Getting yourself to the gym or exercising in general can take a lot of willpower, and when something gets in the way, even something small, it can quickly quell all motivation. While having the perfect outfit can definitely pump us up, and we’re all about a cute water bottle for hydration on the machine, it’s what our mane decides to do while we’re getting our sweat on that ultimately makes or breaks the workout. When your hair is just not cooperating whatsoever, falling all over the place and getting in the way of your spotting, it can really put a damper on all your hard work. How can you be productive with that kind of mess? To help you work out without the worry of your locks flying all over the place, here are six easy styles you can try to keep those strands in place no matter how much you sweat.
If you’re doing cardio work or are just someone who personally hates when you can feel your hair get more and more saturated as the workout goes on, a topknot will keep it from touching your neck, back, or shoulders. Create this look by running Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Oil with Lavender ($47) through your strands to give them extra hold. Then pull your hair into a ponytail and wrap it into a bun around the base. Then secure it in place with a hair tie and as many bobby pins as you need.
The Space Buns
For a bolder look, a double topknot is the perfect solution. Start by splitting hair into a middle part and twisting your pigtails into separate buns, one on each side. Then secure it with elastics and bobby pins as needed. Throw on a LuluLemon Athletica Fly Away Tamer Headband II Luxtreme ($12) for extra protection against pesky flyaways and to keep sweat at bay.
The Low Bun
This style is especially good for low-impact activities. To start, smooth Ouidad Tress Effects Styling Gel ($26) through your hair to give additional hold to the style. Then, pull all of your locks together at the nape of your neck and then secure with a hair tie for a ponytail, or pull hair only halfway out to create a loop.
The Double French Braids
Need to lock down all those baby hairs? Go with this look. To get started, part your hair down the middle and split it into two sections. Starting from the front, French-braid both sides until about two inches is left at the end. Then secure with a clear plastic elastic at the bottom of each braids. Spray liberally with R+Co Outer Space Flexible Hairspray ($30) to ensure the style stays put. This is sure to give you a “don’t mess with me—I’m in the zone” vibe while getting your sweat on.
The High Ponytail
Arguably the easiest style to create, this look will serve you well when you’re short on time. Brush out your hair, and then pull it up into a tight, sleek ponytail at the crown of your head. Spray with Sachajuan Strong and Flexible Hairspray ($35) and throw on a baseball cap to ensure any bangs and flyaways stay put.
The Braided Bangs
For those with shorter bangs, this one’s for you. To get those locks out of your eyes, split your bangs in half and French-braid them back to the crown of your head. Pull both ends into a ponytail, use John Masters Organics Pomade ($20) to slick back any strays, and you’re ready to get your sweat on.
In search of a post-gym hairstyle to wear when your workout is over? Here are five quick and easy braids to try after your sweat sesh.
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