Workout Hairstyles: How to Style Your Hair for the Gym


Do you often find yourself struggling to style your hair at the gym during your workout? Sweat and unruly hair can be annoying and even hazardous while exercising. But fear not, we have you covered!

In this blog post, we'll explore some of the best workout hairstyles that can help keep your hair out of your face and make you look fabulous while you exercise. Whether you have short, medium, or long hair, we've got you covered with practical yet stylish hairstyles to enhance your workout experience.


Hairstyles for Short Hair


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Short hair can sometimes feel limiting when it comes to styling options, especially for the gym. However, there are plenty of workout hairstyles that work well with shorter hair lengths. Here are some options to consider:


1) Braided Crown


For a chic option, try a braided crown. To recreate this style, start by parting your hair in the middle and then taking a small section of hair from one side of your head near your ear. Braid this section of hair down to the end and repeat the same step on the other side.

Once you have two braids, bring one braid across the top of your head and pin it in place using bobby pins. Secure the second braid by wrapping it around the back of your head. Finally, tuck the ends of both braids under the opposite braid and clip them in place to create a crown-like effect.


2) Space Buns/ Side Buns


For those who want to add some flair to their workout look, why not try the trendy space buns hairstyle? To recreate this style, just section your hair in half, then wrap each section into a compact bun at the top of your head. Use hair elastics or bobby pins to secure the buns in place and voila! You now have a fun and functional hairdo that will stay put during your gym session.


3) Half-Up, Half-Down Bun


The half-up, half-down bun is a stylish and practical gym hairstyle that combines the best of both worlds. To recreate this style, make a high ponytail with the top half of your hair and twist it into a bun while leaving the rest of your hair down. For people who prefer to keep their hair off their faces while still flaunting their short locks, this hairstyle is ideal.


4) Low Messy Chignon


The low messy chignon is a low-maintenance and casual hairstyle that's perfect for low-intensity gym workouts or lower body workouts. To recreate this style, gather your hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck and twist it into a bun while pulling out a few strands of hair to create a messy, relaxed look.


5) Side Braided Ponytail


The side braided ponytail is a great gym hairstyle for adding a bit of personality to your workout ensemble. To recreate this style, part your hair to the side, gather it on the opposite side into a low ponytail, braid it, and fasten it with a hair elastic.


Hairstyles for Medium-Length Hair


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When it comes to finding the perfect gym hairstyle for medium-length hair, there is a range of options available. Scroll down below to find your perfect workout look:


1) Half-Up Bun


A half-up bun is a simple gym hairstyle that's perfect for medium-length hair. It will keep your hair out of your face while still allowing some hair to flow freely. To recreate this style, gather the top section of your hair, twist it into a bun, and secure it with a hair tie.


2) Fishtail Braid


The fishtail braid is a more secure alternative to the traditional braid that won't fall out of place during your workout. Plus, it looks great post-workout, making it a versatile hairstyle. 

To recreate this style, divide your hair into two sections, then pull a tiny section from the outside of one portion and cross it over to the inside of the other portion. Repeat this process, alternating sides until you reach the end of your hair.


3) Ponytail with a Twist


For a more interesting take on the classic ponytail, try a ponytail with a twist. This hairstyle is perfect for medium-length hair and is easy to do. To recreate this style, put your hair up in a basic ponytail, then take a small section of hair and twist it around the hair elastic.


4) Braided Ponytail


A braided ponytail is a great hairstyle for any gym day, whether you're doing yoga or lifting weights. This hairstyle will keep your strands neatly tied back and out of your face while still allowing for comfortable movement. To recreate this style, gather your hair into a low ponytail and braid it, securing the end with a hair tie.


5) Low Ponytail Bun


Are you tired of feeling the heat of your hair on the back of your neck during your workout session? The low ponytail bun is the perfect hairstyle to keep your hair off your neck while you exercise. 

To recreate this style, make a low ponytail with your hair at the nape of your neck, then wrap the ponytail into a bun and fasten it with bobby pins.



Hairstyles for Long Hair


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If you have long hair, you know that it requires extra care and attention when it comes to styling to avoid damage and tangling. Here are some of our favorite hairstyles that are perfect for your long locks:


1) Single Side Braid


A single-side braid is a great go-to hairstyle for those with long hair, especially on lazy days when you still want to keep your locks looking stylish. 

