Whether you’re a seasoned gymnast or an adoring fan screaming in the bleachers, these gymnast hairstyle can certainly inspire your next ‘do. The name of the game when it comes to gymnastics-friendly hairstyles is to keep your hair up and away from your face, which surprisingly can go way beyond the basic messy ponytail. Read on to discover six gymnast-inspired hairstyle ideas that’ll allow your hair to stay securely out of your way so you can channel all your focus into your form.
Cool Gymnast Hairstyle Ideas to Try
1. The French Braid
A classic choice for a reason, the french braid is the best way to keep your hair away from your face without committing to a tightly pulled-back look. This particular braid manages to be infinitely more flattering than your basic three-strand braid by starting out with a deep side part. Pulling a few pieces out to frame your face is another easy way to soften what’s often a harsher style. Finish with a spritz of hairspray (like the Bed Head by TIGI Hard Head Hairspray) to lock your hairstyle in place!
2. The Twisted Top Knot
Another way to keep your hair up and out of your face is by pulling it up into the trendy top knot. By finger combing your hair into the initial ponytail and leaving your brush in the locker room, you can achieve this softer look. Twist the ponytail around itself into a knot and secure with a hair tie. A few strategically placed bobby pins around the edges of the bun will hold this look in place from the start of your routine until long after you dismount.
3. The Side Braid
Working on your handspring this season? The last thing you want to deal with are pesky flyaways clouding your line of vision. A small braid that begins with a deep part and extends along your hairline is the best way to keep your forehead (and the rest of your face) clear. Pull the rest of your hair back into a low ponytail during your routine and let it down for the photo op later on as you proudly accept your medal.
4. The High Ponytail
The swish of your hair as you move is debatably the best part of wearing a high ponytail while at the gym. Just imagine the possibilities as you do a cartwheel! A dime-sized amount of gel like the Nexxus New York Salon Care Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel that you comb into your hair before creating the ponytail. Bonus: it will help you to nail this sleek look.
5. Space Buns
The only style cooler than space buns are buns that are paired with a thin headband. If this look could talk it would say, “I take my sport seriously but I’m also here to have a good time.” Running an oil like the TRESemmé Botanique Damage Recovery Oil Elixir through your natural strands will make styling a breeze.
6. The Ponytail Braid
The ponytail braid is the best way to rock a three-strand without extra pieces falling out halfway through your routine- hello short layers! By first securing all of your hair into a ponytail and then braiding it, you ensure that everything stays in place. Secure the end with a second ponytail and voila: you’re ready for the high bar.
Looking for even more ways to style your hair when you workout? Check out this gallery of gym hairstyles for some instant inspiration.