Am I the only one who has had difficulty finding the perfect bun without bobby pins? You know, one that you can do 100 jumping jacks while wearing, and it won’t fall out? I’m not a big bobby pin fan. I would much rather have something that I can do in two seconds with one hair tie.
The Ponytail Problem
You girls with long manes know what I’m talking about! Don’t get me wrong, the ponytail has its place and is great for vertical, low-impact exercises like weight lifting, squats, lunges and pullups. The ponytail is also fine for short or medium hair. But here is the problem with long hair and ponytails for other exercises:
- The ponytail slaps your back and pulls on your head if you’re doing high knees, running, or jumps.
- Your hair sticks to the sweat on your arms and back, forcing you to either wash your hair that day or have stinky, sweaty hair.
- The hair falls in front of your shoulders and somehow migrates to your mouth when you are doing plank work. I have literally gone to take a deep breath and breathed in a bunch of hair.
Many women work out with ponytails and long hair. I personally don’t know how they can stand it. If you have given up on an alternative to the ponytail, hear me out.
The Best Long Hair Workout Style
I have had long hair most of my life. Not only is it long, but it is slippery and fine. Previously I have tried and failed to find the perfect style that met these requirements:
- Doesn’t hurt my head
- Doesn’t slip out when I do jumping jacks or burpees
- Doesn’t use bobby pins
- Only takes 30 seconds to do
Below I have listed how to do this hair-do. It literally takes 30 seconds! I didn’t learn this style from anyone, so I can kind of brag that I invented it, right?
The Steps for Doing My Favorite Long Hair Workout Style
- Flip your head upside down and gather your hair at the top of your head.
- Loop a small section of your hair through the hair tie, making sure the ends of your hair are facing your forehead. (Don’t loop too much hair through or your hair WILL fall out during your workout.)
- Tuck the ends of your hair into the top part of the tie. Coordinating this part can be tricky. You need to try to tuck all the hair in at once, otherwise it just gets messy…
- Voila!! Try working out NOW, and I hope you’re as happy with this hair style as I am.
The Best Medium/Short Hair Workout Style
My favorite hairstyle will only work if your hair is well past your shoulders. Otherwise, you will not have enough hair to tuck into the top. But don’t worry, my favorite hair style for shorter hair is actually EASIER than the longer hair version.
This hair style will work if you have hair halfway to your shoulders or just past your shoulders. You simply loop your hair halfway through a hair band, only this time, the ends of your hair are pointing toward your back instead of your forehead. I try to make the loop small so that it doesn’t flop around.
Make sure it sits high on your head; the lower the bun, the more it will bounce during your workout and fall out.
My workout hair styles are great for working out, and they also happen to be my go-to “lounge” hairstyles because they are so easy! I was never one of those people that could just twist my hair, wrap a hair band around it and expect it to stay that way. Thank heavens for epiphanies!
What is your favorite workout hairstyle?