The Best Ways to Keep Your Hair out of Your Face When Exercising

By Krista Sheehan

A sweaty sheen is practically impossible for fitness enthusiasts to avoid. But while that subtle shine is a satisfying symbol of hard work, having hair plastered to your sweat-soaked face is a different look altogether. Exercising with hair hanging on your face and neck can also make for a steamy, uncomfortable workout and lead to acne breakouts. So ditch your desires for gym glamour and pull your hair off your face when exercising.

Hair Ties

Elastic hair ties are a workout necessity for fitness fashionistas. They can be used to style hair into a half ponytail, full ponytail, pigtails or braids. If your hair is long enough, position the ponytail high on your head and twist your strands into a bun -- you'll have vivacious volume after your workout. Similarly, loose braids will give you casual waves once the style is released.

Hair Pins

If your hair is too thin or fine for elastic hair bands, hair pins might be a better option during your sweat session. They’re available in a variety of sizes and shapes, so pick the option that’s best for your specific strands. Use them to pin bangs off your forehead by sweeping them to the side or braiding them down your hairline. If you don’t like hair skimming the sides of your face while you’re sweating, grasp the front sections on either side of your face and twist back, pinning the twisted strands at the back of your head. Hair pins can also be used to tackle wayward strands that slip out of your ponytail or braid.


Headbands are a lifesaver for ladies with bangs, frequent flyaways or very fine hair that easily slips out of a hair tie or clip. Elastic bands that wrap all the way around the head tend to stay in place during a workout -- just make sure the fit isn’t so tight that it’s uncomfortable to wear. You can also wear traditional headbands, but they may cause an uncomfortable squeezing pressure behind the ears. Bandanas and thin scarves can also be used in place of headbands; simply wrap around the hairline and tie at the back of your head.


Regularly styling your locks into extremely tight styles can actually lead to a type of hair loss called traction alopecia. According to the American Hair Loss Association, tight hairstyles cause a pulling force on the scalp and traumatic damage to the hair follicles. Prevent this damage by keeping your styles relatively loose at the gym.

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