In the Middle

Whether your sport is tennis, skating, or softball, one not-so-fun result of getting into the game is the mess of frizzy curls that often comes soon after. Luckily, there are some ways to avoid this.

I’ve been dancing since I was three, I’ve played soccer, and now take I yoga and pilates. Needless to say, I know what to do when it comes to curls and sports!

A simple ponytail is always a must, no matter what sport you play. If you can, pull your hair back right after you get out of the shower. It will look smoother and you’ll have less frizzies later on. Use lots of extra gel in your hair, but not so much that you get the dreaded “helmet-hair”. This is one of the few times when I find it okay to use a brush or a comb so your hair will have less bumps on the top. Once you have your basic ponytail, use bobby pins or clips to keep back any extra pieces of hair (especially bangs!”>. This is my favorite, tried-and-true solution for my hair for dance. !

Want other options? Depending on your sport, pigtail-braids can work well, as long as you braid your hair a little tighter than usual so they don’t fall apart during your game. Again, just remember to pin back any bangs so that they don’t flop in your face! If your hair is too short for any of these styles, half-ponytails, clipping back sections, or just using a headband can work well too. !

Although messy buns always look cute, I know from experience that these can get extra tangly when playing a sport. Also, some headbands tend to slide back, so these may not be your best choice, either, unless you have short hair. Test out your headband before wearing it to practice! Leaving your hair down is probably not the best idea, either. All it will do is poof, poof, poof, which is probably not the look you’re going for!

One more thing: gym class. There is no possible way to style your hair before and after gym. My solution is just to smooth my hair down with water after gym, and it goes back to normal.

With a little practice, it is totally possible to have a great game and a great hair day!

Michelle Breyer

Michelle Breyer

As co-founder of, a website for curly hair she began with her business partner and friend, Gretchen Heber, Michelle Breyer helped create the leading community and resource for people with curly hair. Frustrated by the lack of information on curly hair and the limited products available in the marketplace, the duo launched the site in 1998 with the help of a 14-year-old web designer. When Procter & Gamble called three years later to advertise to the® audience, Breyer knew they had indeed created a force in the industry, providing helpful information and unparalleled expertise for what was then considered a niche market.

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