How to Deal with Your Hair After the Gym
Let’s face it, a good gym workout may be good for your body but not so great on your hair. However, breaking a good sweat at the gym shouldn’t stop you from getting a great workout. So, let go and let the sweat flow with our tips for dealing with your hair after the gym!
Don’t Shampoo Your Hair After the Gym Every Day.
Sweat can weaken your hair strands and cause breakage. That’s why it’s important to avoid over-washing your hair with shampoo after the gym which may deplete the moisture level of your hair further. Experts recommend not washing your hair with shampoo more than 2-3 times a week.
We advise using moisturizing products to keep your hair hydrated and rinsing your scalp in between workouts. If you have textured hair, co-washing with conditioner (not shampoo) can save your tresses.
Dry Shampoo - Your Best Gym Buddy.
Yes, dry shampoo can be your best friend when it comes to keeping your hair fresh after the gym - if you use it correctly! First off, never use dry shampoo on wet hair. Doing so will leave a cakey residue.
If your hair is drenched, first dry your hair with a gentle and super-absorbent microfiber towel to achieve a faster blow-out. Then, use a dryer with 1800 watts of power (preferably one with tourmaline and ions to boost your hair’s shine) for about 3 minutes to detangle it. Finally, spray your locks with your favorite dry shampoo to freshen up.
Another great tip to keep your hair dryer during your workout is to prep hair with a dry shampoo prior to working out to help absorb sweat.
Deal with Your Hair Naturally.
Keeping your hair post-workout fresh can be achieved naturally. Try some of our favorite concoctions:
Mix tea tree oil with coconut oil and apply to the hair to keep bacteria and fungus at bay.
Use a few drops of peppermint oil with aloe-vera juice and water on your scalp for post
workout hair care. Not only is it refreshing but it is also known to induce hair growth.
Apply a natural hair mask with coconut oil or shea butter to your hair prior to working
out and rinse out with cold water when you’re done.
Wear Your Hair According to Your Workout & Hair Type.
The best way to deal with your hair after the gym is wearing your hair according to the type gym workout you will be doing and the type of hair you have.
Low intensity/low sweat – If you have straight hair, try wearing your hair in a loose braid. This will create beautiful waves when you take your hair down after the gym. If you have textured or curly hair, you can create sexy post workout waves and curls by wearing your hair in a loose bun or bantu knots.
Medium intensity/medium sweat – A side braid, bun, or loose ponytail can be a great post-gym time saver. Just make sure to use gentle, non-tangling hair elastics to keep it all in place.
High intensity/super-sweaty – If you have curly or textured hair, try a sweat band or hair wrap during your workout to make dealing with your hair after the gym a snap. Other hair types should consider running conditioner through the ends or using a leave in conditioner while working out.
Dealing with Your Hair After the Gym Seasonally.
One final tip for dealing with your hair after the gym involves changing up your hair care routine to the changing seasons. Just as seasons change, so does your hair needs. In the winter, your hair will need more moisture. In the summer, your hair won’t need as much moisture because your body will make its own. Using too much moisture in the summer may cause oils to get on your face and break out your skin. So, moisturize accordingly!