Best Hairstyles For Running

by BRENDA L. / JUN 13, 2023

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    Did anyone say running hairstyles? Well, if you thought smashing your fitness goals was a challenge, let me tell you: keeping your hair out of the way and maintaining style during a run can be even more challenging. But rest assured, with these trendy hairstyles and essential tips and tricks for the sporty type, you’ll be able to meet your steps count and keep fit whilst looking absolutely fabulous! In this blog, today we aim to give some glam advice to those that are (quite literally) often running out around. Keep on reading to find your race day dreamy hairdo!

    Key Considerations For Running Hairstyles

    What makes a good running hairstyle? The main focus points to keep in consideration are  comfort, stability, and why not? Looking good whilst doing it – because there’s nothing better than a good confidence boost when working out! Whether you’re going to push your limits on a treadmill or participating in a charity race, a hairstyle that becomes loose mid-run can be a frustrating and unwelcome distraction! P.s.: for the dedicated gym rats, did you know that I have curated a few hairstyles for when you feel like powerlifting too? Read more here: The 10 Best Workout Hairstyles For The Gym.

    On top of that, you need to be mindful of your hair type and texture, not to mention the haircut you’re starting with. Is your hair curly, long, straight, mid-length? Whilst longer tresses require more securing and textured hair will need to stay in place for protection, shorter hairstyles will require less management – but this doesn’t mean that they can’t look trendy!

    Long story short, you’ll need to go for hairstyles that won’t bother you when sweating and that won’t make your workout session uncomfortable. 

    Effortless Hairstyles For Running

    Ready to get styling? Here are a few low-maintenance running hairstyles that are both practical and stylish, and that you can easily recreate in the comfort of your own home!

    Classic Ponytail: 

    This timeless style is one of the most common running hairstyles. If you’re wearing hair extensions, you can easily tie them up in a classic pony that will look boosted in thickness, volume and length – depending on the type of extensions that you’re wearing! The ponytail keeps your hair out of the way and can work for a variety of hair lengths, always looking good and practical. You can make it more glamorous by pairing it with a middle part, or slicking back your hair with hair pomade or gel for a sleek finish.


    There are many types of braids, including the classic plait, the French braid, and the Dutch braid. These styles are excellent for keeping long hair secure during a run, and they also serve a protective function by sheltering your tresses from outside damaging agents – such as the wind. Looking trendy and sophisticated, braids and plaits are a trendy summer hairstyle and are very popular among athletes!

    Messy Bun: 

    An ideal choice for a quick, easy-to-put-together look. This hairstyle has gone from the artsy, girl-next-door hairdo of choice to a glamorous option for weddings and trendy work from home outfits: do you see how versatile it is? When it comes to running and other sports, messy needs to firmly go hand in hand with security to prevent it from falling apart mid-run. 


    Ideal for shorter hair, a simple yet cute accessory such as a trendy headband can go a long way! Keeping your hair out of your face and adding a dash of colour to your chosen outfit, headbands are making a comeback – thanks to the preppy renaissance we’ve experienced at the beginning of the year – so why not? If you have short hair and are looking for a new accessory to try out, this could be your time to shine. 

    Stylish Race Day Hairstyles

    Going to an important race event? In that case, you may want to go a little extra and choose a sophisticated look for your performance. For fancy race days, elevating your look becomes part of the tradition! These hairstyles not only look awesome, but also provide the needed support and comfort whilst you cut the finish line.

    Double Dutch Braids: 

    If one Dutch braid looks stylish and sophisticated, then rest assured that doubling up on this hairstyle will only make things better. Tight Dutch braids will make sure your hair stays in place whilst looking incredibly chic. You can elevate the look further by applying clip in hair extensions horizontally, achieving a seamless blend that will hide inside the braid.

    High Ponytail With A Twist: 

    This style adds a touch of glamour to the traditional ponytail and keeps hair tightly pulled back! If you don’t have the necessary thickness and length to achieve a killer twist ponytail you can always resort to the Wrap Around Ponytail hair extensions – the hair accessory that brings your hairstyle from zero to hero in just 5 minutes.

    Braided Bun: 

    This hairdo combines the practicality of a bun and the style of a braid. It is an ideal hairstyle for those with long hair, so that they can also tuck in their ends and protect their length at the same time – and it’s an updo option for those who are not a fan of keeping a long plait dangling around.

    Essential Tips For Managing Hair Extensions During Runs

    Managing hair extensions whilst facing an intense run can be tricky. In order to avoid accidents and ensure the best performance for your hairstyle and hair extensions, here are some tips that you can follow to achieve flawless tresses whilst smashing your fitness goals.

    Secure Them Well: 

    Once you’ve put your hair extensions on, make sure they are secured properly. No loose clips allowed, and avoid hairstyles thay may cause tugging or pulling for your natural hair’s health. 

    Accessorise Properly: 

    Fancy scrunchies may look amazing on certain outfits, but they may not be the most functional accessories. Nylon hair ties are gentle on hair and extensions whilst providing a tight and secure grip that will keep your chosen hairstyle in place. In addition to that, you can add bobby pins where you feel like you could use some more support.

    Regular Maintenance: 

    Keep your extensions clean and well-conditioned, and brush them gently to get rid of knots and tangles. This not only prolongs their lifespan and keeps them soft and manageable, but also helps in maintaining them during more hardcore activities such as hitting the gym or a morning run outdoors.


    The best hairstyles for running provide a balance of style, comfort, and practicality, and with the help of human hair extensions you can bring them to the next level and make them look exceptionally trendy too! Experiment with different hairstyles to see which work best for you and your running style. Whether it's a casual jog or an important race day, you can always run with style and confidence! Looking for some more inspiration for the sporty type? Check out our blog: The Ultimate Hair Extensions Guide For The Adventurous Type.

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