By Natalie Baker
Working up a sweat in the gym is great for your body. Not only does it boost your heart rate and help keep you lean, but it also elevates your mood, thanks to the release of endorphins. Your cardio or strength training may come with a host of health benefits, however unfortunately it can leave your hair looking lifeless. The good news is you don’t need to ditch your daily workout in favor of your tresses. Follow our stylist-approved hacks to save your style during and after the gym.
Get Savvy With Accessories
Sure, you may use any old hair elastic to pull your hair into a bun or ponytail without a second thought, but you’re doing your locks a real disservice. There are a host of gentler hair ribbons and elastic-free hair ties that will keep your hair away from your face, while minimizing breakage and damage. For morning workouts where you don’t have time to wash your hair afterwards, opt for a headband in a moisture-wicking fabric to soak up sweat from around your forehead and the back of your neck—the two areas that tend to sweat the most.
Re-Think Your Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo has long been a gym bag essential, but you may be using it entirely the wrong way. London-based stylist Kimberley Jayne recommends a pre-application. “Apply dry shampoo before you begin your workout rather than afterwards. It will get to work while you work out,” she said. “Apply it afterwards and they’ll be too much moisture for your product to tackle.”
A lightweight product, such as One ‘n Only™ Speed Style™ Dry Shampoo, should be your go-to. The invisible formula absorbs excess oil without leaving telltale powdery white residue.
Rock A Cute Updo
When you’ve got an early morning gym session planned before heading to the office, a cute hairstyle that prevents the need for washing your hair afterwards is a must. For a look that’s both practical and on-trend, braid damp hair into two French braids the evening before. The braids will keep hair back from your face while you’re working out but will still look cute if you don’t have time for styling. For extra fashionista points, try a fishtail braid or dutch braid—a.k.a. an inverted French braid. Alternatively, unravel your braids and run a bit of hair oil through your strands for textured, effortless waves post-workout.
If braids aren’t your thing, try two twisted buns for a quick and easy option. Divide your hair into two sections, parting it in the center. Pull each section into a ponytail and twist into a low bun, before pinning into position. Not only will it keep hair back from your face as you workout, but it will look equally cute for lunch with friends afterwards.
Blow-Dry Your Scalp
Want to save your salon blowout? Then soak up the sweat, pronto. Moisture leads to frizz, so pat your scalp with a towel to mop up any sweat. Flip your hair upside down and blow-dry your hair on the cool setting to revive your hair. Finish with a spritz of dry shampoo to freshen up your strands.
Just because you’re having a sweat sesh, doesn’t mean your hair needs to suffer. With some preplanned styling tricks, your hair can look great no matter how grueling your workout.