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6 best hair styles for working out


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We’ve been seeing a lot of good hair days at the gym.

So we polled Well+Good readers on Facebook and Twitter for how you like to wear your hair during a workout or a yoga class—practical? pretty? Sparkly Souled?

Which hair styles are the standbys for your strands? Here are the six looks that rule spinning and yoga studios, and the boot camps and CrossFit boxes right now. —Melisse Gelula and Rosa Levitan

Photo: Jade Munson for Splits59



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Braids. How we love them for workouts—they’re easy, chic, and sprint-proof. Though they can also become your own riding crop, whipping you on to run faster…





The classic ponytail. This one’s high up toward the crown to keep it away from the sweat on the back of the neck. Cute headband optional. Ditto the charm-adorned elastics like this Marc Jacobs one we stared at like a magpie throughout a recent barre class.





SLT fitness studio Natalie Uhling top knot

No-nonsense top knots. This look became legit as a hair style thanks to hard-core workouts and women needing to keep their hands-free. With all your hair twisted into a top knot and secured with an elastic or Twistband (wow, have they become a big deal), you don’t have to put your kettlebell down to brush your bangs out of your face or take your hands off the Megaformer.

Photo: SLT



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Pin curls. This look is particularly genius. Bobby pins hold a circular twist of hair in place, protect it from sweat and dampness, and make hair look amazing post workout. The steam and heat of some studios even seems to help give bounce and body to finer hair. While basic black bobby pins do the trick, these colorful ones would add a little something something.



headband at the gym

Headbands. Studios are now filled with women rocking cute headbands. Whether sparkly, braided, or double-banded, or triple-banded, super functional headbands are having a fashion moment. And because they max out at about $12, they’re typically the least expensive item in your gym bag.



Mary Helen Bowers ballet beautiful bun

High buns. They originated in studios dedicated to ballet but have since hit them all. The simple style offers serious sweat protection and a bit of pulled-together poise during a workout. And when pinned into place (instead of held with an elastic), a bun doesn’t leave your hair dented when you take it down.

Photo: Mary Helen Bowers



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