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The 6 Best Hairstyles to Wear to the Gym

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The 6 Best Hairstyles to Wear to the Gym The 6 Best Hairstyles to Wear to the Gym The 6 Best Hairstyles to Wear to the Gym

When you’re working up a sweat—whether it’s during a hot yoga class or a high-intensity kickboxing lesson—it makes sense that you need to keep your hair off of your face. But who says that the hairstyle you sport to the gym has to be boring? Plus, more often than not, you probably find yourself stopping mid-workout to readjust your hair or completely redo your because it has come undone. (Sounds familiar, right?) Not only does this ruin the moment you’ve built up while exercising, but it is also super-distracting. Let this be the last time your locks get in the way of a good fitness routine. Get yourself through even the sweatiest of workouts looking your absolute best with these six hairstyles. Bonus point: You can rock these hairstyles long after your gym sesh is over. Score!

1. The Perfect Ponytail

The pony is the quintessential gym hairstyle for a reason—but this version is anything but boring. Have a dinner date after your cardio dance class? Switching out your headband post-workout takes this style from basic to blingy.

What you’ll need:

Rubber band
Bobby pins
Brush
Fancy headband (go ahead and get your sparkle on!)
L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It High Lift Creation Spray
L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Lock It Bold Control Hairspray

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Pull your hair back into a high ponytail and secure it with a rubber band.

Step 2: Work up a sweat at your gym without a care in the world. Ahhh, doesn’t that feel good?

Step 3: Once you’re done, shower and blow-dry your hair (if you have time!). Once your hair is dry, spray your roots on top with the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It High Lift Creation Spray.

Step 4: Go ahead and grab that glitzy headband you packed in your gym bag! Now, tie your hair back into a ponytail and put on the headband. Use your fingertips to add volume to the top and sides of your head, and brush the pony through. If your hair is frizz-prone, consider applying a little hair oil to help manage it.

Step 5: Give your ponytail a pulled-together finish by taking a piece of your hair from the ponytail and wrapping it around the hair tie. Pin it underneath with a bobby pin to keep it in place.

Step 6: Keep your hairdo in place with a generous mist of L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Lock It Bold Control Hairspray.

2. Low Knot

When you’ve hit snooze a few too many times and you’re in a time crunch to make it to the gym before work, you need a hairstyle that’s both easy and practical. Opt for a low knot for a simple hairstyle that still looks chic. Not sure how to get the look? We’re showing you how.

What you’ll need:

Hair tie
Bobby pins
L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray
L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Lock It Bold Control Hairspray

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Start by spray either damp or dry hair with L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray. Blow-dry it in large, twisted chunks. Doing this will help set your hair into loose beachy waves.

Step 2: Gather your tresses into either a high or low ponytail, depending on where you want your chignon to sit and then tease a few pieces loose to frame your face. Secure with a hair tie and then loosen the hair by tucking your fingertips underneath the top and sides, gently pulling upwards a tiny bit.

Step 3: Spray the ponytail with L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Lock It Bold Control Hairspray and then ruffle the lengths and tousle individual pieces to add more texture.

Step 4: Then, loosely twist the ponytail into a knot and secure it with bobby pins. Make sure the knot feels well-anchored while also keeping in mind not crush it because you want this style to have a tousled, carefree vibe. You can also loosely braid the ponytail before you pin it up if you’d like.

Step 5: Spray your hair all over with more hairspray for added hold and to keep your hair frizz-free.

3. High Bun

For workouts that require you be on your back with your head flat on the ground (such as yoga, Pilates, and even crunches), opt for a high bun. This hairstyle keeps your hair secured tightly at the top of your head and doesn’t create an uneven surface for your head and neck. You can also pull your hair into a high bun to keep your hair off of your face when you’re doing a high-impact workout such as running and kickboxing.

What you’ll need:

Rubber band
Bobby pins
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Lock It Fine Control Hairspray
L’Oréal Paris EverStyle Alcohol-Free Strong Hold Defining Gel

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Pull your hair into a high ponytail and secure it with a rubber band.

Step 2: Divide your hair into two parts. Then starting at the base of the ponytail, wind each part around the other part in a circular motion around the base.

Step 3: If you want a messier bun, tease your hair before diving and then wrap each piece in different directions.

Step 4: Wrap the bun around the ponytail holder.

Step 5: Secure the knot with bobby bins. Start with the base of the bun to keep it in place and then pin any remaining loose ends.

Step 6: Apply a couple of spritz of hairspray like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Lock It Fine Control Hairspray and you’re all set!

Step 7: This is entirely optional. If you want to help manage flyaways, use a gel like L’Oréal Paris EverStyle Alcohol-Free Strong Hold Defining Gel.

4. Braided Ponytail

This next hairstyle combines two hairstyles (the ponytail and the braid) that are perfect for breaking a sweat. A braided ponytail looks good on just about every single person, and it’s super-practical for the gym. It keeps your hair sleek and most importantly off of your face. When you’re done, simply let down your hair and get beautiful luscious curls. Spritz some dry shampoo to add a little texture and you’re good to go.

What you’ll need:

Fine-tooth comb
A couple of hair ties
Styling gel
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Lock It Fine Control Hairspray

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: To get the braided ponytail, start by working a small amount of styling gel through your hair. This will help detangle any knots that are there and leave your tresses ultra-shiny.

Step 2: Next, use a fine-toothed comb to brush your hair backward. Gather your hair into a semi-high ponytail at the back of your head and then secure it with a hair tie.

Step 3: Now it’s time for the braid! Plait your ponytail tightly to make a firm braid and secure the end with a hair tie.

Step 4: Spritz some fine-hold hairspray on your hair to help tame flyaways and to give your locks an extra smooth finish.

5. Braided Pigtails

Like the high bun, low pigtails are perfect for workouts that require you to lay your head flat on the ground. This hairstyle gives regular pigtails a grown-up son, and it only takes mere minutes to create!

What you’ll need:

Fine-tooth comb
A couple of hair ties
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Lock It Fine Control Hairspray

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Use a comb to make a part all the way to the middle of your neck.

Step 2: Then, bring each half of your hair to the sides.

Step 3: Braid each side all the way down and secure with a hair tie.

Step 4: As usual, it’s important to secure to hairstyle with a couple of spritzes of hairspray.

Step 5: Done working out? Untie your hair to get pretty waves!

6. French Braid

You’ve probably been making French braids since you were in elementary school. So, put your hairstylist skills to the test the next time you go to the gym. Not only is this hairstyle easy to do, but it’s also super-sleek. Plus, you can rock a French braid even after your workout! What’s not to love about that?

What you’ll need:

Hair tie
Serum spray
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Lock It Fine Control Hairspray

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: First, it's important to detangle your hair, and if you have frizz, use a product to help manage it, like a serum spray.

Step 2: Begin by taking a single straight row of hair at the top of your forehead.

Step 3: Split this into three strands, as you would when making a standard braid, and start crossing left and right strands. Repeat this process a few times.

Step 4: Then, with each cross-over, incorporate more hair into the braid by pulling in small sections as you continue. By the time you reach your neck, you should have incorporated all of your hair.

Step 5: From there, braid normally until you reach the ends.

Step 6: Set your hair with some hairspray, and you’re ready to whip your body back into shape.