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6th February 2013

Gym Hair

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

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…


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.



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



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


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.


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!

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