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7 Fun Hairstyles for the Gym and Beyond

Upgrade Your Gym Look

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When you need your hair up and out of your face every day for work, you start to want to get creative with how you style it. Let’s face it, as awesome as buns are, they can get a little old! Being a yoga instructor, I have a few requirements in my hairstyles: be out of my face, be off the back of my neck, and stay in place. Here a few of my favorite ways to style hair so that it can look equally cute while you are sweating away or on a date.

Even better: You can do these without any fancy tools or bottles of stuff. For the pictures, I used no mirror and no product. Obviously, if you have product with you, you can use it and make the hairstyles sleeker.

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Ponytail with Hair Wrap

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An easy way to dress up a classic. Gather hair into a ponytail and secure with an elastic. Take a piece of hair (about a square centimeter) from the bottom and pull it out of the elastic. Twirl the hair and wrap it around the base of the ponytail, covering the elastic. Secure with a bobby pin.

Bun with Spin Pin

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Great for when you want to be able to put your hair down after your work out since the spin pin keeps your hair in place without making any crimps that a hair tie or bobby pins would. Gather hair into a ponytail with hand at the top of head and start twisting hair to the right. Keep twisting into a coil. Take the spin pin to the last bit of hair and twist it into the coil as close to the scalp as possible.

Triple French Braid

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A funky fun up-do. Divide hair into three sections: left, center, and right. Tie the center and one side section so they are out of the way. French braid the other section: Divide into three sections. Take the right piece over the center piece, then take the left piece over that piece. Add a bit of hair to what is now the right piece and cross it over the center piece, and so on, until you have reached the back of your head. Secure braid with a bobby pin. Repeat with other side section of hair, then braid the center section. Gather all hair into a ponytail or bun.

Braided Pigtails

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Perfect if you have a cute hat, pigtails are a no-fuss easy way to keep your hair out of your face. Create a side part and gather hair into two ponytails. Braid each pony loosely (divide hair into three parts; cross the right strand over the left, then cross the left strand over that one, then cross what is now the right over what is now the center, and so on until you have about an inch of hair left) and secure with a hair tie.

Side Bun

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Another one if you don’t want any marks in your hair from pins or ties, this has the added advantage of not pulling on the scalp. Part hair on the left and gather hair underneath right ear. Twirl hair until taut, then keep twirling into a bun underneath ear. Secure with a spin pin, or take a bobby pin to the end of hair and attach close to your scalp. Repeat with three more bobby pins in each quarter of the bun, securing hair down.

Side Braid

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When you don't have a lot of time or any pins, the side braid is a quick, easy way to get your hair off your face and neck. Part hair on the left and gather underneath right ear. Braid hair (divide hair into three parts; cross the right strand over the left, then cross the left strand over that one, then cross what is now the right over what is now the center, and so on until you have about an inch of hair left) and secure with a hair tie.

Ponytail with Side French Braid

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In case you couldn't tell from all of my posts, this is my go-to! The side braid adds a polished look, keeps any bangs or long layers at bay, and allows a ponytail or bun in the back at any height you like. Part hair deeply on the left and section off about a finger’s width of hair from forehead back, all the way from the part to right ear. Secure remaining hair out of the way. Divide hair into three sections at the part. Weave left piece over center piece, then weave right piece over what is now the center piece. Take the new left piece, add a little more hair from the left, and weave it over the center piece. Keep French braiding hair, adding a little bit more from each side as you go, until braid runs out of hair at right ear. Secure braid with a bobby pin, unclip remaining hair, and gather everything into a ponytail.