The Best Hairstyles For Your Workout
Sometimes, as much as you pin, twist, or otherwise secure your hair before a workout, it still manages to fall out at exactly the wrong time during a run or a stint on the elliptical. Having the right hairstyle is important when it comes to a great workout, so the next time you're at the gym, try one of these hairstyles that will keep your focus on your workout and not what's happening on your head.
The topknot is a great all-around hairstyle for many types of workouts and hair lengths. It gets your hair out of the way whether you're lying on your back in yoga or Pilates and prevents hair from getting in your face during all that high-movement activity (like these CrossFit workouts). Just remember: be generous with the bobby pins, and use a no-slip headband if you've got short flyaways.
To fend off stray hairs even more, do a quick upside-down braid before securing your hair on top.
A french braid is a great workout style since it keeps all layers of your hair pulled back from your face and won't get in the way of any cycling helmets or swimming caps. Never successfully done one on yourself? POPSUGAR Beauty's got you covered with a step-by-step tutorial.
The headband braid is the perfect way to keep any sweaty bangs or shorter layers away from your face, which makes an ideal hairstyle for intense cardio sessions and sweaty circuits. It may add a few minutes to your pre-workout prep, but if you're running a race or are just in a gym funk, it's just what you need to add some fun into your sweat session.
Pigtail braids aren't just for the kids — this is the perfect hairstyle for many different types of workouts, from cycling (your hair won't get in the way of the helmet) to mat classes (another way to keep you comfortable while you're bending and twisting on your back). Do a quick classic pair or try your hand at dutch braid pigtails, as shown here.
Here's another incredibly versatile hairstyle: a ponytail braid. Whether it's a quick messy version or an eye-catching fishtail ponytail braid, this hairstyle can tame long hair during a workout better than a ponytail — no constant hair whips in the face! — which means it's great for your cardio workout, whether it's Spin class or the treadmill.
Sick of your regular ponytail routine? Add a few elastic bands down your mane and bunch your hair in between. It'll keep everything in place during cycling class or on the treadmill and is quicker than braiding.
For a variation, start with a half-up, half-down ponytail style and then gather more and more hair with each band as you work your way down.