You know those girls who live and die by “gym hair, don’t care”? Yeah, that’s not us — we care a lot. When you’re busy, you don’t have time to primp between sleepwalking from hot yoga to morning meetings. Being a goal-getter comes with wanting efficiency, and you want a style that will last from the studio to the street.
We’ve gotten you out of your fitness rut with extreme workouts, and now we’re sharing seven styles for all hair types. Pick your fitness class poison, and don’t sweat — your hair has never looked better.
You’ve probably seen “boxer braids” everywhere, but the style’s cooler cousin is octo-braids. To get the look, section hair into six to eight pieces and weave each into a standard french braid. Secure each braid with a tiny elastic for a sweat-free update to 2015’s double braids.
Best for: Boxing
If you can’t bear to part with your high pony but still want to keep your roots high and tight, this braided ponytail hybrid is for you. By separating hair into three sections and braiding from the roots, you’ll prevent your hairline from getting soaked. Gather the pieces into a pony at the top of your head and relax— the hardest part of your day is already over.
Best for: Bootcamp
If you’re low maintenance or can’t be bothered to think straight before an AM workout (we hear you!), try an easy twist. The low bun style comes together by pulling your hair into two tight ponytails — don’t forget to slick back the roots with some gel — and twisting them up into knotted shapes at the nape of your neck. Secure with several bobby pins and add hairspray.
Best for: Swimming
Inspired by the styles seen at the likes of Valentino fall 2014, this bubble ponytail is the less-floppy alternative to the traditional version. Pull your hair into a high or low pony, and band equal segments until you reach the end of your pony. This style is versatile because — depending on how many sections you want — it can work for longer or shorter hair.
Best for: Running
We’re quite partial to gym hair that you can wear out, which is why this elegant combination is one of our faves. Starting toward the crown of your head, create a french braid “mohawk” with one thick section of hair. Secure hair into a low ponytail by either including the braid or wrapping the braid around the elastic for an edgier effect.
Best for: Rowing
Why settle for one bun when you can have three? Kick it up a notch by creating three-knotted buns from the top of your head to the nape of your neck. This is one style that will turn heads and stand the heat.
Best for: Dance cardio
We couldn’t forget the classic — a ballet bun. Much more refined than a messy topknot, create this ballerina-approved ‘do by pulling your tresses into a smooth high ponytail. Next, wrap the pony into a sleek bun and secure it with an elastic. When your strands are free and clear, you can fully focus on the workout burn (your butt will thank you).
Best for: Pilates, barre
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