Hairstyles for Athletes: 12 Sporty Styles to Try

Sporty-chic styles ahead. 

These days, we have yet to see an athlete that doesn’t take advantage of sporty and chic hairstyle ideas. There are so many hairstyles for athletes that work for on and off the court. No matter your hair type, length or your hairstyling skill level we have plenty more styles to add to the list. Read on to discover our top edit of hairstyles for athletes to try.

1. Box Braid Ponytail

hairstyles for athletes: box braid ponytail
Protective style and chic for the gym.

Box braids is one of our go-to styles as a protective hairstyle. If you’re an athlete this is a great hairstyle idea as it requires very low maintenance.

2. Side Part Box Braids

hairstyles for athletes: box braids
Swing your braids to the side.

Want a hairstyle idea for your box braids that will take you from training to dinner with friends? Part your braids on the side and create this stylish low-do.

3. The Bun

hairstyles for athletes: bun updo
An updo for any profession.

What’s not to love about the bun hairstyle for any profession? Smooth your hair up into a top knot and secure your edges with a headband that will also help with absorbing sweat and keeping your hairline in tact.

4. Cornrow Bun

hairstyles for athletes: cornrows
Get a set of straight backs for the gym.

Looking for a simple and easy hairstyle for your workouts? This cornrow style is ideal. What we also love about this style is that you can take them out and rock a crimped look. Set with TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray to set your waves in place after removing your braids.

5. Curly Pony

hairstyles for athletes
Simple and easy.

Have naturally curly hair and need a simple hairstyle for your games or working out? No need to hide your curlicues! Throw it up into an easy ponytail hairstyle. Define your curls with Dove Amplified Textures Shine & Moisture Finishing Gel and gather your hair up into a high pony.

6. Ponytail with Twists

hairstyles for athletes ponytail with twists
Give your ponytail a few twists to add to the style.

Take your hairstyle for athletes to the next level by adding twists into your ponytail. We love using bright colored hair ties to add to the bold look.

7. French Braid

hairstyles for athletes: French braid
Elevate your French braid.

Almost every athlete settles for the French braid style but you can make yours stand out. Lace the ends of your braids with colorful hair strings to set your look apart from the rest.

8. Fringe Braid

hairstyles for athletes: fringe braid
Braid your bangs.

Whether you have long or short bangs, you can get them out of your face while you train with a braid. After your game, training or workout session, refresh your hair with a dry shampoo like Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Dry Shampoo to help preserve your style.

9. Low Ponytail

hairstyles for athletes: low pony
Simple low pony.

Just like the bun, the ponytail is an easy go-to hairstyle for working out and beyond. Pull your hair back into a low ponytail to get your hair out of your face while you work out.

10. Half Updo

hairstyles for athletes half updo
The perf style for a yoga sesh.

Create a half updo bun for a low impact workout like yoga. This style is chic and a great transition look to go from yoga class to running errands.

11. Single Braid

hairstyles for athletes: singles braid
Workout in style.

Sometimes, all it takes is one braid. Braid your hair into this single braid style and coil the ends into a bun.

12. Space Buns

hairstyles for athletes: space bun
Two buns are better than one.

Space buns work for adults too! Create this fun style to compete in style.

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