Styling your flowing locks can be considered a perk of being a female. If you play sports, however, those flowing waves need to be as secure as your shoe laces on game day. Hair that falls in your eyes or a ponytail that whips your cheeks can be unsafe and distracting. Some athletic associations require that an athlete secure her hair in such a way that it doesn’t threaten her visibility or other’s safety. The sports bun is a messy but reliable way to secure hair of all lengths and textures.

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Brush your hair upward and together approximately 4 to 6 inches above the nape of your neck. Hold the hair in a bundle using your dominant hand.

Use your non-dominant hand to thread your hair through the elastic at least once.

Twist the elastic and re-loop the hair back through as though you were making a ponytail. Stop before releasing the last 4 to 5 inches of your ponytail on the final pull-through. The result should be a secure loop with an inch or two of hair ends poking out from under the elastic.

Fasten hair pins or barrettes along your bangs and over your ears. This secures layered hair and loose wisps away from your eyes during practice or a competition.


  • Secure the bun closer to the nape of your neck if you have to wear a helmet .

  • Tie a ribbon with your team colors around the base of your sports bun.