ivy league ‘do, will also be fitting for his day job. A hardworking hairstyle that’s classic and sports ready? You can’t go wrong. Credit: @schwarzenegger
Long Hair and Beard
Fellas who fancy themselves as an extra in Game of Thrones, listen up! You can totally rock long wavy locks, with a full beard and look like a real life warrior. We think you’ll agree, Jason Momoa looks pretty fierce with this combo. Credit: @prideofgypsies
Okay, so we know that this hairstyle is a bit of a cheat, but if your signature look is your au natural mane, we wouldn’t want your workout jeopardising your go-to-look! But how can you keep your relaxed hairstyle looking great while you’re at the gym? Let us tell you…
Simply get your hands on the TIGI Bed Head Matte Separation Workable Wax and work to lift hair vertically, then style back away from your face. The beeswax formula will help give you casual hold and provide texture, while still maintaining a relaxed aesthetic.
We think it would be hard to find a more practical and stylish gym hairstyle than the buzzcut. Your hair will be kept, tidy and short, leaving you ready to push yourself to the max in your workout routine. And if that isn’t enough of a reason for you, then perhaps Usher’s endorsement of the style will convince you. Credit: @usher
There will be times at the gym when you can’t control your tresses, like Zac Efron post-swim for example! Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t look good in-spite of unruly locks.
With a great haircut in place, that involves graduated hair at the sides and length left at the front, you’ll be able to pull off the messy post-gym (or swim) hair with ease. Credit: @zacefron
Bald and Ready
Can’t be dealing with styling hair of any kind? Then shave it all off, like The Rock!
As one of the strongest men across the pond, we think this style screams ‘I’m about to pump some serious iron.’ This is also a great look to try out if your hair is already starting to thin up top. Take the plunge and go hair free. Credit: @therock