13 Workout Hairstyles to Try When You Exercise

Serena Norr | 23 April 2018
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Easy hairstyles to try before you break a sweat.

We all have the best of intentions when it comes to working out. But, you know, things get in the way like those crazy schedules and balancing it all. But one issue that shouldn’t determine if you break a sweat or not is your hair, especially when there are tons of workout hairstyles besides braids that can get your hair out of your way, so you can bust your moves and tone up.

And while there’s always the classic bun or ponytail hairstyle, we think you’ll be surprised to find some unexpected (but still easy!) styles that you can try during your next sweat session. Read to check out some of our favorite hairstyles for the gym:

Workout Hairstyles We Swear By (So You Don’t Have to Deal with Your Hair)

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Pull hair up into an easy high ponytail.

1. Ponytail for Long Hair

Those with long hair probably typically wear their hair in the classic ponytail or in a bun, and that’s totally cool! Start out by gathering all of your hair into a tight ponytail so your hair can quickly get out of your face as you focus on your form.

Great for: running, HIIT

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Wash your hair and let it free for your workout.

2. Wash and Go

If you have natural hair, one of the easiest workout hairstyles is the wash and go style. This style is great for a light run or a yoga session. Afterwards, use S Factor by TIGI Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray to help you moisturize your dry hair.

Great for: yoga, light run

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Workout in style with a side braid.

3. Side Braid

Another option if you have long hair is to create a side braid. Keep it easy with a simple braid or go all out with an elaborate fishtail braid.

Great for: hiking, light run

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Pixies are easy to style for the gym.

4. Pixie Style

If you have short hair, you’re probably already used to having some pretty simple gym hairstyles. To make sure the hair around your crown is out of your face, use a little bit of hair gel like Nexxus Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel, slick it back and to keep your hair in place.

Great for: lifting weights, spin class

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This bun means business.

5. High Messy Bun

Another classic gym hairstyle for long hair is the messy bun. Pull your long hair up into a ponytail and then wrap the ends around the base and secure with another hair tie or large bobby pins. How easy is that?

Great for: running, HIIT, dance class

Gym Hairstyles twisted hair
Got a date after the gym? Try this twisted updo.

6. Twisted Updo

If you have some time before you workout, opt for a complete updo with this cool twisted hairstyle. Clip it together along the sides of your twist for the ultimate look that will contain your sweaty locks.

Great for: running, HIIT, weight-lifting

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What can’t you do with a pineapple hairstyle?

7. Puffy Ponytail

Another option for natural hair is to go for a high puffy pony. This is one of the easiest workout hairstyles for your hair type. You can also wear it as your post-workout hairstyle.

Great for: running, dance class, biking

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Try this lazy bun style for your next gym session.

8. Loop Hairstyle

This look combines the bun and ponytail into an effortless hairdo that will have you focused on your form and not on your hair.

Great for: running, HIIT, Pilates

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Simple and easy with a low pony.

9. Low Ponytail

Keep your hair near your neck when you exercise with this low ponytail style. This look is good for mid-sweat sessions or for when you lift weights.

Great for: running, Pilates, yoga, biking

gym hairstyles high bun
Curly buns have more fun.

10. High Curly Bun

Contain your curly locks for an hour or more with this simple gym hairstyle. This messy hair look just needs a strong ponytail holder. After your workout, used Bed Head by TIGI Oh Bee Hive! Dry Shampoo to soak up any excess oil post-workout.

Great for: running, HIIT, weight-lifting

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The perfect protective style for any situation.

11. Box Braids

For those with long box braids, twist part of your hair on the side that you form into a low ponytail. You can also opt for a high ponytail or bun when you exercise.

Great for: running, HIIT, weight-lifting

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Headbands also helps to absorb your sweat while you workout.

12. Thick Headband

A thick headband is one of our favorite hair accessories to add to gym hairstyles. Not only are they fashionable, they’ll keep your hair out of your face without having to do much.

Great for: running, yoga, tennis, biking

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Outdoor workout? Throw a lid on it.

13. Wear a Hat

And then there are times when only a simple baseball hat will do. Not only does a hat make it easy for you to get out of the house and on time for your early workout session, it can protect your hair from the sun no matter what season it is.

Great for: running, tennis, walking, biking



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