Nothing gets us excited quite like a good workout. However, could a few of our post-workout hair habits be damaging to our hair? In truth, yes.
While a few of these post-workout hair routine habits may seem small, over time they can actually cause hair breakage, hair loss and buildup. Who wants that? By making your post-workout routine more efficient for your hair, you can help to ensure that your hair stays healthy and full of life. Here are six post-workout tips to help save your hair.
Tip #1: Using Elastics On Wet Hair
While it may seem like there is no harm in throwing your wet hair into a quick bun after a shower, those tight elastics can actually cause your hair to become thin or even break over time. The reason for this is that your hair is the most sensitive to damage while it’s wet. If there is a tight elastic tugging on its ends, then those strands can snap. It’s definitely not a pretty picture. If you want to skip blow-drying your hair after your workout, simply leave your hair down and allow it to air dry naturally.
Think your hair may need a bit more help if it’s left wet? No worries! Just reach for a smoothing, anti-frizz shine serum for added dimension.
Tip #2: Use A Hair Product to Detangle Hair
It may seem like a hassle to throw yet another beauty product in your gym bag, but a hair detangler is a must-have if you plan on showering after your workout. Not only will this handy product soften and smooth your strands, but it will also help to remove any knots stuck in your strands. Once you’re out of the shower, towel dry your hair until most of the moisture is gone, spritz your hair with the detangler and then use a wide toothed comb to gently remove any knots. Be sure to work your way from the bottom up when brushing in order to prevent unnecessary breakage.
Tip #3: Dry Shampoo To Revive Your Sweaty, Oily Hair
Is your hair dripping with sweat after your workout? If so, turn to your towel before you turn to your dry shampoo. While dry shampoos are amazing for soaking up excess oil, they can’t be expected to make your wet hair dry. Instead, use your towel to soak up any lingering sweat in your hair before you use your oil-absorbing dry shampoo. This way your product will be able to do its job effectively without adding excess product buildup to your strands, according to New York Magazine’s The Cut.
Tip #4: Keep An Extra Hair Accessory in Your Gym Bag
Even though wearing hats and scarfs are a great way to keep your hair out of your face while you work out, those same accessories have no business in your hair once you leave the gym. Think of these accessories as another piece of clothing. If your clothing is too sweaty that you wouldn’t wear it out of the gym, the same rule should apply to your hair accessories. Not only is it just going to feel gross on your head, but those hats and scarfs can actually trap or transfer sweat and bacteria onto your strands. It’s totally gross. Instead, either bring along a separate accessory or simply grab a fabric hair tie to tame your mane after the gym.
Tip #5: Brush Your Hair After A Workout
Take advantage of the natural oils in your hair post-workout by using a boar bristle brush to comb your strands. According to Allure, brushing your hair after a workout can break up any congestion at your roots and help to distribute those same oils to the middle and ends of your hair. While this isn’t always necessary for oilier hair types, it is a great way to hydrate dry strands.
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