What to do with Long Hair When Working Out

If there’s one thing gym newbies often neglect to remember when starting out at a new gym, it’s thinking about gym hairstyles for long hair. The appropriate hairstyle is a mix of practicality and good, old fashioned HOTNESS. Finding gym hairstyles that do both isn’t that difficult at all – you just need to know how to tease, twist and tie your hair into a magnificent look that’s both beautiful and that doesn’t get in your way during your workout.

Easy Top Knot

Easy Top Knot - What to do with Long Hair When Working Out

So simple; so tidy; so cute. A top knot is one of the quickest, most effortless gym hairstyles for shoulder length hair. Importantly, you can whisk up all that hair and position it in a place that’s out of your face. It’s also one of the more secure gym hairstyles that won’t loosen during vigorous activity if it’s done properly. Try not to go overboard with the bobby pins, though.

High Ponytail

High Ponytail - What to do with Long Hair When Working Out

We know – most of you will find this one a bit boring but needs must. With an elastic tie and a couple spritzes of texturising spray, you can get a really sleek look that is comfortable and makes you look like a proper gym bunny. Because your hair isn’t having to do much, even during a hard and fast session, you’re not having to restrain your hair, so you avoid all that tugging and pulling that leads to damage and tension headaches.

Bunched Ponytail

If you have some extra ties, why not use them for extra security? If you don’t have many ties, just use some colourful elastic bands instead. Think of the bunched ponytail as being like braiding for lazy bums. You can save the time and effort spent on your hair and use it during your brisk outdoor run on gym class instead.

Fishtail Braid

The fishtail braid is becoming a very common sight amongst the gym-going crowd. Not only does it look good enough to wear out on the tiles, it’s also comfortable in many workout positions. You can run, cycle, jump or even lie down on it and very few hairs will go flying out of place. It’s also great for swatting annoying guy attention when it comes your way. “I whip my hair back and forth, I whip my hair back and forth…”.

Boxer Braids

To many, this hairstyle will always succinctly be known as cornrows. To others, they’ll be recognised as braided pigtails. Whatever you chose to call them, boxer braids are one of those gym hairstyles for long hair that are super trendy right now. Popularised by the Kardashian sisters, they have become synonymous with an image of a tough female fighter (hence the name). Though they can take some time to achieve, this look offers style and a strong, confident hold. There are several tutorials online from noted hair stylists that you can look too for expert guidance if you’re not quite sure what you’re doing.

Headband Braid

It’s literally like converting your hair into a wearable garment. The headband braid runs along the hairline creating a crown of twisted locks. Your hair sits nicely on top and, at the same time, maintains control of any loose hair.

Use an Actual Headband

Just be done with it all! Save all of the hassle by just investing a tenner in a breathable, sweat-wicking headband. The thing about messing with your hair is that every touch weakens it and leaves it prone to dryness and brittleness. Just putting it up and out of the way with a headband can help you keep everything in place and maintain your hair’s health.