When you decide to commit to a workout regimen, you have to take many things into consideration, and if you’re a woman, one of those things happens to be how to wear your hair. You want a hairstyle that is efficient, won’t interfere with your workout, and still cute. Sporty hairstyles have come a long way from the banal half ponytails or buns of the past and now look good enough to be worn even outside of the gym.
The following athletic hairstyles feature a variety of styling techniques, including braids, twists, buns and ponytails, all of which are versatile enough for the most strenuous of workout routines. If you need a little inspiration for your next fitness hairstyle, perhaps these cute easy ‘dos (and more complicated ones) will do the trick. Now get busy and get to styling, ladies!
Here’s another great way to style your gym hair. First, plait two similar side dutch braids. Each end of the braid fix with an elastic and form two tight pigtails. The ideal sporty hairstyle, especially for the second-day hair!
Unsure what style to choose for your next workout? Here’s a fantastic option — space buns. They are hip and youthful, and keep hair off your back, free from gym sweat and frizz free, too!
It can be challenging for long hair to find a hairstyle that keeps all of your hair secure without falling out of place. While not as quick or simple as some of the other gym hairstyles, the multiple braids that make up this ponytail are still worth of a try.
Edgy, modern and guaranteed to make jaws drop, this workout hairstyle was made for long hair. Divide your hair into three sections. Make a twist with the central one and use the side sections as a background for your fauxhawk twist.
A bun is a classic hairstyle for women, but this version is an updated look that belongs also to the sporty hairstyles category. Featuring two side braids placed into a ponytail and then ultimately formed into a bun, this look is definitely a conversation starter.
Who says that you can only have only one French braid? This workout hairstyle is great for jogging, competitions or any other fitness routine you can think out. There are actually four braids here, two that begin at the top of the head and connected together, and two larger ones parallel braids along the sides of the back.
Low pigtails are an essential sporty girl hairstyle, and this braided version is also ‘90s inspired. Whether you choose to go with French plaits, waterfall braids, or just double twist the sections, leave the bottom half of your hair undone for a casual vibe next time you go running.
Here you see a really pretty way to get hair out of your face, while looking feminine at the gym. 3D braids appear intricate and athletic. Finish off the hairdo with some shine spray and you are ready to set records. Check our 4-strand braid tutorial and more pictures.
Don’t fret about hair length with this sports braids updo. Pancaked braids or twists can be done as long as you don’t have too many layers, and hair is long enough to create any kind of bun at the bottom.
For those who have not yet been introduced to the hawk braid, here is an edgy ’do to try out next. To achieve this style, divide hair into 3 sections— fishtail the center piece, and cornrow the sides. Voila!
Two sporty braids that lead into buns can give a variety of effects, depending on the height of the buns and the finish of the updo. For instance, this low style is more hipster and edgy and less girly and sweet. There are options for every personality!
Sporty braids are a fabulous gym hairstyle! Bigger cornrows are easier to achieve than thin braids. Don’t worry about exposing grown out roots — they are even more athletic this way.
Hairdos with bandanas and hair scarves are the best sporty hairstyles for short hair, and these are currently gaining so much popularity! Offering a great pop of color, and elevating workout outfits, select one and throw your hair into a messy bun or pony. It’s a fun way to spend minimal time while getting extra style points.
Some hairstyles always work and are appropriate for pretty much any activity. A ponytail is one of them. Ideal for long hair and quick to create, this low, twisted ponytail is chic and it’s also a great way to keep your hair out of your face when you’re working out.
Cornrows are an ancient African hair grooming style that has been popular since about 500 BC. They require skilled hands, and are so beautiful for all hair lengths, types and textures. Cornrows also look gorgeous in updos!
Dutch braids and fishtails meet in the middle for an intricate-looking yet casual style. You can also combine other types of braids such as French and rope plaits or waterfall and five-strand ones to customize your pigtails.
This cute workout hair look proves that sporty hairstyles don’t have to be boring or dated. They can be quite complicated-looking, but the idea of the flat braid that is implemented here can be simplified if you make a regular half pony without those additional braid elements above.
Impossibly cute and stylish, this middle ponytail with a braided side is everything you want in modern gym hairstyles. A loose braid and a tousled pony is a winning combo for a workout and not only.
An alternative to the typical gymnastics hairstyles, this long, fishtailed ponytail is good for competitions and also for jogging. Simply pull your hair into a middle ponytail and then create a fishtail braid.