To recreate this look, start by parting your hair to one side and then gathering all of your hair onto the side with more hair. Next, begin braiding your hair down and secure it with a hair tie. For added security, try braiding your hair tightly. 


2) Pineapple Hairstyle


The pineapple hairstyle is a great option for those with long, curly hair who want to keep their curls intact while working out. 

To recreate this look, gather all of your hair into a high ponytail at the top of your head, then secure it with a hair tie. Be sure not to pull the hair too tight to avoid flattening the curls. Once the hair is secured in the ponytail, gently pull and fluff out the curls on top of your head to create a voluminous, pineapple-like effect. This will help to preserve the shape and definition of your curls while keeping your hair out of your face.


3) High Ponytail


A high ponytail is a timeless hairstyle that's perfect for those with long hair. It's quick and easy to do, and it keeps hair off the back of the neck, allowing for maximum airflow.

To recreate this look, gather all of your hair at the top of your head and fasten it with an elastic hairband. For a more secure hold, you can use a scrunchie or a hair tie that won't slip out of place.


4) French Braid


French braids are an excellent option for keeping long hair secure during high-impact workouts. The braid will keep your hair in place, and it won't bounce around as you move.

To create a French braid, start at the crown of your head and braid your hair down to the nape of your neck. You can also try a fishtail braid or a Dutch braid for a different look.


5) Top Knot


Need a quick hairstyle that will keep your long hair out of your face and off your neck? A top knot is a great option. It's easy to do, and it can be done with both long and short hair. 

To recreate this look, simply gather your hair at the top of your head and twist it into a bun. You can use a hair tie or bobby pins to secure it in place. 


Additional Hairstyles for Every Hair Length


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If you thought the above hairstyles were the only options for your hair length, think again! Check out some additional hairstyle options below that you can rock regardless of your hair length:


1) Low Messy Bun


If you're looking for a gym hairstyle that works with any hair length, try the low messy bun. To recreate this style, make a low ponytail with your hair at the nape of your neck. Then, twist the ponytail into a bun and fasten it with clips or bobby pins. Don't worry about making it look perfect- the messy look is in!


2) Free-Ended Donut Bun


Similar to the regular donut bun, the free-ended donut bun is a stylish and easy hairstyle that works for any hair length. To recreate this style, pull your hair into a ponytail, then loop the ends of your hair through the center of a hair donut. Spread strands around the donut and pin them in place.


3) Cornrows


Cornrows are a classic hairstyle that works well for all hair lengths, particularly for those with natural hair. It involves braiding the hair very close to the scalp in a straight line or pattern. This versatile hairstyle can be styled in many ways, such as straight back, in a zig-zag pattern, or even into a bun.


4) Bantu Knots


Bantu knots are a protective workout hairstyle for those with curly or coily hair. To recreate this look, divide your strands into small sections and twist each section into a tight coil. Wrap the coil around itself to create a knot, and secure it with a bobby pin. This style can be done on the entire head, or just on a few sections for a more subtle look.


5) Bubble Ponytail


The bubble ponytail is a trendy hairstyle that's perfect for adding some volume to your hair while keeping it out of your face. To recreate this look, gather your strands into a high or low ponytail (if you have short hair) and secure it with a hair tie. Then, divide your hair into sections and add additional hair elastics down the length of the ponytail to create "bubbles". Fluff out the sections between the hair elastics to create a more voluminous effect.

If your hair is too short to create a full bubble ponytail, you can still achieve a similar look by creating a half-up bubble ponytail. Simply gather the top half of your hair into a ponytail and add hair elastics to create the bubbles, leaving the bottom half of your hair down.


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Picking the right workout hairstyle can make all the difference in terms of comfort and performance during exercise. Luckily, regardless of hair length, there is a plethora of hairstyles to choose from. From traditional options such as the high ponytail or French braid to modern styles like the bubble ponytail and protective hairstyles like cornrows or Bantu knots, the possibilities are endless.

No matter which hairstyle you choose, make sure you have the right hair tie to keep it in place. Burlybands hair ties are designed to be gentle on hair while providing a secure hold that won't slip or break. Made with high-quality materials, these thick hair ties are perfect for any workout, and they come in a range of colors to match your style. Check us out today.

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