I’d like to be the first to admit that I truly skip workouts because I’m worried about the state of my hair after I’ve burned a few calories. While working out is an extremely important part of my lifestyle, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only girl out there with this exact mindset. There’s nothing worse than getting a fresh blowout, heading to your cardio class then leaving with drenched, frizzy hair and not knowing how to deal with it. This is where those handy dandy post-workout hairstyles come in.
For the record, I don’t mean hairstyles that are so boring you’d have to skip your post-workout plans and head on home. For those of us that have to get a workout in no matter the circumstance (#dedication), read on to learn how you can leave the locker room looking freshly toned, glowing and have your entire look together at the same time:
5 Post-Workout Hairstyle Ideas
1. The Half-Up
Who says post-workout hairstyles can’t be trendy? After a few deadlifts, bring your look back to life with a fresh and trendy style like the half-up hairstyle. For creating this look in under 10 minutes or less, use your fingers to create a part from ear-to-ear. Then gather the top section of your hair into a loose ponytail or bun. If you want some added texture. Spray some salt spray onto your already damp hair and scrunch.
2. The Undone Bun
The bun is probably the easiest and safest way to style your hair after an intense workout session. Whether you plan to crash in your gym clothes for the rest of the day (no judgement here, athleisure is popular fashion trend this season), or heading out for dinner with friends the undone bun is an updo that can work for either situation. Apply a hair serum like S Factor by TIGI Silky Smooth Serum to your locks to tame frizz and add shine, then gather your hair into a high ponytail. Use your hair elastic to loop your ends through halfway to create a top knot or if you have hairpins handy, tuck in a few until your bun is secure.
3. Single Braid
If you’re just sick of a regular everyday ponytail or bun, opt for a braid instead. To get the look, simply blow your hair a bit with a hairdryer to dry your hair (if your gym doesn’t have a blowdryer skip this step), and brush through to detangle. Smooth your hair back and braid all the way down to the ends. Secure the ends of your braid with a hair elastic, or opt for backcombing the ends to prevent your braid from loosening.
4. Embrace Frizz
Sometimes you just have to go with the flow. Since embracing your hair texture (and sporting frizz-filled hairstyles are a thing nowadays), you now have a new post-workout hairstyle to add to your list! If you’re a gal like me with natural hair that experiences a poufy texture after gym class, try styling your hair into a style that needs a frizzy texture to nail the look like this sporty natural hair ‘fro hairstyle. The bigger the hair, the better!
5. Low Ponytail or Low Bun
When it comes to the low ponytail or low bun, you can go about this any way you like. You can opt for a super sleek style by applying a coat of gel onto your hair or create a disheveled look for a more effortless finish. If going for sleek, smooth on a dollop of Nexxus Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel onto the base of your hair and use a brush to help spread the product through. Brush your hair into a super low ponytail, secure with a hair tie and done!
For the disheveled look, skip the gel and let your hands do all of the work. Finger comb your hair into a low ponytail and secure with a hair tie.
Need more gym hair ideas? Here are some cute, yet functional looks to wear during and after your workout.