It’s easy to find a reason to skip out on a workout, especially if you think that hitting the gym will disturb your hairstyle.
Dealing with sweaty, tangled curls in your natural hair-care routine is not our definition of a good time. Thankfully, you can work out without putting your tresses through the wringer. Simply put, it all comes down to your hairstyle choices.

With the new year almost upon us, many people are focused on getting their fitness regimens in order. After all, whipping your body into shape can set the tone for a healthy new year. That’s why it’s important to choose the right workout hairstyles, so you know that your mane won’t get in between you and achieving your fitness goals. Couple the perfect hairstyle with the right curly hair products, and you’ll be in good shape. Read on to discover 10 hairstyles for the gym, along with tips for preserving your hair while working out.

The 10 Best Hairstyles For Working Out

There are so many hairstyles for working out to choose from, but not all options play well with natural hair. You’ll want to opt for protective hairstyles or updos that can tuck your strands away and maintain your texture. Here are 10 curly hairstyles that will keep your strands out of your face and in place while you work out.

1. Pigtails
One of the best natural hairstyles for the gym is pigtails. This look splits your mane into two ponytails and keeps your hair away from your neck and out of your face. Since it keeps your tresses up and allows you to lay on a gym mat without discomfort, pigtails are ideal for yoga and pilates.

2. Pineapple
The pineapple is considered the OG hairstyle for the gym for a good reason. Since the style secures your curls at the top of your head with a hair tie, it prevents your strands from sticking to your sweaty neck and keeps your spirals intact. Be sure to add the Hair Milk Curl Defining Butter evenly through damp strands to help keep curls defined and moisturized. You can go for a run or opt for low and high-intensity workouts without disrupting your style.

3. Cornrows
There are a few reasons why cornrows are considered one of the best hairstyles for the gym, starting with their ability to remain in place through super-sweaty workouts. The parts also give your scalp the ability to breathe, which can help minimize sweat during kickboxing and cycling. Plus, if you decide to go bike-riding outdoors, you can count on your cornrows to lay perfectly under a helmet.

4. Short Undercut
The short undercut is a haircut for curly hair that consists of shaving one side or the back of your head and allowing your longer strands to cover the buzzed area. It gives your mane a light feel with little to no maintenance, so it can last during low-intensity workouts like yoga to grueling weight-training exercises. For the best results, keep your strands moisturized with the Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Pure Hair Oil.

5. Top Knot
Easy hairstyles for the gym are always a win, and the top knot makes for a stylish choice. It’s a solid option for long hair that keeps your tresses out of your face with hair ties and bobby pins. Pull your hair back into a high ponytail and secure it with a hair tie. Wind the length of your hair around the base of your ponytail and pin it in place. Spritz the Almond Milk Leave-In Conditioner to condition and add shine to your mane. This style complements yoga and pilates workouts well since it allows you to hit various poses without pausing to secure loose strands.

6. Mohawk
Look to the mohawk to keep your strands stylishly secure as you hit the gym. Simply apply a small amount of the Mimosa Hair Honey to each side of your mane. Brush your hair toward the center of your head and pin it in place. This style prevents flyaways, frizz, and your strands from becoming loose. It’s an excellent style to wear when lifting weights and strength-training since it allows you to focus without losing momentum.

7. Side Braid
A side braid is a top pick for workouts because it keeps your strands woven together and secure with a hair tie. It also helps prevent tangles or knots, which tend to go hand-in-hand with workouts. While curl definition is not a must here, you can add moisture to your strands with a leave-in conditioner.

8. Bantu Knots
Low-maintenance hairstyles are always a good move for the gym, and Bantu knots are no exception. Start by sectioning your hair in box-shaped parts. Mist your strands with the Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Leave-In Conditioner to add shine and moisture. Then, apply the Pracaxi Nectar Style & Hold Foam to each section of your hair to give your strands conditioning hold and softness. Twist and roll each section into tiny knots. Tuck the ends of each twist into the base of the knot to keep your style in place no matter what your workout entails. You’ll find that Bantu knots complement various activities, such as dancing, jogging, and circuit workouts.

9. Bubble Ponytail
This hairstyle uses hair elastics to fasten the length of your hair to keep tangles and knots away. It’s ideal for any exercise that requires you to move around, such as resistance training and high-intensity workouts.

10. Slicked-Back Low Bun
The low bun is one of the most notable workout hairstyles. It’s a simple option that keeps your mane secure at the nape of the neck without the need for touch-ups as you get your sweat on. Apply a small amount of hair pomade to your mane and brush your strands backward. Style your hair into a low ponytail and wrap the length of your hair around the base to form a bun. It’s perfect for weight training, yoga—basically any workout you have in mind.

4 Tips To Preserve Your Hair While Working Out

Now that you have the perfect hairstyles for the gym in mind, you need to know how to preserve your hair mid-workout. There are a few steps you can take that will keep your workout hairstyles in line before and during your gym routine. From wearing a sweatband to staying away from baseball caps, here’s a quick guide to help you maintain your style while working out.

1. Wear a sweatband.
Simply slipping on a sweatband pre-workout can reduce the amount of sweat your strands soak up, which can eliminate scalp buildup that can affect the look of your mane. It can also help keep your head cool and dry while working out.

2. Keep a few bobby pins handy.
While the right workout hairstyles can limit the chance of loose strands coming out during your workout, it can still happen. This is where bobby pins come in. All you have to do is pin your strands in place to prevent them from disturbing your workout.

3. Stay away from baseball caps.
A baseball cap works well to keep your strands out of your face, but with the right hairstyle, it’s not needed. It can actually make you feel even hotter and lead to added sweat, which can take a toll on styles such as Bantu knots.

4. Spritz your mane with a leave-in conditioner.
Spritzing your hair with a light layer of leave-in conditioner can provide moisture that lasts throughout your sweat session. Mist the Sacred Tiare Leave-In Conditioner all over your mane and let it do its thing. It has coprah coconut oil and pro-vitamin B5 that restores strength and reduces frizz.

Keep in mind: A leave-in conditioner should not be where you start and end with your hair-care. Depending on how frequently you hit the gym, you’ll want to wash your hair often to remove excess sweat and buildup. The Wash Day Delight Sulfate Free Shampoo For Curly Hair picks up the slack. This curly hair shampoo has micellar water and aloe that can deeply and quickly cleanse without stripping hair. Follow up with the Monoi Repairing Conditioner to layer your hair with hydration and prevent future breaks and snaps. Let the curly hair conditioner sit on your strands for three to five minutes to work its magic. Spray on your leave-in conditioner and style your hair as desired.

Now that you’re clear on workout hairstyles, get some more inspiration with Your Guide to Protective Hairstyles For Natural Hair.

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