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Gym Hair

Nikki Patel on the hairstyles to make you look chic – not eek – when sweating out.

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From past experience I can honestly say that even putting just a little effort into my workout ‘look’ makes me feel stronger, more confident and consequently more motivated to push myself during my weekly sweat-fest. So I’ve ditched the heavy duty yet oh so reliable sumo bun and compiled a list of four hot gym-friendly hairstyles that will take your work-out from frizzy to fabulous…

SWEPT BACK:

Best for those with shorter hair that don’t want to scrape it all back, a simple elasticated headband will keep the hair off your face.

picture: Glamour Beauty

picture: Glamour.com

MESSY UP-DO:

Emphasis on the ‘messy’, this effortless style can be done in seconds and requires zero preparation or skill. Laziness disguised as glamour?! YES PLEASE.

picture: simplyseleta.com

picture: simplyseleta.com

SPORTY PONYTAIL:

Can make even the most docile amongst us look remotely athletic; this swept back style can be made even more sleek with a quick dab of serum over fly-aways pre-workout.

picture: PR photos

picture: PR photos

FISHTAIL BRAID

A quirkier relative of the French braid, the fishtail braid is pretty and compact. Keep it tight and tidy for cardio or loose and wispy for low-impact activities like yoga.

picture: Glamour.com

picture: Glamour.com

And to take yourself from gym to glam post-workout minus the shampoo/conditioning ordeal? Simply apply a spritz of Batiste Dry Shampoo to roots and blow-dry your tresses from roots to end using a paddle brush, VOILA!