This time of the year, fitness centers throughout the country are inundated with new and returning clients who are looking to lose weight or stay in shape. Whether it’s getting pumped at SoulCycle, Flywheel or Zumba at Equinox, everyone wants their hair to look good at the gym. Read on to find a hairstyle that will work for every class. From sock buns, to low-side braids and slick back ponytails, style and trend expert Brittney Levine shares tips on how to sport these styles showcasing her favorite beauty products and tools on a tabletop.“If there’s one thing I can’t stand when working out – it’s hair in my face,” says Brittney. “In fact, the average woman doesn’t like to be bothered with over-the-top hair care when it comes to getting ready to work out – hence why the following four styles below have become very popular in the gym zone.”
The Sock Bun:
A large pouf, small knot on the top of your head or at the nape of your neck. The best part about flaunting the sock bun (pictured above) is the fact that you can wear it in varying sizes and ways! I will admit, I still get nervous when doing my own hair, and most of the time leave it up to the “experts” (a childhood anxiety), but the sock bun happens to be one of the easiest and quickest styles to conquer –- perfect when you need to be in and out of the gym! You can use your own sock or specialty stores like Ricky’s NYC are also selling “donuts” for the perfect shape
4 Simple Steps to Create the Sock Bun:
1) “Pony Up:” Whether you’re using a donut or the toe area of a sock that you cut out and roll to create your own, start off by putting your hair into a ponytail (of the height you desire). Slip the donut over the ponytail and secure it by placing your hair through the hole.
2) “Cousin It:” Flip excess ponytail hair over and completely smooth the pieces around the donut/sock so that it’s covered entirely. In essence, you want to have your hair hanging evenly around the hole — if you have longer hair, you will definitely be embracing your “Cousin It” look!
3) “Wind Up:” Take all loose strands of hair and wind around the outline of the bun, making sure to fill in all gaps. As you roll, tuck loose strands underneath the donut and secure with bobby pins.
4) “Nip & Tuck:” You can tidy up loose ends and strands by pinning them around the base. To make the bun fuller, gently tug and tease strands from the center portion of the bun outward.
Braids are an ever popular gym hairstyle, even more so now that summer is here! Low-side braids give the standard ponytail a little pizzazz. Also, very fast and easy to throw together. Celebrity fans include Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé and Lauren Conrad. Braids can be loose or tight, depending on your preference –- I have been touting a lot of fishtail braids off to the side lately, as they help my hair to stay better intact.
- Start by grabbing hair and moving to the left or right shoulder (whichever feels comfortable)
- If you want the braid to remain tighter, start by braiding closer to the ear line; for looser – in between your shoulder and ear line accordingly
- Finish off the look with simple hair spray and smoothing creams for the edges that fit into the braid line
- If you have very long hair, a side braid can help keep everything under control.
Slicked Back Ponytail:
A tight, slicked back ponytail is in my book, the most ideal look for gym goers. No fuss and truss. They look best when hair is pulled back to the direct back center of your head.
- Start by smoothing out hair with serum of choice
- Pull all hair back, brushing through bumps and tie.
- Trick of the “Hair Trade:” Keep the hairstyle really neat by running a toothbrush over your head! Its bristles will keep flyaways in check
Messy, Parted Ponytail:
If your hair is curly (and you don’t mind a little hair in your face) let it all hang loose and rock the messy, parted ponytail. Whatever side you normally part your hair on, make a small indent to mark division of the part.
So, there you have it! Some fun, easy and comfortable hairstyles that will have the hair out of your face, but your style in no way hindered. Which style do you wear? Let us know by commenting below!
Being around the top trends and fashions day to night, Style and Trend Expert, Brittney Levine, has been known to have a keen eye for picking out the next big thing. Brittney’s genre of expertise covers everything from pet style to Fashion Favorites, catering each idea to how anyone can get the most “bang for their buck.” Having appeared on NBC, CBS, Good Day New York, ABC and more, Brittney hopes to spread her ideas across the country to men and women everywhere. You can take a sneak peak at her reel and check out her on-air experience here: www.brittneyhopelevine.com
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