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Top 5 pickleball hairstyles to help you serve up style on the court


By Brynn Grissom

on Feb 15, 2024

The Parris Todd visor and hat collection accommodates any hairstyle.

Pickleball is not just about agility and skill, it's also about comfort and style, especially when it comes to managing long hair. 

Players with long hair have an extra challenge on the court — keeping their hair out of their faces while still looking fashionable. 

Balancing functionality with style can be tricky, but the Parris Todd collection from Selkirk offers visors and ponytail hats designed to accommodate any hairstyle. 

If you’re a player who wants to rock a cute hairdo on and off the court, try out one of these top five hairstyles for pickleball the next time you head to a match. 

The high ponytail is a classic for any sport.

1. The classic high ponytail

Why it works for pickleball: The high ponytail is a timeless choice for athletes no matter the sport. It keeps all your hair securely out of your face, allowing you to focus on the game. Plus, it's quick and easy to achieve, perfect for those last-minute court calls.

How to make a high ponytail: Gather all of your hair at the crown of your head and secure it with a hair tie. For extra hold, use a second hair tie or a few bobby pins. You can wrap a strand of hair around the base or even a bow for a polished look.

Parris Todd frequently wears a braided ponytail.

2. A braided ponytail

Why it's great for pickleball: A braided ponytail adds a twist to the classic high pony. It's stylish and ensures that your ponytail strands won’t blow into your face. Just like Selkirk pro Parris Todd, you can get creative with multiple braids or cute accessories for an extra touch of personality.

How to make a braided ponytail: Start with a high ponytail. Then, divide the ponytail into three sections and braid them down to the end, securing with a hair tie. For a more intricate look, try starting at the forehead with a French or Dutch before transitioning into the ponytail.

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3. Bubble braids

Why it's great for pickleball: A favorite among pros like Anna Leigh Waters, bubble braids are both functional and eye-catching. They are excellent at keeping flyaways at bay, ensuring a distraction-free game.

How to make a bubble braid: Create a ponytail at your desired height. Then, starting from the top of the ponytail, secure an elastic about three finger-widths away from the first. Continue adding elastics at even intervals to the bottom of the ponytail. Gently tug at the sections between the elastics to create the “bubble” effect. The more ties you add, the more bubbles you'll get. 

Catherine Parenteau prefers a bun when she plays pickleball.

4. The bun

Why it's great for pickleball: The go-to hairstyle of Selkirk Sport's Catherine Parenteau, the bun is a fantastic option for those who prefer not to have hair on their necks. It's neat and practical and can be styled in various ways to suit your look.

How to make a bun: Start with a ponytail at your desired height. Twist the ponytail around its base and secure it with hair ties or bobby pins. For a messier look, pull out a few strands. A sock bun or a donut tool can add volume and neatness to the bun.

A visor can be the perfect accessory for the natural puff.

5. The natural puff

Why it's great for pickleball: For natural-haired, the puff is both a quick and fashionable choice. It keeps your hair up and out of the way and paired with a visor or headband, it's the perfect combination of style and practicality.

How to make the natural puff: The great thing about the natural puff is that you can wear it as-is. Simply add your visor or accessory and hit the courts. For a more structured puff, gently pull your hair back and secure it with a hair tie or band. Adjust the puff to your liking, fluffing it out for volume. 

Embrace these hairstyles to stay cool and chic on the pickleball court. Whether you're sporting a classic ponytail or experimenting with bubble braids, remember that comfort and confidence are your best accessories. So grab your paddle, rock your style, and hit the courts. 

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