Quick and Easy Hairstyles for Working Out

Finding the energy and motivation to just make it to the gym nowadays can be difficult enough, especially if you don’t want to look like you just rolled out of bed. Try the quick and easy hairstyles below to get you on track and looking more pulled together than you might feel starting out.

The Messy Bun

This look works great on day old hair and can be accomplished in seconds. No need to painstakingly polish stray strands with smoothing balms and excessive hair spray. The looser and more casually thrown together, the better for this look.

low messy bun

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Try a low bun near the nape of the neck with strands tucked and twisted at different tensions. Or coil a bun around the crown of your head for a more regal look. Both options will leave you looking cute and sporty ready to take on your next workout without sacrificing your time for appearance.

messy top knot

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Breathe new life into a tired braid by wrapping it up into a loose bun.

high braided bun

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Or go for this wet look slick hair bun – perfect after you hit the showers after a hard workout. Release for easy beach waves after hair dries.

The Tried and True Pony

Stay gold pony boy/girl. This classic style won’t let you down when you need it most during a final rep of that sweaty workout. Easily transition hair to a high pony for a playful trendy look with second-day hair for more volume. Or smooth sleek strands back into a low pony to keep hair out of the way and your focus on your fitness.

Try a High Pony to keep strands off your neck and shoulders for cool down.

high medium pony

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To spruce up an average looking pony try the bubble effect by adding extra hair elastics along the length of the tail.

blonde bubble pony

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The Messy Day After Braid

Don’t give up on yesterday’s look. There is much to be gained from repurposing a less than perfect leftover hair style. If last nights’ braid is still going strong then embrace it and let it get you through your gym routine. The disheveled casual look is popping up all over – the less polished the better for this natural recyclable look.

messy day after braid

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Honorable Mention: Boxer Braids

Though not the quickest or easiest of hairstyles, we are obsessed with this sporty look seen on celebs like Hailey Baldwin and every Kardashian sister. If you’re short on volume, consider throwing in extensions to bulk up and lengthen this head turning tough statement style.

boxer braids

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To keep pesky stray hairs in place, try your hand (or elicit the help of a better-qualified friend with steady hands) at a fishtail braid. This inverted style is great for locks that tend to find their way out of whatever style you wrestle them into.

fishtail braid

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The sky is the limit on how far you want to take this one. Styles can be seen ranging from half-up pony braids to intricate heart-shaped designs.

heart shaped bun

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That’s a Wrap – Final Takeaway

If all else fails and you need to save your motivation, time, arm strength, and coordination on actually making it to the gym – take a page out of celebrity trainer Jillian Michael’s book and throw on a knit hat to hide the bedhead. You’ve got this!