5 Hairstyles For Runners

October 26, 2015 Bulu Box Staff

Looking for a new running hairstyle to mix things up? Check out these five different styles that help keep your hair in check - and in place - all while looking great.

1. Braided Ponytail

Step 1: Begin by pulling all of your hair back and tying it with a ponytail. 

Step 2: Next, divide your hair into three equal sections from the ponytail. Hold the right section in your right hand and the left section in your left hand while keeping the middle section between your thumb and another finger of either hand.

Step 3: To begin the braid, cross the right section over the middle section and repeat the movement with the  left section, smoothing your hair down as you go.

Step 4: Continue with this pattern until all of your hair is braided. Finish it off by tying it in a ponytail to hold it all together!

2. French Braid 

Step 1: Start by taking a section from the top of your head. Separate this section into three strands and begin braiding (crossing the right strand over the middle, then the left strand over the middle to begin your braid).

Step 2: Switch all of the strands over to your left hand and keep strands separated.

Step 3: You can now gather a small, even section from the right side of your head with your right hand to add it to the right strand.

Step 4: Bring the strand you have just added to over to the middle strand, then bring the middle strand to the right.

Step 5: Switch hands while keeping all strands separate, so that your left hand will be free. 

Step 6: Gather a section of hair from the left side of your head. Add this to the left strand. This step is the same step as Step 3. 

Step 7: Now, bring the left strand over to the middle and bring the middle section to the left. As you follow these steps, try to keep your hands close to your head so the braid will be tight.

Step 8: Repeat these steps until there is no more hair available to add. Finish this style with a braid from hairstyle #1 and tie with a ponytail. For a pop of color, try adding a fun headband!

3. French Braid Into Traditional Ponytail

Step 1: Start by taking a section from the top of the head. Separate this section into 3 strands, crossing right over the middle and then left over the middle strand as if you were doing a braided ponytail. 

Step 2: Switch all of the strands over to your left hand and keep strands separated.

Step 3: You can now gather a small, even section from the right side of your head with your right hand and add it to the right strand.

Step 4: Bring the strand you have just added to over to the middle strand, and bring the middle strand to the right.

Step 5: Switch hands, keeping all strands separate, making your left hand free.

Step 6: Gather a section of hair from the left side of your head and add this to the left strand.

Step 7: You will now bring the left strand over to the middle and bring the middle section to the left. As you follow these steps, try to keep your hands close to your head so the braid will be tight. 

Step 8: Stop french braiding about halfway down the head and tie with a ponytail. This will give you both a unique and useful hairstyle for a run!

4. Fishtail Braid

Step 1: Start by pulling your hair back into a ponytail.

Step 2: Next, divide the ponytail into two smaller, equal sized ponytails.

Step 3: Separate a half-inch section of hair from the outside of the left ponytail.

Step 4: Pull this piece across the top of the left ponytail over to the right ponytail. This strand will join the smaller ponytail (made from Step 2) on the right. Make sure not to twist the hair as you pull it over to the other side!

Step 5: Separate a half-inch section of hair from the outside of the right ponytail.

Step 6: Pull this piece across the top of the right ponytail over to the left ponytail. This strand will join the smaller ponytail (made from Step 2) on the left.

Step 7: Repeat steps 3 - 6 until you run out of hair.

Step 8: When you're finished braiding, secure the ends with a second ponytail. 

5. Crown French Braid into Traditional Ponytail

Step 1: Start by taking about a two-inch chunk of hair from the front of the right hairline and begin a french braid. 

Step 2: To start a french braid, section this portion of hair into three even strands, keeping them separated with your fingers. Now, start a normal braid - take the right strand and cross it over the middle strand. Next, take the left strand and cross it over the middle strand. 

Step 3: Once you have this small foundation braid, begin adding more hair with each crossover. To do this, gather a small bit of hair from the hairline, add it to the rightmost strand. Then, cross it over the middle strand. Pull it tight, but keep the strands separated at all times. Repeat on the other side by gathering a small bit of hair closest to the side part (away from the hairline), adding it to the leftmost strand, then crossing it over the middle strand. 

Step 4: Continue this braiding pattern until you are close to the neckline.

Step 5: Try to gather all of the hair and add the braid to it. Now ,secure it with a ponytail and you're ready for the race!

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