Hairstyles for Sports

Pull your hair up out of your way when playing sports.
Pull your hair up out of your way when playing sports. (Image: good sport image by Earl Robbins from

If you play a sport, you need to wear your hair in a style that is practical and will keep it out of your way. If you are tired of just throwing it up in a bun or ponytail, there are few styles you can try for a change of pace.

French Braids

If you have long or medium-length hair with minimal layers, you could try the braided style during sports activities. It is best to start out with clean, wet hair to make it easier to separate into the pieces for the braids. The style starts in the front with a deep side-part and braided like a French braid across the hair line. The braid stops at the top of the ear on the other side of your head and is held in place with a thin hair elastic. French braid the rest of your hair and secure with hair elastics.

Braided-Bottom Bun

The braided-bottom bun is often worn by girls who are in dance or gymnastic sports, and who have medium to short hair with layers. You can avoid using tons of bobby pins to keep your hair off of your neck with the upward French braid, which starts at the nape of your neck. Starting with wet hair, work some pomade or gel into your hair and flip your hair over. Start a French braid from the nape of your neck and stop halfway up the back of your head. Pull the rest of your hair into a high bun and secure with a hair elastic. Spray your hair with maximum hold hairspray.

Double Bun

If you have long hair that tends to whip around your face and neck as you run, you could try the double bun style to keep it out of your way. Long hair is heavy and single-bun may not hold up under the weight and come undone as you run or jump. Part your hair down the middle and comb it out with a detangling product to make it easier to style. Gather up your hair in a high ponytail on one side and secure it with a hair band. Twist your hair around the hair band until you've created a bun and wrap another hair band around it. Repeat for the other side and spray some hairspray all over.

Criss-Cross Sections

To achieve criss-cross sections in the hair, spray some detangling product or smoothing serum in your hair while it is damp and comb it through. Separate it into four or five horizontal rows across your scalp from side to side and then separate them into sections that are about 1-inch thick. Secure each 1-inch section in the front row with a small hair elastic. When you move back to the second row, split each secured section in the front row, cross it diagonally to the second row and include it in a section of the second row. Continue repeating this procedure as you work your way back.

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