January is notoriously the busiest month for gym-goers, and if you're committing to better fitness habits this year, then you should do it with style. To help up your workout hair game, we asked celebrity stylist Sarah Potempa to create five easy braided looks that will hold your strands in place in the most eye-catching way. Bobbi Brown makeup artist Kim Soane painted the faces of our fitness blogger models, Chase Lindsay Rosen of Athleisurely and Evann Clingan of her eponymous site, using long-wear, waterproof products. Everything was photographed at the iconic Chelsea Piers, which boasts a bevy of creative sweat-inducing classes. Every day this week, we will be revealing a new look — such as this French fishtail ponytail or this braided ballerina bun.
Get through the mid-week slump by taking a heart-pumping indoor cycling class, but don't worry about washing your sweaty hair after. If you put it in this twisted updo, it will stay perfectly — so you can conquer SoulCycle, rinse off, and make it to your morning meeting looking polished. Plus, it's much easier to DIY than it looks!
"A great tip for making a boring bun into a more interesting bun or twisted updo is taking one ponytail and splitting it into multiple ponytails," Sarah noted. "This will add to the width of the style and create more dimension. It will give the illusion that you have a lot more hair and the style is a lot more intricate, when it's really simple."
Keep reading to learn how to try it yourself!