You’ve spent months training for your marathon. You’ve improved your endurance; you’ve perfected your stride. It’s finally time to run that marathon, and obviously, you want to give it everything you’ve got. Now, imagine this: you’re running the marathon, and you’re doing really great. All of a sudden however, your hair begins to get in the way and distract you. Your locks keep coming undone, and you’re forced to stop and re-tie your ponytail breaking your tempo and losing perhaps 20 seconds of your time.
With the Mumbai Marathon looming close, here are five ways to keep your hair away from your face while running the marathon…

Before you begin, remember that day 2 hair is the best to work with. So if your marathon is on Sunday, wash and condition your hair with the Sunsilk Perfect Straight Shampoo and conditioner on Saturday.

A high bun
 

A high bun

A high bun is super classy, yet really efficient in keeping your hair away from your face while you’re running. Besides keeping your strands from distracting you, it also keeps your hair completely off your neck, so you aren’t bothered by it even in the slightest. To create this durable bun, tie your hair into a high ponytail. Then, tightly twist the tail and wrap it around the base of your ponytail and create a full bun. Tie your bun, and secure it with extra bobby pins to make sure it doesn’t get loose while you run.

You can read our full tutorial on how to make the perfect high bun at home here.

A French braid
 

A French braid

The French braid is the best way to keep your hair off both, your face, as well as neck. If you aren’t familiar with braiding your hair this way, read our full tutorial on how to do the french braid. If your hair is in layers, and you still want to tie your hair in a French braid, you could use bobby pins to make sure no strands get in your way while you’re on the move.

Braided ponytail
 

Braided ponytail

If you’ve got really long hair, the braided ponytail is your best bet. It’s easy to do and takes less than 7 minutes to make; especially when s=you’ve got so many things on your mind on the marathon morning that you just can’t be bothered to style your hair. Just gather your hair at the back of your head the same way you would for a regular ponytail, and then braid the tail all the way down its length. If you’ve got bands, you could wear a headband. Read our braided ponytail tutorial here.

Boxer braid
 

Boxer braid

One of the celeb favourite workout hairstyles, the double braid is probably the most stylish and effective marathon hairstyle. Agree that it might take some time to make in the morning, but once you’re through, you can be sure that it will stay put for all the 4 hours that you’re running and even after. Plus; it’ll look so good in all those pre and post race photos; y’know, the one you’re going to be plastering all over Social Media?

Space buns
 

Space buns

If you’re the kind that doesn't even like a hint of hair sticking to your back, you can opt for space buns. Style your hair the way your normally would for two pigtails on either side and then roll them up on the top and secure them with bobby pins and rubber bands.

Read our full tutorial on how to make double buns here.