The Gymnastics Hairstyles for Women

Whether you dream of going for the gold at the next Olympic games or are just helping your niece or daughter with her hair for the next meet, a gymnast’s hair needs to be fixed and forgotten. Since their routine would involve a lot of movement and at the same time requires precise positioning in their mat or equipment, there must be no obstructions to their visions. This means that hair must be neatly tucked and pulled back, especially for the ladies.

One guideline regarding hair in the 2009-2010 Rules and Policies of USA Gymnastics is that the athlete’s hair must be secured away from the face. Luckily, as a gymnast, you have options when it comes to effective and cute ways to style your hair.

Basic Ponytail

Looking for the easier gymnastics hairstyles? then try out this one; the basic ponytail. The keys to a successful ponytail are water and bobby pins or barrettes. The water makes the hair easy to slick back, and the bobby pins or barrettes control any stray pieces. For a little style, instead of holding hair back with a scrunchy, take a piece of hair from underneath to wrap around the ponytail, and pin it in place.

An Easy Twist

Another idea of gymnastics hairstyles, you can go with an easy twist. Start by, pulling back your hair into a high ponytail and then securing it with an elastic hair band.  Now, grasp the nape of the ponytail with one hand and twirl it into a twist.  Secure the twist using a claw hair clip.


This look works for medium to short hair. Hair is parted in the middle and a braid or pony tail is styled just behind each ear. Hair should be prepped with gel and finished with hairspray. If the hair is layered or has bangs, stray strands can be secured with small clips.

Braided Ponytail

This twist on the classic ponytail keeps hair more secure and does a better job of keeping long strands from flying into your face and sticking to your neck and back. Simply pull hair back into a high ponytail, then braid the entire length of the ponytail and secure the braid at the bottom with an elastic. This style is ideal for people with fine, straight hair that tends to work its way loose from other hair styles.

Bun or Cute Chignon

This sophisticated style is best for medium to long hair. As always, prep hair with a firm-hold gel and finish with a firm-hold hairspray. Hair is smoothed away from the face into a sleek ponytail, then twisted around in a circle and secured with hair pins. For competition, this look can be finished with a fabric-covered elastic or ribbon to match your uniform.

Spider-web Styles/Pineapple

These styles work for gymnasts because they can control short fringe and layered cuts, and they work on all lengths of hair. One type of spider-web style is the Pineapple. To do it, you start by making a part about on inch thick going from ear to ear, not from back to front. then take a very very small colored rubber band and at the top of the head you make a little hair square, then slower work down the part you made from ear to ear. Once that row is done, you start the next row, and and each time from the row in front of it you take half of on of the little ponies and put it in the new pony. you keep going like this until u reach halfway to the back of the head, then gather the rest of the hair into one big pony, then poof you are done.


  • Make sure you’re using new, tight hair ties. Old, loose ones won’t keep your hair up. They should be firm and elastic without metal on it, as this can cut through your hair, and have fabric over it.
  • Inspect the perimeter of the face if there are any loose strands coming out. Most likely there will be and you need to place bobby pins especially in the bangs area to ensure that they won’t fall out during a routine. Remember that a gymnast’s routine involves a lot of tumbling and fast movements so loose placement of ponytails or bobby pins can immediately come loose.
  • Depending on the outfit of the gymnast, you can add a ribbon on the bun to make it colorful or other hair accessories that will not interrupt with the vision of the gymnast such as silver bobby pins for the bun. There are also glitter hair sprays that you can use to finish the look and at the same time, adds on to the hold of the hair so that it does not fall out during the routine.

As an example, see some pictures of the Gymnastics Hairstyles for Women below:

The above gymnastics hairstyles are just a few of the many ideas you can create. Experiment! While one hairstyle might not work for you, another might just be perfect. Also, don’t be afraid to create your own hairstyle. Cheers!










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