Even Loose Ponytails Aren't Ideal For Workouts. Here's What To Do Instead

Working out can be an amazing part of your everyday routine. Going to the gym, heading to a Pilates class, or even doing at-home workouts can be great for your health. When doing these workouts, the easiest thing to do is to put your hair up in a ponytail and just forget about it. It keeps the hair out of your face, looks adorable, and it's the most efficient style. However, the easiest style might be the most problematic.


Ponytails can come with an array of issues. While it could be your goal to nail a sleek ponytail, it might cause some problems with your hair in the long run. According to Natural Wellbeing, wearing a tight ponytail can cause hair pain, as well as lead to breakage, frizz, and flyaways. In more extreme cases people could even suffer from traction alopecia due to constant pulling of the hair. And while loosening the ponytail seems like a better idea for most, it doesn't come without its own set of issues. Hairstylist Tom Smith explained in a recent TikTok video that loose ponytails could still lead to split and brittle ends. However, there is a solution that could help.

Wear your hair in a bun

The reason loose ponytails, or rather when the back end of your hair is whipping back and forth, can become a problem is due to the friction that happens when doing high-intensity workouts, explains Smith via TikTok. He referred to it as "whiplash for your hair" because it can leave the hair dry and brittle. In order to save your hair, it's best to do a hairstyle that protects the ends to the best of your ability.


A bun, for example, is a great solution that solves all friction issues, suggested Smith. In fact, tying the hair in a loose bun keeps the hair out of your face, as well as allows your hair to stay covered. For added protection, consider wearing a silk scrunchie, instead of the usual cotton accessories to help retain the moisture in your hair (via Spotstyl). Also, make sure to change up the placement of the bun to keep from stressing out the hair over a long period of time.

Braid your hair before a workout

If buns are not your style, consider wearing your hair in a braid instead, suggested Smith via TikTok. Braids are one of the easiest styles that have plenty of benefits. According to Pattern Beauty, styling your hair in a braid is perfect for protecting your ends and retaining hair length. The style is low maintenance, and once it's secure, it is easy to continue your workout without worrying about your hair. When braiding your hair before your workout, make sure the ends of your hair are tucked away for the most benefit.


Plus, it is imperative to still keep the hair in a looser style. Tugging on the hair can defeat the purpose, allowing breakage to occur still. On the other hand, don't forget to have fun with the hairstyle. Doing French braids, Dutch braids, or just one braid is the perfect way to still look amazing during any workout session.