Sweat might be impossible to avoid in sports, but a haphazard hairstyle has no place atop your game face. Loose, laissez-faire hair not only distracts and disrupts your play; it can take even your fiercest look from sporty to sloppy in seconds. Athletic doesn't have to translate to average-looking -- say goodbye to stringy, so-so styles and keep your head in the game and your hair out of your face with too-cute twists on your go-to updos.

Curly Ponytail

Step 1

Apply a smoothing heat protectant serum to your wet hair. Direct the nozzle of a hair dryer downward, no closer than 3 inches from the hair, to straighten it.

Step 2

Brush the tangles from your dry hair and pull it into a ponytail at the crown of the head. Secure the ponytail with an elastic band.

Step 3

Hold a large-barrel curling iron horizontally beside your head. Wrap the last 3 inches of the ponytail around the barrel for 20 seconds. Release the barrel's grip and slide it horizontally to release the curl.

Step 4

Smooth styling lotion at the hairline to tame flyaways and keep hair in place while you play.

Twisted Ponytail

Step 1

Pull your hair into a ponytail at the crown of the head. Secure the ponytail with an elastic band.

Step 2

Brush the ponytail straight. Hold the ponytail by the ends and twist it, then wrap the twisted ponytail around the elastic band once. Let the remaining loose end hang at the underside of the ponytail.

Step 3

Slide bobby pins into the wrapped hair to secure it to your head.

Step 4

Wind the hanging loose ends around a curling iron for 20 seconds to create extra twists. Spritz the style with hairspray to hold.

Braided Bun

Step 1

Pull your hair into a high ponytail and secure it with an elastic band.

Step 2

Separate a 2-inch-wide section of hair at the underside of the ponytail. Let the section hang free.

Step 3

Twist the main part of the ponytail and wrap it around the elastic band to form a bun. Slide bobby pins into the edges to hold the bun in place.

Step 4

Divide the underside section into 3 smaller sections. Pull the left section over the center section and then the right section over the center section. Continue braiding in this manner, all the way down the section. Secure the braid with an elastic band.

Step 5

Wrap the braided section around the base of the bun. Tuck the ends under the bun. Slide bobby pins into the braid edges to hold it to the bun.

Step 6

Spritz the style with hairspray to hold.