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How to Style Hair for Athletic Activities

Styling the Hair of Athletes
The ponytail is the all-time winner in the ‘hairstyles for athletes’ category
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Ideally, hairstyles for athletes can be quickly styled while still looking modern, stylish, and appealing. We share with you how to appropriately style hair for athletic activities and provide detailed styling instructions

  • For a long time, an athlete’s hairstyle involved quickly brushed back hair, which was then pinned and held back using all means imaginable. Times and standards have changed. Hairstyles for today’s athletes are practical yet stylish at the same time. We show you examples of popular hairstyles for athletes and provide step-by-step styling instructions.

  • Styling the Hair of Athletes
    Like most athletes, tennis star Maria Sharapova is partial to the traditional stand-by – the always beautiful, sassy, and practical ponytail
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    Styling Hair for Athletic Activities: The Ponytail

    It is hard to imagine modern hair styling without falling back on the always practical ponytail. Athletes in particular embrace this simple yet classic style.

    1. Thoroughly comb your hair to remove all tangles and knots.

    2. Add a small amount of styling mousse or gel for more bounce and manageability. This facilitates styling and keeps the hairstyle intact through the hardest training sessions or competitions.

    3. Gather your hair in the back of your head using a hair band. Where and how high you place the ponytail is a matter of your preference and the planned athletic activities.

    4. You may like to loosen the ponytail a bit for a casual look by putting one hand flat over the hair band while pulling up the ponytail and hair band. This will slightly lift the hair on the crown of your head.

  • Styling the Hair of Athletes
    Anna Kournikova gave her ponytail more style by braiding it
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    Styling Hair for Athletic Activities: The Braided Ponytail

    Braiding a ponytail only adds a few minutes to your styling efforts.

    1. Follow steps 1 and 2 of our styling instructions for a ponytail.

    2. Now gather your hair in a high ponytail and apply a trace of hair oil to the hair ends.

    3. You are now ready to braid the ponytail in the desired style. Tightly secure the braid using a hair band.

  • Styling the Hair of Athletes
    Athlete Stephanie Rice gathered her hair into a high chignon
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    Styling Hair for Athletic Activities: The Wet Looking Chignon

    Female athletes also love to wear chignons. Swimmer Stefanie Rice styled her high chignon in the wet look for optimum hold even during her swims.

    1. Distribute about a hazelnut-sized amount of hair gel across the palms of your hand.

    2. Then run your fingers through dry hair. Add more hair gel if needed.

    3. Gather your hair into a ponytail on top of your head towards the back.

    4. Wind the hair around the base of the ponytail and then secure the chignon as needed.