Eternally girly and workout-proof, these simple, twisted side ponytails are sure to take you back to your childhood days. Pull your hair into two ponytails high on each side of your head and then twist each pony loosely until you get to the ends and secure them with elastic bands.
The bubble braid is a perfect choice for those aiming to add some personality to the gym look. You can quickly and easily make it at home, as all you need is a few hair bands and 5 minutes of your time.
Cornrow braids can be styled in various patterns and designs, allowing for personalization and creativity while providing functional benefits. For this particular hairdo, combine cornrows with a Mohawk braid, blended seamlessly into a high braided pony. For a statement game day hairstyle, incorporate white hair extensions.
If you spend much time in the gym, it’s no wonder you want to look captivating, and a stylish braided hairdo can give you that! Ask your stylist for the two horizontal scalp braids feeding into two big cornrows that give your hair a unique flair. Add hair extensions for a splash of color.
Changing up your hairstyle can make your gym routine feel fresh and exciting, so don’t miss the chance to experiment with this fun and sexy sporty look. Pigtail braids are a fantastic choice for managing both straight and curly hair during workouts. And just how cute they are!
Viking-inspired hairstyles featuring crossing cornrows and French braids ideally work for yoga and aerobics. While keeping your hair out of your face, they add style to your workout ensemble, resulting in a captivating appearance.
Two cornrow braids combined with a high ponytail add interest to your workout look while keeping your hair secure and out of the way. A great idea of how to switch things up and stay motivated during your fitness sessions!
For this intricated braided hairdo, alternate thick Ghana braids with thin cornrows to add texture and visual interest to your style.
The Mohawk braid or twist at the crown adds a dynamic touch to the classic high pony, making it perfect for gym or athletic events. It keeps your hair neat and out of the way while maintaining a stylish and edgy look.
Sporty hairstyles don’t have to be basic. Make your hairdo reflect your personality. Apply some wax or mousse on top for a sleek effect, making a 90-inspired zig-zag part, and tightly braid the remaining locks.
A curly high bun is an excellent option for those who prefer a more sophisticated sports hairstyle compared to ponytails or braids. It keeps your hair off your back and out of your way, allowing you to focus on your game without any distractions. At the same time, it makes you the center of everyone’s attention.
These fancy extra-long stitch braids are a great choice during summer months. They look gorgeous when flowing freely but you can always switch them up into a comfortable bun.
Cornrows, styled to the back into a low bun, offer a neat and secure way to keep your hair out of your face during workouts. You can wear this athletic hairstyle to various activities, from running and cycling to weightlifting and yoga.
Fun and functional, this grunge hairstyle featuring two pigtails is perfect for a gym session and long summer walks. To achieve this nostalgic ‘00s throwback look, part the hair in the middle and braid each side.
Simple and effortlessly charming, this topknot is a go-to sports hairdo for girls who appreciate delicate feminine styles. It suits various occasions, from hitting the gym or running errands to hanging out with friends or going to the movie with a boyfriend.
You don’t need a new outfit to motivate yourself to go to the gym! Just do a cute gym hairstyle like these crisscross braids to stay comfortable and stylish throughout your workout and beyond.
This braided hairstyle is cute and versatile for both workouts and post-workout activities. Braids keep your hair neatly in place while you exercise and add a touch of charming allure when going out to a cafe after the gym.
Charming and playful, this hairstyle is a win-win choice for gals wishing to look stylish and attractive in the gym or gymnastics competitions. While adding a ‘cool girl’ vibe to your workout ensemble, it keeps your hair neatly secured while you’re being active.
Don’t let distractions like an uncomfortable hairstyle ruin your workout. Opt for jumbo cornrow braids, which are not only practical but also stylish. Secure your braids with pins into a rope bun to keep them off your back during the weightlifting training.
Here is a stylish choice for active girls who love fashion. Long cornrow braids combine modern flair with practical functionality, ensuring your hair stays in place during even the most intense workouts. Incorporated colorful hair extensions add sassy and fashionable vibes to this sporty style.
If you’re looking for a way to keep your hair out of your face and off your back in the heat, try this cute braided hairdo. All you need is to make two Dutch braids and tie them off into buns at the nape of the neck. It’s also a great way to hide greasy hair, don’t you think so?
The listed looks show that sports hairstyles can be practically anything you like as long as they don’t interfere with your fitness routine. The goal is to choose a hairstyle that is equally functional and stylish as you are embarking on your workout journey.
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