As 2019 gets into full swing, many of us will be hitting the gym to get to work on our resolutions. But can fitness goals and hair goals cross the same finish line? Don’t let your gym days be bad hair days. Try these five ‘dos to give your post-workout hair polished style.
1. Tied Down vs. Wild and Free
If you’re a “messy bun and done” kind of girl, you may want to rethink your go-to style. Tying up wet hair can cause frizz, breakage, and long term damage to a healthy mane. Avoid ponytail lines and bumps by brushing out hair to hasten the drying process. A high-quality oil spray can lock in moisture and help you steer clear of frizz when blow drying gym hair in a hurry.
No time to dry? Try an easy texturizing spray or embrace your natural waves with an anti-frizz, curl-activating styling product. Letting your hair down can be refreshing after a hard workout. For shorter styles, experimenting with a fun, quirky fohawk or spiked edge can add flair to your fitness regime.
2. Dry Shampoo, Stress-Free Style
Whether you’re racing to your morning meeting or racing to conquer another of Denver’s great trail runs, sometimes there’s just not enough time in the day to treat your hair right. Dry shampoo is every gym rat’s secret weapon for post-workout hair that looks and feels fresh. Add a dash of Kérastase’s V.I.P. volumizing hairspray to give your hair the extra boost it deserves. After all, you’ve worked hard! Time to treat yourself on the go.
3. Go Naked!
Strip down your post-workout hair with a no-shampoo do! Gym hair need not be your enemy. In fact, embracing your hair’s natural oil can actually increase the shine, texture, and bounce of dull, dry hair. Using a round brush to control the texture is a great way to control the fly-away fitness look. Keep accessories in your gym bag, such as hats, headbands, and hair ties to help you feel fresh and styled without a drop of conditioner!
4. Color Focus
Color-treated hair can be extra challenging. Be sure to pack a color-protecting, sulfate-free shampoo option in your gym bag. Dry shampoo is an especially good option for keeping your glow. With fresh color, especially fashion colors, avoiding sweat is key. Wraps, bobby pins, and headbands are your best friends.
If you know you’re going to wash your hair afterward, use a shampoo specially designed for color-treated hair like Kérastase’s Bain Chromatique Riche shampoo. Bleached hair? Leave in conditioner is a must! For dry hair, conditioning before and after a workout can help lock in color and shine.
5. From Running to Runway
Having a few go-to styles can speed up your post-workout hair routine. Think outside the box (or kickboxing class) when it comes to creating effortless chic. Depending on what other tools are in your style arsenal, you may want to opt for a classic blow out or a slicked back ponytail. Break the traditional high pony and opt for a low pony instead. This will help avoid breakage, damage, and elastic lines.
Planning your workout do prior to hitting the gym can save you time and stress. Braids are a solid look everywhere from the gym to your car to work. For added flair, spray braids with a texturizer prior to exercise. Then take them down for a head full of wavy curls. Headbands are another convenient tool for keeping short hair neat and clean during burpees. If your activities are less strenuous, you might try a messy bun that is sure to nama-stay in place.
Looking for more great style tips for your active lifestyle? Check out 5 Essential Hair Care Tips for Traveling. If you want to transform your hair styling routine from start to finish, book an appointment at Deseo Salon & BlowDry. Our stylists can help you pick a haircut and products that fit your routine.