YIKES! WORKOUT HAIR GOT YOU DOWN?
Does your post-workout hair have you running for the hills? Do you need to up your pre-workout hair game, but you just haven’t quite figured out what you need to do to keep your hair healthy and looking wonderful after your fit sessions?
IDENTIFYING THE CULPRITS
We are here to give you some hope and peace of mind with the following little gems of workout hair advice. Before looking at fixing your hair, it’s important to identify what you’re doing that isn’t helping the issue. To start, here is a list of the main culprits sabotaging your workout hair and style.
Water (Believe it or not!)
Many women do a quick slick-back for pre-/post-workout hair to keep it all together. This is a better option than frequent shampooing with nutrient and moisture-leaching water. Pulling back your hair without the shampoo avoids the drying effect on your locks.
NYC colorist Dana Ioto commented to Allure magazine saying, "I've heard of people wetting their hair with water after the gym, then using conditioner to detangle…this is so bad for your hair. Not only are you spreading the salty sweat to your ends, but water also dries out your hair and oxidizes hair dye”. Ioto further explains that “…conditioner is meant to go on clean hair. If it goes on dirty hair, you're going to get a buildup of the protein bonds found in conditioner, which can eventually cause the hair to dry out and start breaking.”
If you suffer from extremely dry hair from over-shampooing, your best bet is a lifestyle change and Nourish Beaute vitamins for healthy hair restoration.
These little suckers can be the bane of your hair’s existence. If you want all day every day luscious locks and not just perfect pre-and post-workout hair, you must get the right hair ties! Avoid hair ties with metal clasps at all costs. If you absolutely must use the cute little embellished gemstone piece that looks absolutely to-die-for with your little two-piece workout ensemble, then please, use it sparingly.
Scrunchi + Headband
Instead of using those tiny little hair tie terrorizers, use a pre-workout hair scrunchi alternative for keeping it all together. A good example of this is the “No Damage” hair elastic from Scrunchi. Use it in combination with a wide headband to avoid sweat build up on your scalp that will lead to terrible post-workout hair.
Choose styles that will benefit your workout hair and keep as much of it out of your face and away from your body as possible. A top knot is a great option for keeping hair all together and out of the way. Another option is the neatly pulled French braid that stays tight throughout the most vigorous of workouts. If you don’t care for the top knot or French braid, try low pigtails or a headband braid. For more ideas, check out POPSUGAR’s \examples of stylish and awesome workout hairstyles.
Dry shampoo is a woman’s best friend. With amazing athletic femme fatales like Nikki Metzger, Aly Teich and Kira Stokes touting this product, how can we possibly say no?
Lift those roots! Blow dry your hair for a quick fix to your greasy and sweaty post-workout hair dilemma. Use your favorite healthy, sulfate-free styling cream, or if you’re lucky enough to live in a city that offers blowouts, head to your local salon for a 15-minute post-workout mini blowout.