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7 Practical & Pretty Workout Hairstyles For Natural Hair

Looking for workout hairstyles perfect for natural hair? Then you're in luck. Don't let your hair hold you back from exercising. Whether you're a gym bunny, Yogi, CrossFit junkie, swimmer or avid runner – we have pretty and practical gym/workout hairstyles for natural hair. Although, we can't promise that they'll help you smash your PB!

1. Pineapple

The pineapple is the easiest and low manipulation hairstyle around. It's perfect for quick workouts, sprints and more. It doesn't need any fancy hair styling skills or if you find braids and plaits too fiddly this style is for you. 

Side profile of a black woman running on a road

Image credit: @adrienne_ldn

Remember to keep your pineapple high to help limit the amount of contact your hair has with your clothes. We don't want unnecessary friction and breakage going on! 

Black woman with Active wear tying shoe her laces

Image credit: @ellelinton

Editor's tip: Please remember: moisturised hair is less likely to break! You can moisturise your hair before and after workout sessions using the LOC method (applying a liquid then oil, then cream in that order) or LCO method (applying a liquid, then a cream, then an oil in that order). 

2. Fulani-inspired Braids

Ultimate hold paired with ultimate style! We just love the idea of rocking Fulani-inspired braids to our next barre, pilates or yoga class. Because of flat braiding technique, it's nice and close to the scalp, which mean the hairstyle won't be bothersome or uncomfortable if you decide to do an impromptu headstand!  

Young Black woman doing yoga with Fulani Braids

Image credit: @MissSanchiaLege 

3. Cornrows

If your workouts are reactive, high speed or explosive, then cornrows are for you.  

This hairstyle will withstand almost anything you throw at it. So that means you can actually concentrate on your workout and not your hair! 

Black woman running with cornrows bun in urban background

Image credit: @vinnynarelle / @carlosm.k

4. Space Buns

Want to give your workout look a bit of a retro 90s vibe? Then we can't recommend space buns enough. Whether you wear them high or low – we love this hairstyle for dance or Zumba classes. 

Light skinned young woman smiling  with space buns

Image credit: @laurennaomi_

5. High Bun

Protective, pretty and practical – the high bun ticks all the boxes for us! Keep your ends neatly tucked away while you do your exercise and trust us, your hair will thank you for this later! 

Standing black woman with high bun in workout clothes

Image credit: @ebonyflowyoga

6. Head Wrap/ Headscarf

Head scarfs are perfect no matter the season or the activity. When you're having a bad hair day and just want a run or do a class to realise those endorphins, wrap a scarf around your head and you're good to go.

Just braid or twist your hair so that your head wrap doesn't look too lumpy or bumpy. Or use your cute head wrap to spice up your workout updo! 

black woman on a pole wearing African print bikini with a headwrap

Image credit: @kelechnekoff

7. Short Hair 

The best thing about short hair? It doesn't get in your way when you're working out! We suggest grabbing a cute headband keep your hair well and truly out of your face. 

randomgirlrunning black woman with short hair running across a crossing

Image credit: @randomgirlrunning

Editor's tip: Looking for the perfect hair accessories for your TWA? 

The snag-free endless elastic hairbands and headbands in our Essential Accessories Pack have been crafted specifically with curly and Afro hair in mind. They are stretchy, durable and gentle on your hair. If that doesn't say winning workout we don't know what does!

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