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The Ultimate Guide To Care For Gym Hair

29 August 2018
woman in gym with long braided hair style

Let’s get right down to it - sweaty hair is never a good look. For all the gym bunnies out there, you know the pain of stringy, post-gym hair. Not only does it ruin your post-workout glow selfie, but it can also ruin your day, making it feel like everyone is sneaking glances at your less-than-fresh locks. But short of changing your workout routine (#Fitspo for life), or incorporating hats into your everyday look, what’s a girl to do? Leave your workout hair worries at the door, we’ve got the solutions for you with a little help from James Galvin, Kérastase UK Brand Ambassador  - now let’s get moving!

What Are The Best Products For Post-Gym Hair?

As sweat can weaken your hair, and over-shampooing can leave it feeling dry, James recommends

“After your gym session, I recommend applying a hair mask and sitting in a steam room to allow the treatment to work even deeper. The steam opens up the hair follicles, allowing the mask to penetrate the hair and scalp. This will really help with the condition of the hair. “

James Galvin Style Director at Daniel Galvin

We recommend sealing moisture into your workout hair with the right products, to keep your locks hydrated and happy.

  • If you insist on shampooing your hair after every gym sesh then opt for a lighter cleansing agent to avoid stripping your natural oils.
“If you go to the gym most days, and wash your hair every time you work out, I would recommend using a Micellar shampoo as they tend to be more gentle on the scalp. Try Kérastase Aura Botanica Bain Micellaire” James advises for all you gym bunnies out there.

James Galvin Style Director at Daniel Galvin

  • If you’ve got to dash, Matrix Total Results Miracle Creator multi-tasking spray can be applied to hair post-workout. With its incredible 20 hair beautifying benefits, you can style your hair and enjoy lustrous and fresh-looking locks all day.

“For those days when you’re in a rush, dry shampoo will be your best friend.” James recommends “just make sure that when you do wash your hair, you cleanse it thoroughly to remove any build up.“ The loves L’Oréal Professionnel’s aptly named Morning After Dust.

Hairstyles For Working-Out

James' Top Tips for Gym Hairstyles;

  • Make sure that you don’t tie hair back in same place every time you work out, as putting pressure in the same area every time can cause the hair to break.
  • During your work out, braids, ponytails and buns are your best hairstyle options, but like I said, be sure to mix them up to avoid breakage. 

Hairstyles For Light Workouts

For light workouts that don’t involve sweating into your hairline (like pilates and low-intensity yoga) a good hairstyle is double braids or buns (especially for textured hair). These styles keep your hair protected and out of the way while you’re twisting your body into hard to reach positions. Namaste!

Hairstyles For Intermediate Range Workouts

If your workout is more in the intermediate range (like jogging), a classic ponytail, braid or bun can help to keep your hair in place, without the damage. It’s important that your hair is securely fastened, as there’s nothing worse than having to pause because some rogue strands have decided to go AWOL. .

Hairstyles For High Intensity Workouts

For the high intensity gym-goers (power to you) a sweat band or hair wrap can help. Designed to keep your hair off your face (especially when paired with a ponytail or braids, they help to soak up any sweat along your hairline. So long, gross gym hair!

What Is The Best Way To Deal With Post-Gym Hair?

So gym hairstyle, check - but what about when the hard work is behind you and you have to face the crowds?

“Post work out, where possible you will want to avoid heat styling – to allow you to cool down and stop sweating! If you’re not going out into the cold I would always recommend air drying, use a sugar spray like the Aura Botanica Eau de Vagues, this will tame frizz but also give you texture to create an effortless beach waves look.” 

James Galvin Style Director at Daniel Galvin

Braid Saves Time

One gym hair solution that you may have noticed got multiple shoutouts, regardless of the workout intensity, is braids. Unlike buns or ponytails, they stay in place even when your hair feels gross. And the more textured (or dirty) your hair is, the easier it is to plait, without causing damage. Yes, it is possible to be sweaty and stylish! Prior to hitting the gym, firmly braid your hair into two plaits, and spritz with a wave spray such as Redken’s Beach Envy Volume Wave Aid. Once you’re finished your workout, undo your braids to reveal beautiful hair that doesn’t require any heat. *Adds multi-tasker to CV*

Perfect The Yoga Bun

If your locks are short in length so don’t quite lend themselves to be braided, never fear, hair pins are here to save the day. Opt for a slick bun by pulling hair back to where you’d like it to sit then twist into a bun and secure.

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Thou Shalt Add Dry Shampoo Before Your Workout

To overcome gym hair, it’s all about that prep prep prep! By adding L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni.ART Morning After Dust, you’re preparing your locks to absorb the sweat coming its way, while guaranteeing that your hair looks beautiful throughout the day. Now that’s what we call forward-thinking.

Thou Shalt Not Use Dry Shampoo On Wet Hair

This rule may seem like no biggie, but when you add dry shampoo to wet hair, you get a big mess. Dry shampoo is made for dry hair: respect its purpose and you’re good to go.

Thou Shalt Not Shampoo Hair Everyday

You should be washing your hair 2-3 times a week. If you’re doing high intensity workouts daily, you can rinse your scalp in between washes to clean it.

Thou Shalt Not Be Grossed Out By Sweat

Sweat is different to oily hair. Sweat is like salty water. Sweaty hair is natural. Embrace the sweat!

And there you have it, no more sweating the small stuff when it comes to your post gym hair!

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