We’ve all used our hair as an excuse not to go to the gym, right?
You just got a blowout, you have a big meeting today or you have a coffee date with someone special, and you absolutely cannot have lackluster hair.
Let’s be honest: our hair after we spend an hour lifting weights or running on the treadmill is not something that you want to deal with on a daily basis. However, exercising and going to the gym is a part of our lives, so we have to learn how to work around it all.
If you don’t have time to take a shower and wash your hair after a good workout, your options are slightly limited.
Conquering your fear of the gym shower may be the easiest thing to do. Still, many of us can only wash our hair a few times a week or it gets extremely dry.
Or maybe you truly don’t have time – you have to work your jog into your lunch hour or you cannot possibly wake up any later. Whatever your reason is for not being able to wash your hair after a gym session, here are some great tips on how to keep your hair looking flawless, even after a fantastic workout:
Dry Shampoo is Your BFF
Let’s just be honest, dry shampoo consistently comes in clutch in all situations. After going to the gym, give your roots a spritz with dry shampoo and see the difference it makes.
Make sure your hair has dried from all of the sweat before you spray it, or you will be left with a clumpy mess.
Get your favorite dry shampoo (Batiste is a great one) and spray your roots. Allow your hair to suck it up for a few seconds before running your hands through it a few times.
Your hair will look (and smell) great and you’ll have more volume.
Give Yourself a DIY Blowout
If your head is really drenched, like you were doing Crossfit or boxing, you can make use of all of that moisture. Give yourself a blowout!
Pack a blow drier in your gym bag and find yourself a mirror with an outlet. Flip your hair upside down and try to dry the moisture out at your roots.
This will dry your hair and add more volume. You’ll get some extra bounce and still have clean looking hair.
Go back to that dry shampoo if your hair still looks oily or just spray on some mist if your hair smells less than clean.
Change Up Your Workout
If you have tried it all and nothing works, perhaps you should change up your workout.
Since you’ll likely sweat doing almost everything, you should change to something that won’t make you sweat as much but still gives you that great workout. Instead of cardio, switch out for some weightlifting – you’ll still get that workout, but you’ll likely sweat less.
Even better, consider taking up swimming. The swimming cap isn’t necessarily cute, but it will keep your hair dry.
Embrace the Oil
Another easy way to do your hair in the gym is to simply embrace the oil that shows up around your roots.
Skip the dry shampoo and simply wet your hair and brush it back.
Make sure to use a thin-toothed comb and pull your hair into a high pony or a tight bun. It will look like your hair is supposed to be slicked back.
Smoothing oil can help you to smooth any flyaway that might pop up.
Curls on Curls on Curls
If you have curly or wavy hair, you can use the oil and the sweat to make your hair look better.
Use an alcohol-free and sulfate-free product in order to keep your curls healthy. Using your styling cream of choice, twist and scrunch your hair to help shape the curls and keep them tight.
Another great suggestion is to put conditioner in your curls BEFORE you start working out and then simply rinse it out. You’ll hydrate your curls and eliminate some of the oil at the same time.
Make an Emergency Hair Kit
Whether you carry a bag to the gym, have a locker, or go home after your workout, have all of the supplies that you need to make your hair look awesome after a workout.
Even if you don’t use them all the time, you’ll be prepared for whatever comes up in the future.
Bring a brush, some dry shampoo, hair spray, bobby pins, extra hair ties, combs, and gel. You know your hair better than anyone else, so you should consider bringing whatever else you might need.
Bring tiny bottles of shampoo and conditioner as well, just in case you do have the time (or the need) to get a shower in before you head to your next activity.
Another option is to wear a hairstyle that will survive your workout. Throw your hair into a tight bun, French braid it back, or wear a high pony.
Since your hair is already up, you can just make any last-minute changes.You can either keep your hair as is, or take it out for a hairstyle that gets helped along by the humidity and sweat – like loose mermaid waves from French braids or volume from a high pony.
Whatever you do, don’t wear a tight headband because that dent in your hair will stay all day, no matter what you do.
You can’t brush them out or wet them out either. You’re pretty much stuck.
These are just a few tips on the things that you can do to keep your hair looking great after a workout.
You’ll never have to skip the gym because you don’t want to mess up your hair anymore – you’ll have to think of another excuse.
Just remember that you should protect your hair while preserving your hairstyle.
What are your favorite tips for keeping your hair looking great post workout?