Top Athlete Hairstyles in the 2016 Rio Olympics

by Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Rio Olympics is a great place to get inspiration—even for great new hairstyles! These trending athletes are among the best in their sport, and with the world watching, they show that they can look their best too even in the most pressure-filled circumstances! From jazzed-up ponytails to budge-proof braids, all the way to beribboned buns, there’s a lot of amazing hair to see at the Rio Olympics!

Top Athlete Hairstyles in the 2016 Rio Olympics

Being a professional athlete isn’t meant to be a glamorous job. Long hours of training and fast-paced competition probably don’t leave much room for vanity, right? The Rio Olympics is the culmination of all these athletes’ years of passionate hard work, and I’m sure you agree with me when I say that we’re mighty proud of all of our delegates!

More than the exciting action, I love seeing how the different athletes style and accessorize their hair. It adds something extra special to an already extraordinary event, don’t you think? I am loving these athletes’ hairstyles at the Rio Olympics—not only do they do the job of pulling hair back off their faces securely, these hairstyles have so much pizzazz!

1. Jaqueline Carvalho, Volleyball

Jaqueline Carvalho | Top Athlete Hairstyles in the 2016 Rio Olympics

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Here’s a chic way to keep the hair out of your face: Slicked back with a headband and a neat bubble ponytail, as seen on popular Rio Olympics Brazilian volleyball pro Jaqueline Carvalho.

2. Aly Raisman, Gymnastics

Aly Raisman | Top Athlete Hairstyles in the 2016 Rio Olympics

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One of Team USA’s standouts, Aly Raisman kept it simple with a very secure top knot. All the better to keep her eyes on the prize!

3. Madison Kocian, Gymnastics

Madison Kocian | Top Athlete Hairstyles in the 2016 Rio Olympics

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We’re swooning over the French braid and sweet ribbon just as much as we are awestruck by this young Olympian’s bright performance on the bars.

4. Monica Puig, Tennis

Monica Puig | Top Athlete Hairstyles in the 2016 Rio Olympics

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Never undersetimate your competitor, proved newly-minted tennis superstar Monica Puig of Puerto Rico, the same way you should never underestimate the power of the braid as a functional yet fashionable way to keep the hair off of your face.

5. Natasha Hastings, Track and Field

Natasha Hastings | Top Athlete Hairstyles in the 2016 Rio Olympics

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Natasha Hastings is known for her grit on the track and her head-turning hairstyles. For the Rio Olympics, Natasha rocked a cropped ‘do dyed blond. Now that’s a golden chop worth a gold medal!

6. Serena Williams, Tennis

Serena Williams | Top Athlete Hairstyles in the 2016 Rio Olympics

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Flamboyance seems to be Serena’s middle name, but for this competition, basic dreads accentuated by a bright headband did the trick for the world’s favorite tennis star.

7. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Track and Field

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce |Top Athlete Hairstyles in the 2016 Rio Olympics

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Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce speeds past you so quickly, it helps to have bright hair to spot her at the Rio Olympics track! Raring to try this look? We have a tutorial here!

8. Simone Biles, Gymnastics

Simone Biles | Top Athlete Hairstyles in the 2016 Rio Olympics

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Rio Olympics darling Simone Biles made headlines for her moves that pretty much defy the laws of physics. Sporting a simple bun with a braided crown for added embellishment, she proves that her hair game is just as on point as her blind landings—that winged liner is just icing on top!

9. Kerry Walsh Jennings and April Ross, Beach Volleyball

US Beach Volleyball | Top Athlete Hairstyles in the 2016 Rio Olympics

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In a fast-paced game like beach volleyball, it’s best to have hair that won’t budge. US beach volleyball duo Kerry and April rock matching braided ponytails for a winning look!

Has the Rio Olympics inspired you to get back into shape while looking cute and chic? I know how you feel! Here’s a video by Fancy Hair for some great gym hairstyle inspiration:

I love how we’re looking up to these Rio Olympics athletes, not just for their athletic prowess but for their sense of style, too! They prove that a great hairstyle can really take you places—even to a winner’s podium!

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