Whether you just got a blowout or your hair wash day was yesterday, a solid sweat sesh can ruin that hairstyle you’ve worked hard for or even paid money to have done. But we can’t let the fear of ruining our hair get in the way of our daily workout, right? The good news is that there are plenty of tricks to work out without ruining your hair, and we’re sharing them all, including Gabrielle Union’s hair care tips for your sweaty workout days.
With these tricks, you’ll be crushing both your fitness and hair goals.
Here’s How to Work Out Without Ruining Your Hair
One thing to know about taking care of your hair while working out is that there are some steps you can take even before your workout begins. Here are the tips, plus the steps you can take after your workout ends that will leave your hair looking refreshed without actually having to wash it.
Be Mindful of How Tight You Tie Up Your Hair
The tighter you keep your hair, the more likely you are to damage the strands, so be mindful of how tight your hair tie is, and opt for a scrunchie when possible.
Use Dry Shampoo
If dry shampoo has been a staple part of your beauty routine and your go-to for sprucing up for those work-from-home Zoom meetings (yup, we’re guilty too), then grab it and use it before your workouts too. This will help absorb more of the sweat, which can be a good thing for your post-workout appearance.
Add Volume Post-Workout
Hair looking a little lackluster after your workout? Simply rub your scalp with your fingers to reinvigorate the volume. Yup, it’s that easy. There’s nothing magical about it other than the fact that rubbing your scalp increases blood flow to your hair follicles, which essentially helps them “wake up,” and voila, you have a much more volumized look post-sweat.
Determine Your Post-Workout Hair Treatment Based on How Much You Sweat
Don’t have time to wash your hair after your workout? Turns out you don’t necessarily have to. There are some ways to help take care of your hair after your workout that doesn’t necessarily involve shampoo and conditioner. Plus, washing your hair too much isn’t great for your hair either. Every time your hair gets wet, it will stretch and then contract (partly why hair can end up looking frizzy or damaged!) This is when hair becomes more susceptible to breakage, so you need additional ways to maintain the health of your stands.
To determine what post-workout hair treatment is best for you, it comes down to how much you sweat during your workout.
If you’re not super sweaty, a dry texture spray, such as a dry shampoo, can help soak up oil while boosting volume — it’s a two for one.
If you are super sweaty after your workout, a wet texture spray or oil can help add grip and life to your strands, which will then help revive your sweaty hair and add more body.
Gabrielle Union’s Hair Care Tips For Your Sweaty Workout Days
Want celebrity insight on how to work out without ruining your hair? Gabrielle Union shared some of her tops tips for us.
Wear Your Hair Braided
Wearing your hair braided is a great way to get your workouts in without worrying about sweating out your hairstyle. Braids give you the freedom to commit to a regular workout regime, which will give you a healthy body, hair, and skin.
Refresh Your Hair Without Shampooing
Working out can leave your hair feeling sticky and weighed down. Instead of shampooing your braids, apply Flawless Soothing Scalp Tonic directly to your scalp in between your braid parting and rub in with your fingertips. The minty coolness will leave your scalp feeling refreshed and hydrated without the hassle of having to shampoo.
Sweat can dry on your scalp and potentially clog your hair follicles. After your workout, you will need to rehydrate both your body and your hair. Apply Flawless Restoring Exotic Oil Drops directly to your scalp between your braid partings for weightless, luxurious moisture.
Your hairline is usually the first thing that goes frizzy while working out. Apply a small amount of Flawless Repairing Edge Control to your hairline, and smooth with an edge brush to refresh and lock in a Flawless Finish. The Biotin in the product strengthens your hairline, which is an extra benefit post-workout.
Refresh Your Hair Post Workout With These Simple Tips
Washing your hair after a workout can be a pain, and we don’t always have time for it. Plus, we know that too much hair washing isn’t good. Instead of having to wash your hair and completely restyle after every workout, use these pre and post-workout hair care tips. Not only will these tips help keep your hairstyle looking fresh, but they will also help protect your strands and keep your hair looking luscious and healthy!