Gym Hairstyles for Men That Will Motivate You to Reach Your PB

Looking groomed at the gym is about to become your thing.

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.

Whether your hair is long or short, the All Things Hair team believes that everyone deserves a gym-proof hairstyle – and we’re about to show you how to rock one.

Hat Hair

close up shot of a man with a hat hairstyle, wearing gym clothing and posing outside
You can’t go wrong with a hat. Credit:

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

The Ponytail

close up shot of man with ponytail hairstyle in the gym, wearing grey top and laying down
Long hair? Try the mony (AKA the man ponytail)! Credit:

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.

Man Braids

close up shot of asap rocky with main braids hairstyle tied up into a ponytail, wearing sports clothing
If you’ve got natural hair, try some man braids. Credit:

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

male model with slick hairstyle at gym sitting by workout equipment
The dapper gym ‘do is perfect for the discerning gent.

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

side view of Russell Westbrook playing basketball with black hair and short back and sides
Short sides look great and are basketball ready! Credit:

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

Classic Quiff

male model with quiff hairstyle in boxing pose gym hairstyles men
Strike a stylish pose in the gym with this quiff hairstyle.

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

side view image of Henry Cavill with a vest top on a longer textured hair

For for longer curlier hair on top like Henry Cavill. Credit: 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

front view image of Hugh Jackman with textured side swept hair
Go for textured side swept hair like Hugh Jackman Credit:

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

male model with man bun in sports wear
The sporty man bun, not only looks good, it’s also practical!

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.

The Pompadour

man in the gym with dark hair and a pompadour hairstyle
Get ready to rock a pompadour for an on-trend gym look. Credit:

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

Bouncing Curls

front view image of The Body Coach with long curly hair
Make like the Body Coach with length and culrs. Credit:

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

Textured Spikes

front view image of Joe Managaniello with dark short spiky hair holding a work out ball
Short and spiky hair like Joe Manganiello is a classic gym style. Credit:

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

Swept-Back Hair

Arnold Schwarzenegger riding a bicycle with swept back Ivy League hair
Make like the original strong man with this look. Credit:

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

front view of Pride of Gypsies
Chanel your inner warrior with this look Credit:

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

Au Natural

close up of male model with casual hair in sporty gear
Au naturale is the easiest style you’ll rock!

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.

Neat Buzzcut

Front view image of Usher in the gym with short buzzed hair
Go for a sleek buzz cut like Usher: Credit:

We think it would be hard to find a more practical and stylish gym hairstyle than the buzz cut. 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

Post-swim Hair

front view image of Zac Efron in a swimming pool with disheveled hair
Go for textured post swim locks like Zac Efron. Credit:

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

front view image of The Rock in the gym
Want no hassle l hair –
shave it all off like The Rock. Credit:

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

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