Best Hairstyles for an Active Workout
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Best Hairstyles for an Active Workout

Best Hairstyles for an Active Workout

Best Hairstyles for an Active Workout

Having a fitness routine does wonders for your body, but it can also do a number on your hair. When sweat combines with natural oils from the scalp, it can form a greasy residue. Besides looking awful, this film can make your scalp a thriving environment for nasties like fungus and microbes.


To get the most out of your workout without compromising your style, consider one of these quick and easy hairstyles.  These low-maintenance dos will keep your hair out of your face and make freshening up after a hard workout a breeze.  


Top Knot with Headband

If you have long or thick hair, consider sweeping your hair into an elegant topknot. First, you gather your hair into a high ponytail and secure it using a hair tie made from soft fabric or thick coiled plastic. 


Divide the ponytail into two and create a two-strand twist. Then, wrap the twist around itself to create a bun. You can use bobby pins to tuck in any wayward ends. 


If you want more volume, pull the hair near the elastic outward to widen the ponytail. Then, wrap your hair into a bun.


Choose a headband made from a tight but breathable material to avoid breakage. Many sportswear companies, like Lululemon and Nike make solid options. 


French Braids

This look is great for activities like boxing or cardio where loose hair won’t interfere with your exercise.


A single french braid is perfect for keeping your hair behind you. Start off with three strands at the back of the center of your head. As you braid, bring in a little more hair into each strand. Eventually, all of your hair will be scooped out of the way and folded into the braid.


If you want a little more pizazz, you can try a french lace braid, which starts at the side of the head rather than the center. The technique is the same, but the final result is a little more romantic. You can also tie your ends back into a low ponytail or tuck them under for a low bun.


Low Ponytail

This laidback style is best if you want to avoid the dreaded ponytail dent. However, you will have to get the front strands of your hair down as slickly as possible to prevent hair from getting into your eyes. 


You can use a dollop of waterproof hair gel to keep flyaways down. Secure your pony with a no-damage elastic at the base of your neck to reduce tension.


Braided Bun

If you need ultimate control of your hair during your workout, braided buns are your best bet. 


Start with your hair in a ponytail or pigtails. After finishing a three-strand braid, start to twist the ends of the braid around the hair elastic. The braid will eventually fold in on itself, making a secure bun. Like always, secure the ends with bobby pins, or another elastic. 


If your workout plans include yoga or pilates, place your bun at the top of your head so that you can rest on the back of your head comfortably. If your hair is on the shorter side, consider making a bun on each side of your head. 



Cornrows are intricate dutch braids that are divided out into several sections on the scalp. Cornrows can be designed in endless amounts of patterns and styles. 


Cornrows are also perfect for the gym since it is easy to rinse and wash the scalp without disturbing the style.  


While most hair types can handle cornrows, they are more frequently seen on people with curly hair types. Curly hair can quickly lose its shape after a workout and become frizzy. Wearing cornrows keeps the hair strands safely braided in, where they are less impacted by humidity and sweat. Post-workout, try spritzing your scalp and strands with a mixture of water and witch hazel to sop up any excess grease. 


Half-up Do

This do will make the most sense if you can’t pull all your hair into a single ponytail because you have layers or bangs. 


Usually, the half up part of this style contains the hair at the front and middle of your head. You can gather your strands into a high bun, ponytail, or double bun.  If your length allows, you can also create a fishtail or french braid. 


If the hair on the back of your head is shoulder length or shorter, consider leaving it down. Otherwise, you can tuck back your strands behind your ears using bobby pins.


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