Don't Sweat It: Gym-Proof Natural Hairstyles

With spring around the corner, many women are heading to the gym to shed those extra pounds. However, hair is still a huge obstacle that stops many of us from sticking to a consistent workout routine.  If you're determined to stick to your gym plans, Alexandria Williams of Sporty Afros offers these tips to look good while getting fit.

Alexandria Williams Mar, 05, 2013

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When it comes to natural hair, there are few problems that a few bobby pins can't solve.  The "roll-tuck-and-pin" is a go-to staple for naturalistas who hit the gym.  Adepero Oduye is also a big fan of the style, and as you can see it's definitely easy, breezy and beautiful!

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Topknots have been growing in popularity over the past year. This trend that comes in handy, especially in the gym. It’s a great style to keep your hair out of your eyes while still looking cute. Be inspired by Tracee Ellis Ross, whose textured topknot is both easy and elegant.

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For a sweat-proof style that's a no-brainer, experiment with various braided or twisted styles. While we adore box braids, they tend to be difficult to workout in because of their weight. Instead, try flat, mini or Senegal twists as a lighter, more manageable alternative. Nicole Ari Parker sported this lovely side-bun with flat-twists that was not only convenient, but cute, too.

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If you're in the market for a new hairstyle, your workout routine offers the perfect excuse to go ahead and chop it off! Short hair offers a worry-free guarantee that you'll always be able to jump in the pool for a few laps or go for a run without sweating out your roots.  Danai Gurira looks simply stunning in her cropped cut.

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If you're a curly girl on-the-go, embrace wigs as your new best friend! Wigs are an effortless and versatile option to hide post-workout hair. Human hair wigs offer long-lasting styling options while synthetic wigs are great for keeping it chic while on a budget. Jill Scott is known for switching up her look with wigs to make a major style statement that's quick and easy.

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Upgrade your ponytail by transforming it into an easy, all-purpose hairstyle. It not only keeps hair off your neck while you're breaking a sweat, but it also can easily go from the locker room to the board room. Recreate Yvette Nicole Brown's look, where she showed off her natural curls in a high, chic ponytail.

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Perfect for any hair texture, buns are an effortless way to keep your hair looking presentable during those tough workouts. Just brush, slick, tuck and go! Take your cues from Solange's no-fuss and sleek center bun.


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