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4 Natural Hairstyles to Rock at the Gym

4 Natural Hairstyles to Rock at the Gym

by Michelle Mitchum

August 31, 2017

If you’re anything like us, you know that it gets serious when it’s time to workout. Don’t get us wrong: we want to make sure that we look great before, during, and after our fitness sessions, but we’re also firm believers in having practical workout style. Since we know that FitBox has us covered on the apparel end with its stylish and figure-flattering activewear pieces, let’s turn our attention to the only thing that we may still have to worry about: our hair.


As ladies who rock our natural locks, we all know the workout-hair struggle. If you’re rocking a TWA, you’re at a huge advantage, so chalk this one up as a win. But for those of us who are beyond that stage, grappling with a head full of voluminous curls, coils, and kinks can carry its own complexities when it’s time to hit the gym. But fear not! You know that we wouldn’t leave you hanging, right?


Getting through an intense workout with a huge ‘fro bouncing all over the place isn’t the best option—unless that’s your thing, of course—so we’ve rounded up a few hairstyle ideas that’ll keep your hair up and out of your face through every burpee, mile, and squat. The best part? They’re all super low-maintenance! And whether you prefer to wear your hair loose or in protective styling, there’s an option for you.


  1. Topknot

The topknot, or a bun placed high on the top of your head, is a chic style that works for everything. If you’re an early-riser who prefers to get a good workout in before heading to the office, this style will save you from having to redo your hair while you get ready for work.


  1. Ponytail

The ponytail is a classic for a reason. If you’re an aficionado of twist-outs, braid-outs, or wash-and-gos, simply pull your hair back so that it’s off of your face while you workout. Whether you prefer a low, mid, or high ponytail, the texture from your loose style will give it added visual interest, which will keep it from looking too ordinary.


  1. Twists

For the protective-styling experts, you can’t go wrong with two-strand twists. This look gives you plenty of styling options, too. To keep your hair stretched, try pinning them up or go for the look of a neat, textured ponytail by pulling them back. To rock pinned twists after the gym and beyond, add a knitted beanie to pull your look together with as little maintenance as possible.


  1. High Puff

While a topknot is a great solution for looser textures or hair that has been stretched with a twist-out or braid-out, a high puff is a great alternative for tighter textures. Sitting high on your head, the puff will give you the same no-fuss results as a topknot, including the benefit of being able to work on your core without flattening your hair.

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