You’ve battled your way through kickboxing, stretched your way through yoga or danced your way through Zumba. Whatever your exercise of choice, you’ve certainly worked up a good sweat. (And if you haven’t, you may be doing it wrong.) You’ve made it through, but did your hairstyle?
While the traditional ponytail usually gets us through a good workout, it may not always be the best choice. If you find yourself stopping mid-spin class to readjust your ponytail or unable to see during downward dog because you’ve got so much hair in your face, we’ve got three perfect alternative hairstyles for you.
1. Low pigtails. For much the same reason as the high bun, low pigtails are great for workouts that require you to lay your head flat on the ground, says Pineiro. And it’s incredibly easy to create: Just use a comb to make a part all the way to the middle of your neck and bring each half of your hair to the sides. Braid all the way down, use two ponytail holders and you’re done!
2. Headband. Short-haired ladies are in luck when it comes to the perfect gym hairstyle. All you need is a cute, soft headband and you’re good to go! We recommend recommend using a few sticky bobby pins to keep your headband in place during high-intensity workouts — or, find a stretchy headband made with elastic that won’t slip or slide.
3. The high bun. For many workouts like yoga, Pilates or even basic crunches, you spend a lot of time on your back with your head flat on the ground. Certified yoga instructor Michelle Pineiro recommends keeping your hair secured tightly atop your head so it doesn’t create an uneven surface for your head and neck. This versatile hairstyle works wonders for high-impact workouts like running and kickboxing as well because it keeps your hair out of your face.
If you aren’t always able to get your bun secured tightly enough to sustain your workout, try using the Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin and a good gel for flyaways, like L’Oréal Paris EverStyle Alcohol-Free Strong Hold Defining Gel.
How do you wear your hair to the gym? Tell us what you think in the comments!