How to get the perfect Afro Puff with Miriam Maulana
Pigtails aren’t just for little girls! We’ll show you 2 ways to wear the look for an updo that’s playful, yet remains elegant and grown up.
Hopefully your health and fitness-related New Year’s resolutions are still holding up. If you’re looking for excuses to dial back your exercise efforts, though, sorry, we’re not going to help you. In fact, with these hairstyle recommendations for popular workout activities, we’ll actually be removing reasons to avoid gym. Try out these easy and on-trend styling options, listed below.
Given the positioning of the hairband, a bog-standard ponytail won’t cut it for exercise activities where you spend a considerable amount of time with your head resting on a mat. In this situation, we recommend a classically elegant ballet bun, styled high up on your crown. Alternatively, a side braid is an attractive pin-free option.
For cardio activities with a lot of movement you want a resilient hairstyle that will keep all your locks (yes, even those annoying flyaways) in place and out the way. A ponytail is fast and easy, but we admit it’s kind of boring so up its funkiness and fortitude by combining it with a fashionable headband of your choice.
When it comes to high-intensity fitness programmes that mix it up, combining cardio, weights and everything in-between, you need a similarly versatile and hardy hairstyle. Our pick is the basic bubble ponytail, where the length of a high pony is tied off with hair elastics every 5cm or so. To ensure your strands stay in place, combine this look with a French braid that runs from front to back over your scalp, and feeds into the pony.
All right, we admit they’re a bit of work but the natural hairstyle pairing for these sports is boxer braids, like the name suggests. Also known as cornrows, these flat-lying parallel plaits expose strips of scalp, allowing your skin to breathe. Bantu knots are similarly fierce and are also great for wicking away perspiration and keeping you cool while you kick butt.
Honestly, if you’re hitting the pool, the best thing for your locks is to wear a water-proof swimming cap. This way you’ll protect them from the harsh, dehydrating effects of chlorine and salt. If you don’t have a cap on hand, we’re fans of a cute double bun to keep your tresses far away from the water.
Now that you have a comprehensive list of exercise hairstyles, it’s time to once more hit the mat (or road, bag or pool). No excuses!
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