The ponytail or the bun are perhaps the go-to hairstyles for most women at the gym. I usually add a headband to the mix, just to keep flyaways in check. That said, I've recently been experimenting with online hair tutorials for my social outings and realised that some of them are quite neat for the gym, too.
For hairstyles that are pretty, yet practical, and can be taken from work to the track, here's what I recommend for the stylish fashionista.
The Tiered Ponytail
When you are running on the treadmill or even on the track, a sassy tiered ponytail is a far more practical choice than a regular one to keep things firmly in place (especially if you have long hair). All you need are about four to five hair ties and 5 minutes of spare time. What's great is that it works well with nearly every hair texture. Now because you lock down the hair in bands in graduating intervals, you more or less don't need pins, clips, or headbands because there will be limited flyaways. Watch this step-by-step tutorial:
Double French Braid
Hey yogis, if you're looking to strike that pose without worrying about stray strands getting in your line of vision or making you unstable, then this is the hairstyle for you. Holding its own against the head stand, bridge pose, or what have you, the double French braid is a trendy hairstyle that's been spotted on Rihanna, Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding and many other celebs. While time-consuming, it's super cute and can be done in the morning before you head out for work/college and carried forward to the gym without any touch-ups. Here's a step-by-step tutorial:
It's common to spot the princess bun or topknot at your Pilates or Barre class. Over-the-shoulder styles are a big no for these workouts because they can cause you to trip and fall; they're a balancing act that require all your attention. You need two hair ties and two pins to fasten the bun as you stretch and plié. For a by-step tutorial to the bubble bun, watch on:
Looks so complicated, doesn't it? The fishtail braid can overwhelm the first-timer but I've found a great 5-minute hack to nail the look with this video tutorial. Honestly, it's just super cute and fuss-free for when I hit the weights room and want to look a lot better put--together in front of this cutie I've been eyeing; an old school ponytail just won't cut it! Ready to turn on that feminine charm?
I love side braids! They just look so pretty and are my go-to hairstyle for work because I just can't think of leaving those strands loose on a hot Summer's day. Well, typically by the end of the day, the braid more or less remains intact. So, before heading out for my circuit training class where I'm mainly on machines, I just roll it up into a side bun to get the hair off my neck and transform the side braid. On days you're training with equipment, buns won't bother you because you rarely have to lean your head back into the machine. Now, if it was mat or floor workouts, this hairstyle would be a pain in the neck and get in the way. Choose wisely, pretty lady. Here's a step-by-step: