5 Stylish Natural Hair Ideas for the Gym for 2020

Heading to the gym? Here are stylish, yet simple gym hairstyles for natural hair that you can wear to the gym. Rock these hairstyles while doing yoga, lifting weights or even doing HIIT workouts.

These hairdos will keep your beautiful natural strands from getting in your way while you’re working out and protect your hair as you work up a sweat.


Chic pineapple hairstyle with a bandana

Natural Hairstyle Pineapple hairstyle with bandana
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This easy and super cute hairstyle is perfect for keeping your hair off your face. Not to mention, the bandana isn’t only a cute accessory, it’s also functional. The bandana is an essential part of this gym hairstyle as it helps to absorb any excess sweat on your scalp and around your forehead.

1. Gather your hair back into a high ponytail and secure it with a hair elastic. Remember to not make your ponytail too tight or it could cause hair breakage.

2. Once you’ve secured your ponytail take a bandana and roll it up to form a band that can be tied around your head.

3. Wrap the rolled-up bandana around your head and tie a knot in the front to create a cute bow effect.

4. To finish off, you can use a small comb or toothbrush to smooth any flyaways back behind the bandana using TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Oil.

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Ponytail twists with a thick headband

Natural Hairstyle Ponytail braids with a thick headband
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If you’ve got twists, this one is for you! Long twists are gorgeous, but they aren’t always practical when it comes to working up a sweat. Here is an easy yet stylish hairstyle you can rock at the gym.

Step 1: Gather your twists into a high ponytail and secure them with an elastic band. If your twists are long and you’d like to protect them, we recommend tucking the ends of your braids back into the hair elastic.

Step 2: Once the ponytail is secure, add a soft, absorbent headband to the style. The headband doesn’t only look good, it also acts as a barrier, so sweat doesn’t get in your eye as you get your heart pumping.


Sleek Low Bun

Natural Hairstyle Low Bun
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Here’s something simple and fuss-free. This low bun gym hairstyle is practical and perfect for those who are busy but still want to look elegant and neat.

1. Comb your hair back into a low ponytail and secure it with an elastic band.

2. Take the hair in the ponytail and wrap it around the elastic band to create a low bun. Use bobby pins and hair clips to secure any loose strands.

3. Tame any flyaways using a small comb or toothbrush and TRESemmé Firm Hold Hairspray to smooth any flyaways toward the back of your head.

4. Then to finish off the look, give it a generous spritz of the Firm Hold hairspray and get ready to go!

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The basic braid

Natural Hairstyle The Basic Braid
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Going back to basics is always a good idea, that’s why we strongly recommend this simple, yet timeless braid. Braids are great for keeping your hair neat, out of your way. And they make a super stylish gym hairstyle.

1. Secure your hair in a ponytail and divide your hair into three even sections.

2. Take the right section with your right hand and the left section with your left hand. Leave the middle section to hang free.

3. Cross the left section over the middle section. Use your index finger and thumb of your left hand and grab the middle section of hair.

4. Use your index finger and thumb of your right hand to grab the left section of hair that’s grasped against your left palm. The original left-hand section should now be in the middle of the braid.

5. Continue braiding in this manner. When you reach the ends of your hair, finish off by securing your braid with an elastic band.


Accessorised Straight-back Cornrows

Natural Hairstyle Cornrows
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You can’t really go wrong with cornrows: they’re stylish, sassy plus they’re neat and tidy. So add some accessories and they’re perfect for the gym as well for work and even a night out.

1. Part your hair into neat rows running from your forehead to the base of your neck. Next, secure the rows in place with small clips or bobby pins. Try to make your parts evenly spaced so that your rows are about the same size.

2. Begin with a row of hair on the side and unclip it. Take some of your hair from near your ear. Separate it into 3 even sections with your fingers: a left section, centre section, and right section.

3. Before you start braiding, you may want to add a bit of edge control along your hairline with the VO5 Sculpted Mega Hold Styling Gel — this will help you grip the hair easier, tame flyaways, and keep your cornrows neat.

4. Start with the right piece of hair in your fingers. Then move this piece over and on top of the centre section of hair, replacing the centre with it. Cross the opposite piece over so it is in the centre. Then switch the current centrepiece of hair with the side.

5. Repeat the above steps, adding in small pieces of hair as you go. Every time you make a new piece, add more hair from the row, and continue until you reach the base of your neck.

6. When you get to the base of your neck, you won’t have any more hair to add. Then keep braiding until you’ve used up the rest of your hair. If you want, you can secure your braids when they’re finished with an elastic hairband.



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