5 Must-Try Hairstyles for Pickleball Players: Serve with Style

by Shine My Crown Staff
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Pickleball is quickly gaining traction as a favorite pastime for many, offering both a great workout and social interaction. When you’re out on the court, having a hairstyle that’s both functional and fashionable is crucial.

For those queens who love to shine both off and on the court, we’ve rounded up the top five hairstyles perfect for pickleball.

1. The Braided Bun

Why it’s great for pickleball: A braided bun combines the security of a bun and the style of a braid. It ensures your hair stays put while you’re on the move, and the braid adds a touch of elegance to your look.

How to achieve it: Begin by braiding your hair in a regular three-strand style, then wind the braid around itself to form a bun. Secure with bobby pins and a strong hold hair tie.

2. High Ponytail with a Twist

Why it’s great for pickleball: The high ponytail keeps hair off your neck, which is excellent for keeping cool. Adding a twist gives a modern edge to this classic style.

How to achieve it: Pull your hair up into a high ponytail. Take a small section of hair from the ponytail, twist it, then wrap it around the base to conceal the hair tie. Pin in place.

3. Headband Braid

Why it’s great for pickleball: This hairstyle acts like a natural headband, keeping flyaways from your face. It ensures that your focus remains on the game and not on adjusting your hair.

How to achieve it: Starting from one side of your head, braid your hair across the front, just above your forehead, until you reach the other side. Pin the end of the braid behind your ear or incorporate it into a ponytail or bun.

4. Low Maintenance Lob (Long Bob)

Why it’s great for pickleball: If you prefer shorter hair, a long bob (or lob) is an excellent choice. It’s low-maintenance, stays out of your way, and offers a chic look on the court.

How to achieve it: This style works best with a professional cut. Ask your stylist for a long bob that skims the shoulders. You can wear it straight, wavy, or curly.

5. Puff with a Sporty Headband

Why it’s great for pickleball: For our natural-haired players, the puff is both stylish and functional. Adding a sporty headband ensures any stray hairs are kept in check and adds a dash of athletic charm.

How to achieve it: Using a strong, stretchy band, pull your natural hair up into a high puff on top of your head. Accessorize with a sporty, anti-slip headband to keep flyaways at bay and add a touch of style.


Whether you’re a seasoned pickleball pro or just picking up the paddle for the first time, your hairstyle should complement your game and showcase your personal style. These top five hairstyles are both functional for the court and fashionable for post-game gatherings. The next time you step onto the pickleball court, do so with confidence, knowing your crown is shining just as brightly as your skills.

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