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Stay-Put Hairstyles, As Seen at the Women's World Cup

Baby Braids

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Baby braids, seen here on the United State's Alex Morgan, #13, are taking the World Cup pitch by storm. Not only does a mini French braid add interest and dimension to a regular ponytail, it helps keep shorter layers and flyaways in place so you can focus on the task at hand without stressing about strands in your face. Pro tip: Dab of bit of pomade, like Pantene Texturizing Sculpting Wax, on your finger tips as you braid to give the braid extra grip and hold.

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Pre-Wrap Headbands

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Pre-wrap is a thin, foam-like material used by trainers and physical therapists as a barrier between skin and athletic tape. Its slightly tacky feel allows it to double as a no-slip headband, as demoed by several players throughout the World Cup tournament. Here, the U.S.'s Julie Johnston, #19, wears her wrap thick, but you can also roll it into a thin band like Morgan, on the previous slide, who tops off a high ponytail with pop of color for a sporty yet stylish look. (Psst: These headbands are one of our 10 Workout Hair Accessories That Actually Work.)

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Brightly Colored Strands

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OK, we admit it: This trend doesn't exactly aid performance, unless it acts as a distraction for the competition. But brightly colored strands are stealing the show at the Women's World Cup. Canadian midfielder Sophie Schmidt, #13, proves that a pop of color gives a short cut a little extra edge. Don't want to commit? Try a temporary option like Bumble & Bumble Spraychalk, which comes in four shades: Blush, Cobalt, Lavender, and Mint.

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Fishtail Braids

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Turn your basic pony into a woven work of art by fishtail braiding it like the U.S. Women's National Team's Becky Sauerbrunn, #4. Simply pull your hair back into a high pony and separate into two sections. Take a small section of hair from one side and cross it over to the other. Then take a small section from that side and cross it over to the opposite section. Continue this process down the length of your ponytail and secure with a clear elastic like Goody Ouchless Latex Elastics at the bottom.

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High Ponies

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This classic style has proven to be a go-to for many players. Here, two players from Korea Republic and Brazil show off this versatile look in action. Bonus: This is the easiest style to recreate. Just pull all your hair back at the crown of your head and secure with a thick, no-slip elastic like Goody Slide Proof Secure Fit Elastics. Top it off with two colorful headbands if you're feeling wild. (For more hair inspiration, take a cue from these 8 Celebrity-Inspired Ways to Rock a Ponytail.)

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Messy Buns

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This player from Brazil proves that sometimes, the messier, the better. With this style, there's no need for perfection, and the best part: you get to keep your pony off the back of your neck. Sweep your hair back into a pony and secure with an elastic. Spritz the pony with a texturizing spray like Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray to add extra grip, then messily wrap the length around the base and tie with a second hair tie to lock the bun into place.

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