I received a comment from a lovely reader of mine a few days ago asking for my advice about hair care whilst exercising. We’re not just talking about looking after your hair during the act of exercising, but dealing with problems that arise around it.
So picture the scene: you’re working out and getting sweaty, but have only washed your hair that morning. You don’t want to wash it again afterwards as it can strip the hair of its natural oils, so what do you do?
I have super long hair (this long, to be precise!)
Sorry for the pose-tastic photo, it just shows the true length of my hair! You can imagine how long it takes me to wash my hair each time, which is one of the reasons I only wash it twice a week (the other being that it is quite dry and doesn’t require it).
I’m going to offer up some simple hints and tips about hair care and exercise and how the two can be compatible – I hope they help you find a solution!
PLEASE NOTE – just because I’m talking about avoiding washing your hair, it doesn’t mean I’m suggesting skipping a shower. I shower after every exercise session, but keep my hair dry and out of the way.
Tie your hair up away from your face and body
If your hair is flying around all over the place whilst you’re exercising, you are going to spent much more time touching it and scraping it away than you would it if was pulled back into a bun or ponytail. It also means less chance of your hair coming into contact with sweat from your body (we’ve gotta be honest here ladies, no time for beating around the bush!)
A while ago, I made a video about Gym Hair and Make Up, which is useful to check out!
Dry shampoo is your best friend
Ok, so no one actually likes to have sweaty-feeling hair, and if you haven’t got the time to wash it there and then dry shampoo is a lifesaver. The whole idea of it is to absorb excess oil and refresh your hair between washes, so it is perfect in this instance.
I personally adore the Batiste Dry Shampoos, available from places like Boots and Superdrug in the UK and various drugstores in other countries:
Give it a blast!
Blow drying your hair after exercising can help to absorb any sweat lingering around after your workout. No, it doesn’t sound very glamorous, but if you don’t have any dry shampoo to hand this is the next best option.
Many gyms have complimentary hair dryers in the changing rooms so give it a try next time you’re there.
Work out a hair-friendly exercise routine
I do sometimes base my exercise routine around my hair’s needs – for example, I will only go swimming on the day I want to wash my hair. It means that I don’t have to spend the next day with chlorine in my hair but I can still enjoy the great exercise benefits of having a swim.
If my hair is freshly washed, I’ll also usually opt for a resistance training workout rather than a cardio one – it is less sweaty and you still get to burn off some calories!
I really do hope that these tips have been helpful, it’s a bit of a tricky problem but not one that is impossible to solve.