The easiest hairstyle for the athletic woman with longer hair, of course, is the ponytail. If your hair is very fine, it can be a little tricky to achieve a smooth ponytail. The best way to get a sleek tail is to grab the hair slightly above where you would want it to go. Brush the hair upward into your hand, with the scrunchy around the wrist you are using to brush. Put the band on the bottom of the hair and pull hair down and through, while still holding it as much as possible with the first hand. The addition of some barrettes or a headband will keep fly-aways from getting into your face and add a bit of interest.
Another classic do for the longer-haired woman working out is the French braid. It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful, and it only takes a few moments. Brush your hair well. Take the very top front of your hair and separate from the rest. Divide that piece in three and begin braiding, but each time one of the side pieces is due to cross over or under the middle, grab a smaller bit of hair from that side to add to it. Braid to the ends and finish with a band.
An twist on the French braid which is also great for a convenient athletic style is the tucked French braid. Begin as above, but stop braiding when you run out of extra hair and braid reaches the base of your head. Secure with a band, then tuck the ends under the braid, until they run straight up your head, parallel to the braid. Secure the ends with a large barrette about halfway down the back of your head.
One of the absolute best hairstyles for the modern athletic woman is the classic pixie cut. The pixie not a style for all faces, but it is low maintenance, requires little in terms of styling products and, when the top is short enough, guarantees your hair will not be falling into your eyes or mouth, no matter how much you run, bounce around – or sweat. You can easily do this at home with a pair of electric shears with detachable combs. Divide your hair into 3 sections – top, middle and bottom – with hair clips. Choose the length you want for the top, then find the comb attachment that corresponds to that length. Use 2 numbers lower for the middle and 2 numbers below that for the bottom. For night time, some styling gel can make it sleek and glamorous or spiky and funky.
Another great athletic hair option is cornrows. Unlike the ponytail or French braid, it is not easy to achieve, but like the pixie you will know that your hair will not get in your way when you are exercising. Once the tiny braids are in, the maintenance is rather minimal. This may not be a hairstyle great for everyday if athletics is not your career, but before a big weekend filled with athletic activities (or a big event like a marathon), it’s wonderful. All you need to create this look at home is a rat tail comb, a hair clip, lots of small rubber bands – and at least one patient friend who can make small even braids. Each cornrow is essentially just a tiny version of the French braid. This style is best for medium length hair.