How to Get Hair to Stay Back When Pushed Back

Pull your hair back while practiing yoga.
Pull your hair back while practiing yoga. (Image: Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

Sometimes, simply pulling your hair back from your face without the proper styling aids or product just isn't enough. Whether you're working out or preparing for a dance routine, keeping your hair away from your face will help you remain focused on the activity. Otherwise, you will swipe your bangs or hair out of your face every few seconds. Before you attempt to push your hair back, it's helpful to try techniques to ensure that it will remain in place.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle
  • Plastic or cloth headband
  • Barrettes or hair clips in various sizes
  • Large bobby pins
  • Non-flaking gel
  • Hair spray or mousse
  • Ponytail holders
  • Scrunchies

Dampen your hair slightly with water from a spray bottle. Place a plastic or cloth headband along your hairline and push it as far back as you want it.

Gather your hair into two or three sections along the hairline. You can either part it straight down the middle or gather it into loose sections. Add barrettes or hair clips to each section and clamp them shut. You can also secure each section with large-sized bobby pins.

Scoop about 1 or 2 tsp. of non-flaking gel into your hands, rub your hands together and smooth it along the hair line. Brush the hair back to hold it in place. You can also spray your hair with hair spray or add hair mousse for a firmer hold.

Pull the hair back and add ponytail holders or scrunchies to hold it in the position that you want. You can also apply gel, mousse or hairspray to smooth the hairline.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure to choose hair products specifically designed for your hair type to obtain the best results.
  • You or a friend can also french braid your hair into a single braid to keep your hair back and away from your face.
  • Avoid sleeping with hair clips, barrettes or head bands with teeth as it might cause hair thinning over time.

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