The '90s aesthetic is making a comeback in athleisure wardrobes, as are retro gym hairstyles. These hairdos are secure enough to last through your workout, while being chic enough to wear afterwards. If you've always wanted to pull-off sporty and modern looks, here's your chance. Try these retro hairstyles for a throwback!
A high ponytail is a subtle and easy way to rock a retro gym hairstyle. To get a voluminous ponytail, start by teasing your hair along the crown of your head with a bristle brush or comb. You can maximize the altitude of your high pony and add some more body by applying a texturizing spray. Then, flip your head over and gather your hair high on your head, pulling the underside taut. Secure with an elastic, and keep in mind it's supposed to look a little messy. If you choose to high the elastic, then grab a small section of hair from underneath the pony and wrap it around the rubber band, then secure with a bobby pin.
If your hair is shorter, then do a retro low ponytail. It looks a little more elegant, and stays in place when working out. All you have to do is gather your hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck, and fasten with an elastic. Then, divide the hair above the elastic with your fingers, and flip the ponytail up and through it. This will hide the elastic and give an effortless, twisted look. Finally, pull the ponytail down to tighten, and you're set to conquer anything.
You saw this hairstyle on your favorite celebs, as space buns are definitely back. They're sturdy enough to last for hours and hard performances, so it's no surprise many choose this as their gym hairstyle. Start by making a center part, separating your hair into two equal sections. Pull each section high on the head, and secure into two pigtails. Beginning with one side, separate the pigtail in half and twist the two sections around each other. Hold at the end, and then wrap the twisted ponytail around the base of the elastic. Secure with bobby pins, and repeat on the other side. You can keep them right, or gently pull apart each knot to add texture and some loose hairs around your face.
French Braid Top Knot
The top knot is another popular fitness hairstyle. However if it isn't tight enough, it can easily fall out. For a more retro and secure look, try a french braid top knot. You can either flip your head over and create an upside down french braid, create a french braid on either side of your head, or straight down the top. Then you take the braid and the remaining hair to create a messy top knot. This will ensure the hair will stay in place better during and after your workout.
Speaking of braids, this is probably the most secure and versatile hairstyle since you can create them however you would like. For a more retro-look, we suggest braided pigtails. Part your hair down the middle, and pull each section tightly to form secure braids that won’t fall loose during your workout. You can decide to keep it simple with a traditional braid, or get a little fancy with french or dutch braids if you’re a pro. Finally finish the look with a light mist of hairspray to keep it even more secure. Your other options is a fishtail braid, a single braid, a side braid, or anything your retro-self can create.