If your gym bag is weighing you down in the morning, take a peek inside. It sure isn’t your silk blouse that weighs ten pounds, but it might be all the hair products you lug around to make sure your hair looks fresh and polished even after you bust out a 5k on the treadmill.
Washing and drying your locks also takes up precious time - think about the extra time you could use for a final ab circuit or for a post workout smoothie stop.
We’re in the same boat, which is why we experimented with ways to save your hair from your sweaty workout.
Yes, we’re not telling you anything new, but when and how you use your dry shampoo is important. Spray some on your roots before your yoga class to help combat sweat. Then, make sure to blow dry your hair - focusing on your roots - completely dry before applying any dry shampoo post-workout. If you spray on damp, sweaty roots, the dry shampoo will turn into a chalky, pasty consistency. Not a great way to start your day, huh?
How you tie your hair will have a huge impact on how you can style it later. A traditional ponytail is almost guaranteed to leave you with a crimp in your hair, so instead, pull your hair into a top knot secured with a soft, hair band instead of a traditional hair tie. A top knot will also prevent sweat from running down the length of your hair (unless your workout has you hanging upside down).
A wide, moisture-wicking headband will help stop any hairline and neck sweat from migrating to your hair. Stick with wide headbands because skinny ones tend to leave a tell-tale line that’s hard to fix without washing or straightening your hair.
If your hair tends to be on the coarse, dry side, you can also add a styler to it after you’ve blow dried all the sweat away. This will help tame any frizz and leave your hair soft and smooth. Look for a styler that is lightweight because anything heavy duty will just feel dirty later on in your day.
Good old hairspray to the rescue. After applying dry shampoo and/or styler, if your hair still is being unruly, a little bit of hairspray should hold it down. A trick for taming baby hairs is to spray it onto a toothbrush first, and the dense, small bristles should help you comb back any fly aways.
The key to reviving your hair post-workout? Blow dry any sweat away. Confession? Those XLERATOR hand dryers that absolutely blast air are perfect. We’ve definitely ducked our heads underneath there. Plus, these travel-sized hair products are perfect for keeping your gym bag light and easy.