11 Sporty Hairstyles For Active and Athletic Girls

Sporty style will never go out of fashion because it’s cute, versatile and, admit it… who would EVER pass up the chance to wear leggings instead of jeans?! Even though athletic apparel has evolved over time, a slick ponytail has remained a staple of the style. Yes, it’s a bit boring, but the ponytail accomplishes one thing every athlete and active girl need: it keeps their hair out of their face. And for this reason alone, the ponytail became and remained a part of the look. 

Well, it’s time to bench the plain pony and change the game! We did some digging and found a ton of cute sporty hairstyles that will give you a winning look. Check out this list of our favorite athletic hairstyles that are just as fashionable as they are functional. We promise the ponytail is no match for these sporty hairstyles.

PRO Pony

The PRO Pony is the perfect sport hairstyle because it’s quick and simple to style. The PRO Hair Ties keep the entire ponytail secure while adding a pop of color. This is a great hairstyle for athletes with long hair because the longer your hair is, the more PRO Hair Ties you can line your pony with. 

First, style a low, medium or high ponytail. Then, tie a hair tie to each section of the ponytail, creating the PRO Pony. Use the same color hair ties for a cohesive look, or support your team by using hair ties in your team colors. Either way, it’ll look sleek and sporty!

Watch the PRO Pony come to life in this video!

5-Tie Ponytail

Wear the 5-Tie Ponytail to score a super unique look. Like the PRO Pony, this cute athletic hairstyle incorporates PRO Hair Ties, so you can totally use the hair ties to accessorize your style. The 5-Tie Ponytail is another sporty hairdo that will keep your hair up and out of the way so you can play. 

Style a low ponytail, and split it into two sections. Line each section of hair with hair ties. Stagger the hair ties for best results. Tie the ends of both sections together with one more hair tie.

Watch the 5-Tie Ponytail come to life in this video!

Dragon's Tail

The Dragon’s Tail is another take on the traditional ponytail. This look is a good hairstyle for playing sports because the style is secured to your head. If you’re tired of constantly tossing your ponytail out of your face, this may be the look for you. The Dragon’s Tail is by far one of the best hairstyles for sports.

This look is created by putting up layers of your hair into ponytails, from top to bottom. Once the first ponytail is made with the top section of your hair, add it to the ponytail made from the next section of hair, and so on. 

Watch the Dragon’s Tail come to life in this video!

If you like to wear braids as a sporty hairdo, ditch the ponytail and rock sports braids.

Two Braids

The most simple braided hair style, which is trendy on the fashion scene as well, is two braids. For game day hairstyles, we recommend sticking to French or Dutch braids. 

Styling two low braids (while they sure are cute) can easily get in the way. If styling two braids doesn’t cut it as a quick sporty hairstyle for you, you can always style one braid instead. 

Two braids has become a popular choice for volleyball hairstyles and basketball hairstyles, but this is a cute hairstyle for any female athlete or sporty girl.

For two braids, part your hair down the center, and braid away!

Braided Bun

If you choose to style only one braid, but want to add a little flare to the look, wrap the braid to make it a bun!

Two-to-One Braid

Can’t decide on whether you want to wear two braids or a single braid? Combine them (because why not?)! 

Part your hair down the center, and begin styling two French or Dutch braids. Then, combine them into a single braid. Choose the braid style of the ponytail: 3-strand braid, fishtail or chain link braid!

There are a few hairstyles for female athletes that incorporate both the basic ponytail and braids. Try these out!

French Braid Ponytail

One of the most popular hairstyles for sporty girls is the single French braid with a ponytail. It has a similar look to the traditional ponytail, but the French braid adds a trendy touch to the overall hairstyle.  

Begin by styling a French (or Dutch) braid in the center of your hair. Choose a low, medium or high ponytail to pair it with. Super cute; super simple!

Ponytail with Mini Braids

Adding mini 3-strand or French braids to any cool sporty hairstyle can totally change the look of it. 

French braid one small section from the front of your hair. Braid it all the way back into your ponytail. Change up your ponytail by styling a 3-strand braid. Braiding your ponytail will ensure your hair stays sleek while staying true to your athletic look. 

Spiral Braided Ponytail

If you like the stand-out look of a Dutch braid, this is a cool ponytail hairstyle for sports. This look will surely turn heads on and off the field.

Style a Dutch braid with the same small section of hair you would use for the hairstyle above. Transition the dutch braid into a 3-strand braid. Wrap the braid around your ponytail, and tie it off with a hair tie.

Two Braid Twist

Want to make a statement with your mini braids? Add a few to your hairstyle, and create the Two Braid Twist!

For this look, style two 3-strand braids in the front of your hair. Pull all of your hair (including the mini braids) back into a low ponytail. Style your pony into a twist.

Watch the Two Braid Twist come to life in this video!

Triple Twist Ponytail

The Triple Twist Ponytail is the most intricate style on the list, but it’s a super cute updo for sports. With this style, you’re sure to be the talk of the team. Some girls are nervous to rock detailed styles while playing or living an active life because of the possibility that it may fall out, but using PRO Hair Ties will ensure each element of the style stays perfectly in place.

Start by sectioning off three pieces of hair at the top of your head and tie each with a PRO Hair Tie. Style each section into a braid or twist (or a combination of both), and tie them off with another PRO Hair Tie. Style the ends of the braids and the remainder of your hair into a low ponytail.

Watch the Triple Twist Ponytail come to life in this video!

Secure any of these game day hairstyles with a PRO Hair Tie. The PRO Hair Tie is made of a silicone material and sprayed with a non-stick coating to prevent it from “sticking” to hair. 

It features an easy-release clasp that eliminates the tangling and pulling that traditional hair ties cause. The clasp was designed to release only when lifted at an angle. Otherwise, it will stay fastened. The round-to-flat beaded design ensures a secure hold on all hair types and in all hair styles. 

Don’t see your favorite cute sporty updo on our list? Let us know in the comments section!

